The Latest News Archive 2013
Yes, Im Pro-abortion
For decades, the banner of “choice” has been the proud proclamation of those who advocate for abortion. Rhetorically, it’s long stood as a definitive strategy, positioning abortion as a women’s rights issue. However, as the pro-life position has been steadily gaining increasing support, many ( including Planned Parenthood ) have distanced themselves from the term “pro-choice.” In fact, some are now stating that it’s not enough to just say you’re pro-choice. Instead they’re opting for a more extreme position—being boldly pro-abortion.
In an article entitled, Yes, I’m Pro-Abortion, feminist writer Lauren Rankin declares why she’s taking such an outrageous stand for abortion. “We must come to terms with the fact that pro-choice is not enough. The statement that ‘I’m not pro-abortion, I’m pro-choice’ is inherently defensive. Rather than embracing abortion as a viable and respected choice, it sidelines abortion; it delegitimizes that valid choice.” Her statement reveals their true agenda—ending the life of an innocent unborn baby anytime throughout pregnancy, for any reason as a sacred right—even though it will alienate even more Americans.
Yet, Rankin continues to encourage pro-abortion activists that they must become more comfortable with saying unequivocally: “I support abortion.” Her reasoning is rooted in fear. She’s clearly troubled by the progress pro-lifers are gaining both legally and philosophically. For example, pro-lifers have gained ground in states like North Dakota where unborn babies are protected once his or her heartbeat can be detected. Arkansas passed a similar bill. Access to and acceptance of abortion is markedly decreasing across America. Rankin believes the response to these actions is to even more stridently force the issue of abortion as part of comprehensive reproductive health care for women.
She even goes as far as to push for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which keeps American tax dollars from directly funding abortions. This radical agenda is about more than just access to abortion-on-demand. It’s about abortions being funded by you and me. Under Obamacare , that could very well become reality.
This extremist point-of-view is evidence that the pro-choice/pro-abortion movement is struggling to maintain unity on some of its fundamental talking points. This divisiveness works in our favor, as they argue amongst themselves about what they’re truly standing for. No matter how they try to deny it, they cannot erase the stigma attached to abortion because it’s an intentional, violent death of an innocent baby. No amount of rhetoric can change that.
Rankin states that “abortion is not now, nor has it ever been, a bad word.” I beg to differ. Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has caused the deaths of over 54 million innocent unborn babies in the US alone. How can they actually advocate for such a brutal slaughter? Unfortunately, they don’t want to see the truth. They’d rather stand “loud and proud” for so-called “reproductive health” than to realize what they’re advocating for is death and a terrible injustice to the baby’s parents. Perhaps if they were to truly be honest, they wouldn’t call themselves pro-choice or pro-abortion. They’d call themselves pro-death. For us, this should serve to strengthen our resolve as we stand for life, because we don’t need to play games with words. No matter what the other side’s stance is, we are proudly pro-life for both mother and child. We love them both.
For babies and their moms,
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