Lauren Enriquez, Human Coalition’s Public Relations Manager, is a fantastic thinker, writer, and defender of preborn children, their moms, and their families. On Monday, the New York Times published one of Lauren’s op-eds entitled “How the New Feminist Resistance Leaves Out American Women.” Kudos to Lauren for being published in the Times, and kudos to the Times for publishing a piece that runs counter to its typical philosophy. I encourage you to take a moment to read Lauren’s piece. In it, she rejects hyper-feminism, declaring that their infatuation with promoting abortion is directly opposed to the genuine empowerment of women. She maintains that a fanatical movement hell bent on providing unrestricted abortions doesn’t properly represent the majority of women in the U.S. As you might imagine, the comments she received on Twitter (@LNEnriquez) and Facebook were quite… colorful. And Human Coalition has been fielding angry, vitriolic emails ever since the article went live. Here are just a few examples:
“Yes, thank you for illustrating how self-loathing women can be the enemy of progress too. Mind your own vaginas.” “Your NYT piece is a disgrace. The #prochoice movement respects women’s right [to] choose birth. Some of us will always choose abortion.” “YOU are a liar, pure and simple; and as a medical professional, you should and will one day be ashamed of yourself. Hope you enjoy the coin you make from self-righteously and fraudulently selling out women, pretending you have any authority on this subject other than a sick desire to feel falsely “heroic” like only cowards attempt, and blatantly trying to misrepresent voices that are already having such a hard time being heard. SHAME on you. You are a disgrace.”When we in the life-affirming community receive such negative feedback, it presents a fabulous opportunity for us to provide an informed, winsome, and candid response. Remember, there is nothing truthful, morally accurate, or scientifically supportable about abortion. The entire enterprise is built on lies, driven by emotion, and supported by nothing but air and pomposity. Every single negative comment Human Coalition has received that pushes abortion rights is fabricated on nonsense and easily debunked. As I’ve reviewed the litany of responses Lauren received, a few themes popped out at me. You probably deal with these all the time in your conversations about abortion. I hope my responses will arm you to properly engage in the abortion debate and, hopefully, win some converts. The term “pro-choice” was invented in the 1970s by some pro-abortion men who were trying to… Click To Tweet Just remember – there are no winning abortion arguments. The truth is always, always on your side.
- “There is no such thing as ‘pro-abortion.’ I’m pro-choice. I don’t like abortion, but I believe every woman should have the right to choose abortion if they wish.”
- “Do you support universal healthcare? Are you going to adopt these babies? Aren’t you part of the conspiracy to cut social welfare programs? You pro-lifers are hypocritical – only caring about the baby and leaving the woman to her own devices.”
- “You don’t have the right to force your beliefs on others! Keep your religious mumbo jumbo to yourself. You can’t legislate my morality.”