'Are We the Baddies?'

A Wake-up Call to Abortion Supporters

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Eric Metaxas

Lately, advocates of legal abortion have attempted to give their ailing cause a shot in the arm. As John Stonestreet pointed out on BreakPoint recently, the tried and true "pro-choice" moniker is falling out of favor. And the accompanying crocodile tears over “the difficult choice of abortion” that were once necessary for public credibility seem to have dried up. The "safe, legal and rare" days are gone, replaced with cavalier celebrations of abortion as a positive good in art, film and now spoken word poetry.

That last is the work of Leyla Josephine, whose new video, "I Think She Was a She," is being trumpeted as an act of heroism at The Huffington Post. Josephine, who had an abortion as a teenager, says she felt no shame over her decision. In fact, she's proud of it, and thinks her aborted child would agree!

"I would’ve supported [my daughter’s] right to choose, to choose a life for herself, a path for herself," Josephine says. "I would’ve died for that right like she died for mine. I’m sorry, but you came at the wrong time."

She concludes, “When I become a mother it will be when I choose.”

This heartbreaking, horrific little paean to human sacrifice fits to a T the new narrative of the movement formerly known as "pro-choice."daily_commentary_10_06_14

For years the "pro-choice" crowd fought to change the subject whenever pro-lifers brought the debate back to the central question: are the unborn human? After all, you can't just choose to kill a human, no matter how inconvenient he or she might be. As my friend Scott Klusendorf has argued in hundreds of debates, if babies are human before birth (as almost everyone agrees they are after birth), then choice is irrelevant. Their right to life trumps all other claims.

That's why, for almost forty years following Roe v. Wade, abortion defenders spilled buckets of ink to drown that question. Equivocations and euphemisms abounded. We heard non-stop about "blobs of tissue," "clumps of cells," and "pregnancies." Not so much now, thanks mostly to advances in imaging technology, which has clearly shown unborn life for what it is.

So, instead of denying the humanity of the unborn, pro-choicers now deny that their lives matter. At all. As Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote in Salon earlier this year, "So What If Abortion Ends Life?" The woman's convenience, hopes and dreams take precedence over any claims her unborn child has to existence. Wow.

All of this led Janet Harris to admonish readers in The Washington Post "Stop Calling Abortion a Hard Decision." It's empowering, she argued, and something to celebrate. Besides, making a big deal out of how tough abortion is just fuels the pro-life fire and implies that unborn children might have rights, or at least value.


Well, I guess we all now agree that abortion does end a human life. But that's okay, say its defenders. That's a sacrifice worth making to avoid the rigors of motherhood or the hassle of adoption. In fact, it's so worth it that women shouldn't even consider abortion a hard decision. They should celebrate and make art out of it.

The whole spectacle brings to mind a sketch by British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb. In it, they play two Nazi SS officers on the front line who, upon noticing the skull insignias on their caps ask an incisive question: "Are we the baddies?"

It's a question advocates of legal abortion, having admitted they stand for taking human life when it’s ill-timed or inconvenient, might want to ask themselves.

Further Reading and Information

"Are We the Baddies?": A Wake-up Call to Abortion Supporters
Art that celebrates the taking of a life is not art at all. Continue to stand up for life and challenge the latest version of the "pro-choice" media blitz. Equip yourself and those in your spheres of influence to defend the defenseless by speaking the truth about the dignity of all life, born and pre-born.

Available at the online bookstore

The Case for Life
Scott Klusendorf | Crossway Books | March 2009

Stand for Life
John Ensor, Scott Klusendorf | Hendrickson Publishers | December 2012

Further reading

Pro-Choice 2.0: It’s Just ‘Pro-Abortion’ Now
John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | September 11, 2014

'I Think She Was A She' Proudly Proclaims There's No Shame In Having An Abortion
Alanna Vagianos | The Huffington Post | September 18, 2014

So what if abortion ends life?
Mary Elizabeth Williams | Salon | January 23, 2013

Stop calling abortion a ‘difficult decision’
Janet Harris | Washington Post | August 15, 2014


Abortion, again?

Let's start with this: I wouldn't begin to know the pain of a decision to terminate a pregnancy, so I'm withholding judgment on those who have. What I AM willing to go off on is the perpetual browbeating and whining about how "anti-" "christian-folk" are about a situation they never address! Is ANYBODY talking to their children about the proper place of sex? It WAS God's idea, after all, and it has beneficial specifications. Are any parents telling their sons how to respect women as human beings and possible life partners, or their daughters that men aren't just sperm donors or possible ATMs? While folk are out protesting in front of clinics, coercing women with ultrasounds, legislatures are banning this & that on the anti- side, and the pro-side is whining about their freedom of and from whatever, and making 'art projects' out of sonogram photos, has ANY of this solved the PROBLEM? For Believers to have any credibility or capacity to make any wholesale changes, something HAS to be done about the mindsets of folk who either get off on denying 'freedom' to folk who don't go along with their ideas (forgetting that's a 2 way street) or agree with EVERYTHING to avoid the inevitable "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" commentary, which, of course, offends EVERYBODY.

At some point, the Church is gonna actually TEACH ways to SOLVE the problem. We understand the Word warned us the time would come when they will not endure sound doctrine -- but I don't remember a caveat that says, "so don't teach it." This peripheral stuff hasn't helped, and both sides have done a lousy job swaying anyone to their POV, just by the stupidity they've shown: 'pro-life' coercion isn't a good look, but neither is disdainful 'pro-choice.'
How would you punish abortion?
I don't really have much of a stance on abortion, I consider it a grey area, especially in the early stages of pregnancy, so I go with my Libertarian default of keeping government out of it. But I am curious what Mr. Metaxas or any of the commentors here think would be an appropriate legal consequences for it if it was made illegal. Because it seems like if you are not willing to give the same harsh sentences for having an abortion that you would for premeditated murder, which it seems few prolifers are willing to, you are acknowledging that is indeed not the same thing as murder.

-The Bechtloff
I listened to 'I Think She Was A She' and read "Stop Calling Abortion a 'Difficult Decision'" and see similarities in these women's experiences and my own as well as one important difference. First of all, they both decry that their bodies and destinies are their own and yet portray themselves as victims of the men with whom they were having sex: they were young, pressured, overwhelmed, not responsible. I get it ... I, too, was there at one time. And, if you don't take direct responsibility for the sex you don't have to take direct responsibility for the baby and ultimately if you don't take responsibility for the baby you can remove yourself from the guilt of taking the baby's life. It is the man's fault for manipulating you into having sex so ultimately and ironically it is "his" story. They portray themselves as strong women but when it comes to having sex they fall victim, or, raising a child they don't have the age or energy. That is the lie of pro-abortion movement. The call themselves feminists and yet they tell women you can't have it all. And yet there have been countless of single mothers who have been determine to make it on their own and have succeeded out of sheer will and determination. It wasn't the easy road but they made it work. But these women who portray themselves as strong are not strong enough. They opt for convenience and better timing. They are the rulers over their own bodies ... until a man wants to have sex and then they go all weak in the knees ... so much so that they can't even stop to consider protection. Again, I get it! I know them because I was once one of them. But I do believe I see behind all their loud protestations ... even if you do not believe in God, to take the life of your own unborn child goes against your very nature. This is not the way women were created. Almost every created female creature on this planet has the natural instinct to protect the life of its child. Abortion rips out a part of your soul whether you choose to admit it. I truly believe for those who cannot accept find forgiveness in Christ the only way they can find to live with themselves is to champion the cause. Otherwise, there is no way out of the guilt. No way to live with your decision. Before I met Jesus Christ I am sure I would have found one of two paths -- drugs and alcohol to numb the pain or a life of self mutilation to inflict suffering on myself to make my self pay for my crime. Only the suffering and death of the perfect Son of God on the cross could pay for my sin. But accepting His forgiveness also meant taking responsibility for ALL of the decisions that led up the abortion ... (even though I could argue that I was strongly manipulated into both) ... these women are right ... ultimately most of us, unless we were raped or kidnapped and tied down and forced into abortion, do have a choice ... and taking responsibility is the first step in receiving forgiveness.