Posted on January 20, 2020
I'm OK, You're Dead
Callousness is no defense for abortion
With another anniversary of Roe v. Wade upon us, abortion advocates have revealed the latest spin they want the media to put on the issue, and the media, to the surprise of few, are obeying. Take this headline from The Hill: "Study: Huge majority of women who had abortions say they made the right decision." The Washington Post agrees: "Five years after an abortion, most women say they made the right decision." According to Yahoo lifestyle news, "Most women feel relief and happiness after having an abortion, study finds." Expect such headlines to only get louder and more ludicrous in the coming days.
Conservative publications like National Review have pointed out obvious flaws in the "study," such as that its pool of participants by design excluded all women who did not want to talk about their abortions, and that the organization that conducted it, "Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health" (ANSIRH), is a pro-abortion activist group that makes no effort to hide it. Take this profile of ANSIRH's co-founder, Tracy Weitz, from its own website. "Dr. Weitz is a lifetime advocate of women's health and reproductive rights. Trained as a qualitative sociologist, she designed and undertook mixed methods research at ANSIRH focused on strategies to expand abortion provision in the United States."
Abortion advocates are lying to us as always, and the media are groveling at their feet as usual, but it's important not to spend too much energy refuting their main point of contention. For to do so is to accept the premise that the decisive factor in the abortion debate is how those women who have had abortions feel about it. This is basically a post-abortive "choice" argument, by which an unborn child's right to life is dependent upon its being wanted.
Okay, so everyone knows that ANSIRH is lying about how many women are content with their decision to abort, but what do the percentages matter? Having no conscience about abortion does nothing to make the dead children any less human, nor does it create any constitutional endorsement of the act.
One of the worst liberal cliches of all time is the claim that if men got pregnant, the legality of abortion would be unquestioned. Contrary to the media narrative, public opinion on abortion is not divided by gender. Women are split right down the middle on the issue, and so are men. There's no reason to expect that if men got pregnant, we'd be any more pro-abortion than women are now. If anything, the fact that men don't have to face the physical consequences makes it that much easier to be cavalier about abortion.
What if the cliche were true, though? Let's assume for a minute that women who have had abortions really are happy about it, and also that men get pregnant, and we're happy about our abortions, too. Granted, that degree of popularity would shield the legality of abortion, but it would do nothing to make it right. A new human being would still be created at the instant of fertilization. An abortion would still be the dismemberment and killing of an already existing child. To participate in such an act and feel good about it is no reason to be treated as a moral authority on the subject.
Whenever there's a study purporting to show that college students have no compunction about cheating, we don't see headlines blaring that cheating makes people happy. Instead, these news stories tend to be judgmental toward the students, and concerned about the direction in which they're leading our society. Yet copying answers and plagiarizing term papers is relatively harmless behavior, certainly nothing comparable to killing a completely innocent person in the grisliest manner imaginable. Why should a lack of shame only translate into justification when there's a dead baby involved?
Because it's what the pro-abortion side feels is its best remaining argument, evidently. In 2015, abortion advocates launched the "Shout Your Abortion" campaign, in hopes of destigmatizing abortion by encouraging women to treat it as an occasion to celebrate. Contrary to what ANSIRH would have us believe, participants were scarce, apart from second-rate celebrities looking for publicity. Actress Martha Plimpton, for one, told a Seattle audience that their city was where she'd had her first and "best" abortion. A resume-enhancer, no doubt.
There's a word to describe the inability to feel remorse for having inflicted harm on others. It's called psychopathy. ANSIRH and its amplifiers in the media are now proposing that we make that our guiding principle.
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