As I posted on Wednesday, President Trump made one of the strongest pro-life statements ever made in a State of the Union Address.
Taking as his point of departure the barbaric law signed into effect by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a similar law proposed in Virginia, President Trump had his to say:
“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful, babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
The Washington Post, which is anti-Christian and pro-abort down to it’s Birkenstock soles, just had to fact check it in a post called Abortion legislation in New York wouldn’t do what Trump said.
Fact checking doesn’t actually mean what the media tells you it means. The Federalist’s David Harsanyi says there are different varieties of fact checking of GOP politicians by the media:
Hyper-precision fact-checking that creates the impression that a Republican is misleading the public.
Fact-checking subjective political assertions.
Partisan talking point masquerading as a fact check.
Fact-checking a truthful statement by demanding that Trump highlight information that has absolutely nothing to do with his contention.
Here we will deal with another category, also identified by Harsanyi: Fact-checking meant to obscure actual facts.
Currently, all but seven states have prohibitions on gestational limits, from 20 to 24 weeks, or the point of “viability.” (A woman is considered to have reached full term when she is between 37-42 weeks.) Indeed, only 1.3 percent of abortions — or about 8,500 a year — take place at or after 21 weeks, according to 2014 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Guttmacher Institute.
The legislation in New York would not have “allowed a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.” It states a health care practitioner “may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”
The now-tabled bill in Virginia would have reduced the number of doctors required to agree that “the continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the death of the woman” or “impair the mental or physical health of the woman” from three to one. It would have also removed the phrase “substantially and irremediably” from the section describing the required conditions for a woman to have an abortion. In other words, continuing pregnancy would no longer have to “substantially and irremediably impair” a woman’s physical or mental health, it would simply need to “impair” it. Lastly, the bill would have removed the 24 hour waiting period. The bill also specifies that measures of life support “shall be available and utilized” if there is evidence of viability.
The actual facts are that the New York and Virginia bills do exactly what President Trump said. The Supreme Court has said time and again that even under the Roe v. Wade trimester travesty, that abortion is licit in the third trimester for the “life and health of the mother.” Subsequent decisions have specified that “health” includes mental health and that is a totally subjective judgment and, as far as I can tell, there has yet to be a case where an abortionist failed to collect their check due to one of them deciding that the woman’s life or health would not be damaged. It just doesn’t happen.
In fact, as the odious Kathy Tran, the sponsor of Virginia’s infanticide bill said, abortion is permissible even while the baby is being birthed. Governor Northam said in an interview that if the baby was born before the abortion was complete that it would be put aside, “made comfortable” and the woman and abortionist would decide what to do.
What this ridiculous fact-check does is simply sling around words an omit context to try to say President Trump was wrong. He wasn’t. He perfectly described what the New York law allows.
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