A Healthy Regret

The South Carolina legislature is considering a bill to require that every woman seeking an abortion be shown a sonogram of her unborn baby before the abortion is performed.  Naturally, the choice mafia is fighting this legislation viciously, having long ago recognized that it’s better to keep their customers in the dark until the money is in the bank. 

One important benefit of this legislation is its ability to reduce emotional trauma in women.  Today, all across America, post-aborted women are coming forward to say how much they regret their decision to have an abortion.  In fact, there is a rapidly growing organization of these women called Silent No More Awareness.  Many of the women involved with this group say that if they had seen an ultrasound image of their baby before the abortion, they would have made a different decision.   

The abortion lobby responds by claiming that most women don't regret their abortions.  Of course, they offer no proof of this, but even if it is true it is irrelevant.  Lack of regret relates to the morality and the conscience of the person acting not to the rightness of the act.  If some pervert sexually assaults his neighbor's five-year-old daughter, whether he regrets it or not has nothing to do with the fact that it is indefensible for grown men to have sex with five-year-old girls. 

Now, if we really want to see the role that regret plays in the abortion issue, I suggest we survey women who have dealt with unplanned pregnancies in their past.  Let's ask those who aborted if they now wish that they had given birth, and ask those who gave birth if they now wish they had aborted.  In fact, let's challenge the abortion lobby to start publicly identifying women who allowed their children to be born but now say they wish they had killed them through abortion.  The result will be that for every such woman they trot out, we could produce an avalanche of women who are living with debilitating guilt and regret over their abortions.    

Needless to say, abortion defenders are never going to accept this challenge, but that doesn't really matter.  My point is proven by the fact that there are literally thousands of support groups in the United States to help women overcome the emotional train wreck of abortion, but no one has found it necessary to start even one support group to help women deal with the emotional trauma of letting their children live. 

That's because there is no psychological trauma associated with not killing your child.  After more than 30 years of legalized abortion, the one thing we know for certain is that regrets about abortion are only experienced by women who have them, not by those who don't.

When women come forward to express their anguish over abortion, many reveal that they have needed years of counseling in order to deal with the guilt and regret of their decision.  In other cases, it is obvious that these women are still traumatized by their abortions and may be so for the rest of their lives.  In a breathtaking display of gall, some abortion defenders say that the pro-life movement is responsible for these emotional problems.  Their argument is that these women would be fine if it were not for us constantly harping about abortion being the murder of a baby and showing pictures of the corpses.  Apparently, these people not only prefer their customers to be in the dark before their abortions they would also like them to be kept there afterwards.  They probably figure that having a bunch of women running around the country crying about their abortions could be bad for business.    

For those abortion defenders who do not promote this “ignorance is bliss / the pro-lifers are to blame” philosophy, the normal reaction to women who say they were emotionally injured by abortion is to simply dismiss them.   Some claim these women had emotional problems before their abortions, while others assert that they developed their problems afterwards for reasons that had nothing to do with abortion.  To date, no one has explained how these people know all this.  Evidently, the rest of us are supposed to just blindly accept that the more enlightened members of our society (ie: those who are pro-choice) intuitively understand that emotional trauma following abortion is some sort of cosmic coincidence that only befalls women who were already a little loopy to begin with.

Meanwhile, the hidden irony in all this is that women who regret their abortions may actually be more mentally healthy than those who don't.  Think about it this way.  In modern America it would be all but impossible for any sane and intelligent person to be unaware of the biological fact that abortion causes the death of a child.  Given that, it is certainly reasonable to speculate that any woman who could submit to abortion and not be emotionally traumatized by the experience is either abysmally stupid, a psychopath, or someone with profound psychological problems.

This also applies to those people who have encouraged, arranged for, referred for, facilitated or forced women to have abortions.  Just because they may not express – or even feel – regret over the children they helped to execute, they are as responsible for their deaths as the women who climbed onto the tables and put their feet in the stirrups.  In fact, in some cases they are even more responsible.  The woman may have been tricked or forced; the same defense cannot be made for the enablers. 

