"It might have been" are not always the saddest words. Sometimes, they're the most horrifying.
Hillary Clinton in September will come out with a new book called "What Happened," about her loss to Donald Trump. That got me thinking: What would have happened had she won?
For instance, what if Clinton became president, Chuck Schumer assumed leadership of the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi once again wielded a gavel in the House of Representatives?
Sooner than you can say "political payback to Planned Parenthood," the United States would have had taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
Don't believe me? I offer as evidence Exhibit A – the state of Oregon.
Oregon right now is not just blue, it's midnight blue verging on total darkness. Democrats control both houses of the state legislature and the state's executive branch. And they have just enacted the most radical, inhumane abortion law in the history of the U.S.
The new law, which Democratic Governor Kate Brown has gleefully pledged to implement, forces nearly all insurance plans in the state to include no-cost coverage for any and all abortions. Only houses of worship would be exempt from this abortion mandate – a provision that bears some similarities to the Obama administration's HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and others have prevailed in court. Faith-based hospitals, schools, and other charities are probably preparing lawsuits as you read this, if they haven't already.
But Oregon's law doesn't stop at free abortions for the insured. For women with no health insurance, Oregon has set aside millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for their abortions at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason, no questions asked.
Apparently, for the radicals that lead Oregon's Democratic Party, it was not enough that, prior to this legislation, their state was already the Wild West of abortions. There were no restrictions on the practice, not even rules found in most states such as waiting periods, parental notification, or limits on Medicaid-funded abortions.
But unfettered assembly line abortions were not enough. At least not enough to keep Planned Parenthood afloat.
Abortions in Oregon have been in steady decline. They dropped by 15 percent between 2011 and 2014; since 1980, the number has fallen by almost half. And fewer abortions is bad business for Planned Parenthood. Despite favorable legal conditions, the nation's biggest abortion business (and co-author of the Oregon bill) has had to close clinics in the state in the last few years.
President Ronald Reagan once said, "If you want more of something, subsidize it." Clearly, Oregon's Democrats and Planned Parenthood want more abortions.
So, why is Oregon's story evidence of what would have happened had Democrats seized control of Congress and the presidency last November? I offer as further evidence Exhibit B – the 2016 Democratic Platform.
Last year, the Democrats made their platform the most pro-abortion it has ever been. Not content to declare "that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured," the Democrats added language calling for the repeal of all federal and state laws that in any way restrict public funding for abortion.
In other words, the Democratic national platform calls for what Oregon has just done.
Aside from Oregon, there are only five other states where Democrats effectively control all the levers of power – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. Like Oregon, they're sanctuary states for those who literally rip babies apart.
Delaware this year passed what was, before Oregon's, the most pro-abortion law in the country. In the words of Delaware Right to Life, the measure "codifies abortion on demand for any and no reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy based upon the abortion doctor's ‘good faith medical judgment.'"
Rhode Island Democrats tried to do what Delaware did, but a public outcry caused nine legislators to withdraw their support, killing the killing bill.
California, Connecticut, and Hawaii are also havens for the abortion industry. None have any real limits on abortions and all three use state Medicaid funds to pay for them.
Finally, should there be any doubt about what Democrats would have done had they won the elections, let's look at what they're trying to do now – Exhibit C, the "Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) of 2017."
WHPA is pending in Congress and is co-sponsored by 128 Democrats (66 percent of the House Democratic caucus). It would not only impose on every state a scheme of abortion through all nine months, it would also overturn virtually every state restriction on abortion, including parental notification and waiting periods. Further, it would bar any state from setting any health or safety standards for abortion clinics. It wouldn't even let states require abortionists to be doctors.
The Democratic Party's position on abortion is not mainstream; in fact, it is insanely extreme. Gallup has found that only 27 percent of the public thinks that abortion should be legal after the first three months of pregnancy, while only 14 percent say it should be legal after the first six months. That's not a stream of public opinion; it's barely a trickle.
And yet, in the states they control, Democrats are legalizing the abortion of almost-born babies for any reason at taxpayers' expense. There's no doubt that they'd do so on a national level if given the chance.
Those who are pro-abortion may long for "what might have been." For the rest of us, may it never be!
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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