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By Jennifer Hartline, a Senior Contributor, The Stream, February 1, 2018

Jennifer HartlineTo every senator, and especially those 14 so-called Catholic senators, who last week refused to protect the child in the womb from dismemberment:

Shame on you. You voted for barbarism. You voted for something only the most heinous of uncivilized people would ever conceive of doing to a helpless child. You voted in favor of chopping a living child into pieces.

You voted in favor of reaching into the womb with weapons and showing no mercy to the defenseless person living there. You voted in favor of armed invasion and brutal slaughter. Slaughter not of a powerful and wicked enemy, but of an innocent and powerless infant.

You voted for the continued dehumanization of a group of human beings you’d like to keep from gaining any rights at all. What hostile, oppressive bullies you are.

You’re Deceiving Yourselves

No doubt you reject my appraisal of your vote. I’m sure you take umbrage at my description of what you favored by your vote. You can only do that because you deceive yourselves, and you are either too drunk on your own power or too spineless to stand up for what’s right. I couldn’t care less which it is. I only know that I’m sick and tired of hearing you say you did it for me.

That you would use your political and legal power to preserve some grotesque “right” to tear a child into pieces is utterly revolting and vile. Don’t you dare hide behind the lie that you did it for women.

Either you have the integrity to protect the most innocent and helpless among us or you do not. Clearly, you do not. You have chosen to accept the warped idea that the “autonomy” of women grants them the “right” to have another person butchered to death.

Even if every woman in America believed that demonic lie — and I assure you, we all do not — it does not excuse your cowardice before the truth. You are obliged to see the humanity of the child in the womb and act to defend that child from slaughter.

Every one of us is obliged to see the humanity of the child in the womb, just as we are obliged to see the humanity in every person on earth. Just as we were obliged to see the humanity of the slave, and bring an end to the wicked injustice of slavery in America. How many of you would have been so eager to support legislation to safeguard the “right” to take an ax to a slave’s arm or leg and just keep chopping until he was dead?

Don’t delude yourselves about what you did. You weren’t acting in the interest of “choice.” You aren’t valiant defenders of liberty. You had a tiny, growing baby in your hands and you gave him over to the hatchet man.

Stop smiling and high-fiving each other in congratulatory glee, then looking straight-faced into the camera solemnly swear you had to endorse this barbarism for women’s sake. You’re happy to cloak yourself in the noble garment of “Women’s Rights,” then fling off any moral guilt over the tiny body parts because you say you did it all for women.

Women Deserve Better Than Abortion

No woman should ever be told that choosing death for her child is in her best interests. No woman should have her baby’s violent death portrayed to her as her best option. No doctor should ever tell a mother that cutting her baby into pieces is the right thing to do.

No women should be encouraged to turn her womb into a torture chamber. And women should not be deceived into thinking that this barbaric “procedure” is ”health care.” The white lab coats do not disguise the brutality, and women deserve to be confronted with the brutality. If you truly believe women are entitled to make informed decisions, then make sure those decisions are truly informed with the facts.

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There is no abortion fairy who waves her magic wand and Poof! The baby just disappears! It isn’t just a lengthy D&C. It isn’t just a heavy menstrual period.

It’s a brutal act of violence. A thumb-sucking child with a beating heart, functioning brain, kicking arms and legs, working bladder and kidneys, and an up-and-running nervous system will be ripped out of the womb in pieces.

Despite the propaganda the abortion industry peddles, it is never necessary to kill the child in order to save the mother’s life. Never.

You Failed in Your Duty

You occupy the seats of power in our nation, and you are obligated before God to protect the weak and vulnerable. Do not think you enjoy the moral support of your Church. Do not think you have fulfilled the commandments of God in what you’ve done. You have facilitated the slaughter of innocents. You could have helped stop it, but you chose to follow Herod rather than Christ.

Women deserve so much better than a system of government that champions violence against their own babies and calls it a victory.


Jennifer Hartline is a Senior Contributor to The Stream. She is a proud Army wife and mother of four children. She writes passionately on the issues of Life, faith, family and culture, and has been published extensively at Catholic Online and at Catholic Stand. She is currently pursuing a degree in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She runs on dark chocolate and peppermint mochas.