[Today's guest post by Adam Peters is part of our paid blogging program.]
When you’re debating abortion, there are a few lines that tend to come up. One of the most common? “Nobody is pro-abortion!” It’s also one of the easiest to disprove.
In an article for Salon, Valerie Tarico said that she’s “pro-abortion, not just pro-choice.” Tarico isn’t the only one who feels that way, either. Katie Klabusich declared, “Actually, I love abortion.” Meanwhile, Amelia Bonhow started the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign after announcing that her abortion “made me happy.”
Of course, there are plenty of other people who appreciate abortion. Sexual abusers do; they know it’s a great way to destroy evidence. That’s why Edgar Ramirez, Gary Cross, Luis Gonzalez-Jose, Andrew King, John Haller, Adam Gault, Grey David Woods, and John Blanks, Jr. all brought their pregnant victims to America’s largest abortion chain. Rescuing those girls wasn’t a priority: when Timothy Smith brought his thirteen year-old stepdaughter to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, no one called the authorities. As one staffer later admitted, “being thirteen and pregnant alone is not a red flag” there.
Abusive partners like it too. Abortion helps them avoid child support, which is why women have been smothered, shot, stabbed, burned, and beaten to death for refusing to have one. That’s something else Planned Parenthood isn’t eager to change: it opposes legislation to protect women from coercion and violence.
Human traffickers also like abortion. A survey of trafficking victims published in the medical journal Annals of Health showed over half had at least one abortion while being trafficked; some had over a dozen. As one woman put it, “No one ever asked me anything anytime I ever went to a clinic.”
And there’s another group of abortion fans: racists.
Black children make up a disproportionate share of those aborted, something former KKK leader Tom Metzger approves of. He calls abortion “non-white population control,” telling his followers to “invest in ghetto abortion clinics” and “raise money for free abortions.” Planned Parenthood has been happy to accept their help: in 2008, the group Live Action caught staff agreeing to take donations from people who said they wanted black kids aborted.
Federal funding for Planned Parenthood started under President Richard Nixon, a man who favored aborting mixed race children and thought abortion could “control the negro bastards.”
Whether it’s sex predators, abusive partners, pimps, or racists, plenty of folks are indeed pro-abortion. If you’re not a fan of their agenda, show it by supporting anti-coercion laws (Planned Parenthood opposes them). You can also tell Congress that Planned Parenthood’s federal funding should be redirected to federally qualified health centers and community health centers instead; they’re more accessible and offer non-violent services Planned Parenthood doesn’t.
Children face too many threats; your tax dollars shouldn’t be one of them.