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Abortion Nonsense from my Congressman

It is often said that abortion corrupts everything it touches. I saw this recently in correspondence from my Congressional representative.

Jamaal Bowman’s politics are about as left-wing as you will find in Congress, and his ill-informed and irrational abortion extremism is a typical expression of that. Recently, I sent him an email in response to an action alert from Human Life Action (a public policy organization affiliated with the US Bishops).

I asked him to support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. That bill would ensure that human beings who are born alive during the course of an abortion receive equal protection of the law and the medical care they need.

The email I received in response was so outrageous that I felt compelled to write a response. The words in italics below are selections from Mr. Bowman’s email. My replies are in plain font.

Responses to Nonsense

Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts on reproductive justice.

That’s not why I contacted him. I sent him an email to support a bill that would have guaranteed justice for babies born alive during an abortion. As it turns out, he voted against the bill. That means that he has decided that there are human beings who are unworthy of protection under the law. That is disgraceful, and puts the lie to any fancy talk about protecting human rights.  

I believe that every person should have access to the healthcare they need to thrive, and that includes access to safe, legal abortion care.

What about babies who are still in the womb? What about babies born alive during an abortion? Don’t they deserve access to healthcare that will allow them to thrive? The ones in the womb are dismembered and poisoned to death. The ones born alive die from neglect as they suffer and struggle to survive. What a horrible thing to believe in.

Approximately one in four American women have an abortion before the age of 45.

This is an old and disputed claim by abortion advocates. But it’s completely irrelevant – it doesn’t matter how many people do something if it’s still morally wrong.

Restricting access can put people’s safety at risk and have devastating consequences for their physical and mental health.

This ignores the invariably fatal effects on the unborn child. But it also shows that he is unaware of the devastating effect of abortion on women’s mental health, as well as the long-term physical risks. He should look beyond pro-abortion propaganda and read recent reports of the effects of coerced and pressured abortions as well as the dangers of chemical abortions.   

Current barriers to abortion access like the Hyde Amendment disproportionately impact low-income women, Black and brown women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Policies like this contribute to the racial disparities in health outcomes that we see in our district and nationwide.  

He is also apparently unaware of the vastly disproportionate number of abortions of Black and Hispanic babies. He represents part of the Bronx, so let’s look at the official numbers for that county.

In 2019, among Hispanics, the numbers are horrific – there were 50 abortions for every 100 births. Among Blacks, the numbers are even worse – 73 abortions for every 100 births. Overall, in the Bronx, there were 62 abortions for every 100 babies born. These are truly appalling numbers.

Mr. Bowman is very outspoken about reducing police violence against Black and Hispanic youths. The good news is that legal restrictions, particularly limits on public funding, reduce the number of abortions – and thus save the lives of many Black and Hispanic babies. How about that as a social justice measure to support?   

Our laws should recognize and protect the intrinsic rights of every person with a uterus.

Seriously? “Person with a uterus”? This ridiculous language erases women in the cause of gender ideology nonsense. And, of course, there is no apparent consideration of the rights of female babies either in the womb or born alive during an abortion.

The Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade is inhumane, heartbreaking, and will cause the deaths of many.

What a clueless statement. Over 60 million abortions have taken place since Roe, and millions of mothers have been emotionally and physically damaged by the experience. It’s hard to imagine anything more inhumane than dismembering a helpless baby.

Overturning Roe v. Wade sets a dangerous precedent that delegitimizes the Supreme Court and is an assault on all people with uteri.

The bizarre gender ideology mentality is just impossible to satirize. “People with uteri”? Does any woman have more than one uterus?

The idea that the Dobbs decision “delegitimizes” the Supreme Court is nonsense that only means that you disagree with the result. If anyone wants to look at the root of the politicization of the courts, Roe v. Wade is the prime suspect. In that case, the Court took the issue of abortion away from every legislature in the country, and set itself up as the sole arbiter of abortion policies. With the Dobbs decision, the Court reversed that and returned the issue to the people to decide – as our constitutional system clearly intends.   

The Culture of Death v. Truth

The ideology of sexual license, together with the dehumanization of vulnerable and weak people, has darkened intellects and has built a powerful structure of sin in our society – the infamous Culture of Death, as St. John Paul termed it.

The truth remains our most powerful weapon. Science and reason are both pro-life, and when we use them people’s hearts and minds are changed. It’s sad that such powerful people are so deeply misled. But we have to have faith and hope that in the end, the truth will set us all free.  


Published by Ed Mechmann

I am a life-long New Yorker, a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and a former state and federal prosecutor. I am currently the Director of Public Policy and the Director of Safe Environment at the Archdiocese of New York. All opinions here are mine, and mine alone, and do not represent official statements of the Archdiocese. All Glory to God.

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