Ignorance is Bliss

The abortion industry creates a fine line between what is and what is communicated.

Alina Rodriguez

27 March 2021

In 2005, Associate Professor of Sociology Susan A. Farrell explained that defining abortion as “reproductive justice… could be a new frame for the debate over abortion.” She cites Linguist George Lakoff, who discusses how progress within a cultural dialogue often simply requires re-framing the debate, as he writes in his book Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. 

Ever find yourself in a position where you have to address the elephant in the room? It’s an uncomfortable situation, isn’t it? Unfortunately, our current culture has done exactly that within the pro-life movement — they have diverted the discussion from science to semantics, from correctness to convenience. Addressing what the pro-life movement “gets right” is an elephant in the room. Addressing the fundamental premise that a preborn child is a human deserving of rights is an elephant in the room; the room of the public arena, the room of public expression and thought. Time and time again, the pro-choice movement will do all they can to avoid the elephant. After all, ignorance is bliss.

What is the basis for such a bold assertion against the pro-choice movement? This assertion of ignorance is founded upon basic trends we see regarding how the pro-choice movement educates and expresses their agenda. 

First, it is essential to address how the pro-choice movement fails to sufficiently educate people on the nature of abortion, beginning with their patients. According to the Guttmacher Institute in February of 2011, while a mere 10 states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion, only 8 of these 10 require the provider to offer the woman the opportunity to view the image. Regardless of the motives cited for the lack of an ultrasound, the reality is that the abortion industry places little emphasis on allowing mothers insight into the reality of the abortion procedure. Although the abortion industry claims that an abortion is a mother’s choice, they fail to provide the any foundation for woman seeking to make an educated decision, which should raise an immediate red flag. 

Furthermore, the scientific community’s perspective on the humanity of the fetus quite often fails to hold standing in the pro-choice education. In a peer-reviewed study conducted by Steven Andrew Jacobs, for the University of Chicago – Department of Comparative Human Development, it was concluded that “95% of all biologists affirmed the biological view that a human’s life begins at fertilization (5212 out of 5502)… including biologists that identified as very pro-choice (69-90%), very pro-life (92-97%), very liberal (70-91%), very conservative (94-96%), strong Democrats (74-91%), and strong Republicans (89-94%).”  Too, Princeton University compiles an assortment of 15 leading embryologists and medical experts who provide an undeniable scientific defense of the perspective that a preborn fetus is human. 

Yet to all my fellow pro-lifers: how many times have you engaged in argumentation with pro-choicers who deny this fundamental claim? Why, then, does the pro-choice narrative fail to encompass the majority of scientific opinion? Is this yet another reflection on how the pro-choice narrative fails to align with the narrative of statistics in order to provide a palatable narrative? Is this yet another example on how ignorance is bliss? 

It is fascinating to note that former abortionists — now pro-life advocates — Abby Johnson and Bernard Nathanson explicitly describe how their “conversion” to the pro-life movement began with education. As Dr. Nathanson states, “In any case, [my] change of mind began with the realization, the inescapable reality that the fetus, that embryo, is a person, is a protectable human life” (quoted in John Powell, Abortion: the silent Holocaust. Tabor, Allen, Texas. 1981). True discussion begins by addressing the elephant in the room, something that the pro-choice movement tends to ignore, not only in failing to inform their patients, but in failing to inform politics. 

Politically, the specifics about Roe v. Wade is reflective of the underlying notion that ignorance is bliss. Upon reading the text of Roe v. Wade, it becomes clear the court decision created a right to abort a child for any reason or circumstance. According to Cathy Clever Ruse (ESQ) and Rob Schwartzwalder for the Family Research Council, Washington D.C., in 2011,“the Supreme Court gave abortion doctors the power to override any abortion restriction merely by claiming that there are ‘emotional’ reasons for the abortion…the Supreme Court created an “absolute right to abortion” under which ‘any abortion can be justified.’” 

Again, to all my fellow pro-lifers, how often do you engage in argumentation with a person who endorses such a radical view? The growing discrepancy between the pro-choice narrative which celebrates Roe v. Wade yet also grants limits to abortion (perhaps recognizing that there is some sort of moral barrier to be conceded?) is too indicative to the increasing gap between what is and what is communicated. 

