Beginning in 1968, while campaigning to repeal all state abortion laws, a prominent abortionist named Bernard Nathanson fabricated statistics and made up false stories to advance his cause. His aim was to frame the abortion debate to make it seem like compassion positively demanded legalization.
Nathanson and his team at the National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws (it lives on today as NARAL) made up the statistic that there were 1 million illegal abortions in the United States annually. Nathanson knew this was more than 10 times the real figure, but he wanted to make the situation seem dire.
He also created, from whole cloth, a claim you still hear today — that 10,000 women were dying in the U.S. from illegal, back-alley abortions every year before Roe. Nathanson was well aware that the true figure was 200 to 250. He inflated this terrible statistic by a factor of 40 or 50 to win sympathy.
We know all about Nathanson’s lies and distortions because he confessed them. After a long career as an abortionist, during which he was personally responsible for 75,000 abortions, he experienced a total conversion, rejected abortion, and revealed the truth about what by that time had grown into a $500 million national abortion industry.
It was therefore familiar this week when President Joe Biden repeated an unverified story about a 10-year-old girl supposedly denied an abortion in Ohio, where the procedure is banned after six weeks of pregnancy.
The story had originated a week earlier in the Indianapolis Star, with a local abortionist as its only source. That source was Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis abortionist who was given responsibility for this Ohio girl’s care. She has since been slapped with a privacy violation for trying to turn this little girl’s sad story into a political coup.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has pointed out that his state’s abortion law contains exceptions for the “life of the mother” and “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” which would have covered such a case as the one Biden described. So, contrary to the original story, this girl was evidently not taken to Indiana because Ohio law bans such a procedure.
Full story at Washington Examiner.
The story of the 10-year-old girl being raped and then found to be pregnant was verified as true. Should that young child have been required to carry the pregnancy to term? By the way, the rapist confessed and is going to trial.
No doubt a difficult situation. The correct moral stance would be that, yes, the young girl’s pregnancy should be allowed to continue to term uninterrupted because it is not morally permissible to willfully choose grave evil, which is what abortion is, no matter the circumstance. However, it is possible that carrying a pregnancy to term in such a small, insufficiently physically developed bodily frame — a child! — could pose a threat to the young girl’s life. In that case, it might be deemed moral to remove the threat to her life, which would result in the death of the unborn child but would not be a directly willed act of abortion.
And by the way, the rapist is an illegal immigrant. Thank the Democrats for that.
The young girl might even be a victim of child sex trafficking. Thank the Democrats for that too.
You can thank the republicans for the illegal immigrant situation in our beloved country. The republicans inaction on an immigration bill is designed to keep their friends in big business and agriculture happy. After all, they need the cheap labor.
Alma, a couple thoughts. Where I live, farm work is shunned by most US citizens because it is too hard. So we have normally hired from south of the border to get the work done. Most of our homes are built by non-citizens because locals don’t want to work that hard or don’t have the skills needed. With highly skilled trades making $70-90 per hour, it is not cheap labor.
Californians used to work in the fields, then worked their way up into packing sheds and canneries, and on into other jobs while sometimes furthering their education. My husband’s and my family did all those things. My grandmother and I gleaned for onions and put them into our cellar, and my husband and younger grandchildren still glean for fruit and such. My mother worked at canneries and meat packing plants. Now the canneries are all gone. Working in the fields was not meant to be a permanent job.
I think it could also be true that to allow the fetus to come to term only perpetuates the evil act into the future, so I appreciate your willingness to consider the many angles of this sad case.
One angle not permissible is to blame democrats for the illegal actions (rape and illegal immigration) of others. Dems didn’t commit those acts so they are not morally responsible for them.
Democrats openly encourage illegal immigration and are soft on crimes committed by their favored groups, which encourages more crime committed by those groups, such as America’s 13%. You certainly can blame Democrats for that, and I do.
“I think it could also be true that to allow the fetus to come to term only perpetuates the evil act into the future…”
No you didnt think.
You once again flunk Catholicism 101. Thou may not do an evil act to correct another evil act.
“Dems didn’t commit those acts so they are not morally responsible for them.” Those who perpetuate illegal laws or dont enforce moral laws (borders) are responsible. Some greater than others. The politicians who allow child slavery, s__ slavery, deaths at the border are responsible. Dem Repub doesnt matter. Those who vote for politicians who should be aware of our laws and chose not to enforce are also morally responsible. Perhaps less so but still are. To say otherwise is wrong.
So you would condemn an innocent baby to death for the sins of his father.
An extreme case such as this makes for bad law. The vast majority of abortions are for convenience, i.e., failed birth control, poor moral decisions, etc. My sympathies are for this abused little girl.
My sympathies are with the child growing in the girl. Killing the unborn child accomplishes what? God infused life within the girl’s body. It’s not anyone’s right or obligation to snuff out that developing God-given life.
God should have protected the girl from being raped.
The mother of this child is not pressing charges against this pervert. There is some speculation that the mother is involved with the rapist. This poor little girl has no one acting on her behalf.
The comments suggesting that the right thing for a ten-year-old to do is to have the child of a rapist is beyond the pale. It makes one to not want to identify as a catholic. The only saving grace in this discussion is that 99.99% of Catholics would disagree with this mean-spirited approach to life.
You need an education about Catholic moral teaching. Abortion is gravely immoral and never justified. The only possibility is what someone above said about how the fetus might pose a threat to the life of the young mother. Whether the woman raped is 40, 30, 20, 15 or 10, if a child is conceived from the rape it is not morally permissible to abort the fetus simply because it was conceived through rape. Get an education, man.
1/3 of all birthing aged females, as young as age 9, are sexually violated on their trek to U S border, many trafficked: hundreds of thousands !!! and little comment, no outrage !! Nothing being done to stop such pillage !