December 15, 2023

Fighting the Good Fight on Abortion

The pro-life movement has been beset by electoral losses since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

When the Supreme Court finally overturned Roe v. Wade last year, conservative Christians and other Americans with a sound moral compass rightly claimed victory in what had been a decades-long struggle to defend the lives of the unborn. Something that seemed impossible had become a reality thanks in part to President Donald Trump, who in four years appointed three constitutionalists to the nation’s highest court.

But we can’t lose sight of what’s happening in the wake of that historic decision, as the effort to fight back against the pro-life movement remains strong. Roe was a major battle, but the war continues.

Another big battle is for public opinion. Politically, Democrats haven’t slept a wink since the Supreme Court put the issue back where it belongs: in the hands of state courts and legislatures. But the Left, fearful that more states may enact partial or full bans on abortion, is intent on creating flashpoints.

Case in point: A Texas woman named Kate Cox wanted to abort her child due to a diagnosis of Trisomy 18, a condition that often results in a child dying in the womb or soon after birth. The abortion could have been approved, despite the Texas ban on abortions, if her doctor had merely found legitimate medical reasons to do so.

While pro-abortion activists often claim the decision to abort should be solely between a woman and her doctor, in this case Cox decided to appeal to the courts in order to make a state and national issue out of a very private situation. Cox’s doctor, or someone who encouraged her behind the scenes, knew the Texas Supreme Court would rule against the abortion. But they wanted the decision to be splashed across news sites and social media platforms for all to see.

Indeed, that’s exactly what happened, as the Leftmedia raised up Cox as the new face of the pro-abortion movement and as a woman oppressed by the hard-hearted patriarchy.

Ultimately, the court ruled that Cox couldn’t legally have the abortion in Texas, so she left the state to end her child’s life. In the end, appealing to the court was really nothing more than an effort to bludgeon Republicans as cold and heartless.

But it didn’t work entirely in the Left’s favor because it also gave our side a chance to make its case. As Christian podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey observed: “A fatal diagnosis of an unborn child is not a justification for killing them. When the choice is between dismemberment and delivery, you deliver. You show them love and dignity. You give them a funeral. You don’t discard them like medical waste.”

Soon, the issue will return to the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to limit access to the abortion drug mifepristone. Although the drug was approved more than 20 years ago, The Washington Post reports, “The changes made over the last few years included allowing the drug to be taken later in pregnancy, mailed directly to patients and prescribed by a medical professional other than a doctor.” A lower-court ruling had made it more difficult for women to access the drug, which resulted in the manufacturer and the Biden administration appealing to the higher court.

The United States is one of seven nations in the world — along with the likes of China, Vietnam, and North Korea — to allow unfettered elective abortions during all nine months of pregnancy. Yet in January, a Marist Poll revealed that the majority of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion. In addition, they oppose federal funding of abortion. Despite this, the effort by Democrats and their media mouthpieces to turn “private” discussions between women and doctors into very public and political propaganda is working. Indeed, billions of dollars from public and private sources continue to pour into abortion mills such as Planned Parenthood.

Back in 2017, the Trump administration established the Protect Life Rule, which mandated that organizations receiving Title X funds cannot use proceeds to make referrals for abortions. Planned Parenthood decided not to use the funds at all, and then the Biden administration eliminated the Protect Life Rule in 2021. And while the Hyde Amendment restricts federally funded abortions, money is fungible, so the vast amount of money going to Planned Parenthood and other organizations each year no doubt finds its way to abortion services.

According to National Review, the Government Accountability Office found that from fiscal years 2019 to 2021, “Planned Parenthood received $1.78 billion over the three-year period. That funding included $1.53 billion from Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP reimbursements; $148.5 million in grants and cooperative agreements; and $90.41 million in loans forgiven in the Paycheck Protection Program.”

That’s right. Money supposedly reserved for keeping small businesses afloat during the COVID lockdowns was taken by Planned Parenthood — essentially to perform abortions.

The takeaway from all of this is that conservatives and others who believe in the rights of the unborn need to gird themselves for an ongoing struggle. In addition, they must prepare for a media onslaught that will portray them as the extremists. Our opponents are well-funded and organized, and they’re not going to stop fighting for the power to kill unborn children. Our job is to saves lives with compassion.

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