The LIES We've Been Told
My Body, My Choice!
The term “pro-choice” avoids talking about what you are choosing. Most people agree that we can be “pro-choice” about many things without offending anyone (i.e. chocolate or vanilla, paper or plastic). The term “choice” is value-neutral and meaningless unless we have some idea of what we are choosing. Society generally limits people’s choices when it comes to behaviors that are harmful or potentially harmful to other people. We, as a society, are “anti-choice” when it comes to theft, arson, murder, and a whole host of other actions.
A Woman's “Right” / Freedom to Choose
It sounds almost patriotic. Our great American freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, etc. Individual rights are important, but you will not find “a right to abortion” anywhere in the Constitution. We have come too far to reduce a woman’s “right” to mean the “right to kill her own children.”
It's Just Tissue
Consider the following facts: Simple tissue does not have a beating heart, brain waves, fingerprints, and unique DNA. A woman can carry a baby with a different gender or blood type from her own. After the moment of fertilization, nothing new is added to the baby except oxygen nutrition, and time. The only differences between a newborn and a pre-born are size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency. All of these facts confirm the reality that you are a person worthy of protection from the moment of fertilization.
A “Wanted” Child
Does your value depend on the degree that someone wants you? Let's be honest – a child is a child. How could any baby be called unwanted when there are over one million couples waiting, hoping, and praying for a chance to adopt?
Many young women believed this lie until it was too late. The book, Lime 5, documents over 200 cases of women injured or killed by legal, so-called “safe” abortions.1 The end result of an abortion is a dead baby, and the potential for cervical cancer, breast cancer, infertility, and psychological pain. Where’s the “safe” part?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 39 maternal deaths have occurred due to illegal abortions in 1972 (the year prior to the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally).2 Any loss of life is tragic, but this is nowhere near the alleged “thousands of deaths by back-alley abortions.”
“I‘m Personally Opposed, But I Can’t Tell Others What To Do”
What if U.S. citizens had been willing to accept this justification for tolerating slavery? Our forefathers took away the “rights” of slave owners in order to give freedom and respect to African American people. Our youngest and most vulnerable are still slaves to the life and death decisions of others.
Rape and Incest
As traumatic as rape is, abortion does not un-rape the mother. The baby doesn't deserve to die for the crime of his or her father. Patricia, a victim of rape, said, “In my experience abortion only compounded the trauma and pain I was already experiencing… I would definitely discourage a woman from having an abortion. While it may seem to be the quickest and easiest solution to a painful, humiliating ‘problem,’ it is a band-aid approach with horrible ramifications of its own. For me, the effects of abortion are much more far-reaching than the effects of the rape in my life.”3
Most women who are raped don't want abortion. In the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever completed, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent chose against abortion.4 People assume abortion is the best answer for rape and incest victims. Joan Kemp, a rape crisis center counselor, said, “I am familiar with no case of incest-related abortion that did not make matters worse for the victim. These abortions are done for the benefit of the adults involved, not the incest vistim.”5
No one's perfect. Abortion for fetal deformities is a form of discrimination against disabled people. 80% or more of Down’s syndrome babies are now aborted.6 There are waiting lists of people who would be willing to adopt a special needs child.7 Who's to say their lives aren't worth living? When we make life and death judgments based on “quality of life,” we start down the slippery slope of eugenics.