“FRIENDLY FIRE” DOOMS SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE PRIORITY …
|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. senator Lee Bright killed a bill that would have banned abortions in South Carolina after twenty weeks. The fire-breathing Upstate, S.C. social conservative – an ardent abortion foe – blocked the pro-life legislation because in his mind it did not go far enough.
Specifically, Bright filibustered the abortion bill because an amendment would have included exemptions for victims of rape and incest.
Several thousand babies are aborted in South Carolina each year – but only a few dozen are aborted after twenty weeks, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). In fact after twenty-four weeks, abortion is already illegal in South Carolina.
It’s not immediately clear how many babies aborted in the 20-24 week range would have been subject to the rape and incest exemptions – but let’s say for the sake of argument that the state’s initial estimate of thirty-six abortions performed after twenty weeks is accurate. According to national data, one percent of women (i.e. one out of 100) who have an abortion became pregnant as a result of rape. Meanwhile 0.5 percent (or one out of 200) become pregnant as a result of incest.
Applying those statistics to South Carolina (and extending them over a six-year period), we’re talking about a total of three babies.
Do their lives matter? Absolutely …
But Bright could have saved 200 babies over that same time period … and chose not to.
That is inexcusable – and hypocritical.
And this guy calls himself pro-life?
This website does not wear social issues on our sleeve, but at the end of the day abortion is not a social issue – it is a liberty issue. In fact it is the fundamental liberty from which all others flow.
Fortunately, abortion is on the decline in America.
We’ve consistently called for rape and incest exemptions, by the way – just as we’ve consistently supported the morning after pill (which prevents pregnancies from happening in the first place). Those views enrage “100 percenters” like Bright – and to be fair, we respect Bright’s view.
But we never thought pro-life politicians would sacrifice hundreds of innocent babies just to make a political point.
Lee Bright – and any pro-life politicians in the S.C. General Assembly who support him on this issue – should be ashamed of themselves. They had a chance to save life, and they chose not to. Which means they are no longer “pro-life.”
There’s no other way to say it: They have blood on their hands …