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Even More Abortion Myths

Sep 9, 2008

As with most contentious social issues, one way to make your case is simply to repeat a falsehood often enough, hoping mere repetition will win people over. As Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister once said, “If you tell any lie long enough, often enough, and loud enough, people will come to believe it.”

That has certainly been the case with the pro-death camp and their incessant advocacy for baby-killing. They repeat certain myths over and over again, and in so doing think they have made their case. But they have not: all they have done is peddled falsehoods ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

Here then are two more myths constantly heard by the anti-life crowd. We hear these myths time and time again, but they are simply false, whether repeated just a few times, or many millions of times.

A woman’s choice

Probably the most commonly heard myth is that abortion is all about a woman’s choice. We are told incessantly by the pro-aborts that abortion is all about freedom of choice and control of one’s body. The choice mantra is heard over and over, and is widely viewed as the deciding argument for abortion rights.

Examples of this abound. Consider just one. A three page statement by the National Abortion Rights Action League in the U.S. used terms like “choice” and “the right to choose” some thirty times. Not once was the word “abortion” used. To talk of rights and choice is neat and painless. But the reality of abortion is not so neat and painless. Abortion, as one writer put it, “is a violent act that reduces a living human entity with a beating heart and a functioning brain to a puree of blood and bone.”

The attempt to rationalise abortion under the rubric of “choice” quickly crumbles when the analogy of slavery is introduced. In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blacks were “non-persons” and therefore could be legitimately owned, bought and sold as slaves. In effect the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v Wade ruling said that a fetus was a non-person, which could be kept or disposed of at the whim of the mother. In either case the choice belonged to the “owner”. But as Joseph Sobran has observed, “those who favor the option of abortion, or slavery, refuse to take into account the human nature of the option’s victim. Extending choice to the slave himself would amount to abolishing slavery, and the same holds true for abortion.”

One pro-feminist journalist was honest enough to express these concerns: “For me, the problem is not feminists’ pro-choice stance, but that the stance has no moral context. All the emphasis is on rights. None is on the morality of using those rights. It is as if we were back in the 1850’s: No one is talking about whether slavery is wrong; instead, the whole discussion revolves around the question of whether each slaveholder has a basic right to decide the issue for himself.”

Or as one philosopher has explained, “The cause of legalized abortion is no more ‘pro-choice’ than the cause of legalized slavery. Although it facilitates certain choices, it makes others impossible. To ‘choose’ to abort the child is to deny him the choice to live, and to ‘choose’ to legalize killing him is to deny his defenders the choice to protect him by law. This issue is not whether to allow a choice, but which choices to allow.”

Furthermore, the child is not a part of the mother, but a distinct and unique individual. When a sperm and ovum come together, they become a new human being. Indeed, as one expert put it, “sperm and ovum do not really unite. They cease to be and lead to a new being”.

Moreover, as Carol Everett shows in her important book Blood Money, the abortion industry is anything but about choice. Everett, a former abortionist, knows all about this lack of choice. The owner of five abortion clinics, she set up what she called Advisory Referral Centers which advertised sexual counselling and pregnancy tests – both free of charge. Of course, once in, women were steered in the direction of abortions.

The use of fear was often a good tactical weapon. Women who feared having their parents discover they were pregnant were especially susceptible to being sold an abortion. “I knew how to sell abortions – take the fear, amplify it, get their money, push them through.”

Staff were in the business of pushing abortion, not offering choice. One clinic assistant who showed women a book on fetal development was sacked. Says Everett: “Although Barbara was a good employee, if she could not sell abortions, she had to go.”

The truth is, the victims of abortion do not have any choice. And in fact, mothers are getting very little choice as well. As Janet Folger puts it, “The only choice those in the abortion movement offer women is the choice of a dead baby”.

Indeed, as I heard only yesterday from Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor, “What about my choice? What about my right to life?” There is no choice for the victims of abortion – only death.

Abortion is about helping women

Another often heard myth is that legal abortion is necessary because it helps women. Indeed, the right to legal abortion is said to be all about “empowering” women and looking after their best interests. It is a good thing for women to be able to have access to legal abortion, the pro-death activists seek to tell us.

As just one example, the head of Oxfam Australia recently justified abortion, arguing that women’s “health and wellbeing would improve” with access to abortion. Banning abortion, he said, “undermines the rights and health of women in developing countries.”

