The political left is the self-proclaimed champion of the civil rights movement. They claim their deepest conviction is to serve and protect the marginalized. And yet there is one issue, that is truly at the heart of their ideology, that is in direct contradiction to everything they stand for. That issue is unrestricted abortion.
The left says Black Lives Matter. How does that measure up with the effects of abortion on the black community? While black people make up only 13% of the population they account for 37% of all abortions. Black women are 5 times more likely to abort than white women. The New York Department of Health reported in 2014 that more black babies were aborted than born in New York in 2012. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, has located 80% of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods; specifically targeting minorities for abortion. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an outspoken eugenicist and racist and yet they praise her… It appears to me that Black lives only matter if they manage to escape the extermination attempts of the pro-choice movement.
The left says that science is real. While I think, we can all agree that science is real, the left only embraces scientific fact when it suits their narrative. How does that conviction measure up when we discuss fetal development? Pro-choice rhetoric side steps the question of when human life begins. They instead make it a “personhood” argument. Most notably Hillary Clinton was caught saying” The unborn person has no rights under the law.” Anyone who can critically think and read a biology textbook will discover that the beginning of a human life is at conception. Life can only begin through conception. This is a scientific fact. There is literally no other way to for a human life to begin. So, if a human life begins at conception and is terminated at any point during its development a life has ended; perhaps an underdeveloped life but a human life nonetheless. Pro-choice rhetoric denies the stages of fetal development referring to the fetus as a blob of tissue. Brain waves and heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks gestation. By 13 weeks gestation the child in utero has all her major organs and most of her body is sensitive to touch. Babies born as early as 22 weeks can survive outside the womb…. And yet the pro-choice movement demands abortion up to and beyond viability for any reason. Claiming the child in utero, viable or not, has no human rights. Which brings us to the next point.
The left says Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. Clearly pro-choice ideology does not extend those rights to the child in utero. Many abortion proponents have been asked when the child in utero becomes a person and therefore granted human rights. The answer I have heard most frequently is that “the child is a human person when her mother decides she is”. They state some women decide the child is a person the moment the child is conceived while others never feel the child is a person. How can the left champion human rights when they believe certain human’s rights are subject to the feelings of their mother? Human rights are inherent. They are not subject to anyone’s feelings, philosophies, ideologies or religious beliefs.
The left says they champion the rights of people with disabilities. Abortion is the single gravest threat facing the disabled community. Pro-choice rhetoric states that a woman MUST be able to abort her child through all 40 weeks of pregnancy if it becomes apparent that child will be born with a disability or illness. In fact, 90% of the time a woman discovers her child will be born with downs syndrome she chooses to abort. In other cases of disability or illness a mother chooses to abort nearly 80% of the time. These statistics are staggering. We could see the near eradication of persons who are differently abled in my lifetime. The pro-choice movement in France has gone so far as to prohibit the showing of a pro-downs syndrome commercial on national television to not “upset” women who have aborted a child with downs syndrome. Abortion is the systematic devaluing of people with special needs and the driving force of a eugenic agenda.
The left says they value the lives of the poor. One of the most common reasons a woman aborts is financial. And one of the most common arguments in favor abortion is if the child will be born into poverty. SO, let me get this straight. It is better your life be terminated than for you to be born poor??? Pro-choice rhetoric devalues the lives of people who are living in poverty. People who happen to be some of the strongest, most resilient, most compassionate, hardest working people there are. They are people who will give all they have, no matter how little, to help a neighbor. They are people who know the value of a kind gesture. They are people who bring in the outcast to share at their table. They are people who open their hearts and their homes to all. They may not be financially rich but they are rich in love. And their lives have incalculable value.
The left says they want fewer abortions. Pro-choice rhetoric screams “abortion on demand without apology” They refuse to accept even commonsense abortion restrictions. Because the truth is they want as many abortions as possible. They push the abortion agenda all over the globe. They refuse to acknowledge facts about the physical implications of abortion such as a higher risk of breast cancer and future pregnancy complications in post abortive women. They refuse to acknowledge the depression and suicide rates of post abortive women. Why? Why do they keep these things hidden from the women they claim to empower? Knowledge empowers. There is no choice unless you are empowered with the full truth of your choice. There are thousands of women who say “If only I’d known”, I would have made a different choice. It is shameful to deliberately and knowingly withhold information from a woman who is making the most profound choice of her life.
Here are just a few examples of what I believe are contradictions in their ideals. I will leave it to you to decide if pro-choice rhetoric undermines the ideology of the political left.
All my love,
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