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Even pro-choice people realize it’s a baby

To the editor:

George Fisher appears not to understand the nature of an analogy. It is a comparison of two things holding similar, not identical, characteristics. Thus I am not claiming “that slavery and abortion are the same thing.” In fact, abortion is far worse with millions more killed than happened with the tragedy of slavery. They are both immoral actions, with the former at first declared legal by the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dred Scott v. Sanford; a decision later reversed and evacuated. Roe v. Wade has also declared abortion legal, a ruling that deserves the same fate as Dred Scott, thus the analogy and a fair one at that.

I commend Mr. Fisher for seeing the movie Unplanned, although I am saddened (not surprised) that he was unmoved by it. Regarding his medical lesson to me, whereby he said that the life in the womb is not properly termed a baby until it’s born: Tell that to the pro-choicers who are now admitting that it is a baby in there. All of the baby italics in the following quotations are my emphasis.

Naomi Wolf, in her essay “Our Bodies, Our Souls: Rethinking Pro-choice Rhetoric,” in the Oct. 16, 1995 issue of New Republic, reports being five months pregnant when interviewed and challenged about the life inside her. “‘Of course it’s a baby,’ “ I snapped and she goes on to say that if she had to make the “terrible decision to end this life, then that would be between myself and God.” Juliana Arcana, in an October 1999 seminar, said “I performed abortions. I have had an abortion, and I am in favor of women having abortions when we choose to do so. But we should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended. We ought not to pretend this is not happening.”

Faye Wattleton, former president of Planned Parenthood (the largest supplier of abortions in the U.S.), in her book How To Talk to Your Child About Sexuality, writes “If one of your friends is pregnant, ask her to let your child feel the baby move. A baby grows in a special place, inside the mother, called the uterus … In nine months it is born.” Penny Lane, creator of “The Abortion Diaries,” in a 2004 article in Salon Magazine, writes, “I remember feeling conflicted about the magic of being pregnant. I felt electricity running through my body. Not for a moment did I not think of it as a life. I knew it was a baby.”

Jennifer Baumgardner, creator of the “I Had an Abortion” T-shirt and the campaign surrounding it, writes in her 2008 book Abortion and Life, that she was five months pregnant and speaking to Barnard’s College Students for Choice, when she “slipped up” and in her speech referred to “the baby” in the uterus. An audience member corrected her and told her to use the word “fetus,” and she shamefacedly complied but has since rebelled against this political correctness, writing “suppressing language, policing ourselves, so we don’t slip up and say ‘baby’ continues the split between our politics and our lives.”

In other words, for these people, let’s call a spade a spade, let’s stop playing language games. Yes, it is a baby, too bad. If the decision is to kill it, so be it. Chilling.

And, yes, I knew pro-lifer Alveda King had two abortions, and no, that does not make her a hypocrite at all, nor former Planned Parenthood executive Abby Johnson, nor actress Jennifer O’Neill, nor any others who regret their abortions and who have repented; same with the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who helped establish the abortion industry in this country, performed thousands of abortions himself, and then became a pro-life leader while still a professed atheist. Silent No More is a movement comprised of women, some celebrities, who speak publicly of their abortions, urging others away from that horror. For men and women involved in abortions, Rachel’s Vineyard is a weekend healing experience, leading participants to wholeness and self-forgiveness. Not hypocrites, these people, but heroes.

Rev. William M. Weary

Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Lewistown

St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Mifflintown

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