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Bozell: The Left's War on Babies

By Brent Bozell

In the wake of the Obama administration dictate that private insurance companies cover contraceptives and abortifacients, supporters have defined anyone who would oppose this mandate as waging a "war against women." Obviously, no opponent of this policy is actually bombing, shooting or stabbing women to death.

The same cannot be said for what the cultural left favors -- a war against babies. The latest front of "advanced" leftist medical ethics has emerged from the experts at Oxford University. They don't just favor abortion, even partial-birth abortion. They favor "after-birth abortion."

It is stomach-turning stuff. Killing babies is no different than abortion, these academics argued in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Ironically, pro-lifers would agree and have long pointed to this logical progression in the face of laughter. The "ethicists" now explain it somewhat differently. Parents should be allowed to kill their newborn babies because they're still "morally irrelevant."

The article carries the chilling title "After-Birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue newborn babies aren't "actual persons" but "potential persons."

How this qualifies as "science" or "ethics" is anyone's guess. It qualifies as a quintessential example of the culture of death. Giubilini also gave a talk at Oxford in January titled "What is the problem with euthanasia?"

Team Oxford argued it was "not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense." They explained that "what we call 'after-birth abortion' (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled."

These "ethicists" also argued that parents are somehow cheated when only "64 percent of Down syndrome cases" in Europe are diagnosed by prenatal testing. Once such children were born, there was "no choice for the parents but to keep the child," they complained.

All this should cause us to return to what Rick Santorum was trying to say -- and our pro-abortion media could only scorn as politically disastrous -- about amniocentesis being used as a death panel. The Santorum family's decision to have a disabled child -- as well as the Palin family's decision -- have been disdained by the liberal media as freakishly weird, dangerously religious. It's an "alternative lifestyle" that the "compassionate" liberals cannot comprehend.

The same people who casually spew about a "war on women" have no time to discuss the "termination" of most pregnancies when disabilities like Down Syndrome are discovered. These people argue capital punishment is wrong because an innocent life may be taken. But they have no moral qualms about "parents" slaughtering their innocent but somehow subhuman babies that don't pass prenatal tests for normalcy.

They have yet to speak about post-natal death sentences.

The same people who wouldn't countenance talk of a "war on babies" expect the national media to continue their near-total blackout of Barack Obama's record advocating against a Born-Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois in 2001, 2002 and 2003. This article out of England ought to spur reporters to ask Obama about "after-birth abortion" as a 2012 campaign issue.

How could the president who led the effort to prohibit the care of infants surviving abortion oppose those who would want to kill them a minute after birth?

There was a terrific pro-life speech delivered a month ago before the Susan B. Anthony Fund by Sen. Marco Rubio, who addressed the same "viability" argument on a moral slippery slope. To the argument that the fetus is not viable without the support of the mother, he answered, "a newborn isn't viable without the mother, either. A 1-year-old child, a 2-year-old child -- leave a 2-year-old child by himself, leave a 6-month-old child by himself, they are not viable either."

This is why Rubio declared, "The issue of life is not a political issue, nor is it a policy issue. It is a definitional issue. It is a basic core issue that every society needs to answer. The answer that you give to that issue ends up defining which kind of society you have." You can have a society defined by sexual libertinism and abortion for convenience -- or you can respect a right to life.

Rubio drew a standing ovation for concluding with this:

"There is nothing that America can give this world right now more important than to show that all life -- irrespective of the circumstances of its creation, irrespective of the circumstances of its birth, irrespective of the conditions of that they find themselves in -- all life, in a planet where life is increasingly not valued, in a planet where people are summarily discarded, all life is worthy of protection. All life enjoys God's love."

But somehow, the left and their media allies define Rubio's view as a "war on women" -- no matter how many female babies are discarded as medical waste.

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L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.

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  1. DaveComment by Dave
    March 7, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Abortion is not ethically, morally, or even legally correct. Abortion is murder. Abortions on demand reduce the human existence to that of base animals instead of the wonderful creation God intended. After-Birth Abortion is MURDER.

