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7 Lies Commonly Told About The Pro-Life Movement

The abortion debate is one of the most heated debates in both the political and moral worlds today. It is not uncommon for those who support abortion to resort to deception, lies, and outright slander against the pro-life community. I think it is important to address these claims head-on. Here are 7 common lies told about the pro-life community:

1. "They are just a bunch of old white men."

This has been a common accusation for quite some time. This charge had quite a bit of popularity when President Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy in 2017. This accusation has also been used in an attempt to get men to stay silent about the abortion debate. The problem with this accusation is that it is absolutely false.

The pro-life community is made up of individuals from all backgrounds, life experiences, education levels, races, religious views, political views, and so on.  It is made up of both men and women who hold to the core belief that all life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death. These individuals make up what I refer to as "the pro-life coalition." This coalition is not defined by a particular race, gender, or life experience. While it would take far too much space for me to list every pro-life leader in the country, I think that a few examples will suffice to show the diversity of the pro-life coalition. Here is a sampling of the pro-life coalition:

Abby Johnson--Director of "And Then There Were None," is a former Planned Parenthood director-turned-pro-life-advocate.

Dr. Alveda King--Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is a former state representative from the state of Georgia

David Daledin--Founder of the non-profit organization, the Center for Medical Progress.

Marjorie Dannenfelser--President of the Susan B. Anthony List

Dr. Rand Paul--Eye surgeon, former US Presidential candidate, and current US Senator from the state of Kentucky.

Star Parker--Columnist, author, and Founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE).

There are others who could be added to this list, but the point I am trying to make is that the pro-life coalition is made up of people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences who all believe that life is worth protecting from conception until natural death.

2. "They are all just pro-birth."

This accusation is often made in the political world in an attempt to gain support for a piece of legislation that often does not line up with the pro-life ethic. While this is a common accusation, nothing could be farther from the truth. Those who hold the pro-life ethic care about children, even after they are born, because this is a demand of the pro-life ethic. Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers provide far more support for children who are born than abortion clinics do.

For example, Seneca: Choices For Life in Columbus, Georgia, offers to help the mother during her pregnancy and for up to two years after her child is born. This organization is run solely on volunteers and on donations. They provide free food, clothing, tutoring, financial support, other support services, and even furniture for women facing a crisis pregnancies. They even offer ultrasounds for free. The abortion clinic located next door to them doesn't offer any of these services, except for the ultrasounds. Even then, they will not allow the women to see their ultrasound. Seneca provides these for free, while the abortion clinic next door charges women for the ultrasound. Seneca is just one of thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in the United States. Despite all the free services crisis pregnancy centers provide for women and their children who are in need, many so-called "women's health clinics" that provide abortion refuse to work with them, choosing instead to slander them.

In addition, those who hold the pro-life ethic are far more likely to donate time and resources to help children and youth. I spent 10 years volunteering for a youth program that teaches youth the skills that they will need to be successful in the future. They were taught leadership, character development, the drug-free ethic, and so on. I never received a single penny for my time spent here. In fact, I had to pay money every year in order to continue to volunteer with this organization. I did this because I care about the youth of our country. I am not saying this to brag, but to give an example. I am one of millions of pro-life individuals around the nation. Many, if not most, of us do volunteer to help children as they grow up. The accusation that pro-life individuals do not care about the child once he or she is born is absolutely false.

3. "They just hate women."

This is another false statement used to slander the pro-life community. Standing against abortion does not equal hatred toward women. The pro-life community consistently volunteers its time, energy, and resources to help women. Seneca is a prime example of a crisis pregnancy center that serves women in need.

There is a fundamental difference between those who advocate for abortion and those who hold to a pro-life worldview. In a crisis pregnancy, many abortion advocates see the pregnancy as a potential problem. In a crisis pregnancy, the pro-life community sees the crisis, not the pregnancy, as the problem.

The pro-life community fights hard against abortion because of the many ways in which abortion hurts women. Half of the children killed in abortion are women, and all of the adults who are killed during an abortion are women. The accusation is that, if the pro-life community doesn't openly support these killings, they must hate women. Such an accusation is absolutely absurd. This is not the only reason abortion hurts women, however. Studies have shown that post-abortive women attempt suicide in higher rates. In addition, it has been linked to pregnancy issues. Abortion has also been linked to breast cancer in several credible studies. Abortion is not a good option for women or their children. The pro-life community is both pro-woman and pro-child.

4. "They are just a bunch of religious nuts."

There are many religious individuals who are a part of the pro-life coalition. However, there are also many who are not religious. This accusation is a common one that some use to dismiss pro-life individuals before even hearing the pro-life viewpoint. However, the idea that all pro-life individuals are religious is absolutely false. The pro-life coalition is made up of Christians and non-Christians. It is made up of theists and atheists. Organizations such as Secular Pro-Life represent the secular community within the pro-life coalition.

The core belief of the pro-life community is that life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death. You do not have to be a Christian to believe this. There are both religious and non-religious arguments that can be made in favor of this point. One example of a religious argument would be as follows:

I. The Bible condemns killing children in the womb (see Exodus 21:22-25).
II. Abortion kills a child in the womb.
III. Therefore, the Bible condemns abortion.

A non-religious argument could go as follows:

I. It is morally wrong to take the life of an innocent human being.
II. Abortion takes the life of an innocent human being.
III. Therefore, abortion is morally wrong.

It should be clear that you don't have to be a religious person to be pro-life. Again, the pro-life coalition is made up of individuals with every type of background imaginable.

5. "They don't REALLY believe that life begins at conception."

This could not be further from the truth. Not only do we believe that life begins at conception, we know that it is a scientifically accurate fact. However, this lie has been repeated by many people in an attempt to discredit the pro-life movement. Recently, this lie was perpetuated by a question asked online, the heart of which goes like this:

"You are in a burning fertility clinic. You realize that there is a baby in the building, as well as a container containing 10 zygotes. You also realize that you can only save one. Which one do you save?"

The hidden assumption behind this "thought experiment" is that whichever one you do not save is not REALLY a person. This is absurd. This "thought experiment" fails for several reasons, not the least of which being that it fails to prove what it set out to prove. This is the equivalent of asking the following:

"You are in a burning house. You realize that there are two people in the house. The first is a 25-year-old woman. The other is a 25-day-old baby. Which one is not REALLY a person worth saving?"

Bad arguments like this have only continued to perpetuate the myth that pro-lifers do not believe that life begins at conception. Despite this, it remains a myth.

6. "They oppose womens' rights!"

This is another lie that seems to be embedded in the minds of many people. Pro-life individuals do not oppose womens' rights. Quite the opposite. We support the most fundamental right that any person has: the right to life. This is especially true since approximately half of those aborted are women. It is no more an assault on womens' rights to stand against abortion than it is an assault on womens' rights to stand against domestic violence.

It is also interesting to note that the Constitution and the Supreme Court have stated that there is a basic right to life, yet neither the Constitution nor the Supreme Court mentions any right to an abortion. Even in the Roe v. Wade case, the Justices never declared that a woman has a "right to an abortion".

7. "They are deceptive."

This accusation is nothing more than a personal attack. Unlike those who support abortion, pro-life individuals do not deny basic science. Unlike those who support abortion, pro-life individuals do not have to rely on "apples-to-oranges" comparisons and other logical fallacies to make their point. It is also ironic that this accusation would come from a group that was just exposed for 6 other lies that they have told about the pro-life movement. If you want to talk about deception, you need to look no further than abortion advocates who use the arguments in this article.


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