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Pro-abortion arguments can’t hide the truth

Protesters gather outside the state house in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 22 to oppose a proposed abortion ban. Associated Press/Photo by James Pollard

Up against reality

The pro-choice left is getting desperate with ploys to dehumanize unborn babies. In Georgia, Democratic candidate for governor Stacy Abrams claimed that a heartbeat at six weeks gestation is a fabrication, and leftists rushed to defend her.

Planned Parenthood, which previously stated on their website that heartbeats began between 5-6 weeks, altered their language to say ultrasounds may “sound like a heartbeat” but it’s “not a fully formed heart.”

These claims, of course, change nothing about whether or not a fetus is a human being deserving of the right to life.

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, activists have become furious and unhinged about the decision. They have regularly swarmed the streets around the homes of Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.

The protestors’ tactics often conflict with their own talking points. In one instance, a trail of women wearing artificially blood-smeared white cargo pants and clenching naked baby dolls rallied in protest of “forced motherhood.”

Signs read “Abortion on Demand and Without Apology” and featured hand-drawn hangers, in a protest organized by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights. “Forced motherhood is female enslavement,” reads the organization’s tagline.

The group got the intended media attention, but their tactics reveal the sinister direction abortion proponents have headed as of late. Historically, it would have been unthinkable to use dolls as props. This would have given pro-lifers a leg up, showcasing the humanity of a “clump of cells.”

The pro-abortion left has exchanged “safe, legal and rare” for “anytime, any reason, anywhere.” They’ve traded the humanity of biological life for an unspecified notion of “personhood” that begins sometime after leaving the birth canal.

Modern technology reveals detailed and undeniable life in the womb. Increasingly, pro-abortion activists can no longer rely on the cover of scientific darkness. Thus, their methods of argument became increasingly barbaric, nonsensical, and easy to debunk.

“Forced motherhood” is the latest example of the abortion right movement’s rhetorical desperation. According to American Adoptions, there are 2 million families—or 36 families per child available—waiting to adopt a newborn baby. The straw man argument that many unwanted children will languish in foster care doesn’t fly. Additionally, there are Safe Haven laws that allow women to surrender newborns safely, with no questions asked.

There is nothing easy about adoption. It’s a heroic act of sacrifice certain to inflict trauma on both mother and child. However, it’s an option progressives refuse to entertain. In a twisted new development, they’ve begun denigrating adoption, even criticizing white parents—like Barrett—who adopt children of a different race.

Increasingly, pro-abortion activists can no longer rely on the cover of scientific darkness.

Progressives also weaponize a mother’s health to justify abortion. Early abortions for this reason are incredibly rare and are rarely, if ever, necessary late-term. Early delivery is the logical solution, and babies as young as 21 weeks gestation and weighing less than one pound have survived in such cases. The purposeful termination of human life is against reason. Even if a child does not survive, doctors must make every attempt to save life, not destroy it.

Another common argument is that unexpected pregnancy will eliminate career possibilities for women. The options, they tell women, are abortion or poverty. Abortion or no college degree. Abortion or nothing. How “liberated feminist” is that?

This argument is exemplified in a recent Washington Post story documenting a teenager who couldn’t get an abortion in Texas after the Heartbeat Bill.

Getting an abortion is now a “major inconvenience” for Texans being “pushed into parenthood” and “having the babies they never planned to carry to term,” writes the author.

Yet, just as the blood-stained protestors carrying baby dolls really serve to illuminate the pro-life position that abortion ends human life, so too did the Post story. At 12 weeks gestation, the young woman profiled saw an ultrasound and heard her twin babies’ heartbeats. Caring for them at three months old, she says she doesn’t “want to think about” what she would have done without the law. “It’s really scary thinking that I wouldn’t have them.”

One study found that at least 44 percent of women regret getting an abortion and a Gallup poll found that only 7 percent of respondents regret having children. A Human Coalition survey of women who’ve had abortion found that 75 percent say they would have “preferred to parent” had economic or life circumstances been more favorable.

Despite the left’s attempts to erase the truth about abortion’s effects on women and families, reality shows through. There’s even a pro-choice post-abortion support organization, but they keep that quiet. To the left, nearly everything—from speech on college campuses to sexism in the workplace is “harmful” or “traumatic,” but abortion is, somehow, not.

As unhinged activists and propagandized candidates like Abrams continue their quest for expanded abortion, pro-lifers will sit quietly by, waiting to help the women who just want to be able to keep their babies.

Ericka Andersen

Ericka Andersen is a freelance writer and mother of two living in Indianapolis. She is the author of Leaving Cloud 9 and Reason to Return: Why Women Need the Church & the Church Needs Women. Ericka hosts the Worth Your Time podcast. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Christianity Today, USA Today, and more.

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