Pro-aborts and Democracy

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Wendy Davis, two term Texas pro-abort State Senator, got her fifteen minutes of fame last night with a 11 hour filibuster against a proposed Texas statute to ban abortion after 20 weeks and to tighten regulations on abortion mills.  After her filibuster was ruled out of order, a mob of 400 pro-abort observers engaged in chanting, screaming and generally raising hell to delay the vote on the bill, which passed 19-10, until just after midnight, killing the bill since the legislative session ended at midnight.  (Unsurprising, considering media bias on abortion, how few of the stories covering this event bothered noting the lop-sided nature of the final vote.)  Nothing daunted, pro-life Governor Rick Perry has called the legislature back into session:

Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.

“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.

This event is instructive for a few reasons.  First, pro-lifers were asleep at the switch.  Confident in their majority they allowed the pro-abort mob to go unchallenged.  Second, the deep contempt that most pro-aborts have for democracy if it impinges on their sacred rite right to kill their kids was on full display, as this mob action is hailed as a “people’s filibuster” by leftist blogs.  Pro-lifers, when legislative action is pending, must never allow pro-aborts to have unchallenged reign to disrupt legislative proceedings.  We must always remember that we are not engaging in reasoned debate with people who play by our rules.  The hard core pro-abort activists might as well be from the Andromeda Galaxy as far as their willingness to accept the verdict of the ballot box according to the traditional American understanding of democratic self-rule.  If we are going to defeat them, we must take this sad fact into account.




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  1. Abortion should not be allowed at any stage….abortion is murder…when will people realize that what is inside the belly of a woman is an actual person and not just a bunch of worthless cells..that unborn child has a right to life just as much as all of us…Obama is a murderer…he is no better than all the Gossnells out there…all these people out there who are pro choice must wake up and ask themselves the reason why they are even alive today…they should consider themselves lucky that their mum didnt abort them…

  2. “thou shalt not kill”…what part of this does women not understand? What part about adoption vs. abortion do women not see as a reasonable alternative? When a woman wants a baby, life is grand and every development is awesome, but when a woman dosen’t want a baby and is filled with fear, she sees no alternatives but to abort.

  3. These kind of thugocracy tactics are the ultimate enemy of democracy. No sooner did I read about how this unruly mob tried to force their fanatical minority opinion over the democratic process than my gut reaction was: They want a rumble in the gallery? We can give them that.

    Not the best instinct, perhaps, but one that made me feel a historical sympathy for fellow Catholics in times and places like 1930s Spain.

  4. Folks,

    Democracy is literally the whole problem. While I am certain no one is using that term to mean the following, in its purest sense it means that a simple majority rules regardless of the objections of the minority. It is essentially two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner. It makes laws subject to the capricious whims of an erratic and impulsive majority. It has no respect for an individual’s right to life, liberty or the fruits of his labor when a majority vote over rules. The United States was founded as a Christian Constitutional Republic where law and its rule were based on the sound Judeo-Christian principles of morality and virtue, and where the individual was protected from both dictatorial strongmen in power and a majority vote that would seek to remove the individual’s human rights. However, what we are seeing today is not a Republic but the transformation of the nation into a national democracy. That is the problem for democracy is but one side of the coin whose other side is socialism. Democracy in its purest sense is as totalitarian as dictatorship because that is what it is: dictatorship by the majority. And 1st Samuel chapter 8 gives us an invaluable lesson in democracy for it is rejection of God by the elevation of human decision-making into the divine where laws can be changed at will to suit the degeneracy of an evil and adulterous generation.

  5. “They want a rumble in the gallery? We can give them that.”

    Precisely my reaction Darwin. I always prefer reasoned debate and proper order. However, I am never going to allow my adversaries to play my side of any matter for chumps.

  6. “Democracy is literally the whole problem. While I am certain no one is using that term to mean the following, in its purest sense it means that a simple majority rules regardless of the objections of the minority. It is essentially two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner. It makes laws subject to the capricious whims of an erratic and impulsive majority.”

    Our problem is a lack of democracy Paul. If the votes of the majority had been heeded on any number of questions over the past half century this country would be much better off. The Founding Fathers devised a wonderful system to guard against government excess. Where our system has gone off kilter since World War II is in the growth of power of the federal courts and the federal agencies of the executive branch.

  7. Oh wow, a religious site that’s against abortion, what a shocker. Stop trying to force your religious beliefs on people. Unlike fetuses, women are people and they have a right to decide what goes on in people’s bodies. Why are you against such a basic human right?

  8. Fetuses aren’t people? Do tell. Flunked elementary biology, did you? This may also come as a shock to you, but about half of the fetuses slain are female. But they don’t count in your mind do they? Any other groups you feel free to kill since you do not regard them as “persons”? You are part of a very long and dishonorable tradition in the lamentable chronicle of man’s inhumanity to man.

  9. “…women are people and they have a right to decide what goes on in people’s bodies.”

    So why didn’t the woman and the man whom she was with make that decision prior to engaging in sexual intercourse? If I do not want a baby, then I should refrain from sexual intercourse. God did not make any of us animals. He made us in His image and likeness, and He expects and requires that we act like it instead of demeaning ourselves into behavior that would shame an animal. A woman is to be respected and held in highest esteem, and not be treated as a mere object of sexual gratification. But that is exactly what this abortive and contraceptive culture does, to the damnation of the would-be mother and the death of the living person inside her womb.

  10. “Stop trying to force your religious beliefs on people.”

    Opposition to abortion isn’t a religious belief. That being said, the right to life, or any human right, is pretty hard to defend without some Christian, post-Enlightenment framework. Societies without such a framework tend to let human rights fall by the wayside.

  11. From the first fertilized cell, the human being has come into existence and science has proved his individuality by his unique DNA. His will to live and pursue his destiny as a member of homosapiens is to be respected if anyone wishes to be respected.
    Aaronieru: Religious beliefs and scientific facts on this issue support the truth. Perhaps you can tell my why Roe gave the unborn child into the custody of the woman who intended to kill him? Does the court endow sovereign personhood and unalienable rights? or is the state constituted by the sovereign personhood of the human being to protect the right to Life, Liberty and our destiny, virginity innocence and all the other virtues to deliver Justice? or is injustice your vice?

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