CHAPTER 90 — INTRODUCTION TO ABORTION-RELATED TOPICS
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The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, theactive, the brave.
American patriot Patrick Henry.
Two Levels of Diversion.
As any experienced pro-lifer knows, anti-lifers will do literally anything to shift attention away from thecentral focus of the abortion issue:The wholesale slaughter of prebornhuman beings for selfish convenience.
The first level of diversion will be to shift the topic of discussionto some subtopic nominally related to the abortion issue, such as control,autonomy, freedom, women's rights, abortion exceptions, religious views,the separation of church and state, and so on.The purpose of this type ofdiversion is to complicate the discussion and steer it into an area thatappeals to everyone's senses of freedom and fairness.
The second level of diversion involves directing attention to entirelyseparate or tangential issues, such as animal rights, capital punishment,or contraception.The purpose of this type of diversion is to completelyseparate the debate from the topic of abortion.
The purpose of Volume III of The Pro-Life Activist's Encyclopedia isto prepare activists to relate these completely separate fields ofdiscussion to the abortion Holocaust in a persuasive and effective manner.Since debates on abortion at any level tend to wander into these areas,pro-lifers should be familiar with at least the basic issues in theserelated areas.
And Two Levels of Reaction.
The pro-lifer has two possible avenues ofaction available when his opponent simply will not stick to the subject.
If he perceives that the conversation or debate is straying into areasthat are causing it to be unfocused or unrelated to abortion, he canforcefully and immediately yank the focus of the debate back to the topicof abortion, while commenting on his opponent's tactics.
On the other hand, if the pro-life believes that lingering on thesubject at hand will buttress his viewpoint, he can spend a minute or twomaking valid connections and comparisons between abortion and other lifeissues.
In either case, it is vital for the pro-life debater to have a workingknowledge of tangential life issues so that he may (1) discern whether ornot to address them, and (2), if he decides to address the tangentialissue(s), he may be able to discuss them intelligently and knowledgeably.
In general, this age of meshing social issues and widespreadinformation exchange positively demands that the effective pro-lifeactivist must be at least familiar with the basics of the issues thatimpinge upon the abortion fight.
Volume III of The Pro-Life Activist's Encyclopedia addresses a wide range of topics that commonly intrude upon the pro-abortion/anti-abortion debate.
Most experienced pro-life activists can trace the many connectionsbetween contraception and abortion and between abortion and euthanasia.Similarly, the connections between abortion and eugenics, Neofeminism, andoverpopulation may be clear to many.
But what possible connection can there be between abortion andhomosexuality?After all, why would lesbians need abortion if they don'tget pregnant?And why would male homosexuals need abortion if theirprinciple sexual activity is sodomy?
And how about war?What has abortion to do with nuclear war?Andanimal rights?And capital punishment?And the "New Age" movement, of allthings?
Chapter 2 of Volume I, "The Anti-Life Mentality," explains how many ofthese topics are intimately related to abortion.
In essence, all of the subjects described in Volume III are part ofone enormous bioethical "Seamless Garment."This Seamless Garment is aliving and changing organism, evolving even more quickly than society does.Every thread touches many other threads, and all of them together cloak theentire range of life issues, ranging from abortion to capital punishment tohomosexuality.There is really no way to separate them, so a conscientiouspro-life debater must become familiar with all of them and their manyconnections.
The remainder of this chapter gives a brief overview of the topicscovered in Volume III.
Animal Rights and Environmentalism.
Pro-abortionists, although they know better, will frequently try topaint pro-lifers as "inconsistent," because they allegedly do not treatnon-human life with the same respect as human life.Therefore, they arenot really worthy of the title "pro-life."This assertion can takeridiculous forms.For example, how can a person be "pro-life" if he drinksmilk or wears leather shoes?
Chapter 91 describes the differences between the philosophies ofradical and "mainstream" animal-rights and environmentalist organizations,and why their activities are relevant to today's pro-life activist.
Pro-abortionists commonly assert that pro-lifers "place the life ofthe fetus above that of the woman."
