Watching the audience at the Democratic National Convention last month cheer for Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL, an abortion rights organization, was horrific. They cheered because they saw abortion, like she did, as the next step on the ladder of independence, and educational and career advancement. A child was casually suctioned and torn apart because they were a hindrance for their mother – and the audience cheered like it was some sort of WWE faux-wrestling match.
Looking back on ancient cultures of the past that engaged in ritual child sacrifice or threw women and children into the Coliseum for entertainment, we are rightly horrified and smugly thankful that civilization has advanced past such barbarism.
But we do the same, only worse.
A recent study from the University of North Carolina revealed that “voluntary infanticide,” (a.k.a. abortion) and not heart disease is the leading cause of death among African Americans and Hispanics. The researchers rightly took to task government reports that don’t factor in abortion when compiling data on causes of death, even though science has proven time and time again that a new human life begins at the moment of conception.
There will be no cheering sections for abortion generations in the future when they find out that over one million children were killed each year by abortion in the United States. They will wonder what this nation was thinking, allowing the intentional demise of its most innocent to outpace other causes of death.
The Democratic Party platform reflects their views on abortion. The platform wants the Hyde Amendment repealed, which has passed Congress with bipartisan support every year since it was enacted over 40 years ago as it simply bans taxpayer dollars from funding abortion.
They dropped the “rare” from the oft-heard mantra from the Bill Clinton years, that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” They may as well drop the “safe” part too given their adulation and praise of the Whole Woman’s Health Supreme Court decision this summer that would have required abortion facilities and abortionists to meet the same common sense health and safety standards as other outpatient facilities.
But I have hope that those abortion cheerleaders will become fewer and fewer.
In recent polling from the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, only 17 percent of Millennials identified with the same radical positions as Planned Parenthood, that abortion should be legal for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy. Over half (53%) of Millennials said they think abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.
Our generation has grown up under legal abortion, yet we’ve seen our brothers and sisters on ultrasound images and even their own children through the same technology. There is no doubt that a pregnant woman is carrying a child, not a “clump of cells,” as the abortion industry still calls a growing baby.
Millennials have seen the damage abortion does to women, to their relationships, and to their families. The new documentary, “Hush,” directed by a pro-choice woman, painstakingly goes through heaps of research on the harmful effects of abortion and finds truth in the claims of psychological, physical, and emotional damage that the abortion industry denies over and over again.
Our culture needs to change, to welcome and support women faced with unplanned pregnancies, not cheer them on in having an abortion. Women need encouragement. They need the resources to either parent their child or place their child with an adoptive family. Supporting women is something that both sides of this issue can agree on, right?
The abortion industry always talks about how strong and powerful women are but then turns around and tells them they need to have an abortion because they won’t be able to continue school or keep working and have the career they want while having a child. What kind of empowerment is that? It’s a sick twist of the knife in the backs of women when abortion advocates praise them but in the same breath tear them down.
Women deserve better than being cheered on for having an abortion.
Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America.