MSNBC's Harris-Perry: Life Begins When Parents Say It Begins, Not Science
Leftists bill themselves as science-based in their thinking. It's a convenient pose they're willing to scrap when it gets in the way, though, as Melissa Harris-Perry proves. In a segment on -- not making this up -- the royal baby, Harris-Perry lays out when she believes that life begins.
“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday. “The problem is that many of our policymakers want to base sweeping laws on those feelings.”
That's some dangerous thinking, opening the door even further to infanticide. But it's typical of a political philosophy that rejects facts in favor of feelings. It is odd, though, considering that Harris-Perry is on the record stating that parents do not have any rights over their own children. In Harris-Perry's world, parents determine when life begins but then have no inherent right to direct how that child is raised. You can birth 'em, but the state will raise 'em.
Harris-Perry has her facts regarding new abortion-related laws backwards. The pro-life side is basing new laws regarding both health standards at clinics and the timelines when abortions are allowed on science. Better standards lead to protecting women. Technology has shown that babies in utero feel pain, and has moved the point of viability farther forward with each passing year.
I'm obviously not going to sit here and argue with someone who thinks it's appropriate to wear tampons as earrings on a network broadcast. Harris-Perry's mind is made up. Fortunately most Americans are tuning her out and see reason: The country becomes a bit more pro-life as technology and science improve our understanding of how we were all fearfully and wonderfully made.