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Stop Spreading Falsehoods to Argue Your Pro-Life Position

If you are going to argue the evils of abortion in light of New York’s Reproductive Health Act, signed into law on Tuesday night, at least do so with correct facts.

The passage of this law does NOT mean that thousands of pregnant women carrying full-term, healthy babies will be flooding into abortion clinics to kill their 37 weekers. This type of abortion is not, and never has been, a thing. The ONLY women seeking late and full term abortions are ones whose lives are in danger from their pregnancy or who are carrying fetuses that are not viable. The women who make the decision to abort late-term do so only when faced with unimaginable, devastating circumstances. None of us, unless we have been in this situation, can comprehend how agonizing that choice must be. To misrepresent the reality of that choice is just gross. If you are posting memes with full-term, healthy newborns paired with words about killing babies, STOP IT. No one is doing this.

For most, deciding to have an abortion at any stage of fetal development is a desperate choice. Lack of resources, not inconvenience, is cited as the number one reason women seek abortions. Your tax dollars are NOT funding abortions. The Hyde Amendment legislates that the only abortions that can be paid for by any federal dollars are those where the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman or where the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. The federal funding received by organizations like Planned Parenthood are used to provide preventative health care, breast exams, prenatal care, and birth control for women who would otherwise not be able to afford them. In reality, the services Planned Parenthood provides actually decrease abortions by preventing unwanted pregnancy and improving health outcomes for low income women.

Stop sharing emotionally charged, misleading information to argue your Pro-Life position. It’s disingenuous and prevents rational, fact-based discussion on a topic that should be approached with compassion and nuance.

9 Comments

  1. Terri Mertz on January 25, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Umm, this argument is incomplete at best. You are equating “pro-life” with “anti-abortion.” It would serve the public well if you would make a clear and reasoned distinction between the two. If you don’t know how to accomplish that, do some research. Without making that distinction, your credibility suffers greatly.

    • fern on January 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Terri Mertz, please clarify your comments if you are so well informed about the distinction.

  2. Anonymous on January 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I am pro-life which also includes caring for mothers and children after birth. I’ve worked 18 years as a RN in the NICU. There’s no such thing as a late term abortion as in up to birth. Those babies/mothers are delivered early, not cut up and suctioned out.
    Let’s talk about free contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

  3. Julie on January 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I appreciate your response to this issue. I, too, am frustrated seeing the emotionally charged images people are posting while taking the stance of being morally superior. My husband and I both have medical backgrounds and are highly pro-life, However we have lost trust in the current political system, filled with lots of talk and very little action. Instead we have focused our efforts on supporting the crisis pregnancy center in our community.

    The abortion issue is very complex and legislation will not help provide the alternatives that many women need in order to make the decision to continue their pregnancy. Ironically, we have observed that the social programs enacted by “left-wing” policies help empower women to keep their babies. So, our political leanings are shifting despite being very much pro-life.

    However, your information about Planned Parenthood may not be accurate. The organization is flawed with directors who often shift federal funds, do not provide enough objective information to women and many pressure women who are already in difficult emotional position to get an abortion. There is a financial benefit to the particular clinic if the woman gets an abortion and many have quotas (for abortions) that they are pressured to meet. Although the vision of Planned Parenthood is to help empower women, often their practices do not support that vision.

    Again, thanks for speaking out on this complex issue!

    • Linda on January 27, 2019 at 6:32 am

      Hello Julie,

      Can you provide backup information on your third paragraph? I have not read or heard that Planned Parenthood directors shift federal funds, nor have I heard there is a financial benefit to the clinic for abortions or they are pressured to make quotas.

      Thank you.

    • Ruth Chichester on February 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      Hello Julie,

      I applaud your service to your community and to your local pregnancy center as the action of your faith and “pro life” stance. However, I would argue with your faulty assessment of Planned Parenthood clinics. You cite the clinics do not provide “objective information” to women in need. I would attest that community “pregnancy centers” also do not provide those seeking assistance with “objective information”. While many do provide women in need with services or support, they also feed in their “pro life” agenda by pushing women, already facing a very difficult decision, not to consider abortion or to shame them with religious pressure from considering this. So, pregnancy centers are FAR from objective, and even, in my opinion, somewhat deceptive. They lure women to their locals with promises of “support” and perhaps providing free services, like pregnancy tests. But, once inside the door, they are proselytized, and even condemned if their thinking doesn’t align with the center’s religious agenda.
      As with all things, there can be bad operators behind all enterprises, and you may be correct in what you’ve written about some Planned Parenthood locations. However, in the fact that most throughout this nation are committed to providing vital health services to their community, with NO discrimination as to race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. These vital services include many things that our poorer citizens would not otherwise have access too. To say you’re “pro life”, but to care so little for the impact of eliminating vital health services to our citizens, simply because of the abortion debate belies your profession of faith and I feel is hypocrisy of the worst kind. The “vipers brood” is how the Messiah described them, those that spoke legalism but left love out.

      Today, a truthful witness to others of faith is the ACT of loving one another through these difficult circumstances, not condemning them for making the choice you don’t agree with.

  4. Shannon on January 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for this post! It has been so frustrating to me the past couple of days to see posts full of incomplete or flat out inaccurate information surrounding this issue. Thanks for speaking out!

  5. mb on January 27, 2019 at 1:21 am

    yes. thank you for this.

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