The Marketing of Aborted Baby Parts

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2000 in Reports

That’s where the issue stands today and that’s where it will remain.

Having said all this, it would be unfair and inaccurate for me to imply that every member of Congress we encountered during this process was a spineless political hack. As I indicated earlier, during our association with Senator Smith there was never a moment when he put personal ambition or party loyalty ahead of principle. In addition, at the hearing it was clear that Commerce Committee Representatives Tom Coburn, Barbara Cubin, Charles Norwood, Nathan Deal and Ed Bryant were more than willing to fight. Unfortunately, they had been emasculated by the arrogance and incompetence of the Committee’s staff. I should also add that we received unwavering support from Congressmen Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Chris Smith of New Jersey, neither of whom were members of this particular committee.

Looking back on it now, I wish I had let the pro-life members of the Committee know what was going on with their staffers during the run-up to the hearing. I remain convinced that had they been made aware of how poorly they were being served by these people, the changes necessary to produce a different outcome would have been made.

The frightening thing is, people who are knowledgeable about the day-to-day workings of our nation’s capital have assured me that the political gamesmanship and abysmal dishonesty demonstrated in the baby parts hearing is standard operating procedure. It seems that the only goal of a Congressional hearing is to score political points and the credit for any truth that oozes out is owed to the law of unintended consequences.

Whenever I think about the phony hearing into the trafficking of aborted baby parts, I recall an observation made by William F. Buckley many years ago. He said that the country could not be run any worse by the first 535 people in his city’s phone book than it is by the 535 members of Congress. I have now seen for myself the genius of that statement.