As I wrote in the first installment of this series, an estimated 57 million preborn human beings have been killed in America in just the last 42 years. That’s roughly 1.3 million a year, 108,000 per month, 3,600 per day, or 2.5 human beings per minute.
Based on these astounding statistics, we can conclude there is no other victimized people group, race, religious class, or population that even comes close to those numbers.
There are more babies aborted in America every year than the number of U.S. soldiers who’ve lost their lives in every U.S. conflict from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.
More black babies are aborted each week than the number of African Americans who were lynched in all of American history. If you are a black preborn baby in New York City today, you have a better chance of being aborted than born.
The so-called “leading cause of death in America” is heart disease (roughly 600,000 people a year), but abortion kills more than twice as many people.
In my last post, I introduced the idea of the Power Group and the Victim Group. First, the Power Group determines itself to be more valuable than the Victim Group, and then it decides to diminish and destroy the Victim Group.
If we look at discrimination through the lens of the Power Group’s attempts to dehumanize preborn humans, what can we determine? Have they successfully ignored, rejected, and mischaracterized this particular Victim Group and thereby distracted the populace from attributing value to it?
A recent Salon article chronicled the journey of an abortion clinic worker who, after participating in abortions, passionately confirmed her pro-abortion stance.
Abortion is fraught with so much negative sentiment, and in a sense, abortion is plucking a life from existence that has yet to have the opportunity to thrive. No one is claiming it’s pleasant. There is nothing black and white about abortion. It’s every shade of gray. But for us pro-choicers, the woman’s life trumps the embryo or fetus. That’s the bottom line. We place value on a woman’s ability to know what is best for her. It simply needs to be a safe and legal option. When I started at the clinic, all I saw was the individual moment of pain, but over the years I began to see a much richer portrait—women coming out the other side, relieved, even if it was simply a relief to have the procedure behind them. They could go back to their lives.
Seeing every side, the whole complicated and profound process, I came out more pro-choice than ever. I started to see it from a purely biological standpoint. We were removing an unwanted growth to preserve the woman’s chosen course.
The pro-abortion movement has brilliantly and deftly convinced many in the United States that preborn humans are no longer in the same class as the rest of us. And this article includes many of the abortion industry’s most effective marketing tactics:
- “There’s nothing black and white about abortion.”
This is a new tagline of the abortion industry. Abortion isn’t simple. It’s complex. It’s an individual choice made up of any number of circumstances that you and I can’t possibly understand. Anyone who thinks abortion is a black-and-white issue is simplistic and judgmental. The killing of a preborn child can’t be seen through such a definitive moral lens. So don’t even try.
- “The woman’s life trumps the embryo or fetus.”
The author uses the term “woman’s life” to elicit sympathy, but she is intentionally misleading us. She’s not referring to the life of the mother being threatened—she is referring to the mother’s choices being threatened.
The author won’t even stoop to call the child a child. Instead, she uses the clinical terms embryo and fetus to push the assertion that whomever is inside the mother’s womb isn’t human. Yes, she admits that he or she is a life, but she qualifies it by stating that this life “has yet to have the opportunity to thrive.” That phrase is a sneaky way of discriminating against the preborn child—the child is deemed worthless because he or she has yet to thrive. What a foolish, baseless way to qualify a human being.
This is blatant, evil discrimination that doesn’t even bother to disguise itself. A woman’s right to choose life or death for her child is more valuable than the life of the child. Choice trumps life.
This phrase also uncovers what I believe is the primary marketing push of the abortion industry—to make abortion all about the woman. This is a powerful method to dehumanize the child, because it ignores the existence of the child altogether. We can easily kill what we pretend doesn’t exist.
- “We were removing an unwanted growth to preserve the woman’s chosen course.”
Notice how the author once again completely rejects the fact that the preborn child is human. She relegates the child to a nonliving, subhuman “growth.”
Such brazen devaluation of human beings is now so commonplace that we accept it as truth—which was the objective of the abortion industry from the very beginning:
- Abortion is complex, so we must not take a black-and-white position. To do so is simplistic and judgmental.
- Abortion is solely about the mother. We don’t talk about, don’t think about, and don’t contemplate the other human life involved.
- Abortion is the removal of a biological problem. The preborn child is a growth, a tumor, or inanimate tissue.
Distract the populace from the act of killing innocents. Make abortion about women’s rights, women’s health, or protecting women’s choices. Convince the populace of the inhumanity of the Victim Group.
The abortion industry successfully persuades many of us to believe that because preborn people are small, not fully developed, and not viable outside the womb, then they aren’t fully human and they aren’t valuable. Those assertions aren’t true, of course, but they’ve been repeated so often that they’re now accepted as true.
Therefore, I challenge you to find any other people group who’s been ignored, rejected, mischaracterized, misrepresented, denied, or lied about more than preborn human beings.