In blocking abortion legislation, Democrats will display their cultural extremism
WASHINGTON – What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number – say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats will, for a third time, block this path when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings the House bill to the floor, allowing Democrats to demonstrate their extremism and aversion to bipartisan compromise.
Democracy, which properly is government by persuasion rather than majority bullying or executive or judicial policy fiats, is a search for splittable differences. Abortion, which supposedly is the archetypal issue that confounds efforts at compromise, has for two generations – since the Supreme Court seized custody of the issue in 1973 – damaged political civility.
Pro-abortion absolutists – meaning those completely content with the post-1973 regime of essentially unrestricted abortion-on-demand at any point in pregnancy – are disproportionately Democrats who, they say, constitute the Party of Science. They are aghast that the Department of Health and Human Services now refers to protecting people at “every stage of life, beginning at conception.” This, however, is elementary biology, not abstruse theology: Something living begins then – this is why it is called conception. And absent a natural malfunction or intentional intervention (abortion), conception results in a human birth.
In 1973, the court decreed – without basis in the Constitution’s text, structure or history, or in embryology or other science – a trimester policy. It postulated, without a scintilla of reasoning, moral and constitutional significance in the banal convenience that nine is divisible by three. The court decided that the right to abortion becomes a trifle less […]