Listening To Stories Can Never Justify Abortion

Last weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed on abortion titled “Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? Women Who’ve Had Them”. As the title suggests, the idea is that as we form our opinions on the issue of abortion, we should give first consideration to those women who have actually had abortions. The premise underlying this idea is that if we knew or understood the reasons why women have abortions, we might realize that a woman taking the life of her child is really not as bad as we think. There are countless problems with the column published by the New York Times, but the biggest problem is that it fails to explain why a woman’s circumstances, difficult as they may be, should justify the taking of her child’s life. The truth is that in developing an understanding of why women choose the option to abort, we still will not find a good explanation of why that option should be legal. I wrote a response to this op-ed for The Federalist explaining that while women who’ve had abortions certainly deserve the opportunity to share their stories and experiences, the focal point of the abortion discussion is, and always should be, the unborn child.

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The Left Wants to Make Abortion an Economic Issue to Sideline its Atrocities

Last week, the New York Times published an editorial titled “Why Abortion is a Progressive Economic Issue.” Prompted by chaos in the Democratic ranks over the issue of abortion, the article argued that because lower income women are more likely to choose abortion, and because economics are a strong consideration for women who choose to abort their children, one cannot separate the issue from other progressive economic issues. The editorial followed closely on the heels of a 10 campus “Abortion Positive” tour, which had the goal of promoting abortion as a social good. Yet to categorize abortion as an economic issue or a social good belies the reality of abortion, and ignores the very human being whose life hangs in the balance.  One should never be distracted by the Left’s persistent attempts to categorize abortion as anything other than what it is. While economics may play a role in convincing mothers to choose abortion, at its core, abortion is a human rights issue. The reality is that abortion denies an entire demographic of innocent human beings their right to live. Attempts to subvert the rights of the unborn in favor of a mother’s rights is nothing more than an attempt to justify the killing of innocent human beings.

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New Study Downplays Harm Abortion Inflicts on Women

Last week, the University of California, San Francisco, released the results of a study that claimed to show that abortion has no impact on a woman’s mental health. I wrote a response to the study for Crisis Magazine. In short, the study was flawed for several reasons, not the least of which is that it ignored the complexity of the post-abortion experience and the psyches of women who choose abortion. Studies such as this marginalize women who do suffer emotional anguish after abortion and attempt to delegitimize their experience. One look at the testimonies shows that many women do indeed suffer emotional anguish after an abortion.

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Five Untruths About the New Texas Rules for Fetal Remains

The state of Texas recently enacted some new rules about the handling of fetal remains after abortions, miscarriages, and stillbirths. I wrote a post for Crisis Magazine refuting some of the dishonest claims being made by abortion advocates in the wake of these new rules.

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Why I’m a Single Issue Voter

The other day a dear friend of mine (who also happens to be a Hillary Clinton supporter) and I were discussing the presidential candidates.  She was saying that she doesn’t understand why so many people are supporting Donald Trump.  She and I are on the same page as far as supporting the poor and the immigrant and Mr. Trump’s views do not seem to be in line with ours.  I told her though, that if it comes down to Trump and Clinton, I will vote for Trump.  I told her that I will always vote pro life which means I would never vote for Hillary Clinton, a person who supports abortion even into the third trimester.

My friend and I went back and forth having a civil discussion about it (a breath of fresh air in itself in this hot political environment).  After our talk was all said and done, there was one thing lingered in my mind.  She had asked, “Could you put the abortion issue aside and vote for the person who would be better for society in general?” Continue reading

Responding to pro-abortion advocates: Jex Blackmore (part three)

BannerResponding To Pro-Abortion Advocates is a series where I will focus in on comments made by pro-abortion persons. These comments might be seen in the news, read on various websites, or heard elsewhere. As always, the goal is to be respectful and respond to the arguments, not to attack the person.

Jex Blackmore is the chapter director of the Satanic Temple Detroit. She recently found herself pregnant, and decided to chronicle her experience leading up to her abortion. Her story was picked up by Cosmo and Jezebel, and she has been received warmly by the pro-abortion crowd.

Part one can be read here, and part two here.

Blackmore says: Continue reading

Responding To Pro-Abortion Advocates: Jex Blackmore (Part Two)

BannerResponding To Pro-Abortion Advocates is a series where I will focus in on comments made by pro-abortion persons. These comments might be seen in the news, read on various websites, or heard elsewhere. As always, the goal is to be respectful and respond to the arguments, not to attack the person.

Jex Blackmore is the chapter director of the Satanic Temple Detroit. She recently found herself pregnant, and decided to chronicle her experience leading up to her abortion. Her story was picked up by Cosmo and Jezebel, and she has been received warmly by the pro-abortion crowd. Continue reading

Responding To Pro-Abortion Advocates: Jex Blackmore, Part One

BannerResponding To Pro-Abortion Advocates is a series where I will focus in on comments made by pro-abortion persons. These comments might be seen in the news, read on various websites, or heard elsewhere. As always, the goal is to be respectful and respond to the arguments, not to attack the person.

Jex Blackmore is the chapter director of the Satanic Temple Detroit. She recently found herself pregnant, and decided to chronicle her experience leading up to her abortion. Her story was picked up by Cosmo and Jezebel, and she has been received warmly by the pro-abortion crowd. While there are two weeks of journal entries to cull through, we can begin by focusing on the first paragraph of her diary. We will focus on other parts of her chronicles in future installments. In her first paragraph, she says:

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“The decision to become two people instead of one is monumental.  Sometimes it’s the right time and sometimes it’s not.” Continue reading

Responding To Pro-Abortion Advocates: Martha Plimpton

BannerResponding To Pro-Abortion Advocates is a new series where I will focus in on comments made by pro-abortion persons. These comments might be seen in the news, read on various websites, or heard elsewhere. The goal will be to respond to the comments as I might if I were in conversation with the person. As always, the goal is to be respectful and respond to the arguments, not to attack the person.

Somehow, the #shoutyourabortion campaign, which took Twitter by storm a month or so back, was given its own segment on ABC’s October 22nd Nightline segment. The segment profiled the campaign’s founder, Amelia Bonow, and why she chose to go public with her abortion. During the segment, they spoke with another abortion activist, actress Martha Plimpton. Plimpton has starred in several sitcoms, including The Good Wife. I don’t really watch television, so I’ve never heard of her, but she seems to be fairly well known. In any case, the whole segment on #shoutyourabortion is pretty sad, but I’ve chosen to focus in on Plimpton’s comments for the time being.

She says…

“Because I did have two abortions as a young woman, I feel that my ability to access that kind of medical care…” Continue reading