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    Thursday, August 11, 2022

    In Connecticut, Democrats are the abortion extremists

    Legislation sponsored by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal — supported by Connecticut's other senator, Chris Murphy, and Governor Lamont, Democrats all — which was narrowly defeated in the Senate on May 11, titled the Women's Health Protection Act, isn't nutty just because it would authorize all abortions all the time, right up to birth. It's also nutty because, after its title, it doesn't mention women at all, not even once.

    Instead, the text of the legislation substitutes "person" for "woman," apparently on a premise shared by all Democratic senators, except Joe Manchin of West Virginia, that there are no longer different genders and that men now can become pregnant.

    The hallucination of transgenderism now rules the Senate Democratic caucus and Connecticut's Democratic Party.

    After all, why title the bill the Women's Health Protection Act and then immediately cut women out of the text — except to deceive and signal belief in transgenderism?

    Since Connecticut's senators, the governor, and their supporters complain about Republican extremism, they should be pressed about the implications of their legislation.

    Do they really believe that men can become pregnant and need abortions?

    Do they really believe that the law should be indifferent to the abortion of viable fetuses of full gestation?

    Do they really believe that parents shouldn't necessarily know that their minor daughters are having surgery?

    Last week the governor admitted that he opposes conditioning abortions for minors on the notification and consent of their parents, even though state law requires parental consent for mere tattooing. The governor argued that the law doesn't need to require parental notification because most minors seeking abortions tell their parents anyway.

    Most may do so, but law is customarily enacted to apply to departures from the norm. Most people don't rob banks but, for good reason, bank robbery remains illegal, and a sensational case from 2009 provided Connecticut with everlasting good reason for requiring parental notification.

    In that case, a 15-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Bloomfield and had been missing for almost a year was discovered living with an unrelated 41-year-old man in West Hartford. She had obtained an abortion at a Connecticut clinic after becoming pregnant from statutory rape of her by him, only to be returned to the man and sex slavery because no one involved with the abortion asked critical questions.

    While the age of majority in Connecticut is 18, for years now liberal Democrats in the state, starting with former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, have claimed that young people are incapable of taking full responsibility for themselves until they are 25 or so and that, as a result, they should be exempt from serious criminal penalties. So how do 15-year-olds become competent to decide by themselves on surgery?

    The Women's Health Protection Act, which the Democrats likely will keep submitting in Congress, would duplicate the horrible conflict of interest that Connecticut law creates with abortion. It would deprive minors of any true guardians at a moment of the most profound risk to their physical and mental health, instead giving guardianship to their abortion providers, even though, by definition, the pregnancies to be terminated are the result of statutory rape or worse and the failure to notify parents, guardians, or law enforcement may conceal the most abusive felonies and facilitate still more abuse.

    You're supposed to know better than to ask the barber if you need a haircut. So who should ask the abortion clinic if she needs an abortion?

    Connecticut Democrats are calling the Republican nominee for governor, Bob Stefanowski, an extremist for his position on abortion. But Stefanowski supports the abortion policy established by Roe v. Wade — unrestricted abortion prior to fetal viability, state regulation afterward — as well as parental notification, which Roe allowed.

    With the Women's Health Protection Act, the governor and Connecticut's senators and most state Democratic candidates would go far beyond Roe. Thus, they have become the extremists here, and crackpots as well because of their legislation's suggestion that there is no biological difference between men and women and that biology itself has been a myth all along.

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