By Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute, September 20, 2017
Our culture loves to celebrate.
Birthdays, anniversaries, job promotions or a team victory are all reasons for merriment.
But Americans understand some events require sober reflection. For example, we don’t celebrate the tragedy of one person violently killing another.
Sadly, there are those among us who actually want you to celebrate death.
Abortion advocates are desperate to reduce the stigma attached to killing innocent unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs. Part of their strategy is to generate a celebratory environment surrounding abortion. Toward that end, they are asking women who’ve had abortions to publicly glorify their experience.
The recent antics of actress Martha Plimpton sickened a good many Americans. Standing before a Seattle audience she glibly announced that her first abortion was in her opinion her “best” abortion. “Heads and tails above the rest,” she declared.It’s not just the radical fringe of the pro-abortion movement that wants everyone to revel in this human carnage. Leading abortion supporters have turned the corner from advocating “choice” to publicly celebrating abortion.
Plimpton is also known for sporting a dress that loudly declared her pro-abortion philosophy. It was covered in “♥ ABORTION” from top to bottom.
Some have accused actress Lena Dunham of coming unhinged regarding her promotion of abortion that clearly crossed the line of decency. During one of her podcasts she remarked, “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” (Emphasis added)
Planned Parenthood bills itself as a mainstream, indispensable provider of women’s healthcare, falsely claiming that abortion makes up only three percent of the services they offer. This is in sharp contrast with their aggressive push for abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s attempt to minimize their true abortion activism hasn’t stopped them from publicly celebrating the tragedy of abortion.
They have a website called Celebrate Roe which they trot out during the anniversary of Roe v Wade to celebrate the US Supreme court ruling that has lined their pockets and so far claimed the lives of nearly 60-million babies — a mind-blowing number equal to the total population of several states.
Shout Your Abortion is one of the latest campaigns in an attempt to persuade Americans that abortion functions as a positive in women’s lives. They have a website by the same name that gives women the opportunity to enthusiastically tout their past abortion(s). It also features an online store where you can purchase a myriad of items like T-shirts, totes and jewelry singing the praise of abortion. The less obscene taglines include Abortion is Freedom and Everyone Knows I Had an Abortion.
Elle, a fashion and beauty website in the United Kingdom ran an article earlier this year titled 11 Powerful Women Who Have Spoken Out About Their Own Abortion. The list includes pro-abortion icons such as ultra-feminist Gloria Steinem and actress Whoopi Goldberg. It also features feminist author Polly Vernon who described her three abortions as nothing more than “three messy, silly scenarios.” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood said her abortion “wasn’t a difficult decision.”
While every one of these 11 women continue to defend abortion, not all of them revel in its memory. Singer Nicki Minaj said her abortion has “haunted me all my life…” Stevie Nicks wrote a touching and very popular ballad called Sara, the name she would have given to her baby. Sinead O’Connor also wrote about her abortion experience in a song titled My Special Child.
Few who have experienced the trauma of abortion want to publicly celebrate it. Quite the opposite. Millions of grieving mothers and fathers are living, breathing testimonies to the fact that abortion often inflicts grave emotional and spiritual wounds.
Celebrating abortion is both an extreme and wildly unpopular strategy. Most Americans — pro-life and pro-abortion — are repulsed by the idea of applauding or making light of an action that results in the death of a baby over 2,500 times a day.
By highlighting this extremist behavior we can make additional converts to our cause.
President, Life Issues Institute
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