Pennsylvania Fighting to De-fund Abortion as Gosnell Trial Continues
by Andrew Bair | Harrisburg, PA | LifeNews.com | 4/17/13 1:38 PM
On Monday, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 818, a bill to prevent elective abortion coverage in insurance policies sold through an insurance exchange established under the Obama healthcare law. The bill would maintain Pennsylvania’s longstanding policy of not using state funds for abortion, a policy supported by an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians.
Rep. Flo Fabrizio, the ranking Democrat on the committee, opposed the measure, likening abortion to a “sacrament.” He said, “A nun told me this one time but I’m going to pass it on because it really registered with me. She said, ‘If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.’”
Are Fabrizio’s shocking statements merely a gaffe or actually an insight into how abortion advocates and the modern Democratic Party view abortion? Do they really believe abortion is something good, holy, and deserving of reverence?
This past summer, the Democratic National Convention was almost indistinguishable from a NARAL conference with speaker after speaker praising President Obama’s radical pro-abortion record. In the party’s platform the mantra of abortion “safe, legal and rare” was changed to just “safe and legal.” If abortion is inherently good, then why should it be rare?
The special reverence for abortion by its advocates and their allies in elected office is currently on full display in the horrific Gosnell murder trial. The Grand Jury report on Gosnell’s abortion facility revealed regular inspections were not conducted by the PA Department of Health, even despite complaints. These failures were due to the political motives of pro-abortion governors, according to the report.
Last year, Pennsylvania passed a law in response to the Gosnell case with the intent of increasing oversight into abortion facilities in the state. Most pro-abortion lawmakers opposed those measures. In order to truly honor the “sacrament” of abortion, it appears one must oppose holding abortion facilities to any sort of basic health standard. Planned Parenthood, which tweeted on Friday that they were “appalled” by Gosnell, provided a great thrust of the lobbying efforts against the regulations.
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Abortion advocates are squirming as the Gosnell story begins to garner national headlines because the trial sheds light on the horrors that are at the heart of the abortion industry. What Gosnell is accused of doing to newborn infants is sickening almost beyond words.
But for abortion advocates, the violent, painful death babies suffer in the womb is not “appalling” but rather equivalent to a “sacrament.”