The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution to support a ban on abortions taking place after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The resolution continues a refreshingly pro-life drift by the RNC under Priebus’ leadership.
“The Republican Party is proudly pro-life and this resolution shows our support for this straightforward, simple pro-life initiative,” resolution sponsor RNC Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse of Delaware said in a statement Friday. “Children capable of feeling intense pain, as well as their mothers, should be protected from abortion at such a very late stage of gestation.”
The House passed just such a measure in June by a vote of 228-196. Naturally, a vote on the legislation has been blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader “Dingy Harry” Reid, the Democrats and complicit RINOs.
While liberals whine endlessly about a woman’s “right to choose,” civilized societies throughout history have banned or punished abortions after the first trimester.
Since at least the time of the ancient Greeks, the point at which the baby begins to move has been the point at which an unborn child has been considered fully human and thus eligible for legal protection.
Often called “the quickening,” a baby’s first movements could be felt as early as 13 weeks into pregnancy, and it was considered by Christian scholars to be the point when the child became ensouled. Prior to that point, a fetus often was considered part of a woman’s body.
Societies particular views on abortion have of course varied, but in most civilized nations, abortion was considered to be a serious crime after the quickening of the child.
That was the case in the American colonies and the early days of the United States.
Judge James Wilson was a signer of the Declaration, delegate to the Constitutional Convention and a Supreme Court justice. He was regarded by the other Founding Fathers as the leading legal scholar of his day. On the subject of abortion and the Declaration of Independence’s stated inalienable “right to life,” he said, “With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and in some cases, from every degree of danger.”
When the Supreme Court passed down its Roe v. Wade ruling, it wasn’t standing up for the rights of women to “choose,” it was arbitrarily overturning thousands of years of human ethical belief and at least 200 years of legal precedent.
The RNC should be commended for trying to move the GOP back toward the morals of the Founding Fathers and protecting the unborn.