The rhetoric from various Democrats last week regarding the leaked draft of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s purported majority opinion regarding the potential landmark case of Dobbs V Jackson was predictable. Democrats called those voting in the majority ‘radicals,’ and they lamented the demise of Roe V Wade. They also claimed that their position on abortion was aligned with most Americans: it’s not. In fact, it’s not even close. But this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Majority Leader – for now – couldn’t help himself, as he insisted on enshrining that disconnect for the ages.
Winner: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forces Democrats to go on the record and vote on a bill to allow abortion up until the moment of birth.
A week ago, Democrats were hyping the notion that the Dobbs V Jackson case, if the Supreme Court’s ruling goes ahead as it appears it will, would be a windfall for Democrats. It could be the difference between them retaining or ceding power in Congress. But that was never the case. The midterm elections in November will be decided by a lot of things, but abortion and the overturning of Roe V Wade won’t be among them.
The economy will be at the top of the list of voters’ priorities in the fall. Folks who have watched their 401K accounts evaporate and who are getting clobbered by inflation will be voting with their pocketbooks. Many voters will consider the immigration crisis at the southern border when casting their votes, as well as the instability in Eastern Europe and President Joe Biden’s incoherent foreign policy.
For most voters, abortion is not their top issue, regardless of if they consider themselves Pro-Life or Pro-Abortion. And for those who do consider it their top priority, what happens in the Supreme Court in the coming days is not going to change how they vote, one way or the other.
There are too many other problems in our country right now for voters to overlook the utter disaster that the Biden Administration has become just because they may disagree with the Supreme Court. And while we’re all going to have to wait another two years before we can vote Sleep Joe out of power, we can give his cronies in Congress the boot when we vote in less than six months.
But make no mistake, abortion is still a hot-button issue. People are indeed passionate in their beliefs on the matter, and the polling data is very clear. Polling shows that 59% of Americans believe abortion should be legal, and this is the number Democrats tend to focus on. Yet if we look closer at the numbers, the issue is much more complex.
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According to an AP/NORC poll last year, when a woman’s life is in danger (87%), or in cases of incest and rape (84%), Americans support the right to an abortion. But when we consider the timing of abortions, Americans’ opinions shift dramatically. In the first trimester, 61% of Americans believe abortion should be legal. But that number drops to only 34% in the second trimester and only 19% in the third trimester. In other words, less than one-fifth of Americans are OK with late-term abortions. And this is where Sen. Schumer showed his true knuckleheadedness this week.
On Wednesday, Schumer forced a vote on the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, which sounds like a great name. Who doesn’t want to protect women’s health? But that’s not what the bill was about.
The language in the bill was wildly radical. It would have allowed abortions to be done by non-doctors, there would have been no requirement for parental notification for minors, and it would have permitted abortions based on the gender of the child. If you wanted a baby boy but were pregnant with a baby girl, go ahead and kill it. That’s radical enough. But what is most extreme about Schumer’s bill are the restrictions on the timing for abortions. There were none.
If Schumer’s bill would have passed and made it into law, abortion up until the moment of birth would have been legal. Quite literally, a woman who is nine months pregnant and on her way to the hospital for a C-section could have changed her mind on the way, walked into the hospital and had the baby aborted. Murdered. That’s not just radical, that’s downright evil.
As it turned out, not only did Schumer not have the 60 votes needed to pass the bill, he didn’t even have a majority. All 50 Republican senators voted nay, along with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Chuck Schumer’s abortion bill will forever be known as having had bipartisan opposition.
Meanwhile, the other 49 Democrats that voted yes are now on the record. They voted yes on a bill that would have made infanticide legal at a federal level. Many of those 49 senators may never need to explain themselves, as the left and their media will most surely do their best to run interference for them. But at some point, particularly in red and purple states, those senators will need to explain themselves.
They’ll need to explain to their voters why they voted to strip their state governments from the ability to determine how to proceed with abortion legislation, which is what the bill would have done. They’ll have to explain to their voters why they couldn’t even get a majority of their fellow senators to vote with them. And they’ll have to explain why they voted to allow the murder of babies up until the time they enter the birth canal, an idea that is opposed by over 80% of Americans. And it is for this reason that Chuck Schumer is a knucklehead.
Honorable Mention #1: British citizen Oli London was born a white male, but now identifies as a Korean female, stating “I’m Korean, people are just going to have to accept that.”
This type of insanity is a natural progression. If a biological fact such as gender is rendered meaningless, then why not do the same with other inherent, undeniable realities? If you’re a man who identifies as a woman, go for it. If you’re a white person who identifies as Asian, no problem. If your 74-years-old but identify as a 24-year-old, who are we to judge? And if you’re a human being that identifies as a platypus, what the heck, that’s fine.
London, who is 31-years-old… for now… has gone through multiple surgeries to have himself look like Korean popstar Jimin. There’s no way of knowing if Oli London is indeed under the delusion that he is “transracial,” he could just be doing all this for attention, and the same could be said for his transgenderism. But if London is telling the truth, then he is a troubled soul. And for anyone to play along with his mental illness is not compassionate, it’s disturbing.
Honorable Mention #2: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen weighs in on… abortion rights?
As you may have noticed, our economy is in shambles. Inflation continues to skyrocket, the stock market has been in freefall for months, and our national debt now exceeds $30 trillion thanks to government officials in both parties spending tax dollars as if they grow on trees. One might think that our Treasury Secretary would have more important things on her mind than worrying about the abortion debate, but one would be wrong, apparently.
On Tuesday, Yellen inexplicably offered the opinion that somehow overturning Roe V Wade would be “very damaging” to the economy. Hmm. Seems like the secretary may be speaking outside of her area of expertise, here.
Perhaps we should ask Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to give us his thoughts on the impact cryptocurrency will have on international markets. Then we could ask Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas whether mRNA or traditional vaccines are more effective in combating COVID. Finally, maybe we could ask the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, about the best way to ensure we are supplying Ukraine with adequate weapons in their war with Ukraine. Or perhaps… just maybe… folks like Janet Yellen and everyone else in the Biden Administration should focus on getting their own individual dumpster fires under control and shut the hell up about topics that don’t concern them…. Maybe.
P.F. Whalen is a conservative author at TheBlueStateConservative.com. His work has appeared in multiple publications, including Human Events, the Western Journal, and American Thinker. Follow him on Parler and GETTR; he does not do Facebook and Twitter.
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