How do you argue against blind faith? That’s one of the questions I’m up against as I continue addressing the pro-abortion testimonies we’ve received this year from post-abortive women. The following comment, from an 18-year-old woman in Texas, encapsulates a common theme:
I was six weeks exactly at my first appointment. I decided to look at the ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat. It was mildly uncomfortable, but I felt it was necessary. I knew nothing would change my mind. I was not ready for a child at all.
Notice her argument: I was not ready for a child; therefore, nothing could persuade me from abortion. By her own admission, no amount of evidence could have swayed her course. I call that living by faith in abortion. She concludes her remarks by asserting:
It has been less than 24 hours (since the abortion) and honestly, I feel great… No pain, no discomfort, just very out of it from all the medication. After I was awake enough, I went to Subway (lol)… I am still ditzy from the meds but comfortably cuddled on the couch watching Netflix. I feel nothing but relief knowing that I will not have to raise a child I don't think I could properly care for. I was completely terrified, but once it was over with I felt great. I seriously know in my heart it was the right choice, and I'm not experiencing any negative feelings—physically or mentally.
I know in my heart it was the right choice. Philosophically, that’s a difficult argument to challenge, because it’s not an argument at all. It moves the discourse from objective facts to subjective feelings. It’s possible that once the haze of drugs and Netflix abate—and a few weeks, months or years pass by—her levity may give way to something else entirely. It certainly has for many women, but two of the stories we received were written almost a decade after the abortion and expressed much the same sentiment.
Contrary to popular opinion, science is no friend to abortion. Faith, on the other hand, is often its greatest ally. “I believe I made the right choice [emphasis added].” That’s what a 30-year-old woman from Lexington, KY, told us on March 12—also writing on the same day as her abortion. “It was great being knocked out,” she adds, “and then waking up in recovery having no idea what just happened, except for the cramping I felt.” Here again, ignorance is bliss—though some women may object to the idea of laying unconscious in an operating room, naked from the waist down. Terrible things have been known to happen.
No matter how much faith someone has in the “rightness” of their decision, basic biology tells us—unequivocally—that abortion kills a living human being. That, of course, is not something you’ll hear inside Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the country. Instead, they speak of ending pregnancy and removing cells. Women who seek out their services have placed their faith in the following tenets: Abortion will make things better. Abortion will return things to normal. Abortion will fix my problems. Abortion is not an act of violence that kills a baby.
Oftentimes, these assertions are unmasked the moment the abortion has been performed, but that isn’t always the case. Based on the claims of the pro-abortion, post-abortive women we've heard from, abortion did make things better—for them, abortion did return things to normal—for them, and abortion did fix problems—for them. But no matter how positive the perceived benefits of abortion are for the aborting mother, there’s no getting around the fact that abortion kills a living human being. More specifically, abortion kills the most innocent and helpless human beings in the world, human beings who are not strangers—but the very sons and daughters of those commissioning the violence.
To illustrate, consider the testimony we received on July 27 from a 21-year-old woman in Illinois. She writes, “I wasn’t that young, nor did I have financial issues… (but) I couldn’t have a baby… I wanted to get an abortion no matter what.” It’s the same basic argument we heard at the outset. Remarkably, this particular woman twice ended up at a pro-life, pregnancy care center. Both times an ultrasound was performed. “They did everything they could to convince me to keep my baby,” she tells us. Of the second visit, she writes:
I heard my baby's heartbeat even though I was only six weeks along. I saw the movement projected on the screen in front of me. For the first time, I started to re-think my decision of abortion.
But she then rationalizes that because she’d been drinking heavily throughout the pregnancy and didn’t know the father very well, abortion was still the right choice. This is how she describes her entrance to the abortion clinic:
When I arrived with the father of the baby, there were protestors outside holding signs and trying to make the women going in feel guilty. I immediately broke down crying. Was this something I could do? I knew scientifically that this wasn't a baby yet. It was an embryo, cells that were still developing—nothing close to a baby.
Notice what she said in the first block quote. “I heard my baby’s heartbeat.” Compare that to her assertion in the second block quote. “I knew scientifically that this wasn’t a baby yet.” Do you see? She is arguing with herself. In a desperate effort to maintain her resolve, this woman directly contradicts what she already affirmed to be true. On top of that, she’s made two visits to a pregnancy care center where she was no doubt schooled in the basics of prenatal development. Nevertheless, she clings to abortion at this moment of crisis. Yes, her child was an embryo—made up of cells that are still developing, but so is my preteen daughter! There is no qualitative difference between children before they’re born and after they’re born.
A similar experience was told to us by a woman from Canada who had an abortion when she was 22. She writes:
On the day of my appointment, my mom wakes me up early. She shows me an article in the paper 'National Anti-Abortion Day: 100,000's protesting on parliament hill.' I am police escorted into the clinic. A picture of an aborted fetus is shoved in my face. I am crying. But I still know that I am making the right choice. I cry the entire time in the waiting room. You can know that you're making the right choice and still be sad. It is hard. It is ok. I cry even harder when I have to decide to check the box 'yes' or 'no' to find out if I’m having twins. I've always wanted twins.
She doesn’t tell us if she checked the box. She does tell us that shortly after finding out she was pregnant, the father left for Thailand and never spoke to her again—after a five-year relationship she describes as “abusive and co-dependent.” You can know you’re making the right choice and still be sad. Heartbreaking, right? But why was she sad? That’s the million-dollar question, though I'm happy to speculate. She’s sad because she’s always wanted children. She’s sad because the father skipped town. She’s sad because the child inside her is about to die, and she’s convinced herself it’s the “right choice.”
Though not particularly central to the plot, I came across a phrase this week in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet that’s worthy of sharing. After a fourth abortion leaves her barren, the story’s lubricious heroine channels her inner Gandhi to begin a crusade against “the scientific manipulation of women’s bodies for men’s pleasure.” Is that not an apt description of the West’s general employment of hormonal birth control and abortion? The woman from Canada concludes her testimony by expressing thanks for the “priceless” gifts abortion gave her—“freedom, agency, choice, and control over [her] future.” Of course, the real beneficiaries of these gifts are the men who go around fathering children with women they don’t care about and won’t commit to. Abortion gives them the leverage they need to ensure their predatory lifestyle can continue unabated. It’s worth noting that the “fathers” in these narratives—through direct pressure, disinterest, or abandonment—are the ones leading their “partners” to the miserable conclusion that abortion is the right choice for them. Not surprisingly, none of the pro-abortion testimonies we’ve received have come from married women.
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