Personally opposed, but…

Personally opposed, but…

I was perusing for the latest on the failed legislative effort to ban sex-selective abortions and came across this blog post, the title of which may suggest whether you have the stomach to read the article in its entirety: “The most heartrending abortion testimony you’ll ever hear, from a former abortionist.” I’m sure we’re all surprised that the graphic testimony of a (now pro-life) former abortionist concerning what actually happens during one of the most common surgical procedures in the country is barely seen in national media, while we get subjected to oodles of irrelevance about Sandra Fluke.

Obama trotted out the always politically-popular “personally opposed, but…” line in declaring his opposition to the bill. Comboxes below stories about the bill’s defeat were stuffed with comments about the bills unenforceability, that pregnant women would just lie and say their abortion was desired for some reason other than the sex of the ba-, er, clump of cells. If our standard for whether a law is good or not is based on whether it will do what it says, then why does the Social Security Administration keep sending me annual letters about all the wonderful benefits I’ll receive when I retire?

A thought experiment: suppose legislation surfaces that attempts to ban sexual-orientation-selective abortions. Though science has not yet done so, suppose a “gay gene” is found. A Representative authors a bill “To prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sexual orientation or race, and for other purposes.” (PRENDA had the same first line, except substituted “sex” for “sexual orientation.”) Would you expect an Obama White House statement like the following?

The Administration opposes [sexual-orientation] discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.

Of course, Catholics (and all people of good will) want ALL abortions stopped regardless of the reason why they are sought, because this “very personal and private decision” neglects the very person whose life is ended by the private decision of another.