What Can We Do About Abortion? Stop Waiting on Washington

Another week. Another video showing Americans what our nation’s laws allow – the mutilation, harvesting, and marketing of the butchered remains of murdered babies.
The latest hidden video released from the Center for Medical Progress shows a conversation between Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, a medical advisor for Planned Parenthood, and someone pretending to be one of the abortion provider’s frequent buyers of dead babies.
“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues … they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural,” Westhoff said. “Certainly, everything we provide – oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.” The abortion doctor then added, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this.”
Deborah Van Derhei, another Planned Parenthood official, admitted that her colleagues “generate a fair amount of income” from harvesting body parts from dead babies. Still, she said it remains an issue “we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email,” and admitted that the “headlines would be a disaster.”
Maybe not. One may think headlines like “Dead Babies Sold for Cash” would have a negative impact on their bottom line, but Planned Parenthood is about to emerge from the controversy largely unscathed. Moreover, thanks to an incredibly weak Republican-controlled Congress, the abortion provider will likely fend off any attempts to cut off the millions in taxpayer dollars that fund the group’s grotesque enterprise annually.
“We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this month. Funny, he’s willing to fight like hell to save the Import Export Bank for his crony capitalist friends, but going to the mat for the pro-life movement? Not so much.
Which brings me to my final recommendation in a recent series that explored the many things that can be done to end abortion in America: Lastly, we must stop waiting on Washington.
We know all about the need to overturn pro-abortion court decisions and pass pro-life laws. We’ve repeatedly heard about the need to elect a president who’ll nominate pro-life justices, and then elect a Senate who’ll approve their appointment to the Supreme Court, and a Congress that will pass laws to strengthen the defense of unborn life. But we’ve done all that, and often at the same time.
Has anything changed? Very little. It’s still relatively easy – and altogether legal – for an unborn child to be killed in her mother’s womb at any point during her development, and for any reason whatsoever.
Even after these videos have revealed the full horror that is 
Planned Parenthood, our Republican-held Congress will fail to successfully block its taxpayer funding. They’ll cave under threat of a veto, and then say, “Well, we tried. What we really need is the White House.”
So we’ll deliver 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue back to the Republicans, again, who’ll then say, “What we really need is the Courts.” And that will be given, too, but then there’ll be another excuse. There always is.
That’s because of this hard truth: The elites in our nation’s capital don’t want to end abortion. It’s a hard fight they don’t want – presidents, senators, congressmen, and justices alike – so it’s one they’ll continue to avoid.
So if not to our federal government, then where should the pro-life movement turn for help?
The states.
Unfortunately, there must eventually come a time when our state capitals admit the futility of waiting on Washington to protect the unborn, and thus formally absolve their submission to the federal government on the issue of abortion.
The only way we’ll end abortion in our communities and save unborn lives, at least in the next several decades, is when we elect governors who – backed by legislatures, state courts, prosecutors, and sheriffs – will finally rise and declare, “This ends on my watch.”
The states have the capability and the moral and legal authority, and even if we have to drag the federal government kicking and screaming into the modern era on this issue, it’s worth the trouble.
As observed by Saint Augustine, an unjust law is no law at all, and it’s about time for our states to admit Roe v. Wade can no longer be followed.

(First Posted on AL.Com)

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