Recently, Blow the Trumpet was contacted regarding its pro-life position and how it contradicts the American ideal of personal freedom. Below is the comment as well as our response.
I realize everyone has a right to their opinion but I take exception with your use of the term “pro-abortion.” I don’t know of one person who is in favor of terminating pregnancies because it is somehow fun to do. Those like me who believe Roe v. Wade was an appropriate decision understand that abortion is almost always emotionally painful. Nobody needs you to lay guilt on a woman over what they decide for themselves. In other words, it should be clear to anyone with an ounce of compassion that abortion is an intensely personal matter. It is for this reason that we who believe in reproductive rights genuinely believe the woman who is pregnant should make the decision of whether or not to have a baby. It should be her choice. Thankfully it still is.
Thank you for your recent post regarding the pro-life wing of our website. We always appreciate visitor comments even if we are not in agreement with them. In your note you mentioned several issues. We will attempt to address each one of them.
Pro- Abortion or Pro-Choice
In the many articles we post regarding abortion we interchange the words “pro-choice” and “pro-abortion.” This is done for the purpose of composition style. The fact of the matter is that we make no distinction between the two. Those who favor a woman’s right to choose whether or not to “terminate a pregnancy” are in fact pro-abortion in the same sense that a non slave owner who favored a man’s right to have slaves was pro-slavery—regardless of what he might argue.
More than Semantics
Furthermore, the assertion by organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) that they do not take a position pro or con on abortion but rather support a woman’s right to choose for herself in this matter is simply not true. These organizations and the clinics they sponsor are brazen in their pro-abortion rhetoric and practices. Consider just a few examples.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, once declared war on "unwanted" children with her motto, "every child a wanted child." Armed with this credo, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota, ran a newspaper advertisements which read in part "BABIES ARE LOUD, SMELLY, AND EXPENSIVE. UNLESS YOU WANT ONE." It then provided the phone number for readers to call to facilitate an abortion. Compare this opinion of babies with that expressed in the 127th Psalm.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (gift). As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psa. 127:3-5)
Clearly, God’s opinion on children is quite different than that expressed by this “pro-choice” advertisement. With this in mind ask yourself if there has ever been a fetus God didn’t like. This is just one reason “pro-choice” advocates should think long and hard about aborting what God Himself calls His “gift.”
The fact that “pro-choice” is synonymous with “pro-abortion” is not limited to newspaper advertisements. Abortion facilities aren’t the slightest bit interested in choice unless that choice is to abort the unwanted pre-born child. Consider their own words:
"I have never yet counseled anybody to have the baby.” Abortion counselor (1)
“I am also doing women's counseling on campus at Albany State, and there I am expected to present alternatives. Whereas at the abortion clinic you aren't really expected to." --abortion counselor (1)
"I was trained by a professional marketing director in how to sell abortions over the telephone. He took every one of our receptionists, nurses, and anyone else who would deal with people over the phone through an extensive training period. The object was, when the girl called, to hook the sale so that she wouldn't get an abortion somewhere else, or adopt out her baby, or change her mind. We were doing it for the money." --Nina Whitten, chief secretary at a Dallas abortion clinic under Dr. Curtis Boyd (2)
"They [the women] are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they wouldn't want to have an abortion."-Dr. Randall (2)
These are not simply isolated incidences of over zealous abortion providers. These examples are the rule not the exception. The reality to anyone who sincerely wants to know is that the leaders of the “pro-choice” movement are not interested in choice at all. They are the advocates of silencing 46 million heartbeats since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land over 30 years ago. The law because seven unelected U.S Supreme Court justices declared it so.
A Final Thought
In your note you also employed an interesting choice of words. You said: “It is for this reason that we … believe the woman who is pregnant should make the decision of whether or not to have a baby.” Actually, as we see it that is impossible. This is because she already has the baby. What she is choosing is whether to let it live or not.
Blow the Trumpet
(1) Rachel Weeping and Other Essays About Abortion. James Tunstead Burtchaell, editor. New York: Universal Press, 1982 pgs 42-43
'Pro-Choice 1990: Skeletons in the Closet" by David Kuperlain and Mark Masters in "New Dimensions" magazine