Abortion, Free Choice and Coercion

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As of today, nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies in America end in abortion [1].

Is this evidence of a triumph for women’s rights? A sign that women are now empowered with convenient access to abortion?

A common pro-choice refrain is that abortion is a ‘free choice’ and it should not be interfered with.

While there are some who believe this, the follow-up studies of women who have had abortions reveal a far different situation.

As has been mentioned elsewhere, studies have shown that almost 2/3 of women who undergo abortions report having felt coerced into the decision [2]. Also, approximately 84% report not even being given enough information to make an informed decision [3]. Doesn’t sound like a very free choice…

Along with all of the medical risks that accompany abortion, these statistics actually suggest that the rise of the abortion industry has dealt a serious blow to women gaining true freedom and independence.

However, you can help to change this.

By speaking up when you see a woman being coerced into abortion and better informing women about the risks of abortion and the full range of options available for them, you can help provide these women with the empowerment they deserve.



[1] Guttmacher Institute. (2011). “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States .”Guttmacher Institute, May 2011. Web. 12 Jun 2011. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

[2] Rue, Vincent., Coleman, Priscilla K., Rue, James J., and Reardon, David C. (2004). “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress: A Preliminary Comparison of American and Russian Women.” Medical Science Monitor. 10.10 (2004): SR5-16. Print. http://www.artsenverbond.nl/abortion.pdf

[3] Ibid

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Views On Abortion

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Known by many as one of the most peaceful people to have ever lived, Mahatma Gandhi was arguably one of the greatest leaders of all time.

As important as his goals were, he always remained dedicated (above all) to using non-violent means. His peaceful approach is looked upon fondly by pro-lifers everywhere because the pro-life movement is a non-violent movement.

Ghandi once said,

“You must make the injustice visible and be prepared to die like a soldier to do so.”

Gandhi encouraged all to take a stance against grave injustices that others may try to keep hidden. Sound familiar?

Pro-lifers will resonate with that quotation because abortion is so rarely talked about without euphemisms. Abortion is one such injustice that Gandhi felt very strongly about.

In fact, Gandhi is quoted as saying:

“It seems to me as clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.”

While the abortion industry has put a great deal of effort into portraying pro-life advocates as being violent and hateful, the vast majority of pro-lifers are most interested in showing genuine love and compassion.

Similar to Gandhi, each of us are called to make the injustice of abortion visible in a non-violent way. We must be prepared to put our life on the line for our brothers and sisters in the womb, and tirelessly defend their rights to life – in the most peaceful way possible.


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“Safe, Legal, and Rare” – Nothing but Hot Air

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One of the common phrases used by pro-choice advocates is that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

At first glance, it appears that this is a great position to have – recognizing that abortion is not desirable, but leaving flexibility in place for exceptions when extreme circumstances arise. Adopting this position can make a person feel so nice and moderate, right?

In this article, let’s take a brief look at how successful we have been in making abortion rare.

It does not take very much research to discover that the true philosophy of abortion providers) is anything but the one above.

Instead of trying to make abortion rare, it is often given a special emphasis because it is one of the industry’s most profitable services.

This last point can be seen in the personal testimonies of former abortion clinic workers, but it can also be seen in the number of abortions. For example, there are now approximately 1.3 million abortions in the United States each year [1]. Also, it is estimated that 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion before they are 45 years old [2].

What these numbers tell us is that there is a clear disconnect between the arguments used to justify legalized abortion and what continues to happen in the real world.

As has been mentioned, this phrase implies that being pro-choice is not extreme.

Rather, it suggests that legal abortion merely ensures women are able to have access to a safe abortion if they find themselves in very difficult circumstances.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how safe abortions actually are.

First it should be mentioned that a fair number of studies have been conducted regarding the effects of abortion. Because of this, there is much that we can say with certainty.

Some of the most dangerous effects include a much higher risk of breast cancer [3], a higher risk for anxiety disorders [4], and an increased risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [5].

Aside from these, however, there are also harmful consequences that appear much sooner. For example, it is estimated that over 140,000 women a year have immediate, medical complications from abortion [6].

Women facing unplanned pregnancies do indeed need our help. But if abortion is the best pro-choice advocates can come up with, I think we should pass.



