Some politicians will say anything. And I do mean anything.

A Florida Republican Congressional candidate once said that as a little girl she flew in an alien spaceship controlled by quartz rocks. She added that, years after her close encounter, the three extraterrestrials she met on the ship continued to communicate with her telepathically.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., who is still in office, expressed his fear a few years ago at a House Armed Services Committee meeting that the island of Guam might “become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry once explained, “Outside of the killings, D.C. has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”

Preposterous? Foolish? Ridiculous?

Call them what you will, the above statements are by no means the craziest ever uttered by a politician. That dishonor goes to every elected official who ever said or implied that a baby in the womb is not a human being.

After all, who is more pathological: Someone who maintains that as a seven-year-old she traveled in space with E.T. or someone who finds it acceptable to chop babies into pieces?

Who is more irrational: Someone who thinks that an island floats on the water like a boat or someone who denies the basic scientific facts of human development?

And who is more nonsensical: Someone who tries to exclude murder victims from crime statistics or someone who tries to deny that babies dismembered by abortion are victims at all?

As I have pointed out in my book Abolishing Abortion, politicians who fall under the “pro-choice” label expect us to believe the unbelievable. They expect us to accept the fabrication that babies in the womb aren’t really people, just “clumps of cells.” Never mind that science informs us that a human life begins when egg and sperm unite to form a unique human with his or her own genetic code. Never mind what biology textbooks teach and what prenatal ultrasound images show. And never mind that the pro-choice rhetoric even extends to abortions on healthy women carrying healthy babies in the final months of pregnancy. We’re supposed to believe that a baby isn’t a baby.

Perhaps the epitome of this mindset was exhibited by former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. In a Senate floor debate on the bill to protect unborn children from partial-birth abortion, she was asked by then-Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., “You agree, once a child is born, is separated from the mother, that that child is protected by the Constitution and cannot be killed? Do you agree with that?”

You would think that anyone would say that once you’re born you have human rights, yes? Well, apparently not if you’ve already spent your career trying to make people believe the unbelievable.

Boxer responded to Santorum’s question by stating, “I think when you bring your baby home, when your baby is born … the baby belongs to your family and has all the rights.” Santorum, clearly stunned, said, “Obviously, you don’t mean they have to take the baby out of the hospital for it to be protected by the Constitution?” Boxer answered with the exit line, “I don’t want to engage in this.”

Of course she didn’t. Barbarism is hard to explain away. But that doesn’t stop pro-abortion officials from trying, because they have to try. The truth of what they advocate is too painful for the average voter to hear.

So, pro-abortion politicians try to make us disbelieve what our eyes see and what our hearts and minds know. They torture the language — babies aren’t babies, they’re “products of conception,” “potential human beings,” “contents of the uterus,” or just “tissue” — so that we’ll continue to allow babies to be tortured to death. And then have their organs sold to laboratories.

The term “tissue” is used by those who traffic in aborted baby body parts. They call the livers, kidneys, hearts, and other organs taken from aborted children “tissue” because the term is vague. It hides the Frankenstein-like nature of one of the abortion industry’s income streams — selling the body parts of dead people to those who use them for experiments. It also hides the fact that human organs, by definition, come from human beings.

The term tissue also was used by most mainstream media outlets that covered a recent trial on a Texas abortion law. While pointing out that dilation & evacuation abortion is described by pro-lifers as “dismemberment abortion,” they rationally explain that in such an abortion “doctors use surgical instruments to remove tissue.” But the tissue here is legs and arms, rib cages and skulls. As Dr. John Bruchalski told Janet Morana for her book Recall Abortion: “When you kill another human life up close and personal, it’s viciously brutal. The baby fights back a little bit. When they get real big, they don’t want to be killed.”

That’s why we call it dismemberment.

It may sound odd if a candidate for public office says she rode in an alien spaceship and later telecommunicated with beings from outer space. But it’s not the most unbelievable statement a politician has ever made. Saying that a being with a human heart, a human brain, human arms, human legs, human eyes, and human ears is not a human? That’s just plain out-of-this-world insane.

Father Frank Pavone (@frfrankpavone) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is the national director of Priests for Life.

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