It is common knowledge that Nancy Pelosi believes that waterboarding is torture. Last week she was actively urging Pres. Obama to create a truth commission investigating the use of waterboarding and other techniques that some define as torture. Of course that was before it was made known (again) that she knew about the enhanced interrogation techniques back in 2002 and made no formal protest of any magnitude on the matter.
Now herein lies the ultimate dichotomy. Let’s rewind back to 2004 when Pelosi issued the following on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban:
“When President Bush signed the so-called ‘Partial-Birth Abortion Ban’ into law, he became the first President in history to ban a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. It was a deliberate attack on reproductive health care and a violation of women’s privacy and their right to make their own decisions.
“This misguided law puts women’s health in serious danger because it fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman, a principle that was established by the Supreme Court in Carhart v. Stenberg.
“Clearly, President Bush and politicians should not be making medical decisions. A woman, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy, is best qualified to make those decisions. Instead of banning medically-safe procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception, and healthy childbearing.”
How is that Pelosi (and others I’m sure) can stand so passionately against the use of waterboarding (at least now) and yet condone one of the most brutal attrocities that existed in our society before President Bush banned it in 2003? It is mind boggling to be quite honest. And did you see the use of the word “safe” in her statement? Certainly she is not referring to the infant.
Waterboarding is done with such care as to not endanger the life of the prisoner (which is why it can be done over 83 times to the same prisoner), yet partial birth abortion is done…well, in an opposite manner to say the least. And the point of waterboarding is to extract information that will SAVE lives – not destroy them.
For emphasis I am including this illustrated video created to demonstrate how one doctor performed partial birth abortions. Even though it’s illustrated, it’s still DIFFICULT to watch so use your own discretion.
I’ll never understand how one person can make such issue of techniques that never endanger the life of someone and yet pursue with such vigor the right to kill someone – except to call it political expediency.