[1] Henkshaw, Stanley K. (1998). “Unintended Pregnancy in the United States.” Guttmacher Institute, Jan/Feb 1998. Web. 15 Jun 2011. https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3002498.html

[2] Guttmacher Institute. (2011). “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States .”Guttmacher Institute, May 2011. Web. 12 Jun 2011. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

[3] Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer. (2007). “The ABC Link.” Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer, 30 May 2007. Web. 17 Jun 2011. http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/The_Link.htm

[4] Cougle, Jesse R., Reardon, David C., Coleman, Priscilla K. (2005). “Generalized Anxiety Following Unintended Pregnancies Resolved Through Childbirth and Abortion: A Cohort Study of the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth,” Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2005, 19:137-142.

[5] VM Rue et. al. (2004). “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004)

[6] The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research. (2007). “Research on Post-Abortion Complications.” The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, 10 Jul 2007. Web. 15 Jun 2011. www.deveber.org/text/chapters/Chap1.pdf


How Can Someone Be Both Pro-Life and Pro-War?

Pro-Life, Pro-War, Hypocrite, Abortion, Lives, Deaths, Casualties

The short answer is: You can’t be both pro-life and pro-war.

Those who say they are pro-life often hold various positions on other issues and this leads some people question how a person can be both pro-life and pro-war.

While this question may initially seem fair, it is in fact based on a false premise.

In reality, one would be very hard pressed to really find anyone in favor of war itself. They may exist, but certainly there are very few people who are actually ‘pro-war.’ In fact, many of those who are pro-life are especially loving of peace.

Before going forward, let’s be clear: the pro-life position is incompatible with being pro-war.

However, in some ways, war and abortion are very different things. Abortion should be opposed in all circumstances. On the other hand, people make arguments for supporting war in very limited circumstances. Sill, war should be opposed by those who support human life and dignity in nearly all circumstances.

It must be noted that there are some circumstances, such as following an unprovoked attacked, when it may be justifiable to take military action to preserve the innocent lives of citizens. In other words, a defensive war could be justified by an honest pro-lifer.

While no one hopes that they will ever be in the situation in which they would have to use violence, there are some situations in which it might be the only option as a means of self-defense.

The same is not true for abortion – unlike adult aggressors, the preborn child rarely ever presents immediate danger to the life of the mother in modern times. Furthermore, the unborn child is never an aggressor towards the mother from whom she must defend herself.

This discussion should not be construed as to support war or the effects of war.  War is very detrimental to a society and to human life. It should be the last resort and should only be pursued under limited circumstances.

While abortion and war are different, they are also similar in the fact that they lead to a loss of life.

The death tolls in some of America’s well-known wars were as follows…

The Revolutionary War – the U.S. military saw 4,435 deaths.

The Civil War – the U.S. military saw 623,026 deaths

World War One – the U.S. military saw 116,708 deaths

World War Two – the U.S. military saw 407,316 deaths [1]

So, in the history of the United States, there have been approximately 1.2 million American deaths as a result of war.

This is approximately the same number of deaths as is seen every single year, in America alone, as a result of legalized abortion.

The unfortunate truth is that no war is as great a destroyer of life as the war against the unborn. The death toll for this war now totals nearly 53 million since abortion was made legal in 1973.



[1] BrothersWar. (2011). “Total Military Deaths for American Wars.” http://www.brotherswar.com/Perspective-9.htm


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Abortion: Legal Until Birth

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Most people are aware of the fact that abortion is generally legal.

However, many would be surprised to learn how far through the pregnancy abortion is legal.

Abortion is actually legal throughout all 9 months of a pregnancy – from conception right up to birth.

There were state laws that placed restrictions on abortion before 1973, but Roe v. Wade made all abortions legal until the preborn is viable [1].

The court placed viability at the beginning of the third trimester.

This decision put the preborn at especially high risk for the majority of the pregnancy, but left room open for some restrictions during the third trimester.

Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, went further and made abortions available for virtually any reason until birth [2].

Another major case that led to the legalization of abortion in all nine months was Thornburg v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In this case, all abortion restrictions were struck down.

This included alternatives to abortion and risks of abortion.

The Thornburg case also allowed third trimester abortions to preserve the woman’s rights [3].

Due to these court decisions, abortion is legal throughout all nine months of the pregnancy at the federal level.

In 1992, however, the decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey allowed states to once again pass laws regulating abortion as long as those laws do not place an ‘undue burden’ on women seeking abortions. Many states have taken advantage of this decision and passed state-level legislation to curtail abortion.



