View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

NARAL lie? Heaven forbid!

The National Abortion Rights Action League is running a television ad that implies Supreme Court nominee John Roberts supported a clinic bomber. The ad cites a brief that Roberts filed, and shows images from a bombing.

The problem is that the brief cited had nothing to do with clinic bombings, and in fact, was filed some 7 years before the bombing depicted in the ad. The ad also fails to mention that Roberts had earlier condemned clinic bombings, and said that abortion-facility bombers should be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Even objective groups have described the ad as “misleading” and “false.”

In other words, NARAL is lying.

That someone in the pro-choice camp would resort to lying should hardly be surprising.

Legal abortion in United States is built on lies.

Pro-choice activists in the 1960s and early 1970s trying to get abortion legal claimed that were more than a million back-alley abortions a year, and that 5,000 to 10,000 women were dying at the hands of back alley butchers.

But Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who co-founded NARAL, later admitted that the numbers were made up.

“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose that the others did too if they stopped to think of it,” he wrote in Aborting America. “But in the `morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? “

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported only 39 deaths as a result of abortion in 1972. Nathanson estimated that the figure was actually in the hundreds.

Nathanson also said that there were approximately 100,000 illegal abortions annually, not the more than a million claimed. And many of those abortions were performed not by “back-alley butchers,” but by doctors and other medical personnel.

In other words, the pro-choice activists lied.

Norma McCorvey – the Jane Roe of Roe v Wade – initially said that her pregnancy was due to a gang rape. She later admitted that she lied. So the case proceeded to the Supreme Court based on a lie.

During the debate over the procedure known as partial birth abortion, pro-choice activists claimed that there were no more than 500 such procedures done each year, and that the majority were done for health reasons involving either the mother or the baby.
But in a television interview on ABC’s Nightline at the time of the debate, National Coalition of Abortion Providers executive director Ron Fitzsimmons said, “I lied through my teeth."

Fitzsimmons said the number of such abortions was much greater – he estimated 5,000 – and that "they're primarily done on healthy women of healthy fetuses." He added that "the abortion-rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so, probably, does everyone else."

In other words, the pro-choice activists lied.

The NARAL ad raises the specter of “pro-life violence” and the image of clinic bombings.

There’s no denying that bombings did take place. But they were soundly and consistently condemned by pro-life organizations – a fact that the pro-choice organizations conveniently fail to mention.

As for the deaths – one would image there have been dozens or hundreds of killings and other acts of deadly violence committed by self-proclaimed pro-lifers.

Actually, there have been seven such killings. Only one resulted from a bombing, and the last killing took place in 1998.

Seven is still too many. They are wrong, and the people who committed them do not deserve the title “pro-life.”

As for the total number of actions of physical violence – murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, rape, etc. – Human Life International reports that there have been a total of 27 such incidents involving pro-lifers (as of 2004).

Again, these actions are to be condemned – as genuinely pro-life organizations and individuals have consistently done.

Still, the myth of pro-life killers is a lie.

On the other hand, Human Life International documents 116 cases in which pro-choicers were charged by civil authorities with murder, manslaughter, and infanticide in connection with abortion, and the "Blackmun Wall" records the deaths of 347 women who died because of legal abortions.

Total: 463.

That’s 463 deaths vs 7.

And that’s not including the more than 46 million babies aborted.

So who’s more violent when it comes to causing serious physical harm to others?

If you keep repeating lies, people come to believe them. The pro-choice camp is aware of that. Certainly the mainstream media has usually fallen prey to the lies.

But when considering whom they really are serving, maybe pro-choice activists need to remember who is the "Father of Lies."


Post a Comment

<< Home