I can hear the hisses already. Planned Parenthood’s “March for Women’s Lives” in New York will take place later this month, showcasing Elizabeth Cavendish, Gloria Feldt and the coalition of the catlike pro-abortionists. They will be lacing up their shoes, putting great big grins on their faces and marching in happy support of the right of a pregnant woman to have her unborn infant killed. Somehow, even if you are not pro-life, the grins and shouts will seem out of place and almost promiscuous in the face of such a personal, moral, and serious issue.
You can be assured that words such as “right wing extremists” and “anti-woman agenda” coupled with phrases like “it’s your body” and “it’s your choice” will be used with vigor and venom. The old “it’s-just-a-blob-of-tissue” mantra will most likely be avoided because that lie has already been exposed through pictures, films and the newest ultrasound technology. Planned Parenthood and their supporters would be wise to skip the scientific side completely, and they know it. Instead, you can count on them talking endlessly about the woman; about how it is her choice, her sexual life, her body. The goal of the march, as listed on Planned Parenthood’s website, is “to make sure that issues of reproductive health … are part of the national political dialogue.”
Allow me to introduce you to some people who are not part of the national dialogue: The hundreds of hurting women who have succumbed to Planned Parenthood’s blatant lies and are now suffering the many consequences of a misinformed choice that will affect them for life. If Planned Parenthood wants to talk about women, great. Let’s talk about women.
The Elliot Institute, an organization founded by a biomedical ethicist who has studied abortion’s impact on women since 1983, reports that women who have had an abortion are four times more likely to commit suicide than those who have given birth. In many cases of attempted or completed suicide, the incident coincided with the anniversary of the abortion or the projected due date of the baby.
The Institute reports: “Studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55 percent expressed guilt, 44 percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent had experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent had regrets about their decision, and 11 percent had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.”
Among the many physical consequences of an abortion, the Elliot Institute has documented “minor infections, bleeding, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal disturbances and vomiting.” Also listed are “excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury and endotoxic shock.” How interesting that these terms will not be in circulation at the “March for Women’s Lives.”
Instead, curious women will hear the results of studies as old as 1989, like this one from PlannedParenthood.com: “Research studies indicate that emotional responses to legally induced abortion are largely positive.” Other studies date back to 1988, 1985 and 1984. It is not at all surprising that this organization needs to rely on vague, 20-year-old evidence as filler for their “Fact Sheet.” The more facts about abortion that come out, the harder it gets to defend abortion and find favorable facts about it.
Those who attend or watch the march will hear the speakers talk endlessly about “health issues,” but I would bet my gym shoes they’ll keep it vague. They will also talk so much about “reproductive rights” and “personal choice” you would almost think someone was trying to ban sex. Their rhetoric is as old and used as their research. In the end, the facts are the facts, and there are only so many times you can say “healthy” and “responsible” and “choice.” There is a certain time limit to every lie, and Planned Parenthood will need to come up with a new one soon.
So if you turn on your television Aug. 28, you may hear some hot air about women. But just remember, if it were really about women, they would be telling the truth. They would be admitting that there are documented harmful effects of abortion, instead of twisting the facts, ignoring the facts, hiding the facts and making up their own facts.
“The March for Women’s Lives” is about an agenda, not women’s lives. Women are being used as politically correct camouflage disguising a whole lot of untruths about abortion and hiding a dangerous set of details. In reality, women’s lives are at stake, and Planned Parenthood does not want you to know.
Katie Wright is a conservative writer and campaign consultant who lives in Wilmington, Ohio.