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March for Life Closes Bad Week for Liberals

From Scott Brown to John Edwards, did anyone realize what a bad week it was for the so-called “progressive movement?”

Last week was a tough week for the so-called “progressive” movement.  Democrats lost their stranglehold on the U.S. Senate with a Scott Brown victory in the special election to fill the seat of the late Ted Kennedy.

The Supreme Court ruled against substantial portions of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Russell Feingold’s (D-Wisc.) assault on the first amendment through their incumbency protection plan a.k.a. McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.”  Now Big Labor is forced onto a level playing field with corporations in issue advocacy.

Air America went dark and filed for bankruptcy last week.  Former Democrat vice presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged a new addition to his family — with his mistress.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was forced to announce she lacked the votes to pass the Senate version of the government takeover of health care.  They were just so close to achieving the pinnacle of their control over the great unwashed — and yet so far away.  

Just to be clear, the bill that lacks enough votes in the House is the Senate-passed version with the Cornhusker Kickback, the Second Louisiana Purchase, Gator Aid and federal funding of abortion.

For decades the “progressives” have sought unfettered access to abortion on demand for the poor and for minorities on the public dime.  Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a pioneer in the eugenics movement setting up shop primarily in minority, low-income neighborhoods — a practice that continues today.  

Planned Parenthood last week opened a 78,000 square foot abortion supercenter in the predominately black and Hispanic southeast Houston area — its newest and biggest facility ever.  Probably has nothing to do with the minority population shift from New Orleans to Houston post-Katrina.

The abortion federal funding scheme secreted in the Senate health care bill was apparently tossed aside the week of the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  As an old friend of mine used to say, isn’t irony ironic?

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, addressed the tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the annual “March for Life” marking this somber anniversary.  Smith touched on taboo subjects in his speech that these “progressives” don’t want women to know about abortion.  So, of course, I’ll share them here.

From Rep. Smith’s speech:

“President Obama, is it really so hard to understand that abortion is violence against children, a pernicious form of child abuse, falsely marketed as choice, a human right, health care and safe?  Abortion isn’t health care.  There is nothing whatsoever benign, healing or nurturing about abortion.
 
“Safe? Certainly not for the 52 million babies who have been dismembered or chemically poisoned or starved to death since 1973.  And certainly not for women, who have been hurt physically and psychologically, and the medical data strongly suggests abortion even causes prematurity in a significant percentage of children born to women who have undergone abortion.  
 
“Safe for women?  At least 102 studies show significant psychological harm, major depression and even higher incidences of suicide in women who abort. This has been covered up.
 
“Safe for women? At least 28 studies — including three in 2009 — show that an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by some 30-40 percent or more, yet the abortion industry has largely succeeded here as well in suppressing those facts.

“Nevertheless, according to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, 2009 was a pivotal year in the debate about the abortion breast cancer link.  Three studies were published from Turkey, China and the United States which matter-of-factly demonstrate the abortion breast cancer link as one of many breast cancer risk factors.

“For example, the recent U.S. study by Jessice Dolle of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrated that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40%.  Study co-authors included Janet Daling and Louise Brinton.  Amazingly, Brinton was a chief organizer of the 2003 National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop denying the link.  Now a study she co-authored reiterates the link and reports them as consistent with earlier studies that found induced abortion to be a risk factor for breast cancer.
 
“Abortion, safe?  Not for subsequent children of women who have had an abortion. At least 113 studies show a dramatic association between abortion and preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies–36% after one abortion, a staggering 93% after two.  In like manner, abortion causes lower birth weights in subsequent children.  Prematurity and low birth weight are leading causes of disability in children.
 
“Abortion is a serious human rights abuse, Mr. President."

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