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Celebrate Life, Not Abortion | Dobson Policy Center

Celebrate Life, Not Abortion | Dobson Policy Center

– From the stage of the Golden Globes, to the homepage of The Washington Post, women are praising their abortions. What does it all mean,
and how should we respond? I’m James Gottry, Vice
President of Public Policy for the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute. This week, The Washington
Post offered this headline: “Five years after an abortion, “most women say they
made the right decision.” The story discussed the study from the University of
California at San Francisco. There, researchers found that
five years after an abortion, 84% of the women they surveyed reported primarily positive
emotions, or none at all, about their abortion. And 99% felt that they had
made the right decision. Notably this study found that over time, all emotions about the abortion faded. So researchers concluded that these results challenge the rationale for state-mandated counseling protocols and other policies
regulating access to abortion premised on emotional harm claims. In other words, women get abortions, most women don’t regret abortions, so let’s offer unrestricted
access to abortion. Now let’s ignore for a moment that the study’s findings
have been challenged. Let’s ignore that researchers
surveyed less than 700 women. Let’s ignore that more
than 2/3 of the women approached for the study
refused to participate. And let’s ignore that of those
who did agree to participate, half of them dropped out. So, let’s pretend that the results actually demonstrate that
women can have an abortion, and then happily go about their life with few negative emotions, and no regret. What would it mean? Would it mean that abortion
should now be celebrated as a public and personal good? Would it mean that the 61 million babies aborted in the US since 1973
were necessary sacrifices to the gods of bodily autonomy
and personal convenience? Would it mean that we can forget about the corpses of 2,246 unborn children found at the home of an
abortionist last September? Would it mean that selling
baby parts for research is nothing more than a
shrewd economic venture? Or, would it mean that we, as a society, have become numb to
the horror of abortion? Would it mean that we’ve believed the foundational lies of abortion? That a bundle of joy is
only a bundle of tissue. That bodily autonomy excuses
the use of lethal violence by a mother against her child? Recently, actress Michelle Williams stood on stage at the Golden Globes, and as she gave her acceptance speech, Michelle suggested that
her abortion years before had enabled her to win the award. Let that sink in. Unlike those who thank the men and women whose shoulders they stand
upon to reach new heights, Michelle credited her own dead child for enabling her to clutch a trophy. Her hand was wrapped around a cheap award, and it could’ve been holding
the hand of a precious child, and people cheered and applauded. Earlier I asked what this news
means, and how do we respond. Well, it means that our
society has forgotten that every life matters, every life. The unborn child, the mother who is convinced of the lie that death is the best
option for her child. The father who loses
the chance to be a daddy when his child is killed in the womb. The would-be adoptive parents
who are denied the chance to love and care for a precious life. The brother or sister who
loses a lifetime of memories with their sibling. The grandparents, the
family members, classmates, friends, teachers, and co-workers
who all miss the chance to meet the one person who
would impact their life in a way that no one else could. And the staff at abortion facilities who participate in, and are
exposed to unthinkable violence against the unborn. Men and women who will
never be able to unsee what they have seen. That’s what it means. Now, what can we do? Later this month, tens of
thousands will participate in the 47th annual March for Life. Maybe you’ll be there, but if not, you can still
show your support for life. We can speak for the unborn. Together we can remind our
society what really matters, and we can act. We can support mothers,
and fathers, and children. Abortion ends one life, and it irrevocably alters so many more. It’s time, it’s finally time to end abortion. I’m James Gottry, and that’s
today’s Policy Update.

1 comment on “Celebrate Life, Not Abortion | Dobson Policy Center

  1. If only science could find a way to prevent these unwanted pregnancies. Washing hands frequently seems to help prevent people from catching the flu. Medical people wear mask and gloves when treating people with contagious diseases. People are told not to smoke tobacco so they will have a tremendously lower chance of contracting cancer. Why doesn't planned barrenhood spend more money to prevent the disease of pregnancy instead of encouraging surgery to cure it? Oh yeah . . . money.

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