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Busting the Left’s Vapid Abortion Talking Points

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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Every time abortion returns to the national news cycle, the American people are bombarded with an outpouring of arguments, slogans, and ad hominem attacks from abortion activists seeking to discredit and disparage the pro-life movement. Following this month’s leak of the draft Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, progressives are once again pulling out all the stops to convince Americans that abortion remains a moral and constitutional necessity. But in reality, the left’s favorite platitudes and talking points on abortion are misleading at best and outright false at worst. As the nation awaits the High Court’s official ruling on Dobbs in the coming weeks, here are five of the left’s go-to pro-abortion arguments—and why they’re wrong.

“Abortion is a Constitutional Right”

Senator Elizabeth Warren recently joined the growing chorus of left-wing voices urging the Supreme Court to uphold Roe and, in her words, “defend our constitutional rights.” But, as Justice Samuel Alito noted in the leaked Dobbs majority opinion, abortion is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, and Roe is widely acknowledged by legal scholars on the left and the right to be poorly reasoned as a matter of constitutional law. Pro-abortion legal scholar and dean of Stanford Law School, John Hart Ely, for example, has written that Roe “was not constitutional law and gave almost no appearance of an obligation to try to be”—a perspective shared by liberal constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe, who asserted that “behind [Roe’s] own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.” Even Edward Lazarus, a former law clerk to the justice who authored the Roe opinion, Harry Blackmun, conceded that no one has “produced a convincing defense of Roe on its own terms.”

Many progressives also claim that Roe must be upheld on the basis of stare decisis, the legal doctrine which says that judges should adhere to precedent wherever possible. But when prior decisions like Roe are so “egregiously wrong from the start,” as Alito writes of Roe, there is no obligation to allow such flawed decisions to stand. After all, Dred Scott v. Sandford, the notorious decision that held that black Americans were property and barred them from U.S. citizenship, was at one time constitutional precedent. If liberals consistently applied their logic of adhering strictly to precedent, Dred Scott would still be the law of the land today. The same can be said of Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 decision which established the infamous “separate but equal” doctrine until the Court overturned that precedent in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

“Thousands of Women Will Die of Back-Alley Abortions”

Another popular claim among abortion activists is that the end of Roe would lead to an increase in so-called “back-alley abortions,” in which women would be more likely to die from illegal or self-induced abortions. In 2019, for instance, former Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen claimed that “thousands of women” died on an annual basis as a result of these procedures in pre-Roe America.

But the factual evidence for this contention simply isn’t there. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 1972, the year before Roe was decided, there were 39 deaths resulting from illegal abortions and 24 deaths resulting from legal abortions—far from the “thousands” asserted by Wen. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, no abortion—whether legal or illegal—is safe for the unborn child.

“It’s Not a Life, It’s a Clump of Cells”

No matter how persistently progressives claim the contrary, an unborn child – from the moment of conception — is a human being. The scientific community agrees overwhelmingly. In the McGraw-Hill textbook Patten’s Foundations of Embryology, for instance, biology professor Bruce M. Carlson from the University of Michigan writes that “the time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.” Likewise, during a 1981 government hearing, Dr. Watson A. Bowes of the University of Colorado Medical School said the following: “The beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple and straightforward matter—the beginning is conception. This straightforward biological fact should not be distorted to serve sociological, political, or economic goals.”

Though pro-abortion advocates relentlessly attempt to reduce the unborn child to a mere “fetus” or a “clump of cells,” the science is strikingly clear. It is a deep irony that the self-avowed “party of science” fails to recognize this simple scientific fact when it comes to the issue of abortion.

“What About Rape and Incest?”

Though the left is ever-eager to invoke cases of rape and incest as proof that unlimited abortion rights are necessary, such invocations are generally an effort to use a vanishingly small number of cases to distract from the overall issue. According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortions in the case of rape or incest each account for less than half of one percent of all abortions—making them exceedingly rare. So why is the left so keen on focusing on them?

As Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire writes, abortion advocates “would much rather talk about a 15-year-old girl who gets an abortion because she was raped by her father (an extraordinary hypothetical that probably accounts for half of half of one percent, if the number is even that large) than a grown woman who gets an abortion because she doesn’t want a baby to mess up her career plans.”

