By Maria Gallagher , legislative director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
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At a time when a top-rated television show has one of the main characters undergo an abortion to the strains of “Silent Night,” you might be tempted to think when it comes to the life-or-death issue of abortion, pop culture is totally devoid of sanity.
Then along comes a work which makes you smile as you realize the pro-life message is getting through.
Author Greg Gutfeld’s recently-released book, How to be Right: the Art of Being Persuasively Correct, humorously identifies ways that serious topics can be best articulated in today’s rabid media environment.
For me, the most effective portion of the book was a passage labeled, “Four Persuasive Points: The Planned Parenthood Videos.” Gutfeld, who hosts the Greg Gutfeld Show on the Fox News Channel, is referring to the alarming undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, in which high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials callously and unmercifully discuss the harvesting of the body parts of unborn babies. In spite of congressional investigations , the mainstream media have largely ignored the controversy, a state of affairs that would have to be attributed to pro-abortion bias.
In his first point, Gutfeld shrewdly notes that the contention of Planned Parenthood—that “it’s a shame to let it (baby body parts) go to waste”– actually “destroys the moral case for abortion.” The reason? Gutfeld points out that such an admission “suggests strongly that you believe that child is/was of value.”
In his second point, Gutfeld discusses Planned Parenthood’s view that dismemberment of an unborn child is a woman’s right: “If dismemberment of a fetus is a right, then so is a right that I possess, allowing me to dissect my uncle after he passed away, too.” (Another important consideration, obviously, is that we haven’t taken our uncle’s life.)
Thirdly, Gutfeld asks if this “butchery is perfectly normal activity, why the need for euphemism?” Gutfeld adroitly points out such “fetal research” is an evil which can only exist under “the protective umbrellas of euphemism.”
Finally, he takes the media to task for claiming that the undercover videos were selectively edited. After all, the videographers made the entire, unedited videos available online. “When the media is more upset about the splicing of film than the splicing of babies, it reveals that their reservoir of compassion is as empty as their platitudes about choice.
“I’d tell them to go to hell,” Gutfeld writes, “but they’re already in it.”
The business of abortion is brutal, nightmarish, hellish—as former abortionists who are now pro-life have readily admitted. For them to deny someone’s very humanity—especially a helpless unborn child’s—is to lose part of your own humanity in the process.
The pro-life movement is on the right side of history. We can take some lessons from Greg Gutfeld on how to be persuasively correct when talking about our message and our mission.