"Life is a Fact, Not an Opinion" - Granite Grok

“Life is a Fact, Not an Opinion”

Hon. Dan Itse and NHGOP chairman Steve Stepanek

New Hampshire must send representation to Washington, D.C. that knows life is a fact, not an opinion. If we can’t do that, then God save us.”

That was from the Honorable Dan Itse, speaking at the NHGOP’s February 19 “Stop the Democrat Silence” press conference. His words are worth recalling as Senators Shaheen and Hassan prepare to vote Monday, February 25 on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.The particular Democrat silence Itse was calling out was the one following Virginia Gov. Northam’s remarks about a since-defeated Virginia bill that would have permitted infanticide of children surviving abortion: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” (Gov. Northam is a physician, by the way.)

At the beginning of the recent NHGOP press conference, party chairman Steve Stepanek challenged New Hampshire’s Democratic federal representatives to weigh in on that. “Do they support murdering born children?”

Then he invited Dan Itse to the microphone. Itse’s remarks were refreshing and timely, and surely unsurprising to anyone familiar with his years of service in the New Hampshire House.

Ladies and gentlemen, my friends, you’re probably wondering why Governor Northam was so overjoyed at that legislation in Virginia. I believe that it was because it ratified what he had probably been doing for years. His voice was one of experience, not conjecture.

When my youngest son Jarrod was born, disabled at birth, and whisked down to Children’s Hospital, the physicians there urged – no, they harassed us – to deprive him of nutrition and hydration. But we said no. Shortly thereafter a young couple we knew was not so firm in their beliefs, and they allowed the physicians to murder their child, in 1994.

New Hampshire must send representation to Washington, D.C. that knows life is a fact, not an opinion. If we can’t do that, then God save us. We must have representation that will stop these barbaric practices that are no different than the ancient Greeks and Romans putting their disabled and unwanted children  on the mountaintop to die of exposure. A society that will allow life, personhood, to be a matter of opinion is only one decision away from the ovens of Auschwitz. 

Senator Shaheen, lead, follow, or get pushed out of the way.

No need to limit the message to Senator Shaheen, of course. For that matter, no need to limit it to Democrats.

Do you favor protection under law – not under “protocol,” but under law – for children who survive attempted abortion?

It’s a fair question for all candidates of all parties at all levels.