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On June 25 at Georgetown University, President Obama outlined his new action plan on climate change. Included in the president’s proposed regulations was the directive for the EPA to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired utilities by June 2014. Prior to the president’s speech, White House science advisor Daniel Schrag told the New York Times, “A war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

Pursuing “scientific discoveries” is of utmost importance to this president and his administration. During the speech, the president glibly stated, “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.” The implication is that anyone who does not agree with his views on climate change is an unintelligent person and slow to learn.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., immediately issued a press release condemning the president’s action plan. The war on coal is really “… a war on jobs, and it has already put 5,700 Kentucky coal miners out of work since 2011. In 2008, the president promised to bankrupt the coalfields, and today he took another step toward his reckless, shameful goal.” Apparently Congressman Rogers is a member of the president’s Flat Earth Society.

The president continued, “The question is not whether we need to act. The question is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late.” I think he made a very valid point. Regretfully, the president’s question only embraced the “science concerned with global warming caused by humans.” Humans are responsible for a more catastrophic American tragedy. The question should have also referred to putting a stop to murder in America.

I am referring to the murder of innocent babies that is occurring in America every day. The party that tells us we should follow science says it doesn’t matter when it comes to abortion. When this column went to print, 608,877 babies had already been aborted in America so far this year. The number increases by the second. Go to www.usabortionclock.org to view the real time number.

We know that liberals are against pain for all animals, but what about the pain that human fetuses feel when they are aborted? Babies in vitro do feel pain, and there is scientific evidence to back that fact. Liberals, including the president, refuse to accept the scientific data about abortion. I guess that makes them members of a different Flat Earth Society.

One of the first clues that fetuses might feel pain came in the early 1990s, when researchers in England stuck needles into second-trimester fetuses and observed the release of pain-related hormones and nerve-signaling molecules. Before that, doctors thought the fetal nervous system was too undeveloped to feel pain. Even newborns endured surgeries without anesthesia. Stuart Derbyshire, a psychologist and fetal pain expert at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom said, “If you or I had that experience, we would wake up and complain loudly.”

Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, director of the Pain Neurobiology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, did significant formative work suggesting that fetuses truly feel pain. His report states: “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

Multiple lines of scientific evidence converge to support Dr. Anand’s conclusion. Dr. Paul Ranalli, neurologist, at the University of Toronto says: “At 20 weeks, the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body, and their electrical activity can be recorded by standard electroencephalography (EEG).” Dr. Robert J. White, professor of neurosurgery at Case Western University concludes “…Without question, (abortion) is a dreadfully painful experience for any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure.”

Thursday was Independence Day, and I cannot let the day pass by without mentioning our “inalienable” rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  I am sure that ripping the arms and legs from a “baby” radically changes her perception of what happiness might be. How did our judicial system become so corrupted that a mother’s freedom is interpreted to mean that she has the right to carry out the death census on her unborn child at any time for any reason and insist that it be called “women’s health?”

Perhaps Rachel’s tears shed for the “Slaughter of the Innocents” (Matthew 2:18) were also shed for our aborted American babies. Preborn children deserve the dignity of inalienable human rights. There can be no doubt that abortion denies multitudes of preborn children the ability to participate in life, or to become acquainted with liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Do we have “the courage to act before it is too late,” or will we just “flat earth” this scientific information?

WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is past president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third Friday of each month. Reach her at willeecooper@gmail.com.

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