If you watch television in Maryland, especially during the local news, you’ve probably gotten very tired of Anthony Brown’s current commercial about adoption that runs twice in the same newscast some evenings. It offers no real policy solutions and is just a fuzzy feel-good ad about adoption. After all, who is against adoptions?
Of course, Brown is talking up adoption and says “every child deserves a loving, caring home” while he received 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood as a legislator and he, along with Governor Martin O’Malley, were endorsed by NARAL. Brown also is a big supporter of Planned Parenthood in Maryland. Nationally, Planned Parenthood performs 149 abortions for every one adoption referral.
In 2006, Brown said he and O’Malley wouldn’t do anything to erode abortion rights. As a result of that kind of thinking, we have a situation in Maryland where minors have to get parental consent to use a tanning bed, but not to get an abortion. This kind of thinking leads to the O’Malley-Brown administration giving a license to perform abortions to someone like Leroy Carhart despite his track record and despite lies on his application to the medical board. In case you forgot, a 29-year old woman from out of state died after being a patient at Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, where she went for an abortion at 33 weeks.
This kind of thinking also leads to cases like that of Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley:
Brigham operated a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, even though he had no license to practice in that state. He hired Riley to do late-term abortions there and at his abortion clinic in Baltimore. Brigham would start the late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then caravan the laboring women to Elkton where the abortions would be completed. The clandestine abortion scheme was discovered after a woman suffered a life-threatening botched abortion in August, 2010. When police raided the Elkton abortion clinic, they discovered the remains of 35 aborted babies, one of which was 33 weeks gestation.
Both of the above tragedies happened under the watch of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which apparently stopped keeping track of abortion-related statistics after O’Malley and Brown took office (the last set of statistics was released in September 2006.) We don’t really know how many women come to Maryland for late term abortions because the laws are so permissive here, thanks to this administration.
Anthony Brown is a Catholic according to everything I’ve read. I’ve quoted the below passage before when I wrote about Heather Mizeur’s problems with following church law while remaining a Catholic.
In 1998, The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops noted that:
“Catholics who are privileged to serve in public leadership positions have an obligation to place their faith at the heart of their public service, particularly on issues regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life.” (12) They then declared: “We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from the Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well-being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin. We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public office and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching“. Concluding this passage they then solemnly proclaimed: “No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can reasonably advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life…. no appeal to policy, procedure, majority will or pluralism ever excuses a public official from defending life to the greatest extent possible”. [emphasis added]
Maybe if Anthony Brown talked about encouraging women who were looking at abortion to put their babies up for adoption he could be taken more seriously on this issue. Instead he throws out platitudes about adoption just like he throws them out about “reproductive health” while glossing over the issues that lead to deaths and injuries to women at the hands of shoddy abortionists who have been allowed to thrive in Maryland due to politicians like Brown and O’Malley.
Here’s the commercial that started this whole discussion:
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.