On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed the euphemistically titled "Reproductive Health Act," which legalizes abortion until birth, expands who is allowed to provide abortions, and erases abortion from the state's criminal code. In video posted by Planned Parenthood New York City, abortion activists in the Senate chamber could be seen erupting in applause and cheers over the passage of the "historic" bill.
On his radio show Thursday, Rush Limbaugh took a few minutes to "dig deeper on this whole abortion business," ultimately asking the question, "What makes liberals cheer murder?"
"We’re talking murder here, folks," he said. "Now, that’s what makes this different from the way they’ve always approached this. There has been a significant, fundamental change in the way they are describing what they are supporting here, because it’s always been killing. They’ve known it, we know it, everybody knows it. They have sought to massage the language so that it wasn’t seen as that."
Abortion activists, said Limbaugh, have until now made it their priority to "cloak" the fact that they are really talking about murdering unborn children in the language of "a woman's right to choose."
"It was a freedom issue or a civil rights issue — and nobody but nobody has the right to tell a woman what she can do with her body!" he said. Activists have attempted to redefine unborn children as just a mass of cells, he pointed out, and increasingly portrayed that mass of cells as a "heath risk" to women.
"It was 'an unviable tissue mass,'" said Limbaugh. "Pregnancy is 'a risky medical condition.' It can develop into a 'disease.' Then they told us that there are deep psychological problems that can result from pregnancy itself. Not abortion, but pregnancy! I mean, they built a whole lot of so-called justifications for abortion, never acknowledging that the death of a human being was happening. That was the point! It was not the death of a human being. They argued about when conception began. They said it wasn’t a human being."
In response to pro-lifers pointing out the self-evident fact that life begins at conception, the pro-abortion crowd has found ways to dismiss this, finding scientists who would back their assertion and arguing "There’s no soul there. What are you conservatives talking about? There’s no soul until the baby’s born!'' said the radio host.
"They went through every imaginable distortion and contortion to guilt or innocence everybody that they wanted to support the cause here, that we were not talking about the loss of life," he said. "If they came out and advocated for the wanton killing of children, they would have never had the popular support for it that they did."
"Why were they even so into this?" asked Limbaugh. "It was a political issue. What was the benefit of this? Well, it was a hell of a fundraising issue, but it also tied inexorably to militant feminism, which meant that it tied to uber-liberalism. So it was designed to raise money. It was designed to create hatred against people who love God and believe in God. It was designed to create a divided society and culture with people that love and believe in God on one side and everybody else on the other, and then they tried to recruit as many people away from God to their side as they could."
Rush argued that this was the reason why the pro-abortion crowd doesn't support adoption; instead, they repeatedly cite rape and incest and attempt to distort and downplay the reason the vast majority of women abort their children. Now, said Limbaugh, all that's "gone."
"But now, folks, all that’s gone now, and it’s changed — and you know, the big change is, they are giving standing ovations in the New York state Senate chamber to the killing of children!" he said. "Now they are acknowledging that that’s what’s happening, and they’re applauding it! And they’re codifying it and making it constitutional in New York. They applaud it. There was a standing O for the provision that if an attempted abortion fails, you can go ahead and finish the job after birth. They stood up, standing O."
He continued: "Do you realize this is a striking change in approach? For the longest time there wasn’t a baby involved, there wasn’t a human being. It was just a woman’s right to choose. It was just civil rights, human rights. It was an illness. It was an unviable tissue mass. It was a potential psychological problem. To get away with it, to promote it, to make sure that there were as many abortions as possible, they had to take the human element out of it — and they did. Now they’re making no effort whatsoever to hide what’s happening. They are opening celebrating what’s happening."
"The last time something like this happened was in World War II!" he added. "You’re not supposed to bring that up, by the way, in relation to abortion. ... So abortion now is an approved method of killing, whereas it used to just be about 'a woman’s right to choose,' a civil rights issue."
Limbaugh then got to his primary question: "Why?" Why are they now willing to openly cheer the murder of viable unborn children?
"[A] significant part of that standing ovation at the New York Senate chamber and a significant part of all the other celebrations is about one thing, and that is they are beating us and rubbing our nose in it, and that is what makes them happy," he said. "They hate us to the point that anything that gives them the feeling of victory, the feeling of having trounced us, that’s worth the standing ovation. 'Us' being religion, God, the Catholic Church, Christianity at large, conservatives, the conservative movement."
Limbaugh also poignantly referenced the law's scrubbing of abortion from the criminal code, saying, "Kermit Gosnell always maintained that he was innocent, that he was ahead of his time, and would someday be exonerated — and New York just did it. They just exonerated him."
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com