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More Abortion Myths

Aug 21, 2008

It seems that in the making of excuses to kill a baby, there is no end. Countless reasons are offered by the pro-death camp as to why abortion must be legal and widely available. I have previously dealt with some of the main abortion myths, but here I offer another selection from the pro-abortion activists.

One oft-heard myth is that abortion is needed since women should not be forced to have unwanted babies. Pro-death advocates argue that it is cruel to force a woman to have a child she does not want. As one letter writer to the Melbourne Age put it today, “It would be a cruel society to force women to become mothers when they clearly don’t want to, or are not prepared for the huge task ahead of them.”

Consider the logic of this way of thinking. The truth is, children of all ages can be a “huge task”. At times any child will be unwanted, or deemed burdensome. Consider toddlers for example. They can be very demanding, a real handful, and often not wanted. By the reasoning of the pro-abortionists we should just bump off little two-year-old Johnny or Sally. After all, it’s a mother’s right to choose, and we don’t want society to be cruel and force poor mums into looking after children which are unwanted.

If a woman becomes pregnant and considers having a child too burdensome for economic, career or other reasons, the answer is surely not to kill the baby. Adoption is always an option. Indeed, there are far more families wanting to adopt babies than there are babies available. So just because the mother does not want the baby does not mean it is unwanted by everyone else. Many would desperately love to be able to raise, nurture and care for the baby.

It may seem like it is impossible to raise a child because of limited income. But in the West at least, most nations have various welfare programs and provisions in place. And in the non-Western world, most people may well struggle to make ends meet. Killing the baby is usually not the remedy however. Many children are born into grinding poverty around the world. But they are usually loved, not deemed a liability.

Moreover, circumstances can and do change, and conditions and feelings never remain the same. Pregnant women may not want the baby at first, but many change their minds later on. Indeed, there is a “difference between an unwanted pregnancy and an unwanted baby. Many children who are at first unwanted by their mothers are very much wanted later in the pregnancy, and even more so at birth. . . . The problem is not unwanted children, but unwanting adults.”

And given that feminism is such a major player in the pro-abortion camp, this thought is worth bearing in mind as well: “For years women were degraded when their value was judged by whether or not they were wanted by men. Just as a woman’s value is real whether or not a man recognizes it, so a baby’s value is real whether or not his mother or father recognizes it.”

Moreover, this argument is really just an appeal to pity. It says, in essence, ‘I, as a mother, would be too financially disadvantaged by the child, or too emotionally devastated, or psychologically hardshipped. I just could not cope.’ There are all sorts of situations in life which we cannot easily cope with. But our emotional responses really have nothing to do with the issue at hand: the rightness or wrongness of killing an unborn baby.

Of course every child should be wanted, loved, accepted, cared for and nurtured. That is the ideal. Sadly this does not always happen. Sometimes a child is not loved and not wanted. But is that a reason for killing him or her? As one ethicist puts it,

“It is very difficult to demonstrate that the moral and metaphysical value of a human being is dependent on whether someone wants or cares for that human being. For example, no one disputes that the homeless are intrinsically valuable even though they are, for the most part, unwanted.”

Child Abuse

Following on from the last myth, it is often stated by the pro-death lobby that we must have abortion, because an unwanted baby might be abused. ‘A wanted baby is a loved baby’ we are told by the pro-abortion crowd.

However, a simple look at the facts dispels this myth. In the same period that abortion has increased, so too has child abuse. Indeed, one can argue that the abortion culture leads to the child abuse culture. As Maggie Gallagher has expressed it, “The ethic of the child-batterer is the abortion ethic. Child abusers, like abortion activists, believe in adults’ right to be in control of their lives. Child abusers, like abortionists, believe that only children who gratify parental desires have a right to exist. It is hard to believe that the cultural message contained in abortion, the insistent eulogies to control, and the references to parenting as a right and a pleasure have not contributed to the explosion in child abuse and neglect”.

