Today is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Yesterday was Sanctity of Life Sunday in the OCA’s calendar and as such our parish commemorated it. Afterwards, our small Orthodox contingent led annual March for Life procession in our fine city. It was the third such event and was well-attended. Our speaker was Dr. Francis Beckwith, who I had the pleasure of meeting afterwards.
As many of you know, subtleties are usually lost on your humble correspondent. More precisely, I try to get to the root of the matter. You may thank Marcus Aurelius (whose Meditations I am re-reading) for advising me to get to the point.
It is always been my contention that those who say they are pro-choice in the matter of abortion “rights” are in fact, pro-abortion. In fact, outside of a few Objectivists out there who are truly apathetic as to whether the baby lives or dies, the vast majority of liberals, progressives, and others who claim to be pro-choice really believe only in one choice. And that is that the pregnancy should be terminated. Always.
So why don’t they just admit it? Well, because deep down, the vast majority of people still have a conscience, even those who participate in abortion in some way. They know that abortion kills a baby. That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been efforts to try and convince themselves otherwise. One such campaign from a few years back was the “I had an abortion” campaign, in which women who had abortions would wear tee-shirts proudly proclaiming that fact. Yet even in our Gomorrah culture, steeped as it is in erotomania, this campaign never took off. This is a stunning admission of failure and bodes well for the future in my humble opinion.
For more on this, please read the following editorial by George Neumayr.
‘Abortion Is as American as Apple Pie’
Source: American Spectator | George Nuemeyr
In 2004, Planned Parenthood began selling T-shirts emblazoned with the declaration, “I Had An Abortion.” This was part of its campaign to “demystify and destigmatize” the practice. Prominent abortion advocates felt at the time that their movement had grown too timid.
Alexander Sanger, the grandson of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, argued that feminists needed to go beyond the rhetoric of “choice,” jargon he regarded as cowardly and vague. They should celebrate abortion directly and unapologetically, he said. After all, the unborn child, as an annoying interloper, deserves to die. “The unborn child is not just an innocent life,” he wrote, but a “liability, a threat, and a danger to the mother and to the other members of the family.”
Amidst such comments, the website Imnotsorry.net sprung up. The founders of the site explained that it “was created for the purpose of showing women that exercising their legal right to terminate their pregnancy is not the blood-splattered guilt trip so many make it out to be.” Space was provided on it for women to post testimonials expressing their “relief” and “joy” after an abortion.
Ron Fitzsimmons, president of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, also found “choice” rhetoric insipid. “We have nothing to hide,” he said to the press. “The work we’re doing is good. We are there to help women, and it’s important to talk about abortion so that it’s not a stigma.”
Abortion, he said, is more than just a choice. It is a good choice: “We can no longer respond to [pro-life arguments] with ‘it’s your right to choose.’ We need to recapture the notion that abortion is a difficult moral choice for women, but one that is, in fact, a moral choice.”
These days abortion advocates are considerably more circumspect, returning to the “safe, legal, and rare” formula that Bill Clinton popularized. But a few still hunger for raw honesty. In apparent anticipation of the upcoming Roe v. Wade anniversary, Salon interviewed one of them on Monday. Merle Hoffman, a New York “abortion provider,” told the online publication that the “pro-choice movement is uncomfortable with itself,” as it still treats abortion as a regrettable act. “I’ve always said that, and I’ve always believed that,” she said. “We’re not comfortable with the banner we’re under.”
Read the entire article on the American Spectator website.