Study: One in thrity “Aborted” Babies born alive

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One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found.

They lived for an average of 80 minutes – although in some cases foetuses survived for over six hours.

Researchers looked at the outcome of 3,189 abortions performed on seriously handicapped foetuses at 20 hospitals between 1995 and 2004.

It showed that 102 – or around one in 30 – aborted for reasons such as Down’s Syndrome and heart defects, were born alive.

So, not only are babies born alive being allowed to die, they’re also presumably suffering a great deal while lying neglected and unattended by their killers. This is the sort of action that leads to executions when done to people whose lives we value. But since it’s abortion, it’s apparently to be celebrated as an exercise in women’s freedom….

This is what we’re talking about:

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Nope, nothing remotely human in that picture. Well, maybe that finger, but definitely that “thing” at the center of the photo.

The other thing I found interesting about this article is that it’s referring to children who suffer from some medical issue. It seems to me that the statistics would be even higher among healthy unborn children.

Quote-a-palooza

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.” – Noah Webster

“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism- government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it.” – Ronald Reagan

“Clearly, there remains to this day a horrible, condescending attitude toward armed American citizens. Haven’t the British yet gotten over the fact that a ragtag, often disorganized force of American colonials, wielding their own arms, was able to defeat what at the time was the most powerful armed force in the world? Our forefathers, armed with their own flintlock rifles and pistols, and an assortment of muskets- the ‘assault weapons’ of their era- threw off the yoke of oppression under which they were forced to live. When British broadcasters today demand to know just what it is about gun ownership that Americans defend so vigorously, the answer is too simple for them to comprehend. Simply put, we defend this individual civil right because without our own guns two centuries ago, we would still… likely be British subjects…” – Alan Gottlieb

“In its proper constitutional sense, the term [militia] means all the able-bodied people who can be trained and disciplined to act in the community’s defense when it’s attacked. Since it encompasses every able-bodied person, it does not refer to those- such as the police, the military, or even the National Guard- who formally compose the official defense forces of the nation. Every citizen able and willing to act in an emergency becomes a potential defender against attacks aimed at the general population. Unfortunately, because of the anti-gun folly of the leftist media and politicians, we have lost sight of this vital element of our defense… The anti-gun crowd seeks to establish a modern version of [the medieval era], a kind of bureaucratic feudalism, in place of the republican self-government established by our Constitution… The answer is not gun control, but self-government, self-defense, and self-control. We must act to live as free people, else like sheep for the slaughter, we will die, and freedom with us.” – Alan Keyes

“The trouble with gun control laws is they target the law abiding. ‘If you disarm good people but not the criminals, instead of making things safe for the potential victims you may unintentionally make them safe for the criminals,’ said Dr. John Lott, coauthor of a massive study on guns and crime… Both crime rates and shooting deaths have declined in most states which have adopted ‘concealed carry’ laws, says Dr. Lott. The decline in ‘multiple victim public shootings’ has been especially pronounced, he said. ‘Bill Landes of the University of Chicago law school and I examined multiple-victim public shootings in the U.S. from 1977 to 1999 and found that when states passed right-to-carry laws, the rate of multiple victim public shootings fell by 60 percent. Deaths and injuries from multiple victim public shootings fell even further, on average by 78 percent, as the remaining incidents tended to involve fewer victims per attack,’ Dr. Lott said… In applauding the defeat last year of a measure in the Virginia legislature to permit those with concealed carry permits to have a gun on campus, Associate Vice President Larry Hinckler said Virginia Tech’s strict gun control policy made students feel safer. But there is a difference between feeling safer and being safer, as Virginia Tech has learned to its sorrow.” – Jack Kelly

“I have always been fond of the West African proverb: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far’.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“[F]or many Europeans, faith is increasingly irrelevant. Europe has the lowest church-attendance in the world. Not coincidentally, the continent is in a demographic tail-spin. Of the 10 nations with the lowest birthrates, nine are in Europe (the 10th is Japan). Currently, 1.5 children are born for every woman in the EU. In some countries, the rate is as low as 1.1. It takes 2.1 births per woman merely to replace current population. If present trends continue, Europe’s population could decline by 88 million in the next 15 years- a loss of 23% of its 2000 population. Why not coincidentally? From religion comes hope for the future and a sense of societal obligation (i.e., a non-hedonistic worldview). No faith, no hope. No hope for the future, no sense of obligation- hence, no children.” – Don Feder

Carper: “I think a number of people who voted for [partial-birth abortion ban] thought that the court would ultimately strike it down.”