[1] U.S. Supreme Court. (1973). “Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).” FindLaw, 22 Jan 1973. Web. 26 Jun 2011. http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&navby=case&vol=410&invol=113

[2] U.S. Supreme Court. (1973). “Doe v. Bolton (No. 70-40).” Cornell University Law School. U.S. Supreme Court, 22 Jan 1973. Web. 26 Jun 2011. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0410_0179_ZS.html

[3] U.S. Supreme Court. (1973). “Thornburgh v. American College of Obst. & Gyn., 476 U.S. 747 (1986).” FindLaw, 11 Jun 1986. Web. 26 Jun 2011. http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=476&invol=747


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State Abortion Laws

In an effort to reduce the number of abortions and protect mothers from the abortion industry, states throughout the country are passing laws to restrict and regulate abortion.State, Abortion, Laws, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Regulations, Requirements

While many of us believe the human right to life should be inalienable and respected in every location alike, the unfortunate truth is that it is not, neither in law nor action.

For example, the level of protection given to a preborn baby can depend greatly on the particular state in which his or her mother happens to live.

The good news is that Supreme Court cases such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey have upheld a state’s right to impose certain restrictions on abortion. This case has spurred the passing of many laws around the country on the state level. There is also a great deal of research to indicate that various state restrictions that have been passed since have been successful in reducing abortions.

There are a variety of different types of laws that place restrictions on abortion. These include…

– Women’s Right-To-Know Laws

– Record-Keeping Requirements for Abortion Clinics

– Parental Consent/Notification Laws

– Safety Regulations for abortion clinics

– Physician-Only Requirements

– Protection of Unborn Victims of Violence Laws

Unfortunately not all states have these laws, but many within the pro-life movement believe these laws are a huge step forward for protecting the rights of the preborn, and helping make abortion unthinkable.

Taking Action in Your State

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For those of us who have become aware of the facts regarding abortion and realize that it ends a human life, the desire to end abortion immediately is very strong.

Pro-lifers want to accept nothing less than an immediate reversal of Roe v. Wade, which has caused such great harm to the lives of millions of women, and millions of preborn children.

However, some of the advice provided by legal experts suggests that most major policy shifts do not occur overnight, but gradually over time.

Because of this, focusing on pro-life legislation in state legislatures is of critical importance. We must demand and hope that abortion is ended immediately, but we must also take every ‘baby step’ towards that goal here and now.

Each law at any level of government is one step closer to the legal protection that was destroyed by Roe v. Wade, no matter how minor.

Whatever legal gains we are able to make on the state level, while they are certainly not enough, ought to be seen as building a foundation. These create a precedent for the future upon which more powerful laws can be built.

As of today, there is evidence to suggest that the pro-life movement is on the right track to eventually gaining rights for preborn children.

For example, the state of Mississippi has passed more than a dozen pro-life laws, and the result has been a nearly 60% decrease in abortions and the closing of 6 out of its 7 clinics in the state so far [2].

The research of political science suggests that state laws can be very effective in reducing abortion, being responsible for a “17-19% decline in abortions nationwide during the 1990s” [3].



[1] Americans United for Life. (2008). Defending Life 2008. 3rd ed. Chicago, Il: Americans United for Life, 2008. Print.

[2] Americans United for Life. (2008). Defending Life 2008. 3rd ed. Chicago, Il: Americans United for Life, 2008. Print.

[3] Ibid


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The Significance of Planned Parenthood v. Casey

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Although Roe v. Wade is perhaps the most well-known Supreme Court case regarding abortion, there have in fact been others since then that have had a marked impact on the legal status of abortion in the United States.

Probably the most important case since row is Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which was decided in 1992 [1]. At the time, Pennsylvania had placed several requirements for women to meet before receiving abortions, including:

– Physicians had to make women aware of the medical risks of abortion and information about fetal development

– There had to be a mandatory 24 hour waiting period after the women received the information

– There was a one-parent consent requirement (with possibility of a judicial bypass)

– Abortion clinics were required to report certain information about the women receiving abortions, such as the age of the mother, the gestational age of the preborn child, and the reason for the abortion

– There was a requirement that women receiving abortions must notify their spouses

Each of these laws was a big challenge to Roe v. Wade because it was understood that Roe didn’t allow any restrictions at all.

In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court found reaffirmed Roe v. Wade and struck down the requirement for spousal notification, but it also created a new, less strict interpretation of the “undue burden” standard of review [2].

While this was a missed opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade, this latter part of the judgment opened the door for abortion to be better regulated by states. Since then many, many state laws have been passed to limit or restrict abortion. The declining abortion numbers are often attributed, at least in part, to these laws that were allowed by PP v. Casey.