Research reveals that a “planned” child is as much at risk of abuse as an “unplanned” child. “There is no assurance that the child that was planned for will continue to be well treated by its parent or parents. Indeed, over 90 per cent of the children in the United States who are abused by their parents were originally wanted babies. At all events and notwithstanding the annual one and a half million abortions, there is no indication that family life in America is becoming happier. On the contrary, since abortion on demand was made legal in 1973, the number of abused children is estimated to have risen by over 300 per cent.”

The most obvious response to this myth however is the simple fact that killing an unborn child is the ultimate form of child abuse.

Backyard Abortions

The pro-abortion camp is fond of speaking about rusty coat-hanger abortions and other horror stories associated with illegal abortions. But there are a number of mistruths and deceptions going on here.

First, legalising abortion did not make abortion safer. It was made safer in the 1940s and onwards with the availability of antibiotics. As one commentator puts it, “Death rates from infections and all types of surgeries, including illegal abortions, had already fallen precipitously after World War II, when antibiotics finally became available to the general public.”

Second, the majority of abortions performed before legalisation were done in doctor’s offices, not in “backyards”, something even Planned Parenthood has admitted.

Third, the claim that thousands of women died each year in America before the 1973 decision to legalise abortion is simply not true. Bernard Nathanson ought to know. He was a leading abortionist during this period – having performed 60,000 abortions – and helped to make up this figure of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year: “I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible”.

Nathanson goes on to describe the real figures: “In 1967 … the federal government listed only 160 deaths from illegal abortion. In the last year before [Roe v Wade], 1972, the total was only 39 deaths”. While 39 is too many, the figure must be held up to the 1.5 million babies killed each year in the US since 1973.

Fourth, women are still dying from abortions, even though they are now legal. There are a number of serious physical problems associated with abortion. Death is the worst complication. One former abortionist recounts a number of cases where botched (and legal) abortion led to the death of the mother. How many women die as a result of abortion is not known, but the figure must be quite high.

And there are many other physical complications. Internal bleeding, for example, is normal after an abortion. Not uncommon are perforated uteruses. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is an infection which occurs with abortion – it may occur in as much as 30 per cent of all cases. And women who have had an abortion are two to four times more likely to experience an ectopic pregnancy.

Conclusion

As long as people think it is OK to kill unborn babies, they will continue to roll out any and all excuses to justify the killing. But these excuses are just that: excuses designed to fool a gullible public into thinking that abortion is just as benign and harmless as having a toenail clipped. But the truth is abortion is about one thing and one thing only: the killing of a living, human baby. No amount of excuses and myths can cover up that most basic of truths.

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13 Responses to More Abortion Myths

  • If the pro-abortion people define a fetus as being part of the womans body – hence making it solely her choice – then abortion comes under self mutilation and self harm, so any woman conducting the fabled ‘coat-hanger abortion’ is suffering from temporary mental illness and is engaging in self harm and needs support, councelling and if nessesary hospitalization.

    I am personally sick and tired of the misinformation and unrealistic arguments handed down by pro-abortion debaters. The reality of the situation requires photographic or video evidence of what the aborted fetus looks like, then let the public decide whether it is a baby or not. That unfortuanatly has been disallowed by the pro-abortionalists as emotional ‘manipulation’. WHAT?? The reality of abortion is manipulation?? Is showing footage of the dead bodies during the holocaust in Germany emotional manipulation???

    Sure there are hard cases, but abortion should be illegal with huge funding going to health promotion in our primary schools and secondary schools and an increase in funding for financial support, social support and emotional support for pregnant mothers who have an unwanted pregnancy. As it is abortion is used as a license sustaining a lifestyle and escaping natural consequences of sexually active lifestyle. There is enough contraception products out there so that abortion should be extremely rare, and maybe you could include the morning after pill – as a concession. It doesn’t take 24 weeks to know you are pregnant it doesnt even take a few days to know if you had sex or not… 24 week abortions are infantacide sanctioned by the left wing governments to help sustain a lifestyle that is increasingly free of natural consequences.