A corollary to this nonsense is the assertion that pro-lifers arerabid death-penalty aficionados who stock 'snuff' films of recentexecutions and who are all part-time Federal executioners on the side.
Chapter 92 discusses the Scriptural foundations of capital punishmentand shows why it is not, as the pro-aborts claim, "cruel and unusualpunishment."This chapter also shows that the death penalty is definitelynot a "racist institution," and discusses the results of surveys that provethat pro-abortionists are, as a group, far more in favor of the deathpenalty than pro-lifers.
Communism has enslaved half of the population of the world at one timeor another, and those who are trapped in its web find that they are part ofan incurably anti-life system.
Communism is nothing more than atheism in control.
It is important for pro-lifers to understand why Communism poses sucha threat to American society.In particular, groups like the SpartacistLeague and the Revolutionary Communist Party of the United States arestridently pro-abortion and comprise most of the membership of manyextremely violent 'street gangs' of 'clinic defenders.'
Chapters 93 through 96 describe Communism's many connections withanti-life practices, describe the horrors of life under Communism, anddiscuss many statements made by Communist leaders, with particular emphasison Vladimir Lenin.
The connection between artificial contraception and abortion iscrystal clear.Once we break the connection between sex and procreation,we have denied God's will.Once we have denied His will once, it becomeseasier and easier to ignore His plan for our lives.When we use artificialcontraception, any pregnancy that results will be viewed as a"contraceptive failure," a stigma that is passed on to the child.He orshe is no longer a precious gift from God, but a failure, and, in oursociety, failure cannot be tolerated.
Chapters 97 to 104 discuss the Scriptural view of contraception, theeffectiveness and usage of various types of artificial birth control, thehuman reproductive system, and condoms, sterilization, and future methodsof contraception.
The true abortifacients that are frequently mislabeled"contraceptives" including the birth control pill, the intra-uterinedevice, NORPLANT, and the abortion pill RU-486 are discussed in Chapters31 to 34 of Volume II.
The eugenics movement is making a very strong comeback, and pro-lifersshould be able to recognize it in its many guises and know what a threat tolife it poses in the United States (and in the entire world) today.
Rudolf Hess said that "Nazism is nothing more than applied biology."What he was talking about, of course, was "applied genetics," or eugenics.
Today we exterminate preborn children who are less than perfect andeven starve to death more than two thousand newborns who would otherwiselive.
Chapter 105 describes the source and nature of the eugenics mentality,how it bloomed into full flower in Nazi Germany, and how it is making astrong resurgence today behind precisely the same rhetoric that shieldedit from public view nearly sixty years ago.
The solid links between artificial contraception and abortion aredemonstrable.Similarly, the connections between abortion and euthanasiaare quite intimate on many levels.
Now that we have defined an entire class of people (the preborn) outof existence, it becomes easier to turn our attention to other troublesomeor inconvenient classes of people say the chronically ill, the elderly,and the retarded.The concepts of "life," "death," and "personhood" usedto be solid and concrete; now, to serve the purposes of the insidioussocial engineers, these words represent conditions that are daily becomingmore and more slippery and dangerous.
Chapters 106 to 112 discuss the philosophy and theology of euthanasia;court decisions regarding euthanasia and descriptions of individual cases;the history and objectives of the euthanasia movement and how similar tothose of the pro-abortion movement they are; the beginnings of theeuthanasia holocaust in the cowardly act of infanticide; the danger posedby so-called 'living wills;' and the machinations of the premier pro-euthanasia organization in the world, the Hemlock Society.
The Family and Home Schooling.
The American family is under unprecedented levels of attack, becauseNeoliberals correctly perceive that it is the cornerstone upon which oursociety has been constructed.Before the new Neoliberal society can takethe place of the one we now live in, the family must be redefined out ofexistence.This is not just an American phenomenon:Billions of U.S.dollars are being used to undermine other family-based societies all overthe Third World.
Chapter 113 describes the kinds of attacks that families are sufferingnow, and provides information on resources that concerned parents can takeadvantage of in their constant struggle to preserve themselves and theirchildren from the undesirable influences of this world.
