Steve Rupp: Pandemic focuses our mission on saving lives. That's why abortion is relevant.

Steve Rupp: Pandemic focuses our mission on saving lives. That's why abortion is relevant.

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Abortion and coronavirus. These separate issues collided recently, exposing the chasm that exists in America over abortion. Some states banned abortion services during the pandemic as non-essential. Abortion-rights proponents cried foul. “Pro-life” proponents were thankful.

We’re at a critical time in our country when all available health care professionals are dedicated to treating the sick and saving lives. The abortion industry is doing the opposite by treating the well and taking lives. Pregnancy is not an illness. And every abortion ends with a death. Is that essential health care? No. Abortion isn’t essential during the pandemic, and it wasn’t essential before the pandemic. The abortion industry will decry that statement. The” pro-life” community will embrace it.

Therein lies the chasm. One side sees abortion as good. The other sees abortion as evil. (Before you say no one sees abortion as good, look up, “Shout your abortion.”)

The root of this chasm was clarified by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson: “We’ve distorted things to the point where people believe that anyone who opposes mothers killing their babies is waging a war on women. How can we be so foolish to believe such a thing? One must be able to recognize the depravity to which we have sunken as a society when valuing a baby’s life is frowned upon.”

Another doctor explains that the abortion industry was built on lies. Dr. Bernard Nathanson performed over 70,000 abortions in his career — including his own son. In 1973, he was instrumental in selling abortion to the American people and to the Supreme Court. He later reversed his position, saying, “We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures. We succeeded because the time was right, and the news media cooperated. We sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions and fabricated polls which indicated that 85% of the public favored unrestricted abortion when we knew it was only 5%. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted by [the news media] as though they had been written in law.”

When talking about the number of deaths from what were then illegal abortions, Dr. Nathanson said the toll “was always 5,000 to 10,000 a year. I confess that I knew the figures were totally false. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?”

And the lies and distortions grew. To hide the truth that abortion takes the lives of innocent human beings by violent and barbaric means, the abortion industry created a language of illusion. Using the word “baby” for a child in the womb was not good marketing. Baby was replaced with “product of conception.” The effect was to dehumanize the child in the womb. The word abortion carries baggage, so it was replaced with “terminate

the pregnancy.”

Once the baby was taken out of the equation, it was time to elevate women as victims and, as Dr. Carson put it, create the image of a war on women. This was done by using words that resonate with all Americans — rights, freedom and choice. Our country was built on those words. But, to create the illusion of a war on women, these words took on new meaning as, “women’s rights,” “reproductive freedom” and “pro-choice.” We’ve heard these phrases repeated by the abortion industry and the news media for decades. And they are never challenged. It’s just as Dr. Nathanson asserted, “Our statements were quoted by [the news media] as though they had been written in law.”

What if a courageous reporter seeking truth asked: The woman’s right to do what? The freedom to do what? The choice to do what?

The only truthful answers would be: The right to dismember her child. The freedom to poison her child. The choice to starve her child to death. These are horrible things to write. But they are shockingly true. There’s a reason the complicit press never asks those questions. The answers bring the abortion debate back to the baby. And the abortion industry has worked hard to avoid that.

The coronavirus helped to expose the true horrors of abortion. Let’s work together to make abortion unthinkable again.

Steve Rupp is the president of Missouri Right to Life.

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