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Texas brings abortion rules in line with civilized world

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Perhaps because the feces and urine they brought along with them were confiscated at the door by authorities, the armies of progress were unable to stop the Texas state legislature from passing a bill barring abortions after 20 weeks.

You probably heard about that. You likely heard, too, that this is Part Deux of the War Against Women, which pits angry white men against blondes in pink sneakers, battling bravely for health care for women against an assault by embittered old people, who make up a radical fringe.

Mean Rick Perry against pert Wendy Davis, guys vs. dolls, the radical fringe vs. the "pro-choice majority," makes a nice little story. But none of these framings rings true.

The bill, a response to the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell — convicted of murder for performing abortions of babies born alive and not merely after viability — would prohibit abortion after the 20-week marker, a stance widely approved by the American public (and women), most of whom (women included) want abortion banned in the second trimester, not to mention the third.

Women clearly do not "Stand with Wendy" on this one, nor does Wendy stand very much for their health. Pregnancy is not a disease, termination restores health to very few people, and the indifference of pro-choice fanatics to the health of real women is a much-noted matter of fact.

The abortion "community" knew of Gosnell yet continued to refer patients to him. An evaluator for the National Abortion Federation saw Gosnell's office and did nothing about it.

And after 1993, when pro-life Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey was succeeded by Democrat Ed Rendell and Republican Tom Ridge, both abortion supporters, the state of Pennsylvania, "for political reasons," stopped doing inspections.

"Officials concluded that inspections would be 'putting a barrier up to women' seeking abortions," the Gosnell grand jury concluded. "Better leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though ... both women and babies would pay."

The jury report wondered why the evaluator, whose "stated mission is to ... promote health and justice for women," didn't report Gosnell. It's because health and justice were never the mission.

Davis' arguments in Texas are the same as those that kept Gosnell's Philadelphia clinic open. "Choice" at all times was always the mission, and "health and justice for women" be damned.

Perry's bill is an affront to "choice" and therefore to all women, a truth accepted by sane people everywhere, except those in Europe, seen by the Left as the font of all wisdom, but not in this one special case.

Europe's cutoff dates for legal abortion are well south of the Texas line: 18 weeks in Sweden, 13 in the Netherlands, 12 in Germany, Italy, Denmark, and France.

France? Yes, France, home of brie and chablis, the place where folks cling to God and guns out of bitterness, is eight weeks crueler to women than Perry in Texas, and this isn't the end.

Perry's bill requires stricter health standards for clinics, and so do Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, which insist facilities meet hospital standards.

Most have waiting periods of three days to one week; German counselors try to talk women into keeping their children. Pert Wendy Davis would never stop screaming.

But what she wants is considered bizarre in the rest of the civilized universe, and what Perry and others are doing is trying to bring policy closer to the will of the American people with a decent respect for the opinion of most of mankind.

It's now France and Texas, bonded forever. Remember the Alamo! Vive la France!

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