Posted on August 28, 2023



Haley's Comment

Nikki's debate answer slanders pro-lifers


Daniel Clark



At the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley declared herself to be "unapologetically pro-life." That's literally true, because she isn't apologizing for her own opposition to abortion; she's only slandering those of us who share it.

"Let's find consensus," she said. "Can't we all agree that we should ban late-term abortions? Can't we all agree that we should encourage adoptions? Can't we all agree that doctors and nurses who don't believe in abortion shouldn't have to perform them? Can't we all agree that contraception should be available? And can't we all agree that we are not going to put a woman in jail or give her the death penalty if she gets an abortion?"

This is a little bit like hiring Hannibal Lecter and Richie Cunningham to house-sit, and saying, "Don't either of you guys eat anybody while I'm away." Haley's rhetorical questions were meant to imply a phony moral equivalence between advocates and opponents of abortion, which might explain why she did not invite anybody to answer them.

No, we cannot all agree to ban late-term abortions, because the entire Democrat Party from President Biden on down is dedicated to an absolutist pro-abortion position, which demands that it be legal at any time for any reason. Believing them when they say otherwise is always a tragic mistake. Take the upcoming pro-abortion ballot initiative in Ohio, which is likely to pass, in part because it disguises its absolutism as a compromise. The referendum allows for the banning of abortions after the point of viability, except when it is deemed necessary by the abortionist.

No, we cannot all agree that we should encourage adoptions. The abortion industry has always been hostile toward adoption. The Guttmacher Institute, which originated as the research division of Planned Parenthood, published a paper this February that concluded, "Adoption Is Not an Equal Alternative to Abortion." The faux-study was unscientifically based on interviews with 29 women who had already had abortions, and obviously felt the need to rationalize them. Any women who had been persuaded to choose adoption were omitted from the project by design. Pro-abortion groups routinely denigrate adoption in their "fact sheets," never considering it to be a valid "reproductive choice." To them, adoption represents defeat.

No, we cannot all agree that doctors and nurses who don't believe in abortion shouldn't have to perform them. In fact, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obamacare) attempted to force them to do so, by mischaracterizing one's refusal to commit the deadly act as an instance of gender discrimination. This rule was thrown out by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals almost exactly a year ago, but the fact remains that conscience exemptions, and especially the refusal of Catholic hospitals to perform abortions, are vigorously opposed by those on the pro-abortion side.

By contrast, the questions Haley put to those of us on her own side are so agreeable that they're not even worth mentioning, other than for the purpose of maligning us. Nobody is trying to ban contraception. The idea that this is even on the table is a canard that was created by the Democrats and their media operatives during the 2012 presidential campaign. Part of its purpose is to mislabel abortion drugs like mifepristone as contraceptives, making it rhetorically more difficult to oppose them. Haley is now helping them spread this lie, and she needs to be asked why.

The only person in a position of responsibility who has hinted at jailing women for having abortions was President Trump, when he was clumsily trying to make himself sound pro-life, only to have his remarks forcefully denounced by those who really are. Haley surely knows this, yet she carries her implied accusation to a ludicrous extreme by intimating that there are those of us who would execute women for the offense. This is a feminist martyrdom fantasy that can only come true in made-for-TV movieland. She only entertains it so that she may triangulate between her allies and enemies, thereby elevating herself from the fray.

In his 1983 "evil empire" speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, Ronald Reagan said in regard to the nuclear arms race, "I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation to blithely declare yourself above it all and label both sides equally at fault ... and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil." Nikki Haley is in the process of removing herself from that struggle.



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