Moreover, as difficult as those situations may be, the left’s “rape and incest argument” still dismisses as out of hand the humanity of the children conceived as a result of those heinous acts. In the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary, conservative author and military veteran Kathy Barnette brought attention to this issue when she revealed that she was the product of a rape. As much as abortion advocates accuse the pro-life community of having no compassion for victims of rape and incest, they themselves fail to explain their lack of compassion for the unborn child conceived in such circumstances.   

“No Uterus, No Opinion”

Many liberals vehemently insist that men have no authority to weigh in on abortion, and that only women should be permitted to express their thoughts. As actress Jennifer Aniston put it in response to Texas’s heartbeat bill: “No uterus, no opinion.” But this declaration stands on incredibly shaky ground. If abortion is indeed murder, as the pro-life community believes, don’t all human beings—male and female—have a moral obligation to stand up for the legal protection of the most innocent? Furthermore, Roe was decided by a Supreme Court of nine men. Do leftists, then, believe Roe should be discounted in its entirety because the opinion was handed down by seven uterus-less men?

Additionally, all children are equally the product of one man and one woman. That the father of an unborn child has nothing at stake when a woman terminates a pregnancy is manifestly dishonest. Yet even if the Court strikes down Roe, fathers will likely still have no power to protect the life of their unborn child in most cases. The idea that men are somehow trying to assert control over women’s bodies through abortion restrictions is again a distraction from the real issue at hand, which is the murder of an innocent human being in the womb.

As Bishop Robert Barron once observed, “In 1850, lots of good and thoughtful people defended the institution of slavery. Now, only insane people would.” Today, he continued, “lots of decent and thoughtful people defend the pro-choice position. One can only hope that these recent [pro-life developments] will hasten the day when only insane people would.” As the Supreme Court nears the end of its term and prepares to issue the final Dobbs decision, Americans should not be fooled by the left’s deceitful claims about abortion. And most importantly, they should pray that the day when abortion is seen as unthinkable and “insane” will come sooner rather than later.


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Centurion
27 days ago

“No uterus, no opinion.” Well, now. That’s rich. The radical leftists claim men can get pregnant. They also claim pregnant men can get abortions. For this to be true men must also have uteruses. Therefore, using leftist logic, men can have an opinion.

R. C. Wagner
28 days ago

I can honestly tell you abortion is murder. I can also tell you that not everyone that has an abortion is stupid, evil, or heartless. I would tell you that many are scared. Rape is devastating, being abandoned by someone you thought loved you but used you and left because you became pregnant is betrayal of the worst kind. Many of the females seeking to have an abortion are not grown career women they are frightened, hurt teenagers. They don’t have the maturity to raise a child or the funds. They don’t always have a support group so abortion (especially when they go to planned parenthood) is presented as a way to regain control of their out of control life. When it’s done and you almost die from it (as in my case) the knowledge that you just murdered your child is heavy on your heart and is something you never truly forgive yourself for. Abortion is murder…but if you truly want a change are you going to provide a healthy, safe alternative for the mother and child? Planned parenthood, as corrupt as they have become, is more available and better funded than other alternatives. I know women that would have given up a child they feared they could not provide for if they had been given a better, safer solution.
Abortion could be halted altogether if we provide, safe, healthy alternatives to the people involved and make the help easy to access without making the female feel shamed for looking for a better future for her child. I hope all of you who want to see this murderous practice stopped will be as supportive of ways to help women that can not or will not keep a baby after becoming pregnant and make that help available without harsh judgement if for no other reason, for the sake of the child.

Robin
29 days ago

The argument of no uterus no opinion is absurd. I have long thought that it takes both the Male and the Female to produce a child. They both made a choice to be intimate and both should make the decision together concerning the child they have produced from their seed. They are now forever connected through the child. Also if the father was made (or allowed) to take more responsibility for the child they would make different decisions concerning that child. This child is the product of both of them and both must take responsibility for it. It is not and never was only the women’s body or choice. It is not her body alone once there has been intimacy between them. As for rape or incest the child produced is not a punishment but a gift. Any child conceived is now a living human no matter the circumstances. Harsh as this may seem to allow this pregnancy to continue the attitude about the child produced should not be considered punishment or a burden but an opportunity to bring something good out of evil. There are so many that want a child and cannot conceive they would love and cherish these children. Women are not forced to care for a child as long as there are other options available. It is a lie lie lie that these women are going to ruin or destroy their life by birthing and raising a child. This whole argument about the right to have an abortion is a lie from the devil himself and evil persists because we as humans have rejected God and elevated ourselves to a god. This has not worked our well for us and we must wake up and realize our focus should be on the real God and not on ourselves. He (God) created us and brought us into existence He has the right to allow us to continue living. He provides for us in ways we do not understand but that blesses us IF we acknowledge him and follow him.

