Misleading Claims about Abortion

CLAIM: “It’s my body.”

ANSWER: A woman’s body does not have two beating hearts, two blood types, two heads, four eyes, four arms, and four legs. A pregnant woman and her baby have all this and more. And what about when she’s pregnant with a male baby? That’s not her body... it’s a unique, baby boy growing in her womb.

CLAIM: “It’s only a fetus.”

ANSWER: Fetus — literally meaning “little one” in Latin — refers to the preborn baby after eight weeks gestation. Webster’s Dictionary states that a fetus has “passed the early stages of development and attained the basic final form prior to parturition (birth).” Some people seem to have forgotten they once lived and grew in the womb as a “fetus.” Would it have been okay if they had been aborted when they were “only a fetus?”

CLAIM: “Abortion is legal; therefore, it must be right.”

ANSWER: The U.S. Supreme Court has been wrong on many major decisions and then overturned itself. Remember the Dred Scott case on slavery? If the Supreme Court suddenly declared child abuse or rape legal, would that make them right? Would we ignore such injustices and do nothing to protect the innocent?

CLAIM: “Freedom of choice” and “It’s a woman’s right to choose!”

ANSWER: How can anyone claim they have the “freedom” or “right” to kill an innocent baby? The only “choice” in abortion is between a dead baby and a live baby. Plus, those who defend this “choice” aren’t consistent. Why is it only in the case of abortion they argue that “choice” should be absolute? Using the same rationale, wouldn’t people have the right to “choose” to use drugs (“it’s my body”) or the right to “choose” to practice prostitution? Humane societies don’t tell people they have a “freedom of choice” to kill their own children. There are right choices and wrong choices. In recent history, millions of innocent people died because of terribly wrong choices that slave owners and Nazis thought they had a “right” to make. Terrible choices have led to dead slaves, dead Jews and dead babies.

CLAIM: “The government shouldn’t interfere.”

ANSWER: Our Declaration of Independence declares that each of us has an “inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson defined government’s role: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” Government should protect all of us, especially before we are born, when we are most vulnerable.

CLAIM: “Poor women need public funds (your tax money) to pay for abortions so they will not be discriminated against.”

ANSWER: The rich can readily afford cocaine and prostitutes. Should taxpayers also be forced to buy these for the poor? The bottom line is that abortion is the worst form of child abuse. It kills a baby and wounds the mother for life. If the poor cannot afford abortions, they and their children are blessed not to become victims of this bloody holocaust.

CLAIM: “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t want to impose my morality on others.”

ANSWER: What about other moral issues such as rape, robbery, child abuse, arson and murder? What if politicians said, “I’m personally opposed, but. . .” about racism? They’d be kicked out of office on the spot! What about slavery? If abolitionists had bought this “personally opposed, but” argument, some states could still be saddled with slavery today. Every law ever passed sets standards that reflect someone’s (or a body of lawmakers’) morality. A politician who won’t vote against something he/she is morally opposed to doesn’t have an ounce of honesty in his/her blood.

CLAIM: Privacy — In 1973, The Supreme Court said women have a “constitutional right” to “privacy” on abortion.

ANSWER: The Court was wrong. Nobody has a right to injure or kill another person “privately.” Does a right to “privacy” also protect parents who abuse, molest or kill their born children in the “privacy” of their home? Why not? What about their “right to privacy?” How is it that Roe v. Wade determined that unborn children are not “persons” even though they have the right to inherit property, the right to be protected from a drug-addicted mother, the right not to be killed by a drunk driver, and many other rights? Some states have entire sections of law outlining crimes against unborn children in which they’re protected from negligent or willful harm or death from conception on.

CLAIM: “Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade aren’t comparable.”

ANSWER: Yes, they are comparable in that the Supreme Court was wrong to deny inalienable rights in both cases. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 upheld slavery as legal. It decreed that black people are the private property of the slave owners. This was a grave error of the Supreme Court, denying African Americans one of their most fundamental human rights — the right to liberty. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court erred again by denying a whole class of human beings (preborn babies) the most fundamental right — the right to life.

CLAIM: “If legal abortions are banned, women will resort to dangerous back alley abortions.”

ANSWER: In 1972, the year before the Supreme Court legalized abortion, a total of 39 women died from illegal abortions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), admits his group lied and inflated the number of women who died from illegal abortion when testifying before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972: “We spoke of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year. I confess that I knew the figures were totally false. . .. it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?” Claims that abortion became safer for women after it was legalized fail to acknowledge that large numbers of women are physically injured or killed by so-called safe and legal abortions every year. The book Lime 5 documents 230 cases of women injured or killed by abortion or sexually assaulted by their abortionists (see page 18 and www.prolife.com for details). Former abortion provider Carol Everett states, “In the last 18 months I was in business [she ran four abortion centers in Texas in 1982], we were completing 500 abortions monthly and killing or maiming one woman out of 500.”

CLAIM: Rape and incest — “Abortion should be legal to end a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.”

ANSWER: It’s important to remember that the child conceived through rape or incest is no less human than any other child. Dr. David Reardon (www.afterabortion.org) points out that abortion is the very worst “solution” that we can offer to the pregnant woman at this crisis time in her life. Abortion compounds her problems. Abortion makes her an aggressor against her own innocent child and it never makes the painful memories of rape go away. If a small child were killed in the street by a negligent driver and it was later determined that the child had been conceived in rape, would the driver be held less  responsible? Is that child’s death less tragic?

CLAIM: “It’s a woman’s issue. Men should have no say.”

ANSWER: Every baby has a mother and a father. Why should fathers be denied their parental rights? Why shouldn’t men defend the innocent and the weak? More than half of America’s pro-life movement is made up of women who ask men to join their cause. Many women become pro-life after discovering their own abortion was a terrible mistake. They discover how painful abortion is from first-hand experience, then they ask men to help expose abortion so that fewer women and babies become victims.

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