U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy appeared to be trying to support abortion during his questioning of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Wednesday.
It may not have been intentional, but the Vermont Democrat’s testimony actually reinforced a pro-life point about how abortion often is used to exploit women.
Leahy brought up a personal experience he had before Roe v. Wade with an abortionist who botched a young woman’s abortion and nearly killed her, along with her unborn child. That abortionist, he said, was Nazi-trained.
He discussed a case in which he, as a state’s attorney in Vermont, prosecuted an abortionist who had been trained at Auschwitz, the massive death camp established by the Third Reich to kill Jews and other people considered undesirable by Hitler’s regime.
The defendant in this case, a woman, had been trained to perform abortions so that SS officers at the Nazi death camp could have their way with [sexually abuse] the women imprisoned there before sending them to the gas chamber.
A number of pro-life leaders quickly took notice Leahy’s comments.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said his story exposes some of the horrors of abortion — horrors that did not stop after Roe.
“Senator Leahy just reaffirmed why abortion industry health regulations should not continue to be given a pass,” Mancini said. “As his account details, the practice of abortion has a long and violent history of exploiting women, and continues to do so for profit under the legal protection of Roe v. Wade. Horrific cases like the one described by Sen. Leahy reminds us of the need for the deep and unwavering desire to protect all human life that Judge Neil Gorsuch will undoubtedly bring to the Supreme Court bench.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, tweeted about how Leahy’s story backfired. Rather than defend abortion, she said his story demonstrated how abortion hurts women and often is used to exploit them.
This is #abortion: it feeds on human misery and sustains the bottom-feeders who exploit women.
— MarjorieDannenfelser (@marjoriesba) March 22, 2017
Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor of The Catholic Association, added: “We share Senator Leahy’s stated concern about shady and dangerous abortionists preying upon women in crisis, but he should open his eyes to the prevalence of such incompetent and unethical doctors today under Roe’s regime of legal abortion. Just one gruesome example is Dr. Kermit Gosnell who operated without a safety inspection for 17 years despite his horrific practices that ultimately resulted in his conviction for murder. This factsheet documents that today’s legal abortion industry is notoriously unregulated, health and safety violations are commonplace, and it attracts a disproportionate number of seedy doctors who take advantage of vulnerable women.”
Studies have found that coerced abortions are frequent with about half of post-abortive women saying they felt pressured to have abortions. One study found 64 percent of women who had abortions said they were coerced by a partner or parent. Victims of sex trafficking also report that their abusers frequently force them to have abortions so that they can continue be trafficked.
LifeNews also has reported numerous cases of women whose partners allegedly physically abused them because they refused to have an abortion. In several cases, the coercion and violence resulted in their unborn baby’s death.