Much Ado About Nothing
This is a topic I spoke about on last week’s episode of The Air Raid, but it’s a topic that’s worth repeating.
This Tuesday the Anne Arundel County Council will be considering Resolution 30-18. Introduced by outgoing Councilman Michael Peroutka, the resolution is:
recognizing and declaring the humanity of preborn children and urging the citizens of Anne Arundel County to encourage the humane treatment of all human beings, including preborn children, as well as to promote and defend the dignity of all human.
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Now when you read the resolution itself, there are two operative clauses:
Realistically, those two statements are rather innocuous. The County Council recognizes that unborn children are people (much like science does) and wants the County Health Officer to collect some data.
The left, of course, has absolutely lost its ever-loving mind. For example:
- Peroutka Purports to “Defend the Dignity of All Human Life” in Back-Door Maneuver to Limit Reproductive Rights
Karen Nelson, President of Planned Parenthood
- While Resolution No. 30-18 purports to recognize and declare the humanity of preborn children and urges citizens of Anne Arundel County to encourage the humane treatment of all human beings, it is actually the first step on a slippery slope to declare a public policy that would attempt to eliminate access or ban abortion in Anne Arundel County.
Not to be content with the op-ed in the Capital, Planned Parenthood held a rally and made this statement:
- Resolution 30-18 has the potential to be harmful to women. Anti-abortion groups may say that we at Planned Parenthood are too alarmed in Anne Arundel County. They say the proposed resolution is powerless. Nothing could be further from the truth. If passed, R30-18 will decide the direction that Anne Arundel County takes to attempt to restrict the right for women to make personal health care decisions for themselves. And let me explain. While the context of R3o-18 seeks to “recognize and declaring the humanity of preborn children” and urges the citizens of Anne Arundel County to recognize the humanity of all human beings, this really is certainly a first step toward declaring public policy that attempts to eliminate access to or ban abortion in Anne Arundel County and, to go further, it could even criminalize women.
While at the rally the Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley let loose with this statement:
- As Mayor of Annapolis, I will not stand by quietly while this type of extreme and unprecedented language is passed as public policy by the Anne Arundel County Council. Instead, I will stand with women, who have the right to make their own personal healthcare choices without interference from government
Of course, the level of histrionics and disinformation being spewed by these pro-abortion groups is beyond the pale and a complete overreaction to a nonbinding resolution. The resolution already has absolutely no chance of passing since Republican Councilman John Grasso has already stated he will side with Democrats to oppose the resolution.
The ridiculous nature of these protests are summed up nicely by Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, who supports the resolution:
“This bill has no effect on abortion,” Schuh said. “The council has no authority to pass bills on abortion access. That is a state issue.”
And Schuh is 100% correct. The resolution is little more than a statement of principles by the County Council recognizing that abortion is inhuman, immoral, and bad public policy. It includes exactly one course of action, which is to direct the Health Officer to collect some data. That’s it. The Anne Arundel County cannot ban abortion no matter how much it may or may not want to because Maryland state law already allows unrestricted access to the procedure.
What’s really going on here with this level of outrage? Well, there are a couple of reasons. The first is the immediate political reasons that are similar to the reason Speaker Mike Busch proposed a Constitutional Amendment regarding Abortion recently. It’s about getting the Democratic base excited about something in a year where the Democratic nominee for governor, Ben Jealous, is going down in flames and threatening to take the entire party with him.
But there’s something else at play here too. And it has to do with the topic of abortion itself. The issue that pro-abortion folks see with Peroutka’s resolution is that the resolution recognizes the humanity of children who are still in the womb. Anybody who pays attention to science, of course, knows this. It’s been known for quite some time. The fact is also recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, too.
That fact is inconvenient for pro-abortion groups. They want to blindly and naïvely support abortion without the recognition that what they are supporting is actually fetal homicide, no matter what you call it. They would like to forget that just because something is legal doesn’t make that thing moral. And they are certainly worried that the silent majority of Americans who oppose abortion will speak up, both to their leaders and at the ballot box, in an effort to end this barbaric practice.
In that context, is it any wonder that groups like Planned Parenthood, who nationally kill millions of unborn children a year, are appalled and offended by the prospect of this resolution? Is it any wonder that pro-abortion zealots are trying, like the Arundel Patriot or the Anne Arundel Huddle, are trying to spin this resolution into something about Peroutka by regurgitating talking points we were making about him four years ago?
So let’s talk about the real goals that the pro-abortion zealots are trying to accomplish here:
- Trying to get Democrats excited about showing up to vote this year;
- Trying to distract from the truth about what abortion is, the killing of an unborn child; and,
- Trying to silence opposition to abortion wherever it shows up.
And that, of course, is the most dangerous and explosive aspect of this. More people than both Democrats and the pro-abortion zealots would care to admit oppose abortion in its entirety. There are several cases that are moving through the judicial process that may challenge the constitutionality of both the wrongly decided Roe v. Wade case but also the existing precedent, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. And there are many people who are willing to speak up against the atrocity that is abortion. But Planned Parenthood and its ilk on the radical left want to try to make sure that any person who speaks up for the unborn is silenced. They want to try and force people and groups who want to oppose the barbaric practice of abortion out of polite society. That, of course, is wrong, and that, of course, shows not just how groups like Planned Parenthood are oriented, but goes to show how weak their base of support is and how immoral their argument in support of abortion truly is.
So yeah, groups like Planned Parenthood come out and make a mountain out of a molehill of a simple non-binding resolution just because it helps their political positioning. It’s much ado about nothing and shows that pro-abortion groups are weaker than they and the Democrats would care to admit, but it also goes to show that Democrats and pro-abortion groups are turning pro-abortion speech into hate speech.