We in the pro-life movement were granted a rare win last summer when the SCOTUS issued the Dobbs decision, which reversed Roe V. Wade’s illegitimate and unconstitutional establishment of a federal right to abortion.
Of course, the pro-choice side took it all very well and pledged to use all legal, ethical, and moral means to push back on this decision …. Not.
Instead, they began their efforts of sabotage by leaking the decision with the explicit intent of intimidating the justices into reversing it. They engaged in illegal protests outside justices’ homes while the DOJ sat on its hands and allowed the lawlessness, fulfilling Sen Charles Schumer’s threat to “reap the whirlwind” should the Court dare to rule against Roe.
And, of course, they lied about the decision, claiming it would make abortion illegal in all 50 states and send those poor, nice abortion doctors to jail.
Nothing of the sort happened. Dobbs simply returned the issue of abortion to the states, where it belongs, and since last summer we’ve seen the pro-choice side chalk up many victories, and not just in blue states. In some states, like New York, abortion is now available up to the point of birth. Congrats.
One reason they’ve been able to have success is because they tend to lie about the nature of the pro-abortion laws they propose, usually claiming that they’re merely restoring the status quo of Roe v. Wade or implementing reasonable rules approved by a majority of the population.
In fact, such laws usually end up granting access to abortion into the 3rd trimester, remove parental notification requirements, and generally go way beyond the initial restrictions established by Roe (although subsequent SCOTUS decisions removed most of them anyway).
But, that is par for the course for abortion advocates. They can never tell the truth about what abortion is or what they really want to achieve because they know that most Americans want to limit abortion to the first trimester and that a significant number want it banned outright.
So, they resort to sloganeering in order to convince and persuade without resorting to actual thoughtful debate.
Take their description of abortion as a “reproductive right.” No one’s arguing women shouldn’t have the right to decide whether or not to reproduce, a la “The Handmaid’s Tale.” We are just arguing that once you have reproduced and created a child, you cannot kill it. That is a right no one should have.
A similar slogan is “abortion is healthcare.” Really? The whole point of healthcare is to restore the body to its normal, healthy state. If there is a virus, kill it. If there is cancer, remove it.
But if the body is functioning normally and healthily and you stop it from doing so, which is what abortion does, that is the opposite of healthcare. It’s certainly not good for the fetus in any way, shape or form, and it’s quite risky for the mother as well, especially in lightly regulated, unsanitary abortion clinics.
The other common slogan is “my body, by choice.” Well, yes, but the baby is not “your body.” It is a separate body. I guess you can do anything you want to your own body (as people are doing nowadays to a frightening extent), but you don’t have a right to harm, much less kill another body.
But this is what sloganeering and the Left in general does. They are proponents of “freedom FROM thought.” They prefer to appeal to raw emotion and brazen self-interest to make their case rather than to actually think deeply about a given problem or issue, which results from the “freedom OF thought.”
We know the Left is against freedom of thought because they are the originator and prime practitioner of cancel culture and social media censorship of all sorts.
They are afraid of freedom because they abuse it to gratify their own selfish interests.
Nevertheless, the pro-choice side has done quite well since Dobbs. Republicans and conservatives in general have been pretty negligent in making good arguments against the loosening of abortion laws. That is on us.
But going forward, we need to be willing to speak the truth about abortion, to clearly explain the utter evil thing that it is while also emphasizing our support for the mothers with unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.
Pro-life clinics and organizations, the ones fire-bombed by the violent maniacs of Jane’s Revenge, have always taken care of women who need help with their pregnancies and will continue to do so.
The press never reports on their noble and valiant efforts to truly care for these women and their children, while abortion clinics simply kill the human life inside them and usher them out the door, leaving them on their own to deal with the medical and psychological effects of abortion.
In the end, you’re generally better off to support those who advocate and seek the truth rather those who not only lie, but need to lie in order to promote their agenda. When lies are necessary for a given cause, that cause is inherently and ultimately detrimental to human flourishing and goodness.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
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