Pro-Abortion Lies and How to Debunk Them
Misinformation has led to more division and moral confusion on what should be an obvious fact.
There’s an awful lot of rhetoric on the topic of abortion. Here are some common leftist talking points on the subject and how to refute them.
- “Abortion should be available in the case of rape or incest.”
This is an important debate because it is one that evokes a lot of sympathy. Is abortion moral in the case of rape or incest? The mother was not given a choice in the creation of the baby. Pro-abortionists argue that there should be exceptions to abortion bans or restrictions under these circumstances.
Morally, the answer is no. A person should not compound evil with evil when dealing with the aftermath of rape or incest. An innocent child should never pay for the sins of the father.
Statistically, this horrific circumstance in conception only accounts for less than 1% of all pregnancies. This is according to a 2004 study by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. A separate, more recent survey that includes Guttmacher’s findings but with additional data suggests the percentage is closer to 0.3%. In the grand scheme of things, rape and incest are exceedingly rare. Let’s assume state laws concede that these circumstances are acceptable reasons for abortion. That still leaves 98-99% of all abortions illegitimate by the pro-abortion standard of rape and incest.
Rape and incest are inexcusable. In 2018, Congressman Ben Sasse stated: “The tragedy of sexual violence is an act from the pit of hell. People — men and women — are created in the image of God. Imago Dei, as we say in Christianity. Sexuality is a deep and precious gift — it is an intimacy, it is a oneness — that is to be shared and given, never taken. Sex is big, not small — and you don’t get to decide it for someone else.”
Maybe the conversation ought to be about harsher punishment for the brutish men who have committed these crimes.
- “Anti-abortion laws will prevent mothers from having safe miscarriage treatments.”
When pro-abortionists imply that medicine taken after a miscarriage is an abortion, that is blatantly misleading.
A miscarriage is when a child passes away in the womb. Medicine given to the mother to help pass her child — to hold, grieve, and bury her child — is not abortion. The child, sadly, is already deceased.
Abortion is the intentional killing of a child through medical or surgical means. The living baby is tortured by poisons or ripped limb by limb before being extracted from the mother’s womb. He or she is then put into a bag dubbed medical waste.
- “Women have lost the right to bodily autonomy.”
Second- and third-wave feminists have fought long and hard to convince the world that there is no difference between men and women. The “right” to abortion was a major victory in their eyes. Women and men could now engage in promiscuous sexual behavior without the consequence of commitment.
Abortion is a choice that neglects to account for the bodily autonomy of the child. Women who committed the act that led to impregnation already had a chance to engage in bodily autonomy. They shouldn’t get to compound the choice of engaging in sexual relations — one purpose of which is to create children — by destroying the innocent child who was conceived in the act. Children in the womb have their own bodies and should be allowed their own bodily autonomy.
- “Forced pregnancy and birth is a burden on the poor.”
This is patently false. There are many resources mothers can tap to help alleviate the financial and material needs of a child. Some of these resources are government run, some are crisis pregnancy centers, and some are churches. This is a non-issue, but it does reveal a lack of care for women in poverty to suggest that they have no resources to help them out.
- “Some women are not emotionally ready to be mothers.”
This may be true, but destroying the lives created by women being “emotionally ready” for intercourse is patently immoral. Women who aren’t ready for parenting need all the love and support available to them when the time comes for their babies to be born. There are thousands of couples out there that would love to adopt.
- “Abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does.”
If that’s true, then why are so many clinics closing down in states where abortion is now illegal? Shouldn’t there be enough revenue from Planned Parenthood’s other “services” to continue to help the women and families it claims to support?
- “Abortion is about the mother and her right to choose.”
This is the biggest misdirect of all. The whole reason the Left’s language is littered with euphemisms is because at the heart of abortion is eugenics. Margaret Sanger herself was a eugenicist. Recall Ana Navarro’s rant on the difficulties and expenditures of having a child with special needs, and how Iceland brags that it is on the verge of eliminating Down syndrome. It’s not just children with disabilities who are offered up for death but also children of color whose parents are persuaded that their child is better off dead than being adopted by a white person. Poor families are convinced that destroying one more unwanted mouth is better for them and humanity overall.
- “Businesses that pay for their female employees’ abortion tourism are pro-women.”
Some companies will be paying for women seeking abortions to travel to states where it is still legal. To these desperate women, they see this as kindness and caring. It’s not. It’s a cold hard calculation that employers make. In the long run, it’s much cheaper for them to pay for an abortion vacation than to have an employee on maternity leave. Here are some of the companies that are advertising their avaricious agenda: Disney (of course), PayPal, Amazon, Expedia, DICKS’s, Uber, Meta, Apple, Mastercard, Discord, Patagonia, Tesla, Microsoft, Reddit, Hello Bello, and Starbucks. There are many, many more. Which means your consumer money is going toward paying for abortion tourism.
As you can see, the pro-abortion movement is built on a series of lies. Fighting those lies with the truth is paramount.
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