To the Editor:
After hours of testimony, debate and high emotion, the RI Senate Judiciary Committee declined to send abortion bill RHCA/S152A for a Senate floor vote. Pro-life supporters rejoiced and pro-choice advocates threw a temper tantrum. The pro-choice supporters say, “women are scared” and “freedom to choose is taken away.”
But the reality is what killed this bill is the pro-choice sponsors refused to even discuss any compromise amendments. Which leads to the question: are pro-choice advocates really about “choice” or are they more about “coercion’?
Never once did pro-choice supporters offer factual information, cite a study or poll to give their rationale why this law should eliminate the “quick child” legal protections.
Never once did the pro-choice supporters offer information or the rationale behind eliminating fetal viability as a common sense limitation. Instead they dressed up in costumes and chanted “Must pass RHCA” like a modern-day witches coven.
When pro-life supporters conducted polls and gathered petition signatures that showed even a majority of Democrats and women were against the late-term abortions allowed by its vague language, the pro-choice sympathetic media and supporters suppressed these facts. It is as though they put their fingers in their ears and kept repeating “la la la la la la la.”
So is this what happens at Planned Parenthood? A woman who is scared and goes in for help and when she talks about any option other than abortion then she is not listened to? We now have Abby Johnson’s movie Unplanned to report that it is very much the case. If it is not the case, then it is up to the pro-choice supporters to prove it.
Need further proof about the pro-choice supporters refusal to give information to support their view? Look no further than Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims’ own video. How about the costumed pro-choice folks on Senator Archambault’s front lawn? How about RI Senators having to be escorted out of the Statehouse after the vote to protect them from violent pro-choice supporters? This is proof that they rely on bullying and intimidation.
We call on our legislators to refuse to give in to such tactics. Instead, the RI General Assembly should remember their oath of office to uphold the Constitution and represent to the will of RI voters, clearly tabulated in two polls and over 10,000 signatures on petitions in opposition to RHCA/S152A. The extreme abortion bill supporters need to take their fingers out of their ears and give logic and factual support to their position. We demand our right to freedom of religion and civil discourse. Live up to your own rhetoric of “choice” and stop the coercion.
Citizens for Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness