Through Laura’s Eyes: Abortion’s False Promise of Empowerment

For decades, legalized abortion has been slickly marketed, or “packaged,” by the feminist movement and the abortion industry as “empowerment” for women. Ironically, the very movement that claims to champion equality for women views women as inherently incomplete. This, they argue, can only be accomplished by granting mothers the “power” to impose lethal force against their unborn children. The International Planned Parenthood Federation states, on its website, “Denying women the ability to choose to end an unwanted pregnancy under safe and legal conditions is a violation of human rights and flies in the face of the empowerment agenda.” As Jeffrey Ventrella of Alliance Defending Freedom wisely stated, “When the most dangerous place for a young person today is in his mother’s womb, that is a work of the devil.” Indeed, and when it comes to abortion’s false promise of empowering women, the devil is in the details. After speaking at a church recently, I was approached by a woman who shared her heartbreaking story with me. I pass this on to you with her permission, though I’ve changed her name. “Laura’s” childhood innocence was stolen by a string of her mother’s boyfriends who repeatedly molested and raped her. Her own mother turned a blind eye to Laura’s abuse, and in 1977, at only 12 years of age, Laura became pregnant. Realizing the legal consequences and the relational upheaval this could cause, her mother panicked. And so, five months into Laura’s pregnancy, she put her daughter in the car and drove her to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Laura had no idea where she was going or what was about...

Alabama Abortion Business Investigated over Aborting ‘Viable’ Babies, Expired Equipment, Hospitalizing a Patient

Alabama Department of Public Health has detailed how an Alabama abortion facility sent a patient to the hospital, failed to document whether 16 unborn children were viable before aborting them, and possessed expired medical equipment. The patient was transferred from the West Alabama Women’s Center to a hospital in respiratory distress in August 2015, according to a deficiency report detailing the facility’s lack of compliance with health regulations. Contradicting protocol, sixteen out of 22 records that inspectors examined didn’t list whether the unborn child aborted was viable. According to the ADPH report, protocol dictates that, “If the physician determines that the fetus is viable, the pregnancy shall not be terminated at the abortion or reproductive health center except when an immediate abortion is necessary to preserve the life or physical health of the mother.” In addition to not recording whether 16 unborn children were viable before aborting them, the West Alabama Women’s Center also failed to document: Results from a patient’s lab/ultrasound work The size of a suction cannula that was used in abortion Whether an unborn child was aspirated out of his or her mother’s womb manually or electronically A patient’s estimated blood loss from a surgical abortion and whether the child who was aborted “appeared normal or abnormal” The fetal age of an unborn child, the condition of the mother following the abortion, if the “products of conception was [sic] normal for the gestational age,” and “if the patient requested to see the products of conception and if pregnancy tissue was seen.” According to the deficiency report, inspectors found 15 cannulas, 16 currettes, 46 disposable rigid curettes,...

Two Key Questions Every Pro-Life Person Must Answer

Every day, my assistant gathers articles from pro-abortion sources, so I can keep tabs on the worldview, thinking, and strategy of the pro-abortion movement. I’ll be candid: reading these articles is not my favorite part of the day. Here are a few recent examples she sent to me. There was an article about a movement to place Margaret Sanger’s face on the $20 bill. Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an overt racist and sterilization advocate. ThinkProgress is constantly pushing so-called “reproductive rights,” and this piece bemoaned the fact that America is not keeping up with the world in championing abortion freedoms: “While we do have a federal constitutional right [to abortion], states are taking aim at that in different ways and really trying to chip away at that right in a piecemeal fashion,” Amanda Allen, the state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told ThinkProgress. She described the political activity since the 2010 elections as “a sustained assault on reproductive rights.” Lies, myths, and more lies. The “sustained assault on reproductive rights” is an inherently discriminatory dogma, considering that the pro-abortion movement wants to protect the contrived reproductive right to abort for only a certain class of females—those who are born. In other words, Allen and her pro-abortion allies are fine with killing millions of females whom they deem unworthy of any rights, all in the name of protecting women’s rights. It’s convoluted and deceitful. Pro-abortion movement only protects women who have been born. However, the articles that bother me the most are those featuring people of faith or church leaders who promote the mass...

Editorial: Marching In The Wrong Direction

by Serrin M. Foster [written prior to the 25 April 2004 pro-abortion march in Washington D.C.] Perhaps as many as 1 million men and women will march on Washington on Sunday in support of "women's lives." Yet you can be sure this support won't include addressing the health risks from abortion, or the root causes that drive women to abortion. Women continue to die from legal and lethal abortion, just as they did before Roe vs. Wade. In 2003, California teen Holly Patterson, age 18, died after taking RU-486. Who will mourn her…? This march won't bring her back. Women are also rendered infertile and risk future miscarriages. A Montana woman, Lorraine Thul, had a hysterectomy after her uterus was nicked during an abortion in 2002. How will this march help Lorraine? Twenty-nine of the 38 worldwide epidemiological studies show increased risk of breast cancer after an abortion, including 13 of 15 studies on American women. Will march organizers continue to deny medical research? Kate Michelman, retiring president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had an abortion after her husband left her pregnant with three children, no car, no job and no money. She quickly was forced onto welfare. Didn't Kate deserve better than abortion? Women need to know there are perfect strangers who will help when those she counts on most let her down. The decision should not be left to those who would abandon pregnant women. Another march co-sponsor, Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt, has said, "Roe v. Wade enabled women to participate in the social, financial and political life of this country." Abortion does not "enable" women. Women...