Like Pharaoh, Pro-Partial-Birth-Abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm Has a Heart of Stone
This past Monday evening I felt uncharacteristically ill - thanks in part to catching a glimpse of Governor Jennifer Granholm's cheerleading antics at Barack Obama's rally at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, which was broadcast on Fox News.
There was good old Jenny ranting and raving - or, as she would call it, "warming-up the crowd" - just prior to Obama and the equally repulsive Al Gore taking center stage. When the latter two did finally arrive, Granholm hugged and kissed the two men as if they were members of her own family who she had not seen in quite some time.
Of course, never mind that Granholm placed her bet on the wrong horse - Hillary Clinton - and probably just spoke to Obama for the first time in her life during the past few weeks. But Granholm knows how to play the game.
Granholm's appearance Monday evening before an adoring crowd of Obama's delusional followers was in stark contrast to her Friday the 13th veto of Michigan's fourth attempt to ban partial-birth abortion at the state level, which occurred just three days prior to the Obama rally and which the governor - once again - tried to bury in the weekend news cycle.
Some of us, myself included, prayed hard that Granholm would repent and change her pro-partial-birth-abortion position at the last moment. But like the Pharaoh of Moses' time, Governor Granholm's heart has only grown harder as time has gone on.
Since her Friday afternoon veto in October 2003 of the Legal Birth Definition Act, which was Michigan's third attempt to ban partial-birth abortion at the state level, Governor Granholm's logic for supporting the butchering of Michigan's unborn babies via the most heinous abortion procedure ever devised has only grown more twisted.
Read on. . .
Granholm's excuse for her first veto in October 2003 was that, in June 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-to-4 decision in Stenberg v. Carhart in which the Court struck down a Nebraska state law banning partial-birth abortion because it did not contain an adequate so-called exception for the "health" of the mother. The 2000 Stenberg decision marked the first time that the U.S. Supreme Court had directly ruled on the constitutionality of a state's prohibition of the partial-birth abortion procedure. Granholm gleefully pointed to Stenberg and rationalized her veto by arguing that the Legal Birth Definition Act did not contain the required so-called health exception.
Now, fast forward to April 2007, when the U.S. Supreme Court re-visited the constitutionality of partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart. In Gonzales, the high court ruled that the federal partial-birth abortion ban as passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Bush in 2003, was constitutional. The 5-to-4 reversal of the 2000 Stenberg decision was a result of two solid pro-life appointments to the high court by President Bush - Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.
With the Legal Birth Definition Act pretty much doomed to oblivion thanks to a U.S. District Court Judge's ruling in September 2005, Right to Life of Michigan pinned its hope on yet a fourth attempt to establish a state ban on partial-birth abortion and, in 2007, bills were introduced in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate.
The new Michigan Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was substantially modeled after the successful Congressional legislation and would make "it a felony when a physician or any other individual performs a partial birth abortion, except to save the life of the mother, or if the mother's life is `endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury.'" See: http://www.rtl.org/html/legislation/partial_birth_abortion_ban_act.html
The latter language is important because the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it in Gonzales as constituting a constitutionally adequate "health" exception.
But now in 2008, Governor Granholm disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court (surprise!) and instead has rationalized her current veto by arguing "she won't support the law because it doesn't allow the abortion method to be used if a mother's health is in danger." See: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hBf2QcgbtequYSabp1RS_Wm8i8EgD919GR6G0
I imagine Governor Granholm can read and understand U.S. Supreme Court case law, if she chooses to.
But it seems that this Harvard law graduate and former state Attorney General really isn't interested in doing so because it no longer gives her cover for her atrocious, WILLFUL and outright SINFUL behavior in condoning legal infanticide - all in the name of her false god called "Choice."
Recall that in the Book of Exodus the more that the People of God and their leaders confronted Pharaoh concerning his immoral actions as their "ruler," the harder Pharaoh's heart grew.
When Granholm became state Attorney General in 1999 she was still being coy about her true position on abortion "rights" and sought to defend in federal court the constitutionality of the Infant Protection Act, which was Michigan's second attempt to ban partial-birth abortion at the state level. She even met with Right to Life of Michigan's leaders, including long time president Barbara Listing, about her legal strategy.
Huh. What a difference a decade of blood-soaked campaign contributions from the abortion industry makes.
In an e-mail recently released to supporters, Right to Life of Michigan confirmed that President Barbara Listing had sent a formal letter to Governor Granholm inviting her to discuss the latest state partial-birth abortion ban but that the Governor declined to meet with representatives from Right to Life of Michigan.
So, Granholm has gone from defending a state partial-birth abortion ban in federal court, to vetoing one in 2003 because it was supposedly not in compliance with U.S. Supreme Court precedent, to vetoing the latest ban here in 2008 despite U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the evolution of a sock puppet - a sock puppet of the abortion industry.
From a legal perspective, Granholm's rationale for her latest veto is now devoid of any semblance of coherent logic. Her position is unsupportable by legal precedent and she knows it.
But like Pharaoh, Granholm's heart has only grown harder as she has been confronted with the Truth.
This is quite unfortunate for all involved, especially Michigan's precious unborn children.
But, as recounted in the Book of Exodus, eventually the People of God were freed from their slavery and the Lord prevailed.
Thus, so too, I am confident that Michigan's pro-life community will ultimately be successful in initiating a permanent state ban on partial-birth abortion via a legislative override or through another "People's Override" campaign.
But will Governor Granholm ultimately meet a similar political fate to that of the Pharaoh?
Time will tell all - but those who lie with snakes should not be surprised when they are eventually consumed by them.
About the author: Andrew Shirvell, Esq., is a pro-life citizen activist who writes a weekly column that is published every Thursday for RightMichigan.com in which he focuses upon Michigan pro-life issues. He is the co-author of "Michigan Law and the Scales of Justice, Life in the Balance," a white paper published by Americans United for Life (2007). Shirvell attended Ave Maria School of Law - Ann Arbor, where he served as president of the school's Bioethics Society, from 2004-2005. He also served as president of Students for Life at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, from 2000-2002.
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