Editor: Like most Americans, my politics have run the spectrum over time. Age, influences, education, life events, and a classical liberal upbringing have jelled me into a centrist. I’ve never been a member of a political party or religion. I despise the totalitarian left and authoritarian right equally. I party just as hard with my D friends as I do with my R friends.
Abortion is a practice I’ve struggled to reconcile. While personally against it, my liberalism restrains me from inflicting my beliefs on others. Reasonable people, I believed, could engage in debate within the confines of the first trimester. I subscribed to the Clintonian mantra that abortion should be safe, legal, and extremely rare. As a son, a brother, and a father, there is no way I could put myself in the place of the women in my family. I believed I was balanced.
My belief was shattered this week.
Virginia House Bill 2491 was heard in committee. I read the bill. The patron correctly testified it makes it far easier to abort a human being up to the very moment of live birth. Her claims she “misspoke” are called denial. Anyone who has witnessed their children’s birth knows how sickening her position is.
Current law provides for such drastic actions only in extreme circumstances, at a licensed hospital, with three doctors consulting. HB-2491 would have eliminated most of these medically sound provisions.
Gov. Ralph, who never lets us forget he’s a pediatrician, took it a step further by suggesting infants born alive may be terminated. By law, that is murder.
Naturally, the Governor is claiming he didn’t mean ‘infanticide’, and suddenly, he’s the victim. He floated that balloon — It’s on him. Yet, it leaves open just how far will abortion advocates push infanticide? An hour after birth? Two? Should a living human baby be put down three days after live birth? It appears Democrats have no limits.
My delegate, Democrat Wendy Gooditis is a co-patron of HB-2491. In fairness, I’ve called and written requesting clarification as to her actual support for ghoulish last moment before birth abortion. So far, crickets from Del. Gooditis. Zilch on her Twitter account; no statements; nothing. That says it all.
I believe she knows her strong support for abortion up to the very moment of birth is out of touch with rational people. Her extreme views are incomprehensible. I am now ‘woke.’ I have, overnight, become actively pro-life. I will work for and contribute to her opponent. As my public servant, I will demand she defend her indefensible position in public at every opportunity, and I will always remind everyone that Del. Wendy Gooditis supports ending the life of infants, on the most special day of all–their birthday.
Chris Manthos, Leesburg