The abortion license is an edifice built on falsehoods

Editor’s note. The following is a portion of a post on the Facebook page of Prof. Robert George. He is discussing the obfuscations and changing-the-subject tactics of those trying to minimize the horror of what Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on the radio this week in defending state Del. Kathy Tran’s abortion bill which she readily conceded would allow abortion up to birth—to the point where a woman is dilating. Prof. George, the author of many books, serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Pro-abortion Virginia state Rep. Kathy Tran

Some gaslighters, such as Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times, are pursuing a strategy of their own to protect Tran and Northam (and all the big national Democrats–especially those with presidential ambitions) who more or less openly embrace their position. They are claiming that no woman–or maybe at most one in a million–would ever seek a late-term abortion simply to avoid the birth of an undesired but viable baby. Late-term abortions, they suggest, are only sought because the fetus is already dead, or is afflicted with a condition making its death imminent or unpreventable, or because live birth and fetal survival are incompatible.

Let no one be deceived. This is utter nonsense. Planned Parenthood’s own research arm has acknowledged that the vast majority of abortions, including late-term abortions, are for reasons having nothing to do with the condition of the fetus or threats to maternal health posed by the pregnancy (as opposed to the idea that a child’s mere existence is a threat to a woman’s “health” in some sense of “health” that would deem an abortion justified simply by the woman’s preferring that the child not exist).

I have long contended that the abortion license is an edifice built on falsehoods. Some of these falsehoods are products of the ignorance of people who have not acquainted themselves with the facts of human embryogenesis and intrauterine development (such as the erroneous belief that a child developing in his or her mother’s womb is part of the woman’s body–a body part, like a kidney).

But some of these falsehoods are just plain lies. The people who spread them know that what they are saying is not true. What we have been seeing in the past few days is a torrent of lies marshaled in the cause of persuading people to accept abortion even in cases in which people who know nothing about the science of human development can see–literally–that abortion is the deliberate killing of a human child.