BabyCenter.com offers these simple observations about a baby in the womb 20 weeks into the pregnancy:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel – about the length of a large banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom – the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
Your baby is swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
According to a couple of Republican senators and a strong majority of Democrat senators it is okay after this stage of development to destroy the baby. Yesterday these death-culture senators voted down what is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Their decision, according to the New York Times, is summarized clearly by Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren, who said, “Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade, abortions are safer today than getting your tonsils out. A lot of women are alive today because of Roe.” She added that the bill was “part of a broad and sustained assault by Republican politicians on women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies.”
And yet again, there you have it. No consideration to the well-being of the baby. No reflection on the searing pain the baby experiences while being dismembered by some attendant. The power of choice is more important than the power of life. That these senators can comfortably affirm the dismembering of a baby like the one depicted in the accompanying picture is beyond comprehension. They ought to be ashamed. But that is part of the problem. There is no sense of shame. The pursuit of individual empowerment is simply too important. Self-determination is king, unless, of course, you are the child. The nazi-esque dismemberment of the baby in the womb is completely acceptable if, by chance, the baby that the mother chose to have by virtue of her sexual activity is not convenient. That the baby feels every bit of the pain of the procedure is evidently beside the point.
And that these 46 senators do not have the moral mettle to stand up and call out the barbarity of abortion at any stage, and certainly at this stage, is beyond disconcerting. This is not leadership. This is savagery. As I have written before, the fact that people even think in these terms is the height of narcissism, and makes us to be no different than the most brutal dictators that we find so vile.
Clearly these senators, and, sadly, too many among their voters, prefer pain and death for babies. No matter how Senator Warren nuances her motive, that is the end result.