The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL OP-ED SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1997 A5 V BY GEORGE Pick your favorite Spice Girl abortion law Law won't allow an abortion — unless you really, really want one "I'd give a lot to see a hospital. They probably use needles, sutures. Oh, the pain. Cut and sew people like garments." — Dr. Leonard McCoy, Starfleet medical officer, on 20th Century medicine T he Senate Thursday voted down a Democratic bill that would ban late-term abortions in America, unless the woman really, really wants to have one. Call it the Spice Girls Act. The Republican leaders of the Senate, preparing their own bill to ban abortions unless you really, really want one, called the Democratic measure a sham and a fraud. • Well, it is true that the Democrat version, pushed by party leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, included enough loopholes •$ it its ban on post- viability abortions that it probably would not stop anybody from obtaining one if they were resolved to do it. But only because the Republican right-to-lifers are out of touch with mainstream America on a cosmic scale can any of them see this no-ban ban as anything shady or duplicitous. The Daschle bill said, basically, GEORGE B. PYLE TlieSalina Journal three things. First, it is wrong to abort a pregnancy if the fetus could survive outside the mother's body. Second, such an abor- liton becomes acceptable if it would endanger the mother's health to continue the pregnancy. Third, we will let women and their doctors decide, pretty much on < their own, whether their case is affected by the first tvo rules. It may well sound like slick lawyer talk when it is put down in such stark terms. But the undeniable fact is that Daschle's logic describes the basic American mind on this, and many other, subjects. Yes, we have standards and principles, rules to live by. One of the rules is that we allow each of our neighbors a great deal of latitude to decide, interpret and apply those principles for themselves. The Republican alternative to Daschle's bill, the one that would ban the so-called "partial-birth" abortion procedure in America, is the fraud in this debate. The partial-birth ban, pushed by Pennsylvania's Sen. Rick Santorum, would not ban abortion so much as order doctors to find a different way to do it. And, if doctors are half as clever as the antiabortion forces claim they are, that shouldn't be too difficult. The partial-birth method is abhorred by many because its foes describe it as sucking the brains out of a baby-just seconds before it is to be born. Buf the most common use of this procedure, and of the rest of the 0.04 percent of all abortions that occur after fetal viability, is when teen-agers have tried to hide their conditions from their parents until quite late in the pregnancy. So, should the Santorum version become law, the only change would likely be that, instead of teen-agers having their babies' brains sucked out before birth, they will have them bashed in afterward. Disgusting? Of course. But most of what goes on in an operating room could be made to sound just as gross. If members of religions that hold that the will of God stands against such things as surgery or blood transfusions ever gain more political and media savvy, we would be sure to see many gory pictures, films and posters designed to turn our stomachs at the very thought of allowing heart bypasses, kidney transplants or hip replacements. Of course, if such bans were ever threatened in the political world, doctors would just redouble their efforts to achieve the same goals by other means. And, eventually, they would figure out how to clear blocked arteries, regenerate diseased organs or mend broken bones, all without blood, without stitches, without scars. When that day comes, people will look back at all our miracles of modern medicine — not just abortion — as barbaric practices visited upon helpless victims by blood-soaked quacks. And it will be that much harder, thankfully, for politicians to play doctor by offering their unqualified advice on the practice of medicine. Doctors are already getting ahead of politicians by shifting the termination of unwanted or unsafe pregnancies from a surgical solution to a pharmaceutical one. And government will have about as much chance of stopping the use of those drugs as it has of removing marijuana, or tobacco, from our lives. Not that they won't try, of course. So let the lawmakers debate and discuss, for all the difference it makes. What Americans do about abortion is being decided in the bedrooms, living rooms and examining rooms of the nation, not in its halls of power. And that is exactly as it should be. Inspection Specialists BiUBtukirk Commercial & Residential 309 N. Chestnut Avc. Beloit, KS 67420 913-738-3052 IMAURE WEIGEL <uto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron HAIL RAISERS PAD4TLESS DENT REPAIR LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL Right to bear arms is basic, protected Do you have a right to carry a concealed weapon? At the adoption of the BUI of Rights, in 1791, there was no problem with carrying a firearm openly or concealed. Since that time the government has slowly attempted to restrict all of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. I believe that Bill Clinton's Brady law, waiting periods to purchase and background checks are impostor laws. Although they have the color of laws, they are not laws. They are an infringement of the Second Amendment. People have rights and the gov- -. eminent has powers. Rights are not "granted" by the constitution. Rights are — existent and irrevocable, guaranteed by the Constitution and, hopefully, respected and protected by the government. History shows, however, that government respect for and protection, of individual rights at the expense of its own power is the exception rather than the rule. At one time the U. S. was the shining exception. Government views are that individual rights, lesppnsibility, excellence and freedom must yield to order, dependency, collectivism, egalitarian mediocrity. The current administration's communitarian philosophy subordinates the individual to the state, a view that is in conflict to the founding principle' of our republic. Our government is supposed to serve, not rule the people. What has all this to do with concealed carry? P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402 Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Subcommittee on Constitution Study, says, "The 97th Congress did a study on the Constitution. 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