Again, true discussion does not shy away from addressing the elephant in the room. For example, the Polling Company conducted a survey of 800 students of varying religious and political backgrounds, wherein findings demonstrated that after students knew the facts behind Roe v. Wade, over 70% changed their minds to support restrictions on abortions. In a culture where youth are targeted, where 79% of Planned Parenthoods are 5 miles from a college and 52% of abortion seeking women are under 25, let it not be said that a lack of patient and political education was our demise. 

For abortions cannot be performed on the streets, they happen behind closed doors. The voices of those who regret abortion cannot be heard, lest they face political backlash or personal shame. However, our knowledge regarding the difficult truth on abortion must not remain behind closed doors. Our voices must not be silenced. Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More, an organization dedicated to supporting women who regretted their abortions, expressed her anger at the cancel-culture of Planned Parenthood, stating, “I was angry at how they had exploited our fears of motherhood, our pains.” Forney helps us to understand the stark reality that ignorance cannot be bliss, for it leads to exploitation. And as long as we allow ignorance to pervade throughout our discussion and our culture, the longer we allow for this exploitation.

Exploitation ends with expression, and expression begins with education. In his groundbreaking pro-life book, Persuasive Pro-Life, Apologist Trent Horn offers his advice to assist us in educated expression, which begins by asking “ten dumb questions”:

  • What is abortion?
  • What is a child?
  • What is a human?
  • What is pregnancy?
  • What’s wrong with being pro-abortion?
  • Why is it wrong to kill a newborn baby?
  • What does abortion do to the fetus?
  • Is there a difference between a condom and an abortion? (If so, then what is it?)
  • Why is abortion a sad or difficult choice?
  • What is so upsetting about pictures of abortion?

Starting such conversations allows us to open doors to truth, and perhaps open hearts to it as well. The stakes are too high to ignore the “elephant in the room.” The longer ignorance is allowed to fester, the more it becomes increasingly apparent that ignorance leads to suffering, to misinformation, to decadence, to regret, and to death. Let it not be said that we as a generation were responsible for the termination of thousands of lives off the sole basis of ignorance.

Next time that we hear the misleading words indicating that we should “reframe the abortion debate,” we must stand our ground and return to the framework of education and the integral principles that determine our perspective. I invite you to continue exploring your resources to equip you in standing for life, for in a nation that is the land of the free and the home of the brave — ignorance is NEVER bliss!

Images from:  

https://360training.co.uk/360-vision/the-elephant-in-the-room/

http://gccwebsites.com/startupsales/ignorance-is-bliss/ https://www.amazon.com/Persuasive-Pro-Life-Cultures-Toughest/dp/1941663044

Citations:

  1. https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/requirements-ultrasound
  2. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3211703
  3. https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html
  4. https://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/03/how-abortion-movement-started-deceit-and-lies-dr-nathanson
  5. https://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF11J30.pdf
  6. https://www.katychristianmagazine.com/2021/02/05/young-people-opposed-to-abortion-after-hearing-the-facts/
  7. https://studentsforlife.org/what-we-do/
  8. Interview: Georgette Forney and Abby Johnson
  9. https://shop.catholic.com/blog/ten-dumb-questions-to-ask-when-discussing-abortion/
Ignorance is Bliss

The Darkest Most Dangerous Place on Earth

A story of fear and hope from the unborn child’s POV.

Victoria Brown age 13

20 March 2021 

The Darkest Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Hi! I’m not sure what my name is going to be yet. I’m so excited to

start life and do all the wonderful things my parents did when they were

kids and do all the beautiful amazing things God has planned for me!

I’ll make new friends, I’ll learn a lot of new things, I’ll have fun,

I’ll learn about my wonderful Creator, and I’ll live a full life like

everyone should! I’m going to learn how to talk, sing, read, write, ride

a bike, tie my shoes, play games, and so much more! I’ll put on pretty

dresses and do my hair (I want to have curly hair) and wear pink bows

and raincoats so when the rain comes down and splashes everywhere, my

clothes won’t get wet. I’ll go to preschool and learn how to count

my numbers and make words with my pencil! After preschool I’ll have my

first day of real school and meet new people and new teachers – I’ll

have the best Kindergarten class ever! I’ll be in first grade and then

second grade and then, one day I’ll go to high school. I hope I won’t be one

of those naughty teenagers who sleeps all day and wastes their life.

