In response to my post Freedom to choose I received the following note of protest:
"Don't assume pro-choice=pro-abortion. Pro-choice is about giving women the option, but they must always have the final choice. Coerced abortion goes against everything the pro-choice movement stands for. Pro-life and pro-choice are very much united on this front."
Indeed, why am I so inclined against the pro-choice movement? I'm completely and wholeheartedly pro-life, but can't I at least agree with those who are pro-choice on the issue that we both have the woman's best interests in mind?
No. And I'll tell you why: because I will never be convinced, in the circumstances surrounding the overwhelming majority of abortions, that it can somehow contribute to the woman's physical or emotional well-being.
I will never understand how a woman can benefit from someone killing her own child. I know that now someone will probably ask me, 'but what if the mother's life is in danger?' – and I will accept it as a theoretical argument, but practically, of all women I know who had abortions, no one did it because her life was in danger. They did it under pressure of difficult financial, emotional or social complications, and almost all of them told me they felt they had no other option. There goes the famous 'freedom of choice'.
When I compare the abortion industry and the Holocaust, I'm often accused of being melodramatic and playing on people's emotions, yet I think the similarity between the two is striking: massive, cold-hearted, legalized, organized, justified with false theories ('they aren't really people') and hushed up murder of human beings someone declared as 'unwanted' and 'less worthy'.
Still, it might seem that between giving a woman the possibility to have an abortion, and convincing her to have an abortion, the road is long. However, when abortion becomes easily obtained and acceptable, when its significance is diminished and brushed aside, when its moral and psychological devastating consequences aren't emphasized enough – all for the sake of 'free choice' – it becomes only too easy for those who are interested to coerce a woman into having an unwanted abortion.
And if she resists the pressure, it makes a great excuse for irresponsible boyfriends or husbands: 'well, you could get rid of it so easily, so why didn't you? It's not my fault now'; and even 'you have no right to force this child on me'. When abortion is common, when it's viewed as an insignificant procedure with no long-lasting consequences, it's a frighteningly quick process from 'it's your choice' to 'it's what's best for everyone' to 'you have no other option'.