Any concerned Christian parent knows that our public school system isnothing more or less than a training ground for obedient little futureHumanists, and leading Humanists themselves acknowledge this fact, asdescribed in Chapter 114, "Home Schooling."
Chapter 114 also describes the many deleterious effects that publicschools have on the faith and morals of our children, the many horrorsvisited on our kids in the name of social experimentation, and the role ofthe National Education Association (NEA).It also describes the resourcesavailable to parents who want to get their children out of this environmentand shows that any parents can home school their kids while strengtheningtheir families.
Finally, Chapter 114 dispels the deliberately cultivated stereotypesand false impressions about home schooling and shows how it may be the onlyanswer to saving the church.
Homosexuality is just one of the many perversions spawned by ourHumanistic environment of total sexual freedom.
It is a fact that sodomites represent a much larger percentage of alllevels in the abortion industry than they do in the general public, becausethey see abortion as just one more expression of total sexual freedom.
Chapters 115 through 122 describe Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS), the world's first politically protected plague, and the threat itpresents to normal people; the sweeping objectives of the homosexuals andhow close they have come to achieving them; sodomite organizations,tactics, and practices; the "ten percent" myth and homosexual orientation;the magnitude of the homosexual child molestation threat; and whatScripture has to say about sodomy and sodomites.
The "Just War" Theory.
Another way in which pro-abortionists allegethat pro-lifers are 'inconsistent' is by trying to paint them as a bunch ofwarmongers, always standing ready to fund new and better weapons systems,and constantly lobbying for more U.S. intervention abroad.
Chapter 123 examines the "Just War" theory and contrasts a defensivewar against an armed enemy with the offensive war against the unarmed andinnocent preborn child through abortion.This chapter also compares therelative magnitude of the impacts of war and abortion on society ingeneral.
Our 'mainline media' is incurably biased against pro-life and pro-family activists, and everyone knows it.But sometimes wecannot prove that this is the case to a person who simply believes thatpro-lifers are "paranoid."
Chapter 124 uses data and quotes generated by the media itself todemonstrate the source of its biases.The next three chapters describe whythe media is anti-Christian, pro-abortion, and pro-homosexual.Thesechapters describe many examples of this bias, the impacts such biases haveon the public, and what pro-lifers can do to combat them.
Natural Family Planning.
It is not only Catholics who see the moraland practical value of Natural Family Planning (NFP); more and moreevangelicals and fundamentalists are seeing that NFP is God's way of givingpeople a way to regulate their fertility.
Chapter 128 describes the tangible and concrete advantages of NFP;discusses its Biblical and ethical bases; and provides information on themany sources of NFP information and materials in the United States.
The most virulent substrain of Neoliberalism isNeofeminism, whose adherents act solely and purely in their own self-interest, completely without regard for any other segment of society.
Chapter 129 describes the origins of witchcraft and of Neofeminism;proves that Neofeminists are, indeed, anti-male; provides many amusing andentertaining examples of inconsistency and fanaticism by the Neofeminists;and shows why Neofeminism is, as one woman writer calls it, "a Darwiniandead-end alley, an evolutionary anachronism."
The "New Age" Movement.
The New Age movement is Satan's way ofinfiltrating the human race and diverting its attention away from God.
Every year, Americans funnel tens of billions of dollars into a vastrainbow of New Age practices, including channeling, crystal healing,Rolfing, and hundreds of others.
Chapter 130 describes the roots of the New Age movement, its impactson the modern world, its deadly (and occasionally humorous) effects, andhow Christians should respond to it.
One of the rationales commonly put forth by pro-abortionists to support prenatal killing is the assertion that abortion isnecessary to preserve the 'quality of life' of those people who are alreadyborn.
Chapter 131 describes why the problem is not overpopulation, butmaldistribution of resources; the ways in which the United States funds'contraceptive imperialism' in developing countries; the impacts thatpopulation control programs have on developing and developed countries; andhow those nations that are below replacement rate for births are slowlydying.
Abortion is only one way that men exploit women.
Pornography is another.
Chapters 132 through 138 describe the various types of pornography;their effects; those who profit from and defend porn (including many pro-abortion groups); the kind of trash that kids are exposed to by the massmedia; the resurgence of pedophilia as an effect of porn; and how everydaycitizens can stop the cancer of pornography from invading their towns.
