- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Kudos to Sen. Trent Lott for vowing to bring to the Senate floor a measure that would ban partial-birth abortions. "I will call it up, we will pass it, and the president will sign it," the future Republican majority leader told American Family Radio last Wednesday. "I'm making that commitment you can write it down." And we do gladly.

Regrettably, that's not the sentiment shared by all Republicans. According to The Washington Post, some Bush aides are afraid to push the vote because they fear the president will "be seen as a captive of his party's ideologues." We doubt the president shares that view.

Partial-birth abortion isn't just relegated to social conservatives. Polling consistently shows that public support to end the gruesome procedure hovers near 70 percent. That's not the ideological fringe it's mainstream.

But beyond political calculations, some actions are just the right thing to do. Ending, as soon as possible, this beastly practice, which former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan rightly called infanticide, is unambiguously one of those moral imperatives.

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