John Wesley Reid: Five Lies About the Pro-Life Movement

America is waking up to the horror that is abortion — and her anger is manifested in state legislation banning abortions well beyond the precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

The pro-life generation (and more experienced generations) are attempting to bring Roe down hard. Pro-choice advocates are not happy, and they’re coming up with some extremely “creative” false narratives in attempts to undermine the virtue of the pro-life community.

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Consider the following:

1. We’re pro-life up to birth, but after that we don’t care.

When I first started in professional journalism in summer 2017, the headlining story was about a baby in the U.K. who was suffering from a muscular deterioration condition that was just as aggressive as it was rare, and only experimental treatments existed outside of the U.K.

The baby’s name was Charlie Gard. Gard’s parents desperately wanted the opportunity for experimental treatment — but the U.K. high court would not allow young Charlie to be released from the hospital.

If it isn’t yet obvious, baby Charlie had already been born. If the pro-life community was merely pro-birth, they wouldn’t have concern for Charlie Gard. Yet leaders in the pro-life movement were fiercely advocating for Charlie’s release and treatment. Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life, was corresponding with me while she was literally in the courtroom in the U.K. as an advocate for Charlie. Foster wasn’t the only advocate for Charlie. Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, and Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America all advocated for Charlie and his parents.

2. We’re anti-woman.

Noting the last half of the above paragraph will show you that today’s pro-life leaders, who lead large and impactful anti-abortion organizations, are women. So unless we have women leading anti-women agendas, this lie is rather silly. Along this false narrative is the idea that white men are the influencers behind this pro-life agenda.

While men are certainly involved, and should be, women are still at the helm. Pro-choice advocates were quick to point out that 25 white men voted in support of the recent anti-abortion law out of Alabama, but they’re conveniently silent on the fact that the bill was sponsored by two women and signed into law by a woman.

3. We don’t care about the mother.

Similar to the first lie, pro-lifers are accused of only caring about the baby and not the mother. But this too is false. Crisis pregnancy centers across the country, which far outnumber Planned Parenthood and other abortive facilities, provide medical, financial, and counseling support for women who would otherwise choose to have an abortion. Pro-life leaders and educators routinely raise awareness about the emotional and physical trauma that haunt post-abortive mothers.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Wesley Reid

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