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Kamala at the death camp

The vice president visits an abortion facility and makes it a campaign stop

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul, Minn., on March 14. Associated Press/Photo by Adam Bettcher

Kamala at the death camp

Vice President Kamala Harris went to Minnesota last week in order to make history, the White House claimed. She made history, to be sure. She became the first U.S. president or vice president to visit an operational abortion facility. Harris’s move becomes the latest forward advance of the Culture of Death. Now, a facility that exterminates unborn human babies becomes a background for a campaign event and the foreground for making abortion central to the presidential campaign—and at every political level.

Harris went to the Planned Parenthood center in St. Paul on a highly orchestrated campaign visit that also included the state’s governor, Democrat Tim Walz, and Rep. Betty McCollum, also a Democrat. Press reports tell us that the vice president was greeted at the facility by the chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood North Central States, as well as other staff related to the abortion center. Just to make the point clearly, the clinic stated that the vice-presidential visit did not interrupt the center’s services. Evidently, they didn’t even put abortion on hold. That’s so Planned Parenthood—and right in your face.

Harris delivered comments in the facility’s lobby, warning of threats to abortion rights nationwide. “These attacks against an individual’s right to make decisions about their own body are outrageous, and, in many instances, just plain old immoral,” Harris said. “How dare these elected leaders believe they are in a better position to tell women what they need, to tell women what is in their best interest.” She concluded: “We have to be a nation that trusts women.”

Well, Kamala Harris is a woman we can trust to worship unreservedly at the altar of abortion. While President Joe Biden is described as holding to some reticence about abortion rights, the reality is that Biden has assigned Harris the campaign responsibility of making abortion the winning issue for Democratic candidates in November. The party is even working to get abortion measures on the ballot in some states just to produce an electoral wave. The charade about Biden’s reticence on abortion is all an act. Biden is now the most pro-abortion president in American history. He wants it to be the winning issue for Democrats this cycle and he personally deputized Harris to run lead. Only the groveling press and party co-conspirators play along with the game.

Now that Harris, accompanied by Minnesota’s governor and a member of Congress, has made this campaign stop, such events will become standard fare for Democratic candidates.

A closer look at Harris’s comments at the facility is also in order. She dared to invoke traditional moral categories when she stated that opposition to abortion is “just plain old immoral.” Well, look at you, using that old-fashioned moral language. Of course, what is “plain old immoral” is the killing of unborn human beings in the womb. Harris was using the propaganda technique of language reversal, making moral truth stand on its head. Note also that she referred to “an individual” who might seek an abortion before turning to refer to those “individuals” as women once it was convenient to underline her message to women voters. Wow. It’s hard to keep all this language straight when you want to go after the women’s vote and the LGBTQ vote at the same time.

The vice president’s visit to the abortion facility represents a turning point in the campaign strategy and optics of the Democratic Party. Now that Harris, accompanied by Minnesota’s governor and a member of Congress, has made this campaign stop, such events will become standard fare for Democratic candidates. A wall has been breached and now any Democratic candidate who does not make a stop at an abortion facility will be considered out of step by both party activists and abortion advocates. That’s just how campaign strategy works. One day you “make history,” and next thing you know it’s just one more event on the way to Election Day.

Don’t miss what all this means. Kamala Harris did make history by becoming the first president or vice president of the United States to visit an abortion facility and affirm its deadly work. But the scariest thing is that it made few headlines. The New York Times put its report on Harris’s visit on page A16 of the print edition. The abortion industry of death will now just turn to the Democratic Party and ask: “What did you do for us lately?” You should shudder to think of what is yet to come.

Abortion is the willful death of an unborn human being. An abortion clinic is the engine of death turned into an industry of carnage. The clinic proudly stated that it was still “open and seeing patients” as the vice president spoke in the lobby. There was absolutely no acknowledgement of a baby at all. So far as the abortion logic goes, the baby is not a meaningful moral consideration. Get the abortion and get on with it.

Vice President Harris surely knows that her political future is tied to the re-election of President Biden. She also knows, even better than the rest of us, her chances of becoming president if Biden is re-elected. She intended to send a signal with her attention-getting visit to the abortion facility and her eager advocacy for abortion rights. She did send a signal. She and her party are dead-set on making abortion central to American culture. That’s why Kamala went to the death camp.

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Albert Mohler is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College and editor of WORLD Opinions. He is also the host of The Briefing and Thinking in Public. He is the author of several books, including The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture, and the Church. He is the seminary’s Centennial Professor of Christian Thought and a minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches.

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