For a group of people who take pride in donning anatomically correct headwear, send used tampons to lawmakers to make some point or another and openly fantasize the assassination of a sitting U.S. president, the Left sure does appall easily.
Take a recent rant from HBO’s John Oliver. The host blathers on for over 20 minutes about how horrifying and repugnant it is that pro-life pregnancy help centers so much as exist, let alone are fast becoming the preferred choice over abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood.
While Oliver recoils in horror that pregnancy centers get to choose their own names and locate themselves where they please — yes, near abortion mills whenever possible, that’s the whole idea! — Oliver is noticeably unmoved by the ugly reality of abortion itself. A baby is either poisoned or ripped limb-from-limb from her mother’s womb. Even on the Left, people used to acknowledge this was a bad thing, merely tolerated as a “rare” necessity and not celebrated.
But Oliver’s feigned outrage has an audience, as the copious praise he received for it in TIME Magazine, the Huffington Post and others would indicate.
The same attitude appears in the recent headline for another news story in the Washington Post last week. It called attention to what the editors labeled a “controversial” medical intervention. Normally, one wouldn’t say such a thing about a procedure that has saved the lives of well over 400 children, but there it is.
In each of the 400 cases, the child’s mother had taken mifepristone—the first of two pills in a chemical abortion more commonly referred to as the abortion pill or RU-486—but then changed her mind and was able to save her child’s life through an emergency counter-dose of progesterone.
The protocol, known simply as abortion pill reversal, is really just a new use of an FDA-approved treatment used since the 1950s to prevent miscarriages. Behind the contentious headline, the Post was reporting news of a peer-reviewed study that shows plenty of evidence that abortion pill reversal’s success isn’t just real, it’s spectacular.
Still, plenty of abortion advocates — and those who feel this way do support abortion, not just choice — are downright scandalized by the mothers who have changed their minds and rescued their unborn children through this life-saving intervention. Recent headlines have branded Abortion Pill Reversal as “scientifically unproven” and “appalling,” while Slate ran the rather revealing headline, “Abortion Reversal Seems Possible. We Still Shouldn’t Promote It.”
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To her credit, Post reporter Ariana Eunjung Cha includes a comment from UC San Francisco professor Daniel Grossman, confirming that the so-called “controversial” treatment “makes some biological sense.” Grossman hedges his agreement by calling for an obviously unethical clinical trial that would require researchers to give a placebo to some women seeking to halt their abortion, it’s significant nonetheless. Echoing other authorities in the pro-abortion medical community, Grossman has earned a reputation as the protocol’s most vocal critic.
Now that a slew of new research has emerged, demonstrating that as many as 68 percent of women who turn to Abortion Pill Reversal are able to save their babies, Grossman and other opponents to a woman’s right to choose life have no other course than to declare it a “controversy.”
But where Grossman and his cobelligerents see controversy, it’s not hard to see what they’re missing: children. And while it may not sound overly scientific to mention this, every one of these children rescued by his or her mother’s change of heart and the use of abortion pill reversal has a name—Zechariah, Gabriel, Giselle, Christian, and Cruz—to name a few.
Every one of these babies, toddlers or grade-schoolers was just hours away from death, after their mothers had taken the abortion pill. And yet, miraculously, every one of their mothers found help when it seemed all hope was lost. They aren’t controversies — they’re children. And frankly, it’s appalling that we can’t all tell the difference.
LifeNews Note: Jay Hobbs is director of marketing and communications for Heartbeat International.