When I graduate, I want to be able to drive and know everything there is

to know about everything! If not, that’s okay, I’ll just go to college

where I’m gonna meet a awesome guy and we’re going to get married and

have kids! He’s going to go to work each day (except for Sunday of

course!) while I teach our kids all about everything, and how wonderful

life is, because life really is beautiful. The sad thing is, I don’t

know if I’m going to have one. I’m just a fetus right now, and I can’t

control what’s going to happen. My mommy could choose not to love me and

she could kill me, because the law says she’s allowed to. I know Mommy

is talking to my Daddy about me hurting their plans. I don’t want to

hurt their plans. I really want a normal full life like them and do all

of my plans. I deserve to be able to start a good life, because I’m a

human just like them!  Right?…Sure, I’m not a big girl yet, but

they looked like me too at one point! I think I ought to see the first

light of day, the first stars at night, and the first glimpse of the

outside world. Please let me do that! Mommy! Daddy! Please let me live!

The Darkest Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Part 2: The Racist Origins of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s founder was impossible to please. 

Maria D.                                                            13 March 2021

This article will be referencing Margaret Sanger’s article, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment.” From the title you can probably get a feel for the vibe of her article. You can read her article here: 

The Public Papers of Margaret Sanger: Web Edition

The first part of this series can be read here: https://greatlifeteens.org/2021/02/27/the-racist-origins-of-planned-parenthood/

Sanger begins her article: “Before eugenists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must first clear the way for Birth Control.”

She needs support from her fellow eugenists for the birth control concept to succeed, leading, she believes, to the betterment of the human race. As mentioned in the previous article, her definition of a good human is white, strong, intelligent, and wealthy. 

“Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit. Both are seeking a single end but they lay emphasis upon different methods.”

Here she says that eugenicists and birth control advocates have the same goal, just different methods. Does it scare anyone else that people like Margaret Sanger decided who was “fit” or “unfit”? Or the fact that she had no visible problem saying “elimination” about people? 

“Eugenists emphasize the mating of healthy couples for the conscious purpose of producing healthy children, the sterilization of the unfit to prevent their populating the world with their kind and they may, perhaps, agree with us that contraception is a necessary measure among the masses of the workers, where wages do not keep pace with the growth of the family and its necessities in the way of food, clothing, housing, medical attention, education and the like.” she says, and, “We who advocate Birth Control, on the other hand, lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health.”

The statements above are classist. The classism belief is: a person’s wealth or social status determines their value. 

How do societies conclude one group is more fit than another? Aren’t we all created equally? Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate the people she did not like. Imagine if everyone did that- they would not be able to for long, because eventually everyone would be gone. 

“One fundamental fact alone, however, indicates the necessity of Birth Control if eugenics is to accomplish its purpose.”

She wants birth control to be used to breed exclusively, between those she and other eugenicists believe are fit, saying birth control is a necessity to accomplish its goal. 

“Among the great majority of wage-workers, the frequent arrival of children means not only the wrecking of the mother’s health and the physical handicapping of the child, but often the disheartening and demoralization of the father, the stunting of the children through bad living conditions and early toil, and in that generation or the next, the contributing of morons, feeble-minded, insane and various criminal types to the already tremendous social burden constituted by these unfit.” 

By wage-workers, she means people who are not highly paid. She thinks people need to make a certain amount of money to qualify as parents- and she gets to determine what that amount is. She calls the offspring of wage-workers unfit and burdens to society. These workers are likely hard working, and will teach their children to be the same. A person can work at a gas station and be as fit for parenthood as a doctor. 

Also, living with less may teach people how to manage money better, which could lead to someone formerly deemed as “unfit” becoming financially “fit” for their offspring. People will not make the same career choices as their parents. If we said Margaret Sanger was right- that only “fit” people could reproduce- what happens when the “fit” people have “unfit” children? Will those descendants of the “fit” be forced to not reproduce? 

“While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit.” 

In all honesty, I do not understand what that means. Is she saying that she would just think different traits of people made them “unfit” after elimination of nonwhites, poor, and others? I can see that she believes in making the “unfit” unable to reproduce, though, which is scary.

“ Neither the mating of healthy couples nor the sterilization of certain recognized types of the unfit touches the great problem of unlimited reproduction of those whose housing, clothing, and food are all inadequate to physical and mental health. These measures do not touch those great masses, who through economic pressure populate the slums and there produce in their helplessness other helpless, diseased and incompetent masses, who overwhelm all that eugenics can do among those whose economic condition is better.”

Even if all the people she liked reproduced together, the people living in places she looks down on would still continue to reproduce. Margaret Sanger, I believe, would never be satisfied if her wants were carried out. If the bottom 10% were eliminated, I think she would hate on the new bottom 10%, then the next bottom 10%. I think her dislike for people would continue. 

