The National Network of Abortion Funds — representing over 100 grassroots groups — once again took aim at bowling pins, babies and mothers in yet another misguided attempt to “help” women.
Advocates of legal abortion are once again “helping” women by tuning out a growing body of evidence about unwanted abortions and other exploitation, the abuse and scars that legal abortion has inflicted on women, and the lives of unborn babies and mothers lost as a result of abortion.
This includes evidence that most abortions involve coercion, plus further evidence of negligent, unsafe and profit-driven medical practices, followed by a long list of heartbreaking emotional and physical risks, including infertility, trauma and maternal death. In light of this growing body of evidence that is now challenging presumptions in medical, legal, judicial and other arenas, the word “help” is ironic at best.
And, disturbing as they are, these statistics do not include “pre-abortion” trauma or deaths from pregnancy-related violence, “botched abortions” or situations in which under-regulated, inappropriately staffed or publicity-shy abortion clinics may be slow to call for an ambulance when “complications” arise.
In some cases, the fund will help pay for travel and lodging expenses as well as the abortion. In addition to paving the way for untold risks and heartbreak, the fundraiser coins “clever” team names that only add to the mockery of what really happens before, during and after abortion.
The event uses slogans like “Strike Hyde Nationwide” to motivate participants. The tagline references the embattled Hyde Amendment to federal spending legislation. The rider limits, but does not eliminate, taxpayer funding for abortion through Medicaid and related programs.
Team names reflect the abortion industry’s well-marketed, but deceptive, and often callous and ironic spin. They include, the “Coat Hangers,” “Pelvic Politics,” “Slip Me a Mife,” “Back-Alley Bowlers,” “Reptilian Rollers,” “Champions for Choice,” “Justice for All,” “Sin City Sirens,” “Diaper Pins,” and “Operation Not Mothers.”
The Good News: Truth Trumps Gimmicks
The event has proven to be a heart-breakingly lucrative fundraising tactic, but exposing the truth about unwanted abortions, negligent or coercive medical practices, and under-reported but still highly significant maternal death rates will expose legal abortion’s tragic toll on the fundamental rights and lives of BOTH babies and mothers.
By steadfastly adhering to these fundamental truths we — not “Pelvic Politics” — will prevail.
Evidence-based, user-friendly educational resources:
Share these materials, based on research from the Elliot Institute et. al., to educate others about abortion’s danger to the rights and lives of women and children:
- About unwanted abortions in America and beyond, plus ways to help:
- About other risks and aftereffects, including maternal deaths:
theunchoice.com/unsafe.htm (includes downloadable fact sheets)
- Special report: the real “war on women”
- Educational radio spots to use free of charge:
- Support pro-woman/pro-life research, education and outreach