Ted Harvey, Assistant Minority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, was leaving for the weekend when the Democrat Speaker of the House revealed to him that on the following Monday she would present a resolution to honor Planned Parenthood’s 90 years in the Denver area. On Sunday Harvey attended a pro-life event at which Gianna Jessen appeared. Gianna survived a saline abortion twenty-nine years ago, but has cerebral palsy as a result of the salt bath.
Abortion Survivor Stuns Colorado Legislature
Harvey asked Gianna if she could stay over until Monday so that he could take her to the Colorado House session. Not only did Gianna arrange her schedule so that she could attend, but she accepted an offer to sing the National Anthem. She even had the assembly sing along with her. After the thunderous applause subsided, Harvey introduced Giana to them with these words: Members, I would like to introduce you to a new friend and hero of mine. Her name is Gianna Jessen. She is visiting us from Nashville, Tennessee where she is an accomplished recording artist. She has cerebral palsy, and she was raised in foster homes. She was born prematurely and weighed only two pounds at birth. It was doubtful if she would ever crawl or walk, but shortly before her fourth birthday she did begin to walk. She still falls sometimes, but Giana says she has learned to fall gracefully.
The chamber again exploded in applause, and the Democrat Majority Leader, Alice Madden, the sponsor of the upcoming Planned Parenthood Resolution, gave Gianna a big hug. Then Harvey dropped the Bomb. He said:
The cause of Gianna’s cerebral palsy is a late term, saline abortion. As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always effective. Gianna is an aborted late term fetus, born alive. The high concentration of saline resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain, and is the cause of her cerebral palsy. Members, today we are going to recognize Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood.
That’s all Harvey got out, when the gavel came down! Democrats were fuming, as Harvey sat down. But he says his five years in the House were all worth while, and the next day’s headline in the Denver Post read, “Abortion Jab Earns Rebuke.”
The Majority Leader called it “amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of personal politics!” But a long-time pro-life activist who was in the chamber that day said it was the single greatest moment she had witnessed in the twenty years she has been lobbying in the Capitol. Harvey feels blessed to have played a part in God’s plan to teach a lesson to this legislative body. ( I might add that having known Gianna since she was a child, I also know that she is especially blessed to give powerful witness. )
Louisiana Passes Abortion Ban
A ban on most abortions has been passed in the Louisiana Senate and has the governor’s promise to sign it. Though it carries a 10 year prison sentence and $100,000 fine for doctors who violate it, the proposal has exceptions, and it would not become law unless Roe v. Wade is overturned or the U. S. Constitution is amended to allow states to decide the legality of abortion. Exceptions for rape, incest and health of the mother which are not in the tougher South Dakota law are in the Louisiana Law.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue says that in spite of its flaws, it’s still an example of the people speaking out against abortion and part of a trend to give abortion decisions back to the states. Americans, he says, see through the abortion rhetoric and realize now that abortion hurts women, babies and the family.
Richards—Wrong As Usual
It must be lonely having no moral absolutes to judge anything by. Cindy Richards in her column Wednesday seem to get her moral theology from Disney World. She is convinced that gay marriage is okay because she saw some gay couples with kids at Disney World waiting in line to get on a ride, and they looked okay to her. So how dare anyone say that gay marriage will hurt traditional marriage? Thanks, Cindy.