We can learn more than you might first imagine from these pro-abortion books

By Dave Andrusko

Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler

As it happens I talked this morning to the students participating in the 2021 NRLC Academy, a kind of academic boot camp where over a five week period college age students learn from the talented staff at National Right to Life. After having  discussed the seemingly endless sources of ideas for posts at NRL News Today, I accidently ran across a book I must get: “The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories.” 

The description begins, “This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers.” This is what it is really like to work in a death factory. 

This, in turn, made me think of two books defending the Abortion Industry that I wrote about last year. Talk about ships passing in the night!

The first was authored by Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler, titled, “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.” We’ve talked about Prof. Ziegler on several occasions for various  reasons including that she is a favorite choice to pontificate on abortion on the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Pro-lifers whom I respect extend Prof. Ziegler somewhat more credit than I do (although to be fair, in her pieces for the popular press she is a clear writer). I find she peddles the same line with a gloss of academic spit and polish. For example, once she penned an op-ed for the New York Times under the wholly misleading headline, “The Abortion Wars Have Become a Fight Over Science” (aka the debate over fetal pain).

Prof. Ziegler wrote as if we know nothing more today about the capability of the unborn child to experience pain than we did in 2005.  Scientific progress, for pro-abortion partisans, has stopped still. But that is simply not true. They can act that way because pro-abortionists (and their media enablers) are not about to concede there are breaks in their own ranks (see Stuart Derbyshire here). 

Then (and this sounds like it may be the heart of “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present) she wrote for the Washington Post to tell us why “The two sides are growing further apart on abortion.” Answer? “We can thank Donald Trump.”

To reach that conclusion, Ziegler ignores the abortion on demand until birth world created since January 2019 in several states—and threatened in others– completely dominated by pro-abortion Democrats. (I would have written completely ignores but there is one reference—without specifics– that alluded to pro-abortion activism, and that, of course, is only a defensive response to pro-life aggression.)

So, not surprisingly, we are instructed that the only laws that are driving us “further apart on abortion,” according to Ziegler, are pro-life laws. 

Ilyse Hogue
Photo: Lorie Shaull

The other book was co-authored by NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue titled “The Lie That Binds.” (Get it? The lie that binds.) Hogue has since announced that she is retiring from her post.

The blurb on NARAL’s Facebook tells us ominously that “There’s an ominous link between anti-choice extremists and White supremacists.” 

Yikes—all this and more in only 417 pages. Here are two thoughts.

#1. If you read the blurbs, the book is a diatribe in search of evidence of the White patriarchal, authoritarian, woman-hating  “Radical Right” conspiracy. (Remember then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton hyperventilated over  the “vast right-wing conspiracy”?) The slur is often used interchangeably with “Evangelical Right” and pro-life.

I thought—but obviously I was wrong—that this horse had not only been beaten to death but buried. 

A common-to-the-point-of-exhaustion argument (for lack of a better word) is that “The radical Right” cynically uses abortion “as a Trojan horse to provide cover for the right-wing agenda to curtail democracy,” as Hogue wrote in an essay for Marie Claire magazine. 

#2. Planned Parenthood’s intramural battles, which we have written about extensively and the demagoguery which is Hogue’s stock and trade matter to us because they illustrate who they are. 

Pro-lifers battle them because (in PPFA’s case) they take the lives of 340,000 + babies each year, and (in the case of NARAL Pro-Choice America) because it underwrites and supports pro-abortion Democrats whose goal it is to erase every protective pro-life law on the books of every state in all 50 states. Ironically, as we wrote recently, NARAL is experiencing  its own internal turmoil with affiliates up in arms over the national office’s decision to centralized all power in its hands.

Conclusion? Hogue’s title–The Lie That Binds—is a perfect description not of abortion foes but of the Abortion Industry and its academic and journalistic facilitators.