The Root Of The Entire Pro-Abortion Mentality Described In A Single Excerpt
Jennifer Fulwiler wrote an extraordinary piece called Why I Lost Faith in the Pro-Choice Movement. It’s extraordinary not because she explains how she moved from being pro-abortion to being pro-life, although that is worth the read, but because she describes the one key morality warping difference between the two sides. It’s the key assumption that creates a poison tree from which the whole pro-abortion mentality flows.
I was looking through a Time magazine article whose infograph cited data from the Guttmacher Institute about the most common reasons women have abortions. It immediately struck me that none of the factors on the list were conditions that we tell women to consider before engaging in sexual activity. Don’t have the money to raise a child? Don’t think your boyfriend would be a good father? Don’t feel ready to be a mother? Women were never encouraged to consider these factors before they had sex; only before they had a baby.
The fundamental truth of the pro-choice movement, from which all of its tenets flow, is that sex does not have to have life-altering consequences. I suddenly saw that it was the struggle to uphold this “truth” that led to all the shady dealings, all the fear of information, all the mental gymnastics that I’d observed. For example:
–> If it is true that sex does not have to have life-altering consequences, then life within the womb cannot be human. Otherwise, when your contraception fails or you otherwise end up with an unplanned pregnancy, you just became a parent, and that truth was proven false.
–> If it is true that sex does not have to have life-altering consequences, then people should be able to engage in sexual activity as they see fit, without giving a second thought to parenthood. And if it true that it is morally acceptable for people to engage in sexual activity without giving a second thought to parenthood, then abortion must be okay. Contraception has abysmal actual use effectiveness rates, especially when taken over the long term. Combine that with the fact that the contraceptive mentality tells women to go ahead and engage in the act that creates babies, even if they feel certain that they’re in no position to have a baby, and you see how women would feel trapped, and think that their only way out is through the doors of their local abortion mill.
Over the years I’d heard many pro-lifers say things along the lines of, “If you’re engaging in the act that creates babies, you might create a baby; if you are absolutely certain that you’re not ready to have a baby, avoid the act that creates babies.” The pro-choice movement dismissed such statements, often sneeringly, as being overly simplistic and even oppressive. Yet is it not true?
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn once wrote, “It is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions” — and that’s very true. If a woman gets herself in a fix, she will do what she has to do to get out of it, and then backwards rationalize. The same goes for a man, a couple, a group of people, or a country.
If you start with the assumption that you can have sex with whomever you like without any potential life-altering consequences, you’re probably going to be fine with killing babies — at least on the surface. Deep down in your heart, where you know that you murdered your own child, it may not be so pretty.