“Birth Control, on the other hand, not only opens the way to the eugenist, but it preserves his work.”

Margaret Sanger has no problem associating her cause with eugenics. After all, they have the same goal. 

Once again, this article is solely written to introduce who the founder of Planned Parenthood is through review of her articles. 

Citations:

Sanger, Margaret. “Birth Control and Racial Betterment.” Birth Control and Racial Betterment, Feb. 1919. New York University, www.nyu.edu/projects/sanger/webedition/app/documents/show.php?sangerDoc=143449.xml.

Image from: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/blm-and-pp-very-strange-bedfellows

Part 2: The Racist Origins of Planned Parenthood

How to Get Involved in the Pro-Life Movement

Ideas and resources to get you involved!

Amanda Catey

6 March 2021

One thing I am always asked and wonder myself is, “How do I get involved in the pro-life movement?” Once you realize the truth about abortion and know you need to do something,you may be confused on what to do next. I felt the same way, but now I work in the pro-life movement, so I promise there is a place for you. Here is how I got involved in the pro-life movement and how you can too!

1. Education: Educate first yourself then others on abortion. This may seem boring and/or something you have always done, but keep doing it. I educated myself by following pro-life Instagram accounts and reading the graphics they post, watching pro-life apologetic YouTube videos, signing up for Students for Life HQ ( https://www.studentsforlifehq.com ), learning pro-choice arguments through discussions and looking at pro-choice content, following pro-life TikTok accounts, and searching on Google ‘when does life begin’ or ‘pro-life apologetics’ and reading what comes up. Start simple, but challenge yourself so you are always learning!      

Start to discuss with others. Talk to pro-choice friends, share pro-life content on social media, have practice conversations with pro-life friends, or head to the comments of pro-life and pro-choice posts and respectfully have a conversation with them! Find ways to engage with others to continue educating yourself and others about abortion!

2. Pick an event: I would recommend picking one local pro-life event to attend next. This is the best way to meet others, learn about your local pro-life movement, take the first step to get involved in the pro-life movement, and show your community that you are pro-life. Some ideas of events are:

  1. Sign up for 40 Days for Life 
  2. Attend a local pro-life march
  3. Contact your legislators about pro-life issues
  4. Look for events hosted by your local pro-life organization 
  5. Attend GreatLife Teens, Students for Life, Live Action, etc. events

3. Praying Outside of Local Abortion Facilities:  During the spring and fall, 40 Days for Life puts on a prayer vigil outside of your local abortion facility. Go to https://www.40daysforlife.com/ to find your local prayer vigil and how you can get involved! During the rest of the year, you can still go outside of your local abortion facility to pray! Make sure you stay on public property, but otherwise you can just bring a chair out and pray for as long as you would like any time of the year! Prayer is a powerful tool and can help save lives!

4. Volunteer at your Local Pregnancy Resource Center: Go to https://crisispregnancycentermap.com/ to find your local Pregnancy Resource Center. Send them an email or call and ask to volunteer! If you are under 18, make sure you clarify this because the rules for volunteering may be different. Just tell them who you are, what you want to do (volunteer by helping in any way possible), and why you want to do it! Hopefully, they should give you more information on how to volunteer! 

5. Starting a Students for Life Club: Starting a pro-life club at your school is a great way to get involved and will connect you to other people and events! Students for Life has a great program to help you get started, but there are many other great organizations through which you can start a pro-life club at your schoo! Email (yourstate)@studentsforlife.com to get connected to your Regional Coordinator who can help you start your club (ex: alabama@studentsforlife.com )! Once you have decided you want to start a club, reach out to GreatLife so we can also help you and promote your club! 

Getting involved can seem scary or intimidating at first. It may feel like there are too many options or that none of the options excite you. Whatever your case is, we can help you at GreatLife! Send us an email or DM us on Instagram and we will help you personally find the best way to get involved! Getting involved in the pro-life movement is so much fun and so worth it. You will meet so many amazing people and do super fun things. Joe Scheidler, a pro-life activist, said to participate in something pro-life each day, so today find one pro-life thing to do and tomorrow find another. Before you know it, you will have made a huge impact by doing one pro-life thing a day. 

What are you going to do today?

Image from @prolifeamanda on Instagram

How to Get Involved in the Pro-Life Movement