    There is no way to ethically justify the killing of a fetus.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 7, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      The age of Libido has conquered the age of Credo. The age of Passion has conquered over the age of reason and the age of belief in a higher authority than self. Many of those who claim to be Pro-Choice have fought bitterly against the accurate depiction of happens during an abortion, and most of the leaders are much less concerned with informed choice than making abortion socially acceptable. They are pro-abortion, not pro-choice.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      Inluminato,

      Having seen the toll an abortion does to both the girl/Mother and the boy/Father, the “Age of Libido” is as much a farce as Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

      I have had guy friends commit suicide after learning their baby was aborted. I have had girls crushed into a forced abortion and never recover mentally or physically from the trauma. This farce has to be stopped, there will always be consequences for both parties where the decision to have sex is concerned. Those consequences are life altering, mentally damaging, and the results are always horrific.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 7, 2012 @ 11:03 am

      Those who the secular Gods of self would destroy they first drive mad, then destroy self. The finite never overcomes the infinite in action or in truth. There is a better way if we only surrender to the higher authority who knows best, not votes best. We will ALL have to surrender to the higher authority sooner or later,,,,why not do it with clean hands and clean consciences? Nobody lives forever, not even Obama or Pelosi and I would not want the millions of lives lost due to their enabling secular humanist mantra on my soul when it comes to my personal salvation. In this case it IS he who does nothing who Does Wrong when given an opportunity to speak up in favor of life but remains silent in enablement.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      OK, if you want a real chill this morning, here is the actual paper Brent is referencing: http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411 Just click the PDF link in the upper right corner for a copy.

      People, if Abortion on Demand is not stopped, our future will be. I am not, NOT, advocating going back to 1950′s and 1960′s where unwanted pregnancies were aborted using dangerous and cruel methods, but abortion on demand where the entire society turns their collective heads is an abomination and a national crime which must be answered for.

      This has to stop and the sanctity of life restored to its high position in politics, law, and the moral code of our society. Do not ring your hands and shake your heads in inaction, stop voting for any politician which supports abortion on demand. Stop funding Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen, and any and all other groups who support this terrible crime.

      If you do not think after-birth abortion cannot be sanctioned here, look at the abomination currently labelled as ‘ObamaCare.’

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  2. godsgirlComment by godsgirl
    March 7, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    There is little difference between the destruction of life before or after birth. If a child becomes an inconvenience at any time in his/her life before s/he can care for herself…is that really any difference? The question is,do we or do we not regard life as sacred? We must, if we are a civilized society. If we cannot say for sure, or agree on when life begins, we must err on the side of life!

    As a woman, I am overwhelmed at the sheepish behavior of many women in today’s world, as I watch them buy into the liberal agenda. They would have us believe that an inconvenient pregnancy should be aborted,and that our babies are better off in daycare than in their own home with one of their parents. We should pursue careers rather than raise our own children! We should get free birth control at any age so we can enjoy guilt free and easy sex with anyone we wish, as soon as we want to have sex. No work, no worries, no committment, no responsibility for our actions – just yield to those impulses and rid yourself of all inconvenience – you have the right to expect the government (that is, all your fellow taxpayers) to provide for your choices! Where is the love of God, country, and family?

    Women of America, please rise up.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      “Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old,” Obama said. “I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

      To bad your own mother didn’t take your own advice Barak and America would not have to suffer the indignity of being punished with your pandering unproductive Progressive poltictically profane presence.

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    March 7, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    If babies are not “actual persons” but “potential persons” why would any sane society slay it’s future potential? Obama himself has supported and voted for partial birth abortion and the abandonment of post natal care for those babies who survived the abortionists gauntlet of saline solution injections, premature birth canal forceps insertions and partial birth brain evacuation and spinal severing of our “Human potential.” These are the panderers of the secular socialist COLLECTIVES upon which Obama has stated he will depend upon for his own person collective salvation of the God he worships, a God which resembles nothing to that which our founders honored as “The Creator.”.They gave us “The divine hand of Providence” Obama just offers the “Demonic hand of Death!” as they and he make war upon the defenseless innocent of America. These men are unworthy of us and unworthy to lead this American land of freedom and opportunity which basic opportunity granted to all should be that of life itself. Have you people who support and enable these men no Shame?

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Amen!

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      March 7, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

      There is a bill in Congress, supported by Sen. Rand Paul, which defines “personhood” at the time of conception. If approved, this would nullify Roe V. Wade inasmuch as it’s supporting argument would be preempted by 4th Amendment protections. Everyone opposed to abortion needs to speak up and support this bill.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      What is the bill’s number or other identifying characteristics?

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      March 7, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

      Dave: I misspoke. Rand Paul is requesting people to sign a petition, sponsored by the National Pro-Life Alliance, asking for the “Life at Conception” Act to be proposed in Congress, based on the original Roe V. Wade Supreme Court arguments on personhood and the 14th Amendment. This petition came to me via Townhall.com

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Awesome. Thanks, I will look this up.