The most important part of a Humanistic publiceducation, according to the Humanists themselves, is comprehensive andgraphic sex education.
In no area are Christian values attacked as viciously as they are insecular sex education classes.Contraception, abortion, and eveneuthanasia are peddled as "right" and "good," while the Christian view isridiculed as "antiquated" and "not in step with our modern world."
Chapter 139 discusses how Humanistic sex education corrodes Christianvalues, talks about the differences between the types of sex education,describes some graphic secular sex education programs, shows how secularsex ed has impacted our world, and gives information on references andother resources that Christian parents can use to give their children thetruth about human sexuality.
The 'Sexual Revolution.'
Contraception, abortion, infanticide,homosexuality, Neofeminism all of these aberrations are tied together bythe so-called 'Sexual Revolution,' which has cut us off from our Godlyroots and threatens to engulf us all.
Chapter 140 traces the history of the 'Sexual Revolution,' describesits permutations and their impacts on our world, predicts what lies aheadfor those who have no sexual morality, and provides information onChristian references that can be used to get a handle on the 'big picture'regarding sexual practices in today's world.
Further Reading:Abortion-Related Topics.
The following books and periodicals provide information on a widerange of life issues that are related to abortion.They are useful notonly for the raw data that they provide, but also for the manner in whichthey tie together all of the life issues, including abortion.
American Information Newsletter.
This 8-page monthly newsletter gleansinformation on a wide variety of topics from the nation's alternative(i.e., conservative) press and presents it in compact form.Typicalsubjects covered include political correctness, race & ethnicity, religion,government and politics, history revisionism, and morals and society.Subscribe for 6 months or for a year by writing to 2408 MainStreet, Boise, Idaho 83702.Telephone:(208) 343-3790.
Greenhaven Press. Biomedical Ethics: Opposing Viewpoints.
GreenhavenPress Opposing Viewpoints Series, Post Office Box 289009, San Diego,California 92128-9009.1987, 216 pages.Each section includes severalessays by leading authorities on both sides of each issue.The questionsasked are:"Is Genetic Engineering Ethical?;" "Are Organ TransplantsEthical?;" "Should Limits Be Placed On Reproductive Technology?;" "ShouldAnimals Be Used in Scientific Research?;" and "What Ethical StandardsShould Guide the Health Care System?"Authors include Tibor R. Macan,Malcolm Muggeridge, and the Ethics Committee of the American FertilitySociety.A catalog is available from the above address and can be obtainedby calling 1-(800) 231-5163.
Greenhaven Press. Sexual Values: Opposing Viewpoints.
Greenhaven PressOpposing Viewpoints Series, Post Office Box 289009, San Diego, California92128-9009.1983, 155 pages.Each section includes several essays byleading authorities on both sides of each issue.The questions asked are:"Is Nonmarital Sex Acceptable?;" "Does Sex Education Belong in Schools?;""Is Homosexuality Acceptable?;" "Is Pornography Harmful?;" and "ShouldProstitution Be a Crime?"Authors include Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., SusanBrownmiller, Gail Sheehy, and Phyllis Schlafly.A catalog is availablefrom the above address and can be obtained by calling 1-(800) 231-5163.
Carol Levine (Editor). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Bio-Ethical Issues.
Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., Guilford,Connecticut.1984, 297 pages.Leading thinkers on both sides ofbioethical issues express their opinions in scholarly essays on subjectsincluding abortion, in-vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood,involuntary sterilization of the retarded, informed consent, activeeuthanasia, withholding treatment from handicapped newborns, suicide, theinsanity defense, animal experimentation, prisoners volunteering forresearch, justifiable deception in research, organ harvesting from thedead, and genetic engineering.A good primer on the bioethical issues.
Ellen Wilson. An Even Dozen.
New York:Human Life Press, 1982.181pages.Reviewed by Nancy Koster on page 8 of the December 9, 1982issue of National Right to Life News.A series of lucid and informativeessays on the primary issues of our time, including homosexuality,abortion, and the separation of Church and state.
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