Since South Dakota passed the abortion ban law, cartoonists and editorialists have been having a hey-day trotting out the same tired arguments about why a woman has the "right" to kill her baby, and how anybody who says otherwise is a theocratic despot:
The newest spin, though, is that abortion-on-demand has been legal for so long, that the mindset of the culture of death has become so prevalent, even among those that are labeled "conservatives", that there are even pro-lifers that believe abortion should be legal (denying the very definition of the term, and trying to make everything "shades of gray, not black and white"):
In reality, those who are truly pro-life (like the American Life League) are against abortion in all cases (precisely how the SD law is written), and most are also against birth control, because it is known to act as an abortifacient.
Other cartoonists would have you believe that being pro-life means being anti-choice and anti-freedom:
The simple truth of the matter is that there is always a choice, because God created us with free will. Unfortunately, not all choices are good choices, and killing someone is always a choice – just not a morally licit one (no matter how young or old, healthy or frail):
Choices (right or wrong) always have consequences. (For example, the above cartoon is from a Seattle cartoonist, but Seattle is now reaping the consequences of being a liberal, pro-choice city, according to the USA Today article "The Liberal Baby Bust".)The only difference is that now, the state of South Dakota is choosing (that word "choice" again) to punish those who break the moral law.
There are other options to choose from (not every choice has been eliminated – only the "murder option" has been removed), including giving up for adoption and raising the child yourself. There is, of course, another choice that we don’t hear a whole lot about from the "pro-choice" crowd – the choice to not have sex in the first place. Amazingly, choosing not to have sex never results in pregnancies, thereby avoiding the whole abortion issue altogether.
Lastly, there are those that would attempt to convince the American public that the pro-life goals have already been achieved:
Unfortunately, the statistical facts defy the statement above. When each year, there’s between 1.1 million and 1.3 million babies aborted, and 1 out of every 4 conceptions results in an abortion, I’d hardly call it "impossible". Planned Parenthood and NARAL originally stated that the whole purpose of legalizing abortion was to make it "safe, legal, and rare". I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider 44 million abortions since Roe v. Wade "rare".
Honestly, I think the American attitude toward abortion doesn’t quite match the rosy poll numbers that either side trots out for press releases. I think it’s more along the lines of the following:
Nobody wants to think about things anymore – they are more content to "feel" about them (e.g., "feeling patriotic" leads to feeling "pro-choice" means pro-freedom, so it must be right). Unfortunately, going on feelings alone, without thinking through the consequences, is what leads to most unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Compounding this with uniformed thought (e.g., "I don’t think it’s really a human being in there" or "I think this will ruin my life") or selfish desires (e.g., "If people find out our daughter is pregnant, our reputations will be shot" or "I want to finish college first" or "I want to have a fulfilling career first"), and the end result is horrible consequences: death of a child, emotional and physical damage to the mother, and feelings of regret and remorse.
Correct decisions are reliably made by thorough thought processes, not by snap decisions made in a state of panic. Attaching the penalty of jail time as another consequence of abortion provides a deterrent to abortion and makes people aware of the other consequences, as opposed to the current myth that abortion makes everything better. When people are aware that consequences, penalties, and punishments exist, it makes those who are "on the fence" actually think about the issue.
Please pray that more people will actually think about abortion and come to the right decision that no child should die because of the mistakes of their parents.