Choice. It’s such a nice word. It brings to mind thoughts of freedom, courage, the land of opportunity and even the Statue of Liberty. It’s empowering. It’s motivating. It’s liberating. And that’s just what women are told to think that the issue of life is one of choice, their choice. That after life has been created in them, they alone — not a politician, not a judge, not even the father of the child has the right to choose if that life should continue. A woman cannot conceive a child on her own and yet, she is told she should act alone in determining its destiny. It isn’t really a child. It’s merely a blob of tissue. It’s her body. It’s her choice.
And when she is deluded when she chooses to exercise her “choice” and stands in the place of God to end the life that has been created within her, that has been entrusted to her her body becomes a battlefield. She soon discovers that her child is not the only casualty in that war; a piece of her dies along with her child.
Abortion activists defiantly scream out their mantra of “choice.” Meanwhile, women who actually file through the clinics and lay their bodies down to have abortions are realizing the price is far greater than they were ever told.
Last year, a Southern Medical Journal study showed that women who have abortions are at significantly higher risk of death than women who give birth.
Also last year, the British Medical Journal reported that women who abort a first pregnancy are at greater risk of subsequent long term clinical depression compared to women who carry an unintended first pregnancy to term.
A study published recently in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry showed that women were 63% more likely to receive mental care within 90 days of an abortion compared to delivery. Abortion was most strongly associated with subsequent treatments for neurotic depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment reactions and schizophrenic disorders.
And according to reports by the Department of Education and the Alan Guttmacher Institute, as many as 91% of all abortions cause severe psychological problems, both immediate and long-term.
As America approaches the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a pro-life president and a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate, abortion proponents are fearful they will lose the “right to choose”. But they are deluded into thinking a political party that the majority of Americans voted in office should be greatly feared.
In his award-winning epic movie Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg aptly portrayed Oskar Schindler as a German opportunist and war profiteer, who rescued more than 1,000 Jewish and Polish factory workers from death. In a profoundly moving scene, Schindler tries to persuade a drunk and powerful labor camp commandant, Amon Goeth, that pardoning Jews requires greater power than brutally killing them.
Goeth: You know, I look at you. I watch you. You’re not a drunk. That’s, that’s real control. Control is power. That’s power.
Schindler: Is that why they fear us?
Goeth: We have the [sic] power to kill, that’s why they fear us.
Schindler: They fear us because we have the power to kill arbitrarily. A man commits a crime, he should know better. We have him killed and we feel pretty good about it. Or we kill him ourselves and we feel even better. That’s not power, though, that’s justice. That’s different than power. Power is when we have every justification to kill – and we don’t.
Goeth: You think that’s power.
Schindler: That’s what the emperors had. A man stole something, he’s brought in before the emperor, he throws himself down on the ground, he begs for mercy, he knows he’s going to die. And the emperor pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Schindler: That’s power, Amon. That is power.
Losing Roe and forcing women to carry their babies to term would not be a tragedy. Nor would it be a tragedy for the government to deem an unborn child as having inherent value and deserving protection.
What is a tragedy is that women have wrested power from the courts to have sole jurisdiction over the unborn with the malevolent purpose of killing their young. That the fairer and nurturing sex, chosen over men to bear children, view their role of motherhood as a burden instead of a blessing and claim an entitlement to expunge the life that they, alone, could never have the power to create, is the greatest of tragedies.