By Dave Andrusko
At her LinkedIn account, Hayley Farless describes herself as a Social Media Specialist at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Among her job assignments is “Analyze news, policy, and research materials and translate into accurate and engaging messaging that provokes action and dialogue” and “Research and draft branded blog posts regarding current issues in the field of reproductive rights.”
A friend passed along one of Farless’ tweets which, we might imagine, hits both those buttons. She’s commenting on a story in the Los Angeles Times that ran under the headline, “Abortion rate in the U.S. falls to a 46-year low, data show.”
You’ll recall that numbers crunched by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute concluded (under “Key points”) that
*In 2017, an estimated 862,320 abortions were provided in clinical settings in the United States, representing a 7% decline since 2014 and the continuation of a long-term trend.
*The U.S. abortion rate dropped to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017, the lowest rate recorded since abortion was legalized in 1973. Abortion rates fell in most states and in all four regions of the country.
Put another way, there were 7% fewer dead babies in 2017 than 2014—64,000, to be exact. Wonderful news.
You wouldn’t, of course, expect NARAL to greet with this joy, and certain not a “Social Media Specialist.” They live to kill. But consider this tweet, this “draft branded blog posts”:
The “abortion rate” is just a number. It’s not something to reduce or prevent. Abortions are not bad in the same way that wisdom teeth removals are not bad. It’s a safe healthcare procedure that some people need to live their best lives. That’s it. https://t.co/MLXMyywsmz— Hayley Farless (@hayleyfarless) September 19, 2019
Farless, of course, couldn’t care less what I think or you think, or indeed anyone who shrinks at the thought that anyone could be this soulless.
Abortion is just “a safe healthcare procedure that some people need to live their best lives. ”
And for emphasis, Fearless Farless adds
In NARAL’s Social Media world, babies torn apart is on a par with removing a wisdom tooth. “That’s it,” buddy, so don’t get all bent out of shape. A woman “extracting” a baby, piece by piece, is morally and ethically akin to extracting a bothersome tooth.
We all know the game plan behind women telling their “abortion stories.” Sure, it’s intended (in some cases) to evoke sympathy. But in many cases it is an act of defiance, letting us know that there is nothing we can do to prevent a defenseless unborn child from being pulverized.
Whatever the motive, the goal is to “normalize” abortion, to make it appear “routine,” indeed view it as simply a “rite of passage.”
I’ve said it a hundred times, and I’ll say it one more time now. Turning the deaths of the defenseless into something utterly trivial—like removing a wisdom truth—can only backfire.