[1] Cornell University Law School. (1992). ” Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (91-744), 505 U.S. 833 (1992).” Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School, 29 Jun 1992. Web. 15 Jul 2011.

[2] Ibid


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Fertilization vs. Implantation–What’s the Difference?

Fertilization, Implantation, Difference, Pregnancy, Development, Abortion, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice

While spreading the basic message of valuing human life at all stages is very important, it is also important to educate people more deeply on issues of life.

For example, there are many people who do not understand the difference between the processes of fertilization and implantation.

This is often because abortion advocates conflate the two in order to confuse people on when life begins.

First, it should be noted that fertilization and implantation are two of the first major events during fetal development.

But what is the difference?

Fertilization, also often referred to as conception, is when the sperm enters the egg. This is the point at which the mother’s genes in the egg (or ovum) and the father’s genes in the sperm combine to create all the genes for this new individual [1]. At this point, a completely unique new human being is created.

Implantation is when the new human created at fertilization implants in the uterus. The newly created offspring, technically referred to as a blastocyst, travels to the uterus through the fallopian tube and implants in the wall of the uterus. It will stay there until birth, this is where most of the growth and development of the unborn occurs [2].

Although a preborn human life does not look like an adult human at the point of fertilization or implantation, this does not change the fact that the preborn human fetus is a living member of the human race at every stage in his or her development.

In order to truly respect and value human life, we must do so throughout a human’s entire life, not just during the points at which we decide arbitrarily.

These lives may not have the capability to defend themselves, but this does not mean that we should allow their lives to be taken so freely.



[1] Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center. (2011). “Fertilization and Implantation.” DMHRC,

[2] Ibid


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“Little Emperor Syndrome” And Abortion

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Abortion has profoundly impacted entire generations of young people, especially in countries in Asia.

In China, for example, there is a one-child policy. This has forced many children to grow up alone, without any siblings.

Oftentimes, this results in the parents and grandparents pouring their attention and money into this only child.

This can cause the child to have difficulty in interacting with others.

These children have not had to deal with hardship, nor do they appreciate their circumstances of affluence.

They have inflated egos and have to deal with parents’ high expectations, especially in regards to their education.

These “little emperors” are also forced to learn manners and morals in order to be more prepared to take on the business world [1].

The family dynamic of the country has been profoundly skewed by abortion and birth control.

Not only are these little boys’ lives affected in these ways, but they also struggle to find wives. There’s a reason we’re talking about boys here. That’s because sex-selective abortion, gendercide or female infanticide is also very common in China.

Eventually, families with only one or few children may become problematic because of the limited number of children to take care of elderly parents and grandparents.

This is just one more way in which abortion can harm society.



[1] Mullen, Mark. China’s ‘Little Emperor’s’ Learn Morals, Manners. (2008).


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A Constant Reminder: PTSD and Abortion

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“Abortion is a traumatic stressor, capable of causing PTSD symptoms” [1].

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. PTSD has many symptoms: severe anxiety, nightmares, and even flashbacks. The recommended treatment for this is either psychotherapy or medicine [2].

Oftentimes, women do not get the proper counseling before or after receiving an abortion and their abortion affects them in many different ways. For these women the primary symptom of PTSD is reoccurring memories [3]. Women who have PTSD from undergoing abortions have flashbacks involving their preborn child [4]. They serve as a constant reminder of what they did. Eventually this takes a toll on them.

65% of women who have undergone abortions report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which they attribute to their abortions [5]. This was shown in a study that compared women from the U.S and women from Russia. The women in this survey voiced that they did not feel as if they got adequate counseling before they committed the abortion.

The symptoms in this study were separated into 3 different categories: Avoidance, Re-Experience and Arousal. The re-experience symptoms have the greatest percentage of sufferers [6]:

· 30% Nightmares

· 47% Unwanted memories of the abortion

· 30% Preoccupied with abortion

· 46% Flashbacks

· 65% experienced more than one symptom of re-experience.

Other studies have shown that abortion increases risk for depression.

Women who undergo abortions and develop PTSD suffer in many different ways and the memories of the abortion often affect them throughout their whole life. These women could have been better prepared for this risk if they were better counseled. Like a soldier in war, they had no clue that this would affect their life in such a great way.



[1] VM Rue et. al. (2004). “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004)

[2] Mayo Clinic. (2011). “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” Mayo Clinic, 8 Apr 2011. Web. 13 Jun 2011.

[3] VM Rue et. al. 2004

[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid


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