In the final analysis, the question is whether America has degenerated into the kind of place in which adults can hire serial killers to butcher helpless children, have no remorse about it, and still claim to be both morally and mentally healthy.  If that is where we are, then ours is truly a nation without hope.  Only God knows – and only time will tell – if that is the situation.  Until then, the pro-life movement will continue to fight this holocaust with all the resolution and commitment necessary for victory. 

As for the significance of regret or lack thereof, we should remember that Adolf Eichmann went to the gallows saying he had no regrets about his role in the Nazi holocaust.  However, his cold-blooded lack of remorse did not justify the slaughter of millions who perished in Germany's death camps.  Nor will anyone's cold-blooded lack of remorse over abortion justify the slaughter that continues to claim millions in America's death camps.

Have They No Shame?

The pro-choice crowd always goes ballistic when pro-lifers publically show the graphic images of abortion.  And that is certainly understandable.  After all, genocide is more palatable when no one but the killer sees it.

Now, in their fight for secrecy, abortion apologists are saying that we should not be allowed to show these pictures in the public because they may inflict emotional trauma on women. 

Like I said many times before, the gall and hypocrisy of these people has no limits.

Let’s make one thing clear.  The only women who might be emotionally damaged by seeing these images are those who have had abortions.  After all, women who have not had abortions have no reason to be traumatized by them.  In other words, it is abortion that causes the damage not the pictures of abortion.  If that were not the case, the effect of the graphic images would be the same on women who’ve had abortions and those who haven’t.  But that is not what happens.

When abortion apologists say that women who’ve had abortions would not be traumatized if they didn’t actually see what they had done, it is just more evidence of the paternalistic attitude these people have toward women.  The fact is that the abortion industry survives only because it will go to absolutely any lengths to keep its customers and the public in the dark.   

Now if that is not true, here is a way to resolve this whole problem.  If the abortion industry is so concerned about post-aborted women being traumatized by seeing these images, why don’t they show them to their customers before they do the abortion?  That way, the women who might be traumatized could make another “choice” and no woman would ever again be able to claim that she didn’t know what she was doing.

Of course, that’s the very reason this will never happen.  Abortion profiteers know that many, if not most, of their customers would fly out the door if they saw beforehand what abortion really is.  That’s why they would rather them not get that sort of information until after the abortion is over and the money is in the bank.        

The bottom line is, the pro-choice gang has inflicted a staggering emotional trauma on American women, and now they are trying to blame it on the people who tried to prevent the abortions in the first place.

Beat Down Women

The pro-choice crowd continues to use the sales pitch that legal abortion is something that empowers women.  This is, of course, and out-an-out lie.

If you want to see the weakest and most subservient women in America, just stand in front of the nearest abortion clinic and look at the faces of the customers going inside.  What you will see is sadness, desperation, fear, and resignation. 

What you will not see is women who feel empowered or in control.  These faces make it clear that, like suicide, abortion is a choice made by tragic people who have been convinced they have no choice.  Better than anyone else, women who submit to abortion understand why no woman was ever admired for her abortion, and why no woman ever bragged about her abortion, and why no woman ever climbed off an abortionist's table felling better about herself than she did when she climbed onto it. 

This loony idea that having a clean place to kill their babies is the cornerstone of women's equality, is simply a marketing tool of the abortion industry.  It is also a perversion of real feminism.  With almost no exceptions, pioneers of the women's movement like Susan B. Anthony, Mattie Brinkerhoff, Sarah Norton, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were outspoken opponents of legal abortion.  Alice Paul, who wrote the original Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion the ultimate exploitation of women.  Even suffragist newspapers such as Woodhull's and Claflin's Weekly had editorial policies which openly attacked both abortion and abortionists.

These early feminists never bought the idea that women need surgery in order to be equal to men.  They saw that abortion is patronizing and paternalistic and that a woman's willingness to submit to it doesn't free her, it devalues her.  They also understood that legalized abortion is nothing more than a safety net for sexually predatory and sexually irresponsible men.  And that may explain why – since the day this battle began – polls have consistently shown that the greatest support for legal abortion comes from men, not women.   

The fact is, as pro-life feminist Melissa Simmons-Tulin once said, “Women will never climb to equality over the dead bodies of their children.”


Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics