Friday, July 26, 2013

By 2-1 Margin, Americans Favor Restricting Abortions After 20 Weeks - Washington Post, ABC News Poll

The headline says a 2-1 margin but...the article says 56% favor and 27% oppose, but... another 10% want to outlaw abortion entirely or before 20 weeks, so...  That makes support for restrictions 66% to 27%, more like 2 1/2 - 1!  Other parts of the poll have the usual obfuscating language, but the 66% - 27% is clear. 

This is very exciting!  The only reason for restrictions at 20 weeks rather than the Supreme Court-defined "viability" is that babies at 20 weeks feel pain - BABIES!  BABIES FEEL!  All those people are acting on their belief that these are babies and, therefore, need to be protected.  Short step to 18 week babies,12 week babies, etc.  Again, the law is a teacher and we must use it to the fullest.

There is some very interesting research in Down Syndrome going on in Massachusetts.  David Tolleson of the National Down Syndrome Congress, echoes what Katie Kiley told us at the MCFL Convention, explaining that parents welcome therapies to help their child live a full and active life, they are generally not interested in a "cure" that would take away their child's Down syndrome completely or compromise their identity.


"Parents don't want to change the essence of who their child is," added Tolleson. "But like any parent, if you could ease some of the challenges your child might have in life, you would certainly be interested in doing that."

Here is the article:: 23:52:01#ixzz2aAcsdBVu

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PS, Anne H. just sent this along.  It is definitely worth sharing.

In a mother's womb were two babies. Twin One asked Twin Two: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" Twin Two replied, "Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery.  Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later."

"Nonsense," said Twin One. "There is no life after delivery.  What would that life be?" "I don't know," replied Twin Two "but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." Twin One said "This is absurd!  Walking is impossible.  And eat with our mouths?  Ridiculous!  The umbilical cord supplies nutrition.  Life after delivery is to be excluded.  The umbilical cord is too short."

Twin Two replied, "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." Twin One replied, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere."

"Well, I don't know," said Twin Two, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" said Twin One.  "You believe in mother?  Where is she now?" Twin Two replied, "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." Twin One said, "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist," to which Twin Two replied, "Sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her; you can perceive her.  I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality...."


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