When it comes to the abortion debate, there is a huge amount of misinformation that is peddled in order to support one political view. So when thinking through this vitally important issue, it is important to be able to separate truth from propaganda. With the controversial confirmation of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and with Roe v. Wade at the forefront of many people’s minds, it is wise to take a look at the frail arguments many pro-abortion advocates are putting out there.
Kristan Hawkins at the Washington Examiner recently compiled a helpful list of three of the most common lies told by the pro-abortion camp.
The first piece of misinformation is in relation to the support enjoyed by the landmark abortion ruling. There is a much-cited figure that some 7 in 10 people are pleased with the fact abortion has become widely legal and readily available to anyone who seeks it in the United States. But is this really accurate? Well, one recent poll suggests that just 12 percent of people agreed with the with the Democrat National Committee’s stance that abortion should be taxpayer-funded, and must be available to anyone, at any time, in any place.
In addition, many falsely believe that overturning Roe v. Wade would outlaw abortion completely, instead of returning the legality of the issue back to state governments.
The second lie is related to the perceived support enjoyed by abortion business Planned Parenthood, and its use of taxpayer funding.
“Planned Parenthood wants people to believe there is high-support for them receiving taxpayer-funding — but their argument is based on the fallacy that they don’t receive money for abortions,” Hawkins notes. “For example, their website lists a poll purporting to show 75 percent of Americans support federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but that poll is about providing funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services, even though the money they receive is fungible, and we know they overcharge for things like birth control, which helps subsidize their abortion business.”
If “abortion business” seems like too much of a stretch, consider the fact that Planned Parenthood terminates over 300,000 young lives every single year, but continues to try and hide behind other services in order to garner support for federal subsidies.
As Hawkins points out, “When the question is asked in a way that explains that Planned Parenthood is an abortion provider that receives taxpayer funding, support drastically drops to around 40 to 50 percent, more aligned with the general split on abortion support and opposition.”
The third lie that many pro-abortion politicians try and spin is that women need abortion to lead successful lives. This is simply not true. In fact, Hawkins notes, it is offensive and “particularly demeaning” to the female sex.
“Women need abortion to succeed? Any woman who hears that and isn’t immediately offended has not only drunk the ‘reproductive rights’ Kool-Aid but immersed her entire head in it,” the journalist writes. “This twisted appeal to the feminist voter base suggests that women cannot achieve what they want to in life unless they end the lives of their children in the womb.”
Don’t be misled by the lies that are being spun for the sake of political gain. This issue is just too important, and too many lives are being lost. We must endeavor to delve into the many politicized, throwaway stats and figures pumped out by those who would seek to liberalize abortion laws even more. Most crucially, we must remember that we are talking about living human beings who deserve the same respect and rights we so greatly treasure in the country.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)