When Will Abortion Advocates Stop Pretending Abortion Doesn’t Kill Children and Hurt Women?

Opinion   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Sep 14, 2016   |   6:37PM   |   Washington, DC

For children, a game of “Let’s Pretend” can be a wonderful way to exercise the imagination. But for adults, “Let’s Pretend” is a dangerous enterprise.

More and more in our culture today, we are seeing evidence of games of “Let’s Pretend.” This is especially pronounced when it comes to the core pro-life issues we face as a nation.

For instance, the abortion industry plays “Let’s Pretend” when it claims that a being, fully distinct with a separate DNA from a mother, is somehow not human. Abortion advocates pretend that this being is a blob of tissue, when, at 19 days after conception, the eyes have started to develop…at 24 days, the heart beats regularly…and at 49 days, the preborn baby has the appearance of a doll with fingers, toes, and ears.

Abortion promoters also play “Let’s Pretend” when they claim that women suffer no adverse effects from abortion. The women of Silent No More, whose testimonies can be found at www.silentnomoreawareness.org, beg to differ.

Consider this statement from Anonymous in Michigan:  “Abortion became the silent killer inside me with deep wounds and scars–hidden in secret and denial.” Or this, from Pamela in Oklahoma: “I grieve every day for my babies. I can’t begin to tell you how badly I regret getting those abortions. The years and years (of) shame I have felt, the guilt, the emptiness, the giant hole in my heart. I am forever changed because I killed my precious babies.”

Abortion activists engage in “Let’ Pretend” when they posit that men are not damaged by abortion. Chuck from Missouri reflects on participating in the abortion of his son when Chuck was 17: “The pain of my lost fatherhood remains with me every day.” And David from Virginia writes, “No one bothered to warn me that many post abortive marriages fail. No one bothered to tell me that post abortive fathers have high rates of depression, substance abuse, and divorce (even in later marriages). No one bothered to tell me that this single event would haunt my decisions for years to come. They just let me walk into it blindly.”

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Lobbyists for the abortion industry also play “Let’s Pretend” when they claim that protective laws and policies do not reduce abortion. The federal Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer funding of abortion except in the rare cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother, has saved an estimated one million lives. After Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act went into effect in the ‘90s, abortion totals in the Keystone State dropped by half (The law included provisions for informed consent, meaning that a woman had to be told the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion; a 24-hour waiting period for abortion; and parental consent, meaning that one parent had to provide permission for a teenage girl to obtain an abortion).

To be pro-life is to embrace reality—the reality of the pre-born child, the reality of motherhood, the reality of fatherhood. Pro-abortion politicians, policymakers, medical personnel, and activists are engaging in a dangerous game of “Let’s Pretend”—one that has resulted in the deaths of more than 58 million American citizens and heart-wrenching grieving for countless numbers of mothers and fathers.