April 19, 2021

Safe, Legal and Rare?

Ben Shapiro’s article today focuses on the deceit the pro-abortionists have foisted on the masses in his attack on their use of the phrase “Safe, Legal and Rare”. He suggests that in order for the abortion industry to survive, it has to convince women that what they are going to do is normal and common, rather than a last resort.

The pro-choice crowd has never wanted abortion to be rare. Were abortion rare, women considering abortions would feel subtle societal pressure to preserve the life growing within them. Such societal pressure would create a “coercive” environment for women, inhibiting their ability to choose. For abortion to thrive, it must be common.

He goes through a list of different abortion providers and their claims to fame– numbers of abortions, the fact that they are the best in the field in terminating late term pregnancies (over 24 weeks), and that they think they are doing a good thing.

And the message works, as Harrison’s patient “Amanda” demonstrates. According to the Los Angeles Times, Amanda, a 20-year-old administrative assistant, says it’s not the obstacles that surprise her – it’s how normal and unashamed she feels as she prepares to end her first pregnancy. “‘It’s an everyday occurrence,'” she says as she waits for her 2:30 p.m. abortion. “‘It’s not like this is a rare thing … It’s not like it’s illegal. It’s not like I’m doing anything wrong.'”

This is the pro-choice agenda. For pro-choice activists, abortion is a good in and of itself. It allows a woman to exercise her “freedom of choice” at any time. Context does not matter; moral gradation does not matter; timing does not matter. The high-school volleyball player who aborts her child because she does not want to ruin her body for nine months – “I realize just from the first three months how it changes everything” – is just as valid as the woman who aborts because her life is seriously endangered by pregnancy. Abortion must remain an absolute right, commonly exercised, if women are to be truly free.

For years, pro-life advocates have described their opponents as pro-abortion. After viewing the pro-choice movement’s support for across-the-board abortions, that description seems apt.

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