Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Please, No Tying 9/11 to Abortion

Tomorrow is September 11th, the twelfth anniversary of the unforgettable terrorist attacks. I was in middle school at the time. I'm sure everyone reading this remembers what they were doing that day.

Every year on September 11th, I've seen comments from pro-life individuals along the lines of "Abortion is like 9/11, every day!" I beg of you, if you're tempted to say something like that, please don't.

Yes, it just so happens that the number of abortions each day is pretty close to the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. But just because you can make the comparison doesn't mean you should. Tomorrow, all focus should be on the 9/11 victims and their families and friends. Any comparison--whether to aborted babies or any other victimized group--detracts from that. I'm sure that's not the intention, but that is how it comes across.

Frankly, it's tacky. There are better ways to raise awareness of the horror of abortion.

Note: I am not suggesting that we should cease all pro-life efforts tomorrow. Indeed, many people volunteer on 9/11, or give to charity. Helping a family in need would be a great pro-life act that also honors the memory of those who died twelve years ago. Just keep it positive and appropriate.


Rosa said...

Yes! Thank you! I was so angry when pro-life groups compared the Aurora Theatre Massacre and Sandy Hook to abortion. It made me sick to see them invalidate the losses of victims in shooting tragedies by pushing their own agendas. For the record, I am sickened by abortion... but these opportunistic cheap shots are not the right way to spread awareness about abortion.

JDC said...

Good advice, I'll definitely keep that in mind.

Devon said...

I've seen comparisons drawn to the Holocaust. It's ridiculous.

Marauder said...

I think whether or not it's ridiculous to compare abortion to the Holocaust depends on what exactly the comparisons are. They both took/are taking millions of lives and exist(ed) under the argument that some people aren't as worthy of life than other people. There are crucial differences, but I wouldn't say every comparison between abortion and the Holocaust is ridiculous.

Coyote said...

Yes, I agree that one should not always use Holocaust comparisons, et cetera in regards to abortion, though I agree with Marauder that it is appropriate to mention the Holocaust in a debate or conversation about abortion in certain cases.

For the record, if you are interested in this information, I myself lost many of my (Jewish) relatives in the Holocaust.