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.