The Truth that Deceives

On the surface, it seems illogical that truth can be manipulated to achieve deception.  But the reality is that it happens all the time.  In fact, it is now the fundamental operating principle of the American media.  Of course, it is also a stunt that politicians are not above calling upon when the need arises.  No one, however, is more skilled at it than the abortion lobby.  It is a clever little game these people play in order to keep uncomfortable and indefensible realities hidden from the American public.

An example of their expertise in this field is evidenced every time they are confronted by the issue of late-term elective abortion.  At the moment it becomes clear that they cannot defend the practice, you will hear something along the lines of, “This is a non-issue.   The overwhelming majority of abortions take place before the end of the first trimester.” 

Of course, it is true that, as a percentage of all abortions, only about 10% are late term procedures.  What this truth is intended to obscure is that, because the sheer numbers of abortions done are so large, 10% translates into more than 300 second and third trimester babies butchered every day in the U.S.  Further, virtually all of these abortions are carried out for no medically indicated reason and involve healthy babies being carried by healthy moms.  And that is a fact.  The bottom line is, the sole reason these babies are killed is because someone wants them dead and someone else is willing to kill them.

On April 2nd through the 4th, 1995, George Tiller, the notorious late-term abortionist in Wichita, Kansas, was speaking at the National Abortion Federation’s 19th Annual Meeting, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The subject was late term abortion and Tiller made the following statement: “We have some experience with late terminations, about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past five years.”

Listen to what this man is saying.  He is admitting to killing 10,000 babies between 24 and 36 weeks in a five year period and over 90% of the babies had no fetal anomalies.  Moreover, it is illogical to assume that the remaining 9,200 abortions were performed to protect the lives of the mothers involved since, (a) with today’s medical technology it is extraordinarily rare for pregnancy to be life-threatening, and (b) abortions done to protect the lives or health of the mothers are done far earlier in the pregnancies. 

The point is, Tiller is admitting that the vast majority of the late-term abortions he does are strictly elective.  To understand how sickening this is, consider that a 36-week baby is almost full term and that it is not uncommon even for babies born at 24 weeks to survive without major health problems.

The next year, the 20th Annual Meeting of the National Abortion Federation was held from March 31 to April 2, 1996, in San Francisco, California.  At this event, Martin Haskell, the Ohio abortionist who invented the D&X (Partial-Birth) abortion procedure made the following statement: “Two of the criticisms that I've been hearing lately about how our side is structuring its debate is that, one, we seem to be taking a position that—in the case of the D&X—that the fetuses are dead at the beginning of the procedure, which is generally not the case.  The second criticism has been that we are really skewing the debate to a very small percentage of women that have fetal anomalies or some other problem that really need the procedure verses the 90% who it’s elected, at least through the 20 to 24 week time period, and then as you get on towards 28 weeks it becomes closer to a hundred percent.  But these seem to be very uncomfortable issues for people on our side of the debate to deal with.”

Haskell is openly criticizing his pro-choice colleagues for lying about, (a) the babies targeted by late term abortions being dead before the procedures start and, (b) the women having these procedures needing them for any kind of health reason.  Amazingly, he even admitted that as the abortions got later, the percentage that was “elective” went up, with 28-week and later abortions being virtually 100% elective. 

This is exactly opposite of what the abortion lobby says when publicly confronted about late abortion.  To this day, they still claim that late abortions are never done except when something is wrong with the baby or the mother’s life or health is in jeopardy. They are lying and these quotes from two well-known late-term abortionists prove it. (The actual recordings of these statements are on file at Life Dynamics.)

I realize that, for people who defend legalized abortion, 300 dead late-term babies per day is no big deal.  They lack the basic moral foundations necessary for this to matter.  But they are smart enough to realize that, for people with even a minimal amount of morality or human decency, it is a big deal.  That’s why they always direct the debate toward percentages and away from numbers.

It is time for the pro-life movement to introduce some perspective into this discussion.  Our enemies say that late-term abortion is a non-issue but, from a numbers standpoint, 300 dead babies is equivalent to a fully loaded jetliner crashing somewhere in America every single day.  That is the sort of thing the abortion lobby does not want the public thinking about.

Our job is to make sure they do.  Our job is to show them that 300 babies a day having their legs torn off, their arms ripped from the sockets, their chests crushed, their skulls collapsed, and their pathetic remains ground-up in abortion clinic garbage disposals, is more than just a “choice.” 

It’s a disgrace to the human race.        

A Little Perspective, Please

As most of you probably know by now, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on D&X (partial-birth) abortion is constitutional.  The question is: just how significant is this victory for the overall effort to protect the unborn?

From a psychological standpoint, this is clearly an enormous shot in the arm for the pro-life movement.  To fully appreciate the significance of this ruling, all you have to do is imagine what the effect would have been on our people had it gone the other way.  The fact is, after years of being pummeled in the courts this decision puts a little wind back in our sails.        

