Abortion Industry’s True Colors
March 25, 2001
The right-to-life movement seems to be the most vilified movement in our
popular culture today. But over and over again I'm struck by the same thing:
The cause of the pro-life activists is profoundly unique: There is no personal
gain for those involved. The concern is for others, including those who cannot
speak or care for themselves.
Nowhere is this contrast in motivation greater than between the pro-life
movement and its pro-choice counterpart. The differences in motivation may say
just as much about the two as the differences in the policy debate involved.
The pro-life community consistently demonstrates its love for both the unborn
and their moms, which is why there are some 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers in
the United States, not one of which takes a dime from the women they help with
their unexpected pregnancies.
These centers provide whatever help they can, including emotional support like
helping tell families, boyfriends or husbands about the pregnancy (even, as is
often the case, with counseling after an abortion). Their help can include
medical expenses, clothing, adoption services if that's a choice, often even
jobs and housing. Anything the expectant mother needs to truly have a choice
about her own and her baby's future. This costs a lot of money, and it's
privately raised from loving supporters who want to help women and their
In contrast, almost 1.4 million abortions are performed in the United States
each year, for which an average fee of around $300 is routinely charged the
"customer." Often, that customer is the government. In California and New
York, Medicaid pays for up to half of all abortions, while they don't pay for
the services of crisis pregnancy centers. This surely gives poor women a
one-sided incentive toward the "choice" of abortion. In any case, the high
volume and quick turnover ensures a profitable business, the name of the game
for the abortion industry. I can't help but wonder: If abortion activists
really care about the women involved, why don't they volunteer services and
facilities to all of them, as the pro-life folks do? Why not at least "help"
the poorest women, instead of demanding that taxpayers fund their abortions?
The answer speaks volumes about their motives.
So does the abortion activists' campaign of disinformation. Nowhere was this
revealed more than in the debate over partial-birth abortion, the gruesome
procedure in which a very likely viable infant is delivered feet first, but
its skull crushed and brain removed before it technically enters the world.
Leaders in the abortion- rights movement, rightly afraid that Americans would
recoil from all abortion when they found out about the horrific act, variously
told us that the procedure is rarely performed; the baby feels nothing,
because it is killed by the anesthesia delivered to the mother, and it is done
only when medically necessary.
The executive director of the National Abortion Federation finally debunked
the first myth, and the American College of Anesthesiologists quickly
corrected the second. When it came to the third, the generally pro-choice
American Medical Association said simply that the procedure "is never
To me the most hideous contrast between the movements is when it comes to the
issue of rights. Fighting for the legitimate rights of oneself or others is a
noble act. But while the pro-life activists fight for the lives and rights of
both mother and child, the abortion activists fight for a perversion of rights
in claiming that one innocent life must die for another.
Sure, there may well be pro-life activists pursuing some selfish end. There
are a few who call themselves part of the movement but aren't at all, in that
they would even take the life of another to pursue their purposes. (They are
routinely and roundly condemned by the legitimate pro-life movement.)
Conversely, there may be good- hearted pro-choice activists who really, but
wrongly, believe they are helping women.
Still, I see the heart of each movement consistently revealed in its work. And
it's clear to me that the pro-life movement as a whole is selfless, caring
only about life and others, while the abortion- rights movement cares only
about self. So I guess it's little wonder, really, that today elite culture
denigrates the former while it champions the latter.