The real truth is quite different, however. Abortion is not about helping women. Indeed, the real aim of abortion is all about making money – big money. Greed, not love, is the motivating factor behind the abortion industry. At Carol Everett’s clinics, an abortion for a woman eighteen weeks pregnant cost $375. At twenty weeks it cost $500. Her abortion clinics became abortion mills, working with assembly line efficiency. Operating seven days a week, she could oversee 400 abortions a month. She received a $25 commission for each abortion. Thus she was earning $10,000 a month. Her plans were to have 5 abortion clinics operating full-time in the Texas area, performing 600 abortions a month, earning her $15,000.

Abortion was definitely big business for Everett. She had ads in the Yellow Pages of five southern states, each with a toll-free number. Ads in newspapers offered coupons with 10 per cent discounts. Setting up clinics near high schools was an effective tactic. She even planned to set up a clinic by a mall so customers could go shopping while waiting for their abortion. Says Everett: “Greed – the love of money and the things I could have with it – blinded me. [I was] an abortionist who used whatever means available to get a woman to have an abortion for the sake of money.”

This insatiable lust for money resulted in abortions being performed on women who were not even pregnant! Indeed, the temptation was to get every woman who came into a clinic to have an abortion. Says Everett, “Do you think an abortionist who works on a straight commission is going to tell a woman who has signed her consent form and has already paid in full that she is not pregnant?”

The truth is, the abortion industry is just that – an industry. People are getting quite rich from killing babies. This has nothing today with the welfare of women. It has everything to do with making big profits by the mass slaughter of unborn children.

Conclusion

Lies told often enough may become convincing, but they are still lies. Choice is not the highest good. The right to life certainly trumps some bogus right to autonomy and choosing the death of others. And abortion is not about helping women. Indeed, given that half of all abortion victims are female, how are women helped by abortion?

It is time we stand up and challenge these myths. They help no one, and simply allow the ongoing genocide of 45-50 million babies every year around the world.

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5 Responses to Even More Abortion Myths

  • Thank you Bill for your contributions on abortion – all your points are well made.

    I can imagine for many, many women facing an unlooked for pregnancy, the words, “It is your choice” must be the cruelest harshest words. We are all people including the woman caught with unexpected even unwanted pregnancy. People are made for relationships, for we are made in the image of the relational God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    When someone says “It’s your choice”, it is akin to saying, “you are on your own!” Even worse in fact “if you want a relationship with me/us you have to get rid of that thing”.

    As I understand it there are three days of debate in the Victorian Lower House with vote(s) taken and then off to the Upper House.

    David Palmer

  • Thanks David

    Yes the abortion debate is a watershed issue, and we all need to get involved in the battle in Victoria. Abortion survival Gianna Jessen’s talk at the Victorian Parliament yesterday was powerful indeed. I have just written it up here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2008/09/09/on-burning-babies-alive/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill
    Thanks for taking this most important of all issues up to the fighting line. The issue in Victoria is going to be an issue for Queensland as the doctor who regrettably gained the right to use RU486 is going to push for teh decriminaisation of abortion in Qld base on the Vic model (if it gets through.)
    The abortion clinics are only part of the problem as we have women taking the Pill and its associated product RU486 which bring about chemical abortions of human beings.
    We are truly seeing genocide on a massive and incalculable scale within our own society and yes it is up to each one of us to stand up and be counted on the fundamental issue of the sanctity of human life.
    On the scale of things, it is worse than slavery as denying anyone the right to live is the worst thing that man can do. The fifth commandment is so simple.
    As you correctly stated it is the ultimate act of greed amd selfishness and the total rejection of love and everything that love stands for.

    We know what love means and that love, sometimes involves sufffering as Jesus showed us.

    So those who have unexpected or unwanted pregnancies should be shown through the love of the community around them that they can gain assistance to see the pregnancy through.

    Then they can make a choice- to adopt or to keep the baby. That is the only legitimate choice which is consistent with an act of love.

    David Grace, Queensland

  • Dear Bill,
    Thanks for the article. It’s a huge issue. In some countries around the world it’s a forced policy and the impact upon women is devastating.
    As I was reading it, I thought Goebbels was smart. But then I realised this is the strategy Jesus wants us to use. Preach the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Talk about the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven. Be ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven. Live as if the Kingdom of Heaven is here now. The more you talk about it. The more people see it in action. The more they’ll believe it. Why do we complicate it?
    Bob Simpson, Melbourne

  • Dear Bill, I think the most diabolical thing about this Bill is the cheek of politicians giving themselves a conscience vote and then voting that doctors and nurses are ordered by law to be involved in abortion or referring clients on to another doctor who will perform the abortion. Keep up the good work,
    Pat O’Brien

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