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Posted by Dr. Scott Solberg on Jan 17, 2018

Abortion: National and Local Matters

ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL, THE TERMINOLOGY HAS CHANGED. Abortion rights activists have gone from describing themselves as being “pro-choice” to championing “reproductive rights” and “women’s health.” Words matter and the shift in terms communicates a shift in the attitude of those who support abortion.

Consider the observations made by Trevin Wax:

Being pro-choice is passé nowadays.

According to The New York Times younger supporters of abortion on demand are done with the “pro-choice” label, choosing instead to counter their “right to life” opponents with terms like “reproductive rights” and “women’s health.”

One might think this vocabulary change is just a new marketing strategy, a face-lift for an aging movement Nancy Keenan famously called the “Menopausal Militia.” But what if something more substantive is going on?

Are abortion rights supporters fully embracing an absolutist agenda, one that legitimizes and praises a woman’s choice to abort, no matter the circumstances?

It sure seems that way. In the past few years, activists have moved away from Bill Clinton’s philosophy that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Or that abortion is, in Hillary Clinton’s words, “a tragic choice.”

Why leave behind words like “rare” and “tragic?” Because speaking of abortion this way lends credence to the pro-life position that there is something wrong with “terminating a pregnancy.” If the abortion-rights agenda is to succeed, then, abortion must be de-stigmatized. And nothing will remove the stigma from abortion faster than making it common and celebrated.

Trevin Wax concludes by saying, “In our celebration of death, we are chipping away at our humanity.” You can read the full article here.

ON A LOCAL LEVEL, as all over the country, pro-life women’s health centers have been a positive way to promote life. It is one thing to oppose abortion; it is another thing to be a tangible assistance to women and men who find themselves overwhelmed with an unwanted pregnancy. Many babies have been saved because of these pregnancy centers such as ABC Women’s Center in Middletown, CT.

Early in December, the Hartford City Council passed an ordinance to limit pro-life women’s centers under the guise that they use deceptive methods to lure women to the clinic.

Peter Wolfgang, of the Family Institute of Connecticut, however, saw a silver lining in the delay of implementing the ordinance until July, 2018. One reason for the delay is because of the likelihood that a similar ordinance in CA will not survive the California Supreme Court. You can read Peter Wolfgang’s article here.

If you want to support life locally, I would encourage you to support the work of ABC Women’s Center. Here is what they did in 2017.

  • 90 Pregnancy Tests
  • 30 Ultrasounds
  • 380 Prenatal/Parenting Program appointments 
  • 125 brand new clients
  • 550 Women served!
  • Millions of dollars of services and material goods rendered to our Clients to support them in their parenting.
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