Brit Hume on Abortion

BabyAs a follow up to last week’s Perspectives, I feel moved to share the text of a commentary presented late last month by national television journalist Brit Hume. To view the video, click here.

Fox News commentator Bret Baier’s introduction: “Amid the calls for investigations and defunding of Planned Parenthood over the alleged selling of body parts from aborted fetuses, there is a larger point being made about the industry. Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume is here with that side. Brit …”

Brit Hume: “Whatever comes from the revelations about Planned Parenthood and its participation in the trafficking of fetal body parts, those revelations will have achieved one thing. They have parted the veil of antiseptic tidiness behind which the abortion industry has for so long operated. The sight of a senior Planned Parenthood official – and a doctor to boot – discussing the market for fetal body parts in between bites of salad and sips of wine was stomach turning. That’s because it laid bare the essentially brutal nature of abortion.

“Let’s be blunt. Abortion involves the extraction and killing of a human life, which within a couple weeks of pregnancy has a beating heart. Five weeks in, its hands and legs begin to grow. It is these tiny creatures, and too often ones that are far more developed, that are pulled from a mother’s womb and crushed with forceps. Oh, but oh so carefully so those body parts can later be sold or preserved.

“This gruesome procedure shows the extent to which we as a people have been anesthetized by the estimated 55 million – 55 million – abortions performed since the Supreme Court discovered a constitutional right to that procedure 42 years ago.

“Will we as a nation not someday come to look upon that decision and what it has done to us, not to mention the 55 million, with horror and regret? One can only hope we will.”

I thank God for the courage of this public journalist to speak the truth about what has often been portrayed as merely a matter of a woman’s choice, made for the sake of personal convenience or of her financial inability (real or perceived) to provide for the child developing in her womb. In fact, those who have observed an actual abortion testify to its gruesome and violent nature.

It’s encouraging that after 42+ years of legalized abortion, the attitude of the American people is seemingly moderating, although slightly. CBS News national polls showed that in 2007, 18% of those polled said abortion should never be permitted. Today those polls show that 25% said abortion should never be permitted. That’s a start, but we have a long way to go.

Recently I heard this simple but profound observation: “As a former fetus, I oppose abortion!” Can I get an “Amen!” to that?