Equally important, it appears to have truly demoralized our enemies.  Some are wringing their ice-cold little hands and wailing that the end of legalized abortion is near.  Apparently, the prospect of living in a world in which moms are not allowed to butcher their children by the millions has caused a large percentage of these people to start sleeping with the lights on.   

Meanwhile, more optimistic members of the Choice Mafia are threatening to turn this ruling into a rallying cry to re-energize their troops.  Only time will tell whether they are able to do this or not.  My prediction is that this ruling will not energize anyone other than the most rabid abortion enthusiasts and their numbers are so small as to be inconsequential.  But however it plays out, this decision is further proof that the pro-life side has the momentum and our enemies know it.

Beyond its positive psychological impact, the ban on partial-birth abortion is meaningless as it relates to the actual killing of unborn children.  That’s because this ban controls the how, not the whether.  Remember, even during the time that this procedure was allowed, most late-term abortions were accomplished using other methods – the most common being D&E.  Unfortunately, D&E and all of these other procedures are still legal which means that any baby who would have been killed by partial-birth abortion before will now be killed by one of these other methods. 

Some pro-lifers argue that the practical benefit of a ban on partial-birth abortion is that it prohibits a procedure that is especially barbaric.  Such people are poorly informed.  Be assured, anyone who thinks that a D&E is less brutal for the child being killed than a D&X knows nothing about abortion procedures.

In the final analysis, the psychological importance of this victory for the pro-life movement is enormous but its practical implications for the unborn are zero.  The real unknown is whether this Supreme Court ruling is a barometer for abortion rulings to come.   

Many observers have noted that there was some encouraging language in the majority opinion to indicate a willingness by the Court to reconsider Roe vs. Wade.  Others counter that it was a 5-4 decision in which one vote (Kennedy’s) cannot be relied upon in the future.  In my view, each conclusion is equally valid and equally irrelevant. 

I will say this as succinctly as I can.  Trying to predict what the United States Supreme Court will or will not do is a fool’s game.  The reality is, when the Court abandoned the Constitution as the basis for its rulings – which it did years ago – by definition it became totally unpredictable.  Today, if there is one thing we know for certain about Supreme Court decisions it is that anyone with a Ouija Board can predict them as accurately as the most educated legal minds in the country.       

So my advice is (a) pause for a moment to celebrate the victory, (b) don’t read more into it than is actually there, and (c) get back to work. 

Babies are still dying.

And Now, Plan C

By any reasonable measure, this is truly the golden age for men who prey on underage girls for sex. Instead of referring to abortion as "a womans right to choose," it would be more accurate to label it "the pedophiles get-out-of-jail-free card."

The first evidence of this was a Life Dynamics undercover investigation into Americas growing epidemic of underage girls being sexually exploited by adult men. The results documented that family planning clinics associated with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are operating a nationwide pedophile protection ring. (Read the complete report at or call 1-800-800-LIFE for a free printed version.)

Since that report was made public, Life Dynamics has also found that the majority of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in America are refusing to enforce the mandatory reporting laws that are being openly flaunted by these Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities.

Amazingly, the Bush administration continues to hand over hundreds-of-millions in federal dollars to Planned Parenthood every year despite that organizations participation in this pedophile protection racket. In fact, taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is actually higher under Bush than it was under Clinton.

Meanwhile, Congressional pro-aborts are aggressively blocking federal legislation that would prohibit minors from being taken across state lines for abortions. The Life Dynamics undercover investigation proved that in states with parental involvement statutes, men who impregnate minors are taking their victims to states that have no such laws and that Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics are not only willing participants in this scandal, they encourage it. The investigation also proved that judicial bypass provisions in these parental involvement statutes are being routinely promoted by these same organizations as a way to circumvent state mandatory reporting laws.

Now, with the stated support of President Bush, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved over-the-counter non-prescription sales of Plan B, also known as "emergency contraception" or the "morning-after" pill. Since March, radical pro-abortion senators, Hilary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been holding up the confirmation of Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach to head the Food and Drug Administration and they vowed to continue blocking his appointment until Bush allowed Plan B to be sold without a prescription.

Obviously, the Bush administration would never admit that they caved to this pressure or that a back-room deal was cut. Those of us in the great unwashed masses are expected to believe its just a coincidence that Clinton and Murray withdrew their hold on the nomination on the same day over-the-counter sales of Plan B were approved.

In an effort to placate those who said that easy access to this abortion inducing drug would give pedophiles a way to help conceal their crimes, the FDA prohibited non-prescription purchases to girls under eighteen. But that was meaningless since the FDA also ruled that sales to men would be allowed. In other words, any statutory rapist can now just stroll into the closest drug store and anonymously buy the chemical abortion he needs to hide the fact that he is raping a child. The odd part of this is that a spokesperson for the drugs manufacturer, Barr Laboratories, said that the company never requested that over-the-counter sales be extended to males since the drug is not taken by men.

