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On abortion, left's stance is far afield from U.S. general public

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 9, 2013

There are many reasons for changing abortion attitudes. The most notable has been the advance of science, particularly highly detailed ultrasounds and the increased viability of premature babies. In 2011, a German woman gave birth to twins after only 21 weeks and five days of pregnancy. One child died, but the other, weighing only 1 pound at birth, survived. When the little girl was eventually sent home, weighing 7.7 pounds, it was predicted she would develop normally.

On the other hand, abortion providers have often exceeded even the wildest caricatures. Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced to life in prison for killing three babies born alive at his clinic. He cut the newborns' spines. Gosnell was also accused of causing one patient's death via overdose, and is accused of flooding the streets with more than 700,000 oxycodone or OxyContin pills.

Abortion-rights supporters claim Gosnell is an outlier, but similar cases have been identified in other states. In Texas, Dr. Douglas Karpen of Houston is under investigation for performing illegal late-term abortions.

Yet much of the political left still insists abortion should be an any time, anywhere, for any reason proposition. This zealotry is starkly at odds with the views of the broad spectrum of the American public. Unlike past generations, people today can literally see that what was once derided as a mere “clump of cells” looks exactly like a full-term baby, only smaller. Faced with relying on their firsthand experience or embracing liberals' willful blindness to decades of medical progress, Americans are choosing the former.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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