A Difference without a Distinction

Judie Brown
By Mark Crutcher
June 8, 2011
Reproduced with Permission

I recently heard a guest on a political talk show trying to defend taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood by saying that we should worry less about abortion and concentrate on helping people who are "already here."

For those of us in the pro-life movement, it's an argument we've heard regurgitated a million times before. Of course, that doesn't change the fact that it's complete nonsense. The biological reality is that the [preborn] are already here. If that's not the case, I guess the [preborn] child that appears on a sonogram screen is just a hallucination. Or maybe the womb is some sort of alternative reality/parallel universe that we can look inside of and see these mysterious humanoids moving around who aren't actually there.

You know, when you hear the loopy arguments the abortion lobby routinely trots out, you really have to wonder how many psychotropic drugs these people are taking.

Later in this talk show, this same guy became outraged when a caller referred to him as "pro-abortion." He instantly shot back that he was not pro-abortion but pro-choice and that the two are not the same.

Once again, this is an argument we hear daily. The interesting thing is, when people advocate other causes, you don't hear them desperately trying to distance themselves from the activity under discussion. People who support capital punishment don't bristle at being called pro-death penalty. People who work for the protection of animals don't become infuriated if you refer to them as pro-animal. Those who support the Second Amendment don't attack you for calling them pro-gun, and the list goes on and on. The only exception to this is people who support abortion. On one hand they will viciously defend its legality while, on the other hand, doing everything humanly possible to deny any association with it.

The message in this is clear. Simply put, even these people realize that abortion is indefensible.

But beyond that, here's the issue I want to raise. Today, about 3500 American babies are going to have their legs torn off, their arms ripped out of the sockets, their chests crushed and their skulls split open. And when the day is over, most of their corpses will either be ground up in garbage disposals and flushed down the sewer system or tossed into dumpsters to be eaten by rats. Then tomorrow, another 3500 victims will be teed up, and the day after that another 3500, and the day after that another 3500, and so on.

What I want to know is this: for those defenseless babies, what is the difference between pro-abortion and pro-choice?