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Jeff Bell on Abortion

 


Science demonstrates that the unborn are human

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's right"?

A: Abortion on demand, imposed by the Supreme Court in all 50 states in 1973 and reaffirmed by the Court on a vote of 5 to 4 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, is a violation of the first human right mentioned among the "self-evident" truths in our Declaration of Independence: the right to life. The need to apply this self-evident truth to the unborn has become much more apparent in the last four decades because of discoveries in the field of DNA and advances in the technology of the sonogram. Even the Supreme Court of 40 years ago in Roe v. Wade acknowledged that if it were factually established that an unborn baby is a "person," anti-abortion legislation would have to be upheld by the courts. I believe this simple fact has been conclusively established by the science of DNA.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Jul 1, 2014

Ban abortion after 20 weeks, or for sex selection

Q: What are your legislative plans with regards to abortion?

A: If elected I will introduce and support legislation recognizing the unborn as persons entitled to the right to life under the terms of the 14th amendment. I will also vote in Congress for legislation that seeks to reduce the number of abortions. Two examples are the House-passed ban on abortions after 20 weeks and the proposed ban on abortions for the purpose of sex selection.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Jul 1, 2014

Supports pre-birth personhood; and limitations on abortion

Abortion is one of the saddest facts of modern America: over 53 million since Roe v. Wade enabled abortion on demand in 1973. In NJ, the abortion rate is 26%.

Abortion is not only tragic on its own terms: it violates the founding principle of a right to life. The need to apply this self-evident truth to the unborn has become much more apparent in the last four decades because of discoveries in the field of DNA and advances in the technology of the sonogram.

Even the Supreme Court of 40 years ago in Roe acknowledged that if it were factually established that an unborn baby is a "person," pro-life legislation would have to be upheld by the courts. If elected I will support legislation recognizing the unborn as persons entitled to the right to life under the terms of the 14th amendment.

I will also vote in the Senate for legislation that seeks to reduce the number of abortions. Two examples are the ban on abortions after 20 weeks and the ban on abortions for the purpose of sex selection.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Bell2014.com, "Issues" , May 2, 2014

"Mystery of human life" is moral relativism

Planned Parenthood v Casey, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in June 1992 upholding the right to abortion [said]: "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." From the founders' belief in "created equal" [by God], this language travels to the furthest opposite pole of individual self-definition, verging on self-creation.

Legal and social conservatives soon came to refer to these words as the "Mystery Passage." The opinion was particularly galling because it was composed by 3 Republican justices--Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter--who had now provided the decisive swing votes to uphold Roe. These three clearly saw themselves as reasonable centrists, underlining the transformation of the global left after the 1960s from a mainly economic to a mainly social movement. It also makes clear that moral relativism and open-ended human freedom MUST become far and away the highest political good.

Source: The Case for Polarized Politics, by Jeff Bell, p.154-5 , Mar 6, 2012

1960s contraception led to more surgical abortions

With the introduction of the Pill around 1960, things abruptly began to change. The Pill gave many women a greater feeling of control over their sexual activity and eroded their social and psychological resistance to premarital sex. [But] contrary to predictions, the ubiquity of far more reliable contraception coincided with a huge increase in the incidence of surgical abortions. Another surprise: The growing ideological separation of sex from pregnancy saw the rate of unwed pregnancies explode.
Source: The Case for Polarized Politics, by Jeff Bell, p.143-4 , Mar 6, 2012

Roe denies fundamental rights to entire category of humans

"Roe" elevated the already simmering issue of judicial activism to new heights, at the same time making it of central concern to social conservatives. Judicial activism had long been seen by American conservatives as a labored effort by federal and (increasingly) state judges to find constitutional mandates for the latest progressive or liberal fashion, short-circuiting the convenience of democratic debate and decision-making.

The classic example of judicial activism was the US Supreme Court's 1857 "Dred Scott" decision throwing out as unconstitutional federal laws prohibiting slavery in the US territories.

The Dred Scott decision went so far as to say that even free blacks could not be citizens of the US and had no rights that the white majority was bound to respect. Many pro-life critics of Roe v Wade saw it as the recrudescence of Dred Scott, an egregious act of judicial elitism that denied fundamental rights to an entire category of human beings.

Source: The Case for Polarized Politics, by Jeff Bell, p. 20-1 , Mar 6, 2012

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