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  4. missmarpleComment by missmarple
    March 7, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    All your comments makes sense. But given the breakdown in morals in this country, it makes sense to me, in order to reduce the number of abortions, to encourage and make it easy and cheap to get contraceptives. Almost all of us use them at some point in our lives and it cuts the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions substantially, thus saving babies’ lives. Contraception is surely the lesser evil, if it be evil at all. My church allows use of birth control for that very reason.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      Sure, use birth control. Best birth control for unmarried people is abstinence. Sounds pretty simple to me.

      Other forms of birth control include waiting for marriage, upholding the morals of society which include respecting your sexual partner and returning sex from a fun interlude to a serious action with life changing consequences.

      Want to really reduce abortions, stop forcing sex education in schools. Talking about sex leads to thoughts about sex, thoughts about sex lead to actions with sex. Actions with sex includes unwanted pregnancies. Seems to me if the rights of parents to teach their children and choose when to teach about this topic is for parents to decide based upon familial priorities and moral standards.

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      March 7, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      And what does your church prescribe for the inevitable STD’s, and increased incidence of cancer? Perhaps a weekly healing service?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 7, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

      Your Church obviously believes that people have an absolute right to veto God’s attempts at creation. Sounds like a politically correct Church who is more interested in saving donations than saving human souls. So much for that “No Greater love hath a man/women that they lay down their life for their friend”,,,let alone 18 years to raise a child. There is a big difference between using pills as birth preventative and abortion as birth control after the fact. This Fluke thing that testified that women who cannot afford birth control should have it paid by Christian voters are speaking of the $3-5000 abortions, not the $15/month birth control pill packs that equal about 4 gallons of gas in cost. It’s all about the New God man secular human ruling this earthly realm, not the Christian God of your Church and our Constitutional forefathers. Decisions over life and death are best left to he who creates all life, not some deluded secular manipulating Democrat with a Self-Serving agenda.

      The beginning of the breakdown in American morals began when women began relying on birth control pills instead of judicious mate selections to protect the integrity of their wombs, then relied upon abortion to correct their poor selection of mistakenly chosen mates and mating habits, followed shortly by insisting someone else accrue the cost of their own personla mistakes, soon to be followed by someone else taking the blame. The Liberal progressive circle of life where the buck never stops where it belongs,,,,with the person making the mistake in the begining and assuming responsibility for cost of correction. It’s called being an adult.

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:04 am

      It is already cheap and easy to get contraceptives – free clinics abound for girls as young as in middle school. This permits easy sexual availabilty to very young women, with no consequences or responsibility for the males involved. Awesome. This the fruit of the Democratic party, in the name of equality for women. No icky consequences, no tedious responsibility, no yucky committment, no high standards – just “free” love. Where are the boundaries that define decency? Gone – in the name of sexual “equality,” which is more important than a meaningful, well lived life.

      And to all you couples who are designing your babies, if the government permits you to abort a baby because it is the wrong sex for you, they will one day choose which sex baby you are permitted to have.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:26 am

      GodsGirl,

      You are right and the problem is frightening. Couple of months back I visited a teacher in middle school, in the office, in a bowl, were several age appropriate sized condoms, free for the taking. The bowl was unmonitored, constantly full, and no questions could be asked. The school nurse held classes on putting them on properly and taught girls how to handle the other preventive tasks for avoiding e consequences of promiscuous behavior. All part and parcel of the duties the school board insisted upon, based upon some legal requirement handed down form the DOE. At least that was the answer I got to my queries.

      Never in any of the Sex Ed classes is abstinence mentioned. Never is modesty discussed. Nowhere in schools is a moral code for future society debated. The schools are prisoner to the moral codes and beliefs of the political appointees in Washington DC and we all know how clean and pure those people are.

      There must be a counter revolution to the one from the sixties which will pull our country back from the brink of moral destruction. Join me?

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  5. Mary SComment by Mary S
    March 7, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    The left continues to win the war of words. It’s amazing, and scary, how many women allow themselves to be distracted by side issues such as “reproductive equality” and “choice” when the issue all along has been about religious freedom. Contraceptives are READILY available, pretty inexpensively. But that has not stopped young women from having unprotected sex, getting pregnant, and having abortions. Or raising babies without the benefit of an involved partner. Don’t get caught up in the wrong debate.

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  6. galexComment by galex
    March 7, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Hey Team Oxford, WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE????????
    According to you there is no such thing as murder, just delayed abortion.

    Taken to it’s logical conclusion, this bunch would say that a person who has lost thier job and consequently thier ability to support themselves is no longer viable and a burden on society. A logical candidate for abortion.

    I believe the line was drawn a long time ago in the Garden of Eden. That line is drawn at conception!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 7, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

      What I cannot understand is with all these Democrat secular liberals aborting themselves how do their ranks keep swelling. It must be a viral disease of the brain, passed from person to person via sexual intercourse with those infected.

