The Abortion Movement Shows Its True Colors

The story is heartbreaking. A woman showed up at an abortion clinic “in flip-flops and in tears,” having walked for an hour to have her fourth child aborted after her boyfriend lost his job. “‘This was a desired pregnancy—she’d been getting prenatal care—but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,’ said Dr. Pratima Grupta,” in the Associated Press report.

Yes, it’s a heartbreaking story. But columnist Bonnie Erbe sees it quite differently. “In the long run,” she asks, “can we agree that this unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy?”

After a brief analysis of the expenses of raising a child, Erbe then reiterates that their “fact-based, rational decision” is “no tragedy: it’s a good decision.” In fact, she believes, we’d all be better off if we could recapture the national mood we had just after Roe v. Wade, when abortion “was not something women whined about publicly on the scale many seem to now.” Unbelievable! It’s as if abortion is a good thing.

It’s appalling to see the shift in pro-choice attitudes that’s accompanied the worsening of our economy. For a while, pro-choicers were willing to humor mothers who were grieving over their aborted children. Not that they were willing to give up advocating the killing of those children, but some of them still recognized that these actually were children being killed, and that they had little to gain by denying it.

Just a few years ago, I spoke on this program about a group of abortion clinics where women were counseled to see abortion as “a loving act,” and encouraged to do things like write messages to their aborted children and take home colorful stones as mementos.

Well, things may be changing. Now, it appears, there’s no time or place for sentiment over one’s aborted child—“not when the economy is depressed, jobs are scarce and family incomes are dropping,” as Erbe says. Get the job done and quit your whining, would seem to be her motto.

And she’s not alone. Katherine Ragsdale goes her one better by calling abortion a “blessing” when it enables women to continue their education or career. And Ragsdale has just been named the new dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

Just the other week, you may remember, I talked about British official Jonathan Porritt and his desire to cut his country’s population in half for the sake of the environment. Although Erbe bases her concern on the scarcity of economic resources instead of environmental ones, the message is fundamentally the same: Fewer humans means better living for those of us who do get to live.

If you remember your history, the famous satire by Jonathan Swift, Modest Proposa l, suggested that Irish children be eaten to save resources. That’s just about where the pro-abortion movement seems to be heading—except this time there’s no satire about it.

Maybe it’s just as well that the abortion movement is starting to show its true colors. In stark contrast with the crisis pregnancy centers and the church volunteers who would lovingly help provide for parents in need, the “pro-choice” movement can now be seen for what it truly is: “no-choice” movement. Death is your duty to save the environment or the economy.

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  • fatherjo

    When I read things like this I am so thankful for the Catholic faith. The sooner we bring others to it, the better. Evangelizing others is one of the best and most effective pro-life things we can do.

  • DRF

    Those comments were tactless at best. Aborting a wanted pregnancy to better care for existing children might be the right thing to do, but it’s certainly still sad.

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  • plowshare

    DRF, you miss the point. And I am amazed that even Chuck Colson missed stating the obvious: here in the USA there is a huge shortages of babies to adopt. The couple could easily have found financial support from adoption agencies to bring the baby to birth and find a couple that would very gladly adopt it.

    It may be objected that there are many children in foster homes whom nobody wants to adopt, but these are almost all older children who were not put up for adoption when very young.

    The one real objection is that the parents of this prospective fourth child might have had second thoughts about having relinquished their child and want it back–and that would be an injustice to the ones who adopted him or her. But can readers see the exquisite irony in this? Try re-reading what Bonnie Erbe and Katherine Ragsdale had to say in the light of this scenario, and see how incongruous it sounds.

  • dennisofraleigh

    Erbe and Ragsdale are in deep denial over the most basic fundamental truth of the whole matter, that is, that the unborn baby that distressed couple says they didn’t want at this time IS a human being. If the mother had proposed drowning one of her already-born children in the bathtub for the same reason she gave for aborting the unborn child Erbe and Ragsdale would have recoiled in horror at such a prospect.

    Until our culture gets it into its thick head that unborn babies are not subhuman creatures or something akin to insects (I almost said “puppies” but we don’t even put puppies down using the same degree of barbarity we execute unborn babies with) to be squashed for any trivial reason we will continue to see this kind of sentimental tripe from pundits like Erbe and Ragsdale.

  • Beyond that, our depraved and decadent culture has to get over the grossly and grotesquely mistaken notion that it is we humans, and not God, who is the Author of Life, and who thereby has all authority over life.