Safe, legal and never?

The sonogram bill hit the floor of the Texas House this week. House Bill (HB) 15 would require abortion seekers to receive an ultrasound, listen to the fetal heartbeat and hear a verbal description of both prior to aborting a pregnancy.

Under Texas’ existing informed consent law, abortion providers already must communicate abortion’s risks, the gestational age of the fetus, and that printed materials describing the unborn child are available from the Department of State Health Services. HB 15 goes a step further. It leverages technology to bring such information to life.

A common line among pro-choice Democrats is that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” Politicians named Clinton have used the phrase for years.

As for “safe,” we still have work to do, as demonstrated by the January raid of a Philadelphia abortion clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The grand jury report called his operation a “house of horrors.” The report will make the staunchest stomach stir.

By wanting abortion “rare,” the Democrat mantra tacitly acknowledges that there is something innately ugly about ending life in a womb.

Rare, taken to its logical end, means never. The surgeon general who aims to make cigarette smoking rare sets a noble goal. The general who sets out to make smoking extinct sets a goal more lofty, not less.

If both sides of the abortion debate want abortion rare to never, how do we get there? A combination of pre-conception and post-conception measures is in order.

As for pre-pregnancy, birth control usually gets the nod from the left. But condom dispensers in locker rooms and morning after pills in vending machines seems so savage. An emphasis on personal responsibility and thoughtful choices has a more dignified, more uniquely human feel.

For post-pregnancy, education can help. Lifelike sonogram images and heartbeat pulses will inevitably lead to more live births. Better informing mothers that redemption opportunities exist for their children will, too. Every day, pregnancy care centers guide young women through the medical side of pregnancy to the practical side of adoption.

In a society where infertility frustrates many older couples, expanding the quality and quantity of adoption experiences is a win-win solution.

No one likes being in a surprising, lonely and oftentimes regretful situation. But easy way outs never provide the relief they advertise. HB 15 will steer some women away from a quick fix that will leave them with long-lasting brokenness. Seeing sonograms and hearing heartbeats will add gravity to situations that desperately need it.

HB 15 will achieve what both sides of the Roe v. Wade debate supposedly want. It will make abortion more rare.

Aside: My limited government side regrets the necessity of such a law. It surely has a “big brother” aspect to it. But the Supreme Court reneged on its obligation to protect the littlest brothers four decades ago. Therefore, we who value the miracle of the development of human life fight incrementally – with the power of the people – toward a culture of life.


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