Right and wrong have nothing to do with surveys

According to NARAL Pro Choice America [a pro-abort lobby group]:

Seven in 10 Americans support the right to legal abortion.

But appeals to survey results are a shifty line of argument, even in a democracy:

[Victor] Reppert asks whether it is reasonable to pass laws against abortion in a society in which large segments of the population do not oppose abortion.

Well, was it reasonable to pass laws against slavery in a society in which large segments of the population did not oppose slavery?

Quote sources

  1. NARAL Pro-Choice America (n.d.) Abortion Access. Available https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/issue/abortion-access/. Last accessed 15th Oct 2018
  2. Vallicella, B. (2018) Can One Reasonably Hold that Abortion is Murder but Ought to be Legal? Maverick Philosopher. Available http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2018/10/can-one-reasonably-hold-that-abortion-is-murder-but-ought-to-be-legal.html. Last accessed 15 Oct 2018.
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Respecting the proper role of crisis pregnancy centres

Ruling for opponents of abortion on free speech grounds, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the State of California may not require religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to supply women with information about how to end their pregnancies…

Michael P. Farris, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the centers, said he welcomed the ruling.

“No one should be forced by the government to express a message that violates their convictions, especially on deeply divisive subjects such as abortion,” he said. “In this case, the government used its power to force pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free advertising for abortion. The Supreme Court said that the government can’t do that, and that it must respect pro-life beliefs.”

Quote source

Liptak, A. (2018). Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case. New York Times. Available https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/us/politics/supreme-court-crisis-pregnancy-center-abortion.html. Last accessed 28th Jun 2018.

Mothers killing their unborn, and themselves

​This is a crucial point, because it shows that progressive ideas benefit no one, and often do the most damage to the groups they’re designed to cater to. Another devastating example of this is the astronomically high suicide rate among post-abortive women. A woman who gets an abortion is six hundred times more likely to kill herself than a woman who gives birth.

Again, progressives will punt the responsibility for this staggering figure over to the other side, claiming that these women commit suicide because pro-lifers make them feel guilty and so on, but an honest person must recognize that there is something deeper at play here. When people live by the secular progressive values of our culture, all they find is misery and despair.

Quote source

Walsh, M. (2017). The Unholy Trinity: Blocking The Left’s Assault on Life,  Marriage and Gender [ebook]. Image, New York, p. 160

Fight abortion and remember the big picture

Some have argued that it doesn’t matter where a candidate stands on abortion since the laws never really change. After all, we’re told, after 20 years of Reagan, Bush and Bush, Roe v. Wade was still not overturned.

That’s true, but one reason is that we also had 16 years of Clinton and Obama. What would have happened if we had 36 years of presidents in the mold of Reagan? What if the progress made under a pro-life president wasn’t undone by a pro-abortion president? What if all presidential appointees to the Supreme Court were pro-life during the last 36 years? The answers are self-evident.

And let’s not minimize the progress that has been made in different states, including requiring women to view an ultrasound of their baby before aborting. Thank God for every life saved.

The bottom line is this: Can you look at pictures of aborted babies — such as baby Malachi — and read verses about God’s hatred of killing children and then vote for a candidate who aggressively defends a woman’s “right” to this bloodshed, even into the ninth month?

It’s one thing to be uncertain about voting for Trump (or other candidates). It’s another thing to vote for a radical, pro-abortion candidate like Hillary Clinton.

Quote source

Brown, M. (2016). Since God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood, Can a Christian Vote for Hillary? The Stream. Available https://stream.org/since-god-hates-shedding-innocent-blood-can-christian-vote-hillary/. Last accessed 9th Nov 2016.

Atheists who impose their beliefs on others

It’s unfortunate to hear professing Christians who say that they won’t let their faith influence their public policy, e.g. ‘I’m personally opposed to abortion, but I won’t enforce my faith on the pregnant woman who must be given the right to choose’, although the unborn baby has no ‘choice’. However, atheists are very happy to let their own faith influence their public policy and enforce their views on people — we rarely hear: ‘I’m personally in favor of abortion, but I won’t enforce my view on the innocent unborn baby’.

Quote source

Sarfati, J. (2000). Who’s really pushing ‘bad science’?: A response to Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/Whos-really-pushing-bad-science-rebuttal-to-Lawrence-S-Lerner. Last accessed 17th Jan 2015.

Feminists engaging in violence against women

An associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara was sentenced Friday to three years probation, 100 hours community service and 10 hours of anger-management classes after pleading no contest to several charges stemming from a confrontation she had with an anti-abortion group on campus in March.

Mireille Miller-Young faced three charges of grand theft from a person, battery and vandalism based on the March 4 incident, during which prosecutors allege the professor took a protestor’s sign, committed battery on another protester, and then destroyed the sign…

[Judge Brian] Hill ultimately sentenced Miller-Young to serve her community service in conflict-resolution workshops run by the Quaker Church, 10 hours of anger management and $493 in restitution to the Shorts, which was paid in court Friday.

Quote source

Cooper, L. (2014). UCSB Professor Sentenced to Probation, Anger Management in Abortion Confrontation. Noozhawk. Available http://www.noozhawk.com/article/ucsb_professor_sentenced_to_probation_anger_management. Last accessed 6th Dec 2014.

The appeal to back alley abortions refuted

Lauren Rankin asserts that:

While Republican lawmakers attempt to use criminal abortion provider Kermit Gosnell to smear safe and legal abortion, they ignore the fact that by closing 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state of Texas, they are essentially sentencing women to dangerous illegal abortions and sending women straight to illegal abortion providers like Gosnell.

But Troy Newman refutes that by saying:

“This is such great news for those who cherish life. Our experience, confirmed by state abortion statistics proves that when abortion facilities close, abortions are reduced and lives are saved,” said Newman. “There are literally dozens of pregnancy help centers in Texas that offer free resources to women in crisis pregnancies standing at the ready to assist women with life-affirming help. With that kind of support, there is no reason for women to not get the help they need during their pregnancies.”

Quote sources

  1. Rankin, L. (2013). Texas Abortion Law: Why You Shouldn’t Mess With Texas Women. Truthout. Available http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17205-texas-abortion-law-why-you-shouldnt-mess-with-texas-women. Last accessed 18th Oct 2014.
  2. Newman, T. cited in Sullenger, C. (2014). Confirmed: Fourteen Texas Abortion Mills Shut Down While Electrical Outage Prevented Appointments in Dallas. Operation Rescue. Available http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/confirmed-fourteen-texas-abortion-mills-shut-down-while-electrical-outage-prevented-appointments-in-dallas/. Last accessed 18th Oct 2014.