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      March 7, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      These secular progressive alien’s need to be beamed up to where they came from.

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  7. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    March 7, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    If this isn’t one of the scariest things I’ve seen. As a staunch pro-life person I’ve used the arguement of when a child is “viable” to show a pro-death person the absurdity of their position. This is certainly a new twist on that arguement…most of the time the pro-death person at least acknowledges that a newborn baby or young child can’t be viable if left to their own devices.

    There are a lot of young women (and some men) in prison right now who are their because they killed their babies moments after birth or a few weeks or months later…guess they should all be let out since they were simply engaging in a delayed abortion.

    God help us if this warped thinking becomes the “popular” culture view of what is right!

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 7, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      Prairieliving,

      The paper Bozell is referencing alludes to the Groningen Protocol in the Netherlands, where this is already being practiced in limited cases.

      Scared yet? Human life is no longer sacrosanct with the logic these people are pushing. Run a Google search for the title of the article or one of the authors and the the debate rages. The problem I have found, many people in this country already agree the is a good thing to adopt from Europe.

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  8. JoJoComment by JoJo
    March 7, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    A woman has no problem with having children. A base animal even does not kill her children. I do not consider these ignorant people women. How callous they are. Women were not made that way. They have been taught that way by evil leaders. I know many girls who have had abortions to live the rest of their lives in remorse and possibly even being sterile when they want to have a baby. And this aborteficient pretender who lives in our
    White House is as evil as any person can be. All he has espoused since taking over the WH is against all the people of this country. I do not think anyone can tell me of one, just one, thing he has said or done that is “American” in thought, word, or deed. And these unfortunate, non-thinking for themselves girls have fallen hook line and sinker because they think they can have sex with no consequences. Tell me in 5 years the consequences! What a sorry society we have. We are all guilty because for too long we were silent.

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  9. GHUComment by GHU
    March 7, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Mr. Bozell is correct. The contraceptive mentality has spiraled down to many horrible consequences. The contraceptive mentality has led to women being disrespected and abused as sex objects and women treating men as just tools to use for sexual gratification. Marriage no longer has to be considered if a woman gets pregnant…she can just have an abortion. There has always been pre-marital sex, but not like today and not thinking there wouldn’t be any consequences. Today thanks to the radical left (Obama, Planned Parenthood, radical gays, NOW, NARAL and other radical feminists), deviant promiscuous sex is being taught to our children in grade schools and now they want everyone to pay for it. STD’s & AID’s are up, abortions, infidelity, divorce and immorality are all out of control. Contraceptives are not the answer!

    When abortion is considered a “right” by women because they say it’s”my body”, they are denying the life of the child and the right of that child to be born. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes. With no respect for human life, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide are right around the corner.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:00 am

      I do not know if you read this paper, the one Brent is referencing, but my wife and I did and we asked, where do these “doctors,” I use the term very loosely, draw the line? They have reduced the human conscience into a formula for potential and value, thus stealing the benefits of struggle and adversity. Under their logic, the parent several years back in Oklahoma, I think, could have killed his children off instead of giving them up to the state when he lost his job, and never suffered any crime.

      This paper is frightening to say the least. The “doctors” are struggling to make evil good and the taking of life acceptable.

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    • GHUComment by GHU
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:20 am

      Dave, you are correct. I did read the article. Where will it end? Thanks to the contraceptive mentality and this downward spiral to immorality we also have these things: creating embryos to be destroyed for “embryonic stem cell research” (which have had no good results unlike ethical adult stem cell research), the use of abortion material is now in some of our food (Pepsi, Kraft, Nestle Co’s), drugs and cosmetics, and in England they are creating human-animal embryos. We are truly becoming a Culture of Death!

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:31 am

      GHU,

      What astounds me is the insidious tactics these mutton-headed flower children have used, are using, and will use to discredit anyone and everyone so they can continue to believe the lie that sex does not have consequences.

      The consequences go beyond the couple engaging to their immediate family, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, the affect of pre-marital sex upon society is enormous and occurs regardless of the feelings of those engaging.

      Do you have a reference for your comment above regarding abortion material in foods? I have not seen this as of yet. I have seen and heard about the other items mentioned.

      We, the adults with a moral center, need to start a counter-revolution to the flower children to save the next generation from immorality, decay, and death. Join me?

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    • GHUComment by GHU
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      Dave this is one article on the use of aborted material in food and other things:

      http://www.lifenews.com/2012/03/06/pepsi-not-only-company-making-products-based-on-fetal-cells/

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 8, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      Awesome, thanks for posting this.

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