The ink was barely dry last week on President Bush's signature on a bill to ban partial-birth abortion when various pro-choice groups succeeded in getting court orders to bar its enforcement.
That the U.S. Congress was expressing the will of the American people in passing the ban seems to be of little consequence to those groups that will accept no infringement upon abortion rights, even the banning of a procedure that comes dangerously close to infanticide.
We are not pro-lifers as such. We find ourselves among what would appear to be the vast majority of Americans who while not favoring the outright ban of abortion are bothered by its frequency and question certain aspects of it, such as the "partial-birth" procedure.
Opponents of the ban argue that it makes no exception to protect the health of the mother. For that, they have only themselves to blame. It is they who made a mockery of the term, "health of the mother," and by now, it is widely recognized that it provided a loophole wide enough to allow for millions of abortions. Moreover, the bill banning partial-birth abortion specifically cites medical testimony that the procedure is never medically necessary to protect the health of the mother.