G Schalk
29 days ago

Just wondering, would the social security trust fund still be running out of money if 63,000,000 souls had not been aborted, but allowed to demographically work and contribute to the SS trust fund? I believe that actions DO have consequences.

Elaine
30 days ago

Elizabeth Warren needs to read the Constitution and take a basic American History Class. I am so disappointed the leaders of USA do not even have the basic knowledge of what the most important documents of our country say.
First of all we Americans should not be identified by our political parties, we are Americans and have allegiance to our country, not to any political party.
Each elected person’s job is to run their branch of government and let each branch (Supreme Court review what applies to the Constitution and Bill of Rights). When the President over reaches his authority the Legislative branch should be the check and stop the over reach because the Legislature is responsible for spending and making the laws..

Garye
30 days ago

All the baby killers had a mother who understood life is sacred right???

Garye
30 days ago

Killing babies is wrong , being irresponsible or selfish and killing babies is wrong, using killing babies as your excuse is wrong!
If you have a brain, if you can understand reproduction, if you are an adult……either you’re stupid,lazy or immoral to kill babies as opposed to taking the required thinking person’s approach to NOT kill babies!
Human life is sacred ALWAYS!
NO excuses, NO its my body, NO I can choose, KILLING is KILLING , killing millions of babies is WRONG!

Carma
30 days ago

There should be no argument. Cancelling Roe V Wade is not denying abortions to anyone. It is simply turning the decisions of who/what/when to each state to allow the voters in each to decide. Why isn’t that being made clear to all in this ridiculous emotional breakdown? Because Democrats will use anything they can to stir their base into violent actions!

Nick
30 days ago

You folks really do want the government staying out of people’s business, huh?

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Neither the Dems or the GOP are pure on the question of government interference. We want to be left alone right up to the point where we don’t depending upon the issue.

Nick
30 days ago
Reply to  Dan W.

True, but it’s the GOP that has specifically branded themselves as the party of “limited government” and talks all the time about how citizens just want to be left alone.

Dan W.
29 days ago
Reply to  Nick

That sounds more like the GOP of the 20th century (limited spending, free trading, world leading, big business supporting).

The parties have realigned. No more Rockefeller-Republicans (many of that ilk are now called RINOs) and no more Dixiecrats (I’m not sure where they went but they seem to be extinct).

Kay
30 days ago

This should be put on a ballot with well written narrative then let the people in each state vote on the issue. Make each state have a vote for abortions. If you listen to Marxist Washington they want an abortion on the 9th month. So if you are carrying a boy but decide you want a girl Schumer said just abort the baby. There has to be specific criteria’s for any abortion. VOTE DON’T let people travel from one state to another like California to have an abortion. This is wrong

Ted L.
30 days ago
Reply to  Kay

It is simple: As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, she is assigned a 24-hour armed guard until the baby is born. The guard follows her all day, sleeps in the same room with her, goes with her anywhere she travels. (The guard has to be a man, because if the guard is a woman, and the woman becomes pregnant while guarding, then she would need another guard to guard her, and that would start to get ridiculous.)

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Ted L.

A little less subtle than your recent “Ode to Guns”.

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Kay

No worries Kay. Most of the states have already decided. 

Abortions will be mostly available in the Northeast, in Illinois and in states along the West Coast and mostly unavailable everywhere else.

Garye
30 days ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Typical marxist democrat, immoral ,selfish morons in those stayed.
Good thing their Mother’s chose LIFE!

Amanda D
25 days ago
Reply to  Garye

I still wish mine had not. She and I both would be better off had she gone through with it. I’m the biracial product of an affair. I am also a decorated combat OEF Veteran and now social worker.
While you were all saving me from being aborted where were you all to save me from the trauma that was my existence from day one? Why weren’t you fighting to protect me from that? You wanted me here so bad so I ask again, where were you?? Where are you now for that matter? What you doing for all of the lives you aim to save after the embryo makes it’s entrance into the world?
How does my existence make you feel better morally? Up until this moment you didn’t know I existed. I can’t imagine you’re currently moved by my existence right now so why are you so emblazoned for me to be here now?

