A pro­pa­gan­dist ploy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Homer Simp­son ex­claimed, “They have the In­ter­net on com­put­ers now!” Great news for this pa­per’s staff that pub­lished the editorial “Abor­tion Care?” wherein the au­thor ap­pears con­fused about the def­i­ni­tions of “em­bryo” and “baby.” I sup­pose “con­cep­tion,” “zy­gote” and “blas­tula” would also be be­yond their un­der­stand­ing. Even the sim­ple word “clinic” is de­nied its com­mon mean­ing.

There’s no real con­fu­sion here; this lump­ing of terms and use of hy­per­bole is used de­lib­er­ately to de­mo­nize le­gal abor­tion. The au­thor even played the Nazi card. The pro­pa­gan­dist ploy of omit­ting fact is ob­vi­ous here, fail­ing to men­tion that the right to abor­tion is af­forded by the high­est court, one of the three branches of our gov­ern­ment.

The ar­ti­cle cast sup­port­ers of le­gal abor­tion as ad­vo­cates for “abor­tion on de­mand.” And adds “no mat­ter what, no mat­ter when.” This is bla­tant fal­si­fi­ca­tion. No one is ad­vo­cat­ing for abor­tion be­yond that pro­vided by Supreme Court de­ci­sion. This is as disin­gen­u­ous as the ex­pla­na­tions given for the four laws be­ing lit­i­gated. Claims about con­cern for women’s safety are spe­cious. The ob­jec­tive is to shame the pa­tient and make abor­tion so in­ac­ces­si­ble that a woman’s right is de­nied.

Polls sug­gest that most Amer­i­cans fa­vor le­gal abor­tion, but the editorial ig­nores all rel­e­vant con­sid­er­a­tions fa­vor­ing the op­po­si­tion while man­ag­ing cal­lous dis­re­gard for the young women ill-equipped for the de­mands of mod­ern life and un­pre­pared for the fi­nan­cial and other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­her­ent with par­ent­hood. And for those gov­ern­ment spend­ing hawks, ex­ces­sive re­stric­tions on abor­tion (and birth con­trol) per­pet­u­ate the cy­cle of poverty, de­pen­dence and crime. ROLAND ROBIN­SON


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