What should have been a warm, heart-to-heart moment when Hannah Matthews sat her toddler on her lap for a story was made ugly by the book that she chose.
It was “What’s An Abortion Anyway?” – a piece of pro-abortion propaganda disguised as a children’s book.
Matthews, an abortion doula and writer from Maine, recently shared a photo on Twitter of her reading the book to her young child. She thanked the two authors for helping teach her toddler that there is nothing “wrong” or “shameful” about abortion.
“Thanks to @em_ulsify and @carly_manes my bub will grow up knowing that sometimes a body makes a baby and sometimes it doesn’t and none of that is wrong or secret or shameful,” Matthews wrote. “All of it is worthy of love and support and truth-telling and space in our lives.”
thanks to @em_ulsify and @carly_manes my bub will grow up knowing that sometimes a body makes a baby and sometimes it doesn’t and none of that is wrong or secret or shameful, all of it is worthy of love and support and truth-telling and space in our lives. https://t.co/bS0TcGlZfU pic.twitter.com/ZpkjXU7hYE
— Hannah 🧃 (@hannahmsays) April 4, 2022
Abortion activist Renee Bracey Sherman saw the photo and responded with her own post, saying her young nieces love reading the abortion book at bedtime.
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“… this has been our family’s bedtime story on our vacation this week as my niece loves this book and reads it to her little sister every night,” Sherman wrote on Twitter. “Our family was created by abortion, adoption, and parenting decisions. I love our family.”
But other parents were horrified to see children being taught that killing smaller children is ok.
Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, who has two young children of her own, summarized the real message of the book on Twitter, writing: “We took your little sibling and killed her. You’re lucky we didn’t kill you. Now celebrate and affirm the death of your sibling with me.”
Rose said she has “no words to describe how violent, cruel and abusive this is.”
Conservative podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey, also a young mother, said the book hides the ugly truth about abortion from children.
“The funny thing about all these tweets saying they’re ‘educating’ their kids about abortion is that the book actually doesn’t explain what an abortion is at all,” Stuckey wrote. “It doesn’t even say what pregnancy is. It says ‘the pregnancy goes away.’ No mention of a baby at all.”
And Bethany Mandel, a homeschooling mother and conservative children’s book author, wondered who would read a book advocating for the killing of its own audience.
“Who is the audience for these books if they’ve killed all of their potential readers?” Mandel wrote. To Matthews, she added, “Thank God your child survived … to live outside of your womb.”
Others questioned how killing a child in the womb could be construed as “creating” a family.
“’Our family was created by abortion’ is a pretty grim argument,” conservative host and author Ben Shapiro responded on Twitter.
The book, written by Carly Manes and an illustrator who goes by the name Emulsify, never actually answers the question in its title. Instead, it indoctrinates young minds with radical pro-abortion rhetoric that attempts to normalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason without limits.
“Some people have abortions because they can’t take care of a new baby right now,” the book reads above an illustration of a mother holding a young child. Others because their “doctors say pregnancy could make them sick,” the book continues next to the image of a smiling doctor.
“No matter the reason, everyone should be able to make this decision for themselves,” it states.
The authors said their goal is to create a society where “abortion is normalized as another outcome of pregnancy, just like miscarriage and birth.”
Their book does not tell children that an abortion — unlike birth or miscarriage – is a violent procedure that intentionally and unnecessarily kills a unique living human being, a child in the womb who is a lot like them, only smaller.