Reacting to the concerns of conservative organizations about the potential association between pedophiles and Plan B, an FDA official, Dr. Steven Galson, said that the agency would monitor how Plan B is used and note any "prescription patterns" that emerge. He went on to assure the public that if changes are needed they will be made. Of course, Galson didnt bother to explain how the FDA is going to identify these "prescription patterns" given that there wont be any prescriptions.

In any event, while we wait for that mystery to be unraveled, lets consider the things we already know. For example, we know that among girls 15 and younger who get pregnant at least 60 percent are impregnated by adults. We also know that the highest STD rate in America is among girls 15 to 19 and that most of these girls get their STDs from older men.

So it does not seem like a big stretch to predict that statutory rapists are going to be a prime market for Plan B, and that there will be a measurable increase in STDs among underage girls. As for this assurance that the FDA is going to monitor the sales and use of Plan B, if these predictions become reality it would be more rational to believe in the tooth fairy than to believe that either Barr Laboratories or the FDA is going to reveal it to the public or do anything to stop it.

Another interesting aspect of the Plan B approval is how the abortion lobby has reacted to it. For years, these people pushed over-the-counter sales of Plan B as the holy grail for reducing Americas staggering teen pregnancy and abortion rates. Of course, this sales pitch ignores the fact that Plan B is itself an abortion, but well let that slide for the moment.

Right up to the day non-prescription sales of Plan B were approved, Planned Parenthood was saying that allowing such sales would prevent 1.5 million unplanned pregnancies and 800,000 abortions every year. However, on the day after FDA approval was secured, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson was quoted in an Associated Press article that Plan B "will not reach that potential." She attributed Planned Parenthoods new lower expectations on the fact that girls under 18 were not going to be allowed to obtain the drug without a prescription.

The problem with that explanation is that according to statistics released in June of 2006 by Planned Parenthoods research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, about 19 percent of all abortions are done on teenagers. (This includes 19-year-olds, but we wont quibble over that.)

What this means is that the FDAs age restriction cannot impact Planned Parenthoods original projections by more than 19 percent. Applying that formula, Planned Parenthood should now be crowing that Plan B is going to reduce unplanned pregnancies by 1,215,000 and abortions by 648,000 per year.

Of course, Planned Parenthood is making no such claim. After all, once Plan B was approved for non-prescription sales, their need to deceive the public no longer existed. Now their goal is to lower expectations so it wont be so obvious that they were lying the whole time.

Naturally, other "reproductive health care experts" are following Planned Parenthoods lead. Since the FDAs approval, the most common reaction from this crowd has been that the impact on public health, pregnancy and abortion from non-prescription sales of Plan B will be virtually nothing. James Trussell, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, described it as being like a cork floating in the ocean. He said that the impact "... will be hard to measure because it will be so small."

Even the media is doing their part. In the previously mentioned Associated Press article, the reporter said that the effects of Plan B "could be negligible." He even cited a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that increased access to emergency contraception had "no significant effect" on pregnancy rates. Not surprisingly, neither the media nor any of these "reproductive health care experts" were saying these sort of things during the debate over whether to allow non-prescription sales of Plan B. It is now clear that they knew Planned Parenthood was lying, but like good little soldiers they kept quiet. In legal terms, its called "deception by silence."

It is also interesting that while the "experts" and the media are now saying that the results of selling Plan B over-the-counter will be almost invisible, most seem to agree that its sales volume will be high. Call me cynical, but that certainly sounds like a confession that financial profit was the engine driving this train right from the start.

Some will counter that by claiming that Planned Parenthood has no financial dog in this fight since Plan B is only going to be sold at pharmacies. That is, of course, nonsense. You can bet the family farm that Planned Parenthood has already developed an aggressive political, legal, and marketing strategy for taking over the distribution of Plan B. Getting FDA approval for over-the-counter sales was just a necessary first step. Now that its out of the way, phase two has begun and we dont need a crystal ball to know whats coming next. All we have to do is review the strategies Planned Parenthood used for the previous abortion pill, RU486.

As for today, Planned Parenthood has once again been caught lying through their blood-stained teeth, and their own actions prove it. They told one story to get Plan B approved for non-prescription sales, and the moment that approval became a reality they came up with a completely different story in an effort to cover their tracks. They also knew they could get away with it since their flunkeys and fellow travelers in the media never holds the abortion lobby answerable for anything they do or any lie they tell.

So as it always does, that job falls to the pro-life movement. The death merchants and pill pushers have now launched Plan C the cover-up for Plan B and our responsibility is to expose it.

Saddle up.

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics