Proud to be “bucking the trend” of nations loosening their abortion law

By Dave Andrusko

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters “that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly.” Guess what? Those “who struggle to live freely or fairly” most assuredly do not include unborn babies.

Anastasia Moloney is the author of “Abortion rights: U.S. restrictions buck the global trend in 2021” As you can tell from the headline, the United States is the outlier, out of step with relaxed abortion laws around the world. Personally, I consider that a badge of honor.

“A record number of U.S. states have sought to restrict access to abortion this year,” Moloney tells us, “but countries including Argentina, Mexico and Thailand have moved in the opposite direction – easing their strict laws on the procedure.” [“The procedure”?]

As is typically the case, pro-abortion outlets turn to the Guttmacher Institute (a) to tell us how bad things and (b) to clue us in on that this is nothing new:

“(This) was the worst legislative year for U.S. abortion rights since Roe v. Wade,” said Elizabeth Nash, principal policy associate of state issues at the Guttmacher Institute.

“But this situation did not just suddenly appear – it’s been years in the making as part of a coordinated campaign to ban abortion outright,” Nash said.

How “bad” is bad? Bear in mind that Guttmacher habitually inflates the numbers.

In the United States, 106 abortion restrictions were enacted across 19 states in 2021.

What are the “restrictive measures in mostly Republican-led states”?

[M]andatory counseling, having to wait 24 hours before a second clinic visit, and reducing the number of weeks during which women can terminate a pregnancy.

If you were just a tad bit more open minded than Guttmacher, you might consider that the first two examples are instance of giving women a chance to catch their breath before making a life and death decision for her baby. Of course, that is the last thing the death peddlers want.

I am proud that unlike Argentina, Mexico and Thailand which “move to increase access,” we passed laws that increased the prospects for life for unborn children. The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, in his book, “American Against Itself,” put what is at stake clearly on the line.

“A nineteenth-century German historian wrote that every moment of history is equally present to God. Every moment is also equally present to great evil. But there are moments in which great evil bestirs itself with intentions that are discernible to those who have eyes to see. Ours is such a moment. Evil, as is its wont, employs the language of the good to disguise its purposes. In this case it is the great good of choice that hides the greater wrong of what is chosen. It is a tempting shrewdly contrived for a free society that has forgotten that freedom depends upon devotion to more than freedom.”