Robert D. Novak – The Democrats’ Partial Pro-Lifers – washingtonpost.com

Thomas Carper, the low-profile junior senator from Delaware, tries to walk the middle of the road on abortion. He was rated at 55 percent pro-choice by NARAL in 2006, but he was one of the 17 Democrats who voted to ban partial birth abortion three years earlier. Carper said after the court upheld the 2003 bill: “I think a number of people who voted for it thought that the court would ultimately strike it down.”

I have no doubt that Carper is right. I immediately thought of how Bush reversed his campaign pledge to veto McCain-Feingold. He figured it was popular and he could get some good publicity by signing it, figuring it would overturned by the Courts. Oops.

While on partial-birth abortion, it is largely Democrats who this describes, it applies across the board without party distinction. Too many politicians are willing to take actions they believe to be opposed to America’s best interests just to maintain popularity with the voters come re-election time. This is where term limits might help, even though I retain a visceral aversion to them. If politicians didn’t have to worry about re-election, perhaps they’d actually focus on what’s best for the country.

For another example, on the GOP side, I have little doubt that there are some pro-life Republicans who would vote differently on a secret ballot. I have no way of knowing who they are, so I can’t name names, but politicians being what they are, there’s got to be at least a few.

Let this decision be a warning for politicians of the sort Senator Carper referred to: don’t vote in favor of a position you oppose, it might come back and bite you in the ass.

Hat Tip: The Corner

Carper: “I think a number of people who voted for [partial-birth abortion ban] thought that the court would ultimately strike it down.”

Robert D. Novak – The Democrats’ Partial Pro-Lifers – washingtonpost.com

Thomas Carper, the low-profile junior senator from Delaware, tries to walk the middle of the road on abortion. He was rated at 55 percent pro-choice by NARAL in 2006, but he was one of the 17 Democrats who voted to ban partial birth abortion three years earlier. Carper said after the court upheld the 2003 bill: “I think a number of people who voted for it thought that the court would ultimately strike it down.”

I have no doubt that Carper is right. I immediately thought of how Bush reversed his campaign pledge to veto McCain-Feingold. He figured it was popular and he could get some good publicity by signing it, figuring it would overturned by the Courts. Oops.

While on partial-birth abortion, it is largely Democrats who this describes, it applies across the board without party distinction. Too many politicians are willing to take actions they believe to be opposed to America’s best interests just to maintain popularity with the voters come re-election time. This is where term limits might help, even though I retain a visceral aversion to them. If politicians didn’t have to worry about re-election, perhaps they’d actually focus on what’s best for the country.

For another example, on the GOP side, I have little doubt that there are some pro-life Republicans who would vote differently on a secret ballot. I have no way of knowing who they are, so I can’t name names, but politicians being what they are, there’s got to be at least a few.

Let this decision be a warning for politicians of the sort Senator Carper referred to: don’t vote in favor of a position you oppose, it might come back and bite you in the ass.

Hat Tip: The Corner

Bad Things

Ryan’s post reminded me of a Bad Thing I went through yesterday morning. This past weekend was the Annual Catholic Appeal, wherein we ask Catholics to support the operations of the diocese through contributions. I was the person at my parish responsible for leading people through the process of filling out their pledge cards during Mass.

Attending the 9:30 Mass (the family Mass), I was reminded why I don’t usually attend the 9:30 Mass. Speaking directly into the microphone, I still couldn’t hear myself at some points of the Mass due to noise of children, especially one baby who reminded me of nothing as much as Damien from “The Omen“.

I’m convinced that if I am unfortunate enough to experience Hell, it will remind of the 9:30 Mass.

And when I’m Absolute Dictator, parents who make no effort to get a screaming child out of Mass until they’re calm will be denied Communion.

Bad Things

Ryan’s post reminded me of a Bad Thing I went through yesterday morning. This past weekend was the Annual Catholic Appeal, wherein we ask Catholics to support the operations of the diocese through contributions. I was the person at my parish responsible for leading people through the process of filling out their pledge cards during Mass.

Attending the 9:30 Mass (the family Mass), I was reminded why I don’t usually attend the 9:30 Mass. Speaking directly into the microphone, I still couldn’t hear myself at some points of the Mass due to noise of children, especially one baby who reminded me of nothing as much as Damien from “The Omen“.

I’m convinced that if I am unfortunate enough to experience Hell, it will remind of the 9:30 Mass.

And when I’m Absolute Dictator, parents who make no effort to get a screaming child out of Mass until they’re calm will be denied Communion.

Quote of the Day

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

— James Madison (Federalist No. 51, 8 February 1788)

Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 51.