Woman-s Right to Know- A day to weep for joy
August 17 2011 by Mark H. Creech, Guest Column

I am still experiencing sporadic moments of jubilation and tears of joy concerning the “Woman’s Right to Know Act” becoming law in North Carolina. Gov. Beverly Perdue had deemed the bill “extreme” and “repugnant,” stamping on it in big bold red letters the word, “VETO.” But recently lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate, by a three-fifths majority in both chambers, disagreed and overrode her objections.

The “Woman’s Right to Know Act” simply requires a woman be presented with a number of possible choices, rather than leaving her with the misconception she has only one choice — abortion. Far too often, a woman with an unplanned pregnancy is mortified, frightened and consequentially in a rush to get rid of her perceived problem. And, for a few hundred dollars the abortionist’s knife is more than ready to accommodate — no questions asked. But this measure slows the process down, requiring she wait at least 24 hours and be availed of comprehensive information concerning all her alternatives, including an opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn child.

In other states where similar laws have been enacted, the abortion rate has dropped. In North Carolina, it is estimated the enactment of this bill will save approximately 3,000 unborn lives annually. The bill actually works to make abortion safer and rarer — something pro-choice advocates have argued in favor of for years. Nevertheless, when this legislation was debated, the rhetoric by pro-choice opponents of the measure was outrageously hyperbolic. Every exaggeration about humiliating women, taking away their personal freedoms, interfering between the doctor/patient relationships, to exacerbating the problems of poverty, were erroneously levied against the proposed law.

But out of the many voices that railed against the “Woman’s Right to Know Act,” one voice in favor of it got to the truth of the matter. In my estimation, the remarks of Rep. John Blust (R-Guilford) on the House floor were most succinct and profound. In fact, I think, if one had “ears to hear,” the beauty of his words were that they had the very voice of God in them.

Below is a condensed version of Blust’s impromptu remarks:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker and members of the House. When I came in here I wasn’t planning on saying anything on this motion …

“I am not going to try and refute everything that has been said in support of the governor’s veto — so much of which was not correct. But I will say this: the bill does not affect the choice of the pregnant woman … The bill just says that you ought to take some time and be sure to know certain things.

“I’m speaking to this mainly because ... I have been involved in an unplanned pregnancy. And, I have seen the ultrasound. I knew … when I saw it that this was a life! This was my daughter … Barbara. It wasn’t a blob of cells. This was my little baby in the womb. I’ve heard over the years so many times the mantra … we will be judged as a society on how we treat our most vulnerable. I ask you, what is possibly more vulnerable than a baby human being in her mother’s womb? And, had that — using the euphemisms that give us comfort to keep us from thinking about what’s really happening — had that pregnancy been terminated — that would not have been just a medical procedure — that would have been the destruction of Barbara Blust!

“We’re just saying — the proponents of this bill — there are two lives involved … This isn’t just a small little thing that sometimes people go in for medical procedures — folks there have been 50 million souls destroyed! Does that not bother you at all?

“This is a small thing to ask someone to do, who is given custody of such a precious commodity … if there is one thing that I have learned, it’s that a life is a miracle ... And it deserves, at least, a modicum of protection ... Otherwise, why do we even have governments, if they don’t do something to protect the most vulnerable of lives?”

Yes, I can’t help from getting emotional each time I pause and reflect on what happened — when good and evil clashed on the House and Senate floors and at least a better chance at life was won for many of the unborn citizens of this state. And may God hasten the day when those little innocent ones — although still housed within their mother’s womb, defenseless as they are — will have all of the same rights and privileges as each of us: “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Now that will be a day to weep for joy!

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Creech is executive director of Christian Action League, christianactionleague.org.)
8/17/2011 9:47:00 AM by Mark H. Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments




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