GLEN COVE, NY — If the Devil is the prince of lies, his elite
shock troops are the abortionists and their lobby.
Advocates of legal abortion often state that they want abortion to
be “rare, safe, and legal.” This statement, however, is
frequently spoken by those who make their living by performing abortions,
those who work for organizations that do a booming business in assembly-line
abortions, lobbyists for these two groups, and politicians who receive
money from the abortion industry or lobby. If anyone believes they
really want abortions to be rare, such a person probably believes that
the tobacco companies want cigarette smoking to be rare.
Closely related to the “rare, safe, and legal” lie is
the statement by proponents of widespread legal abortion that both
sides of the abortion debate should work together to reduce “unwanted
pregnancies.” Nobody has really ever defined “unwanted
pregnancies.” It sounds like something that just happened to
a woman contrary to her own desires. There is an epidemic of pregnancies
in our public schools that are “unwanted” by school faculty
and administrators, social workers, and youth bureaus. The majority
of them, however, are not “unwanted” by the mothers.
Even if we limit “unwanted pregnancies” to those unwanted
by the mother, we have to understand what “work together” means.
To proponents of abortion, it means joining them in promoting artificial
contraception. Artificial contraception, however, has been shown to
lead to more, not less, abortions. Contraception, even when practiced
carefully, is less effective than chastity. The real purpose of the “work
together” proposals is to weaken the resolve of opponents of
contraception. This will, in turn, weaken their moral backbone and
make them easier targets the next time a difficult vote or a charismatic
abortion supporter candidate comes along.
Another deceptive tactic of the abortion lobby is to frame the debate
in terms of the most difficult and rare cases. This can be done by
saying that someone opposes legal abortion even in cases of “rape,
incest, and the life of the mother.” Another way to practice
this deception is to tell horror stories about mothers giving birth
to headless children, dying on the operating table during delivery,
or being forced to bear a rapist’s child. The truth is that virtually
all abortions are performed for the convenience of mothers who put
their schedule or their wealth ahead of their children.
It was once the case that women sometimes died in childbirth. Some
mothers chose to die so their babies could live. Some mothers chose
to let their babies die so they themselves could live. There was a
proper moral distinction between directly saving the mother’s
life and indirectly killing the baby, and directly killing the baby
and indirectly saving the mother’s life. Today medical science
has advanced enough so that mothers now rarely die from childbirth.
Although some mothers do die in childbirth, American law has never
required them to do so. It is dishonest to bring up this issue in the
It is also dishonest to bring up the issue of rape. If a woman receives
the proper medical treatment in the immediate aftermath of a rape,
she will not get pregnant. If she chooses to hide her rape until she
discovers she is pregnant, she should not complain that she cannot
kill her child.
I have never heard of a case in which incest was the deciding factor
in the legality of an abortion.
The most insidious deception practiced by the proponents of legal
abortion is their abuse of the language. The use of the terms “pro-choice” and “a
woman’s right to choose” implies that the choice of whether
to undergo an abortion is somehow the one choice that has no need to
be specified. Choices range from such trivial ones as what color of
dress to wear to such truly grave ones as whether to have sex outside
of marriage, whether to include abortion in the medical procedures
one performs, or whether to shoot an abortionist. The bureaucratic
word “terminate” belongs in bad spy movies, not in an intelligent
discussion of abortion.
The most important word is “baby.” The abortion lobby
never uses it, and this omission is just as deceptive as its affirmative
lies. Happy expecting parents call what they are expecting a “baby.” They
almost never call it a “fetus” or a “pregnancy.” The
proponents of abortion never call the object of their action a “baby.” If,
however, you were to put two sonograms up on a wall, one from a happy
and expectant mother and one from a woman contemplating an abortion,
and ask which was the “baby,” there is no way anyone could
make a distinction. If, however, the proponents of abortion started
to use the term “baby,” they would admit that the object
of their procedure was exactly the same thing happy parents are expecting
At that point we can legitimately hope they would lose the argument.
We must be vigilant never to cooperate by words or by silence in
the deceptions of the abortion lobby.
The Confederate Lawyer column is copyright © 2009
by Charles G. Mills and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfBooks.com.
All rights reserved.
Charles G. Mills is the Judge Advocate or general counsel for the
New York State American Legion. He has forty years of experience in
many trial and appellate courts and has published several articles
about the law.
See his biographical sketch and additional columns here.
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