    Joshua Ferrara

  • Joshua it has been classified as not just emotional manipulation but violent assault that carries a prison sentence. The following newspaper article by Mick Hume, a libertarian Marxist, whatever that is, whilst highlighting an injustice, is more concerned about the effect on his own civil liberties rather that justice. Line them up I say.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/mick_hume/article716301.ece
    http://regularthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/06/another-argument-against-socialized.html
    http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Exhibits.html

    David Skinner, UK

  • The reality of the situation requires photographic or video evidence of what the aborted fetus looks like,

    Indeed, Australia’s media hypocrites are happy to print pictures of Japanese whaling or Tasmanian clearfelling to sway their readership!

    Michael Watts

  • “There is enough contraception products out there so that abortion should be extremely rare, and maybe you could include the morning after pill – as a concession.”
    Is life at conception or implantation?
    I’m not sure.
    Dick Fishbeck

  • Thanks Dick

    Actually the science on this is fairly clear. As any embryology textbook will tell you, human life begins at the moment of conception. At this point we have a new, genetically unique and distinct human life.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • It’s perfctly logical: life must have begun before implantation, otherwise the question is, “what implanted?”

    Genetics evidence even forced the pro-abortion magazine New Scientist to admit (189(2543):8–9, 18 March 2006):

    The task force finds that the new recombinant DNA technologies indisputably prove that the unborn child is a whole human being from the moment of fertilization, that all abortions terminate the life of a human being, and that the unborn child is a separate human patient under the care of modern medicine.

    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

  • Naturally there are those who would accuse me of peddling pornography and would quote Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. But these words were spoken by man who was in prison ; he was not speaking from a comfort zone with his head stuck in a sofa.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=buchenwald&search_type=&search=Search

    Without any fixed, absolute point of reference, human nature has a way of accommodating and becoming comfortable over a period of time with a state of hell. It can gradually sleep walk into becoming hardened, desensitised to cruelty, barbarism and evil, until what was considered abnormal or deviant becomes the acceptable norm, as happened in Nazi Germany, Russia, China, Cambodia and now every singly western nation There are many Germans today still who refuse to believe that they as a nation descended to such barbarism, just over fifty years ago.

    David Skinner, UK

  • http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3384

    “The days of assuming older people are dependants must now come to an end.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7575869.stm

    Is this the writing on the wall?

    David Skinner, UK

  • Has anyone noticed how much more sympathy has come out for the orphaned whale that needed to be put down because it was unable to feed yet in the same time that it took place there was around 400 abortions and not one of these people have cared nearly half as much about those babies as they did about this whale who nothing could be done about.
    Paul Wakeford

  • Thanks Paul

    I certainly did notice it. Indeed, a few days ago I sent this off as a letter to a few newspapers (not sure if it ever made it in): “Pro-abortionists insist that a mother should not be forced to have an unwanted baby. Abortion is said to be the perfect answer for this. Yet when a mother whale abandons her baby whale, and the unwanted baby is euthanased, there is a huge public outcry. Am I missing something here?”

    Thanks for making a connection many people obviously are not making.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Have been watching this story today. Disgusting is the only word for it, and that is people’s reactions I am talking about. Why can people not see there is no reason to kill any humans especially if money is involved? And the rhetoric aimed at Christians who show concern for the babies is amazing.

    http://www.news.com.au/comments/0,23600,24248496-2,00.html

    Paul Wakeford

  • In most developed countries, you need a license and special training to operate heavy machinery, to practice law or medicine, or to do many other activities where the lives of others may be in your hands.

    However, you don’t need a license or any qualifications whatsoever to get pregnant. Even someone with no literacy or socialization whatsoever, or moral judgment, can get pregnant. Under the right circumstances, a woman can be impregnated even while comatose! Most pregnant females are not comatose, but some of them really aren’t much better. The ethics of forced sterilization (for repeat drug abusers, for example) are almost as horrific as those surrounding abortion.

    A lot of people never learn to consider the consequences of their own actions until it’s too late and then, of course, they look for the quickest fix possible. How can we possibly “fix” that?

    Farhad Diaz

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