Philip Hammersley
30 days ago

Bernard Nathanson, the atheist co-founder of NARAL, admitted that HE fabricated the number of 10,000 deaths a year from “back-alley abortions.” Fortunately, he later became pro-life and became a believer in God as well!
Anyone who looks at an ultrasound (especially the 3-D ones) and is still pro-abortion is a moral reprobate!

Art
30 days ago

This will be restricted but here goes. This whole “reaction” is just a “reaction” Abortion is government subsidized. How about various heart surgeries? No government subsidies??? There is no Constitutional Right to abortion other than the government pays for the womb vacuum service. Wise up.This is another “CRISIS” akin to gun control. Lots of gas and no flash, Armament of the of the Citizenry is needed. Hey== has anyone heard of birth control?????????????????????????

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Art

The Hyde Amendment restricts abortion services for federally-funded health care recipients, specifically women enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, Native American women, U.S. servicewomen and veterans, women in Peace Corps, federal employee families, D. C. women residents, and women in immigration detention facilities and prisons.

However, several states do fund abortion services through Medicaid with state taxpayer money.

Garye
30 days ago
Reply to  Art

Art , those marxist democrats never miss an opportunity to distract,lie or take advantage of Real Citizens.
When will the stupid ones they are exploiting wake up???

Laurie Bee
29 days ago
Reply to  Art

I have been saying this for years! Many types of birth control are available, effective and unquestionably legal. I had 4 children because I didn’t want 5. Please explain why murdering a pre-born child is being used as a way to “control birth”. Go to the pharmacy, people!!

FedUp
30 days ago

Dems want to kill babies before they’re born. New York passed laws that made it ok to let the baby die after a botched partial birth abortion resulting in a live birth. But for some reason, they’ll invoke national war time policies to import emergency shipments of baby formula so that new born babies won’t starve. I just don’t follow their logic.

Marc Ziegler
30 days ago

When the progressive crowd cannot define what a woman “is” and that men can have babies, how in the world can they ever agree on when life starts? All the left does is make things up to justify their insane narratives. Abortion is murder no matter how you slice it, and the pro-abortion crowd will have to explain this very carefully to their maker (like Biden and Pelosi) …. or maybe they will just be happy with the devil’s choice.

Patriot Will
30 days ago

Killing an unborn child is horrible. Killing an unborn child during the third trimester is monstrous. Those women who act as if a fetus is part of their body and has no rights of his/her own are not only very compromised ethically, but also very stupid and evil.

Jeannine
30 days ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

True. A baby has his/her own DNA from both parents.

Steve Harmon
30 days ago

“No Uterus, No Opinion”. I LOVE that one. So along those very lines, if you don’t own a gun, you STFU about 2A, right? Ahhhh ha ha ha, Stooooooopid lyin little liberal lemming losers, so entertaining.

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Steve Harmon

How about this one:

“Keep Your Rosaries, Off My Ovaries”.

Philip Hammersley
30 days ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Noone is touching anyone’s OVARIES; they are killing a BABY.

Dan W.
30 days ago

It’s just a slogan to wear on a hat. I didn’t say that it made sense.

Philip Hammersley
30 days ago
Reply to  Steve Harmon

And of course it was seven MEN who decided Roe v. Wade so obvious that was WRONG!!

Rick
30 days ago

Psalms 139 says it all! It is not their bodies! It is an innocent human being that GOD created with an action on the part of two humans! It is MURDER!!!!! I pray that The Supreme Court will act properly and that it will be 6-3 vote.

Father of 5
30 days ago

if abortion isnt murder, then why is it when a pregnant woman is killed it becomes a double homicide? Double standards just dont work.

Granny26
30 days ago

Why do they say ‘my body, my choice’ when it comes to abortion but yet we are ‘mandated’ to get a clot shot that do no good and could kill or maim us???

Dan W.
30 days ago
Reply to  Granny26

Your state is mandating covid shots ? I take it that your state is a Blue state.

D.P.
30 days ago

This is perhaps one of the best renderings of the left’s perspective on the murder of unborn children.
While pro-life advocates can use this as good argument, you can rest assured the left will not concur, nor will they consider the fundamental truths being conveyed here. They do not care about the science, the facts, or the reality that abortion has been a stain on the soul of humanity……God forgive us all.

PIDL
29 days ago
Reply to  D.P.

That is what I am really worried about. What will happen to those of us that say let them do what they want and let God judge them. Will he see us the same as an abortionist? Will this condemn us to hell also?

It is sad that the majority of abortions come from the common (deplorables) people of the world. Maybe this is just one of the methods they use to reduce the deplorable population.

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