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Time to Make Abortion a Voting Issue

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

“Brexation” isn’t just the latest in a string of deplorable Brexit-related neologisms; it’s what’s gripped our national consciousness for more than three years and counting, and is likely to dominate the way that many of us vote on December 12.


But how many of us will be casting our votes with the real issue of our day in mind?


Long after the dust has settled after our departure from the EU, supposing that it does eventually happen, future generations won’t look back in horror or disbelief at this juncture in our relationship with our European neighbours. What they will look back on in horror and disbelief, is that we were the country that killed a quarter of its babies in the womb, consistently.


Just because we’re not talking about it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.


It’s time to make abortion a voting issue.


Why abortion?


Last year 205,295 babies were intentionally killed in the womb in England and Wales; 98% of them were perfectly healthy.


Some were suffocated to death, others were crushed and dismembered alive using metal tools resembling tongs, others received a lethal injection to the heart so painful that the American Veterinary Medical Association prohibits its use in euthanising animals without prior anaesthetic.


(Anaesthetic is administered to unborn children undergoing a beneficial operation (e.g. for spina bifida) – a clear admission that they do feel pain – but no such kindness is afforded to those being dismantled through abortion.)


The majority of these babies were disposed of down the toilet; others were thrown in with the “biowaste” at medical centres.


The inhumanity of this procedure is unspeakable; that’s why it needs to be seen to be believed.


Putting things in perspective


Judging by quantities of ink and airtime, one might be forgiven for thinking that climate change is a contender with Brexit for the real issue of our day. We are told that it is an emergency and that radical action is urgently required.


The World Health Organisation estimates that 250,000 extra deaths will be caused by climate change per year globally. Supposing that this is a reasonable estimate, it signifies a real issue that deserves attention. But we have nearly that number of babies being killed already through abortion per year in our nation alone; worldwide abortion is estimated at over 40 million a year.


The WHO’s projected climate change death toll is a fraction of the already-happening abortion death toll. This is an emergency.


“Changing the law won’t help”


There is a myth that “pro-life” legislation would achieve nothing or even make things worse.

It is interesting that we don’t hear that argument applied to anything else (“Let’s not legislate against drink-driving or domestic abuse; it will only drive it underground.”), and it is obvious that the abortion lobby doesn’t seem to believe it, given how hard they fight for legislative “gains”. But the real torpedo against this assertion is simple statistical evidence.


Wherever abortion has been legalised, it has quickly rocketed. Wherever it has been made illegal, it has quickly plummeted. Obviously. Like anything else.


“Statistics” for illegal abortion have always been fabricated or grossly exaggerated by those who wish to come in and provide legal abortion as the solution. Bernard Nathanson, an American doctor who performed 75,000 abortions, later admitted that he and other abortion advocates had simply invented their statistics for illegal abortions and resultant maternal deaths prior to Roe v. Wade.


“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, but in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?”


In our nation 100,000 illegal abortions a year was the number doing the rounds in the 1960s. If that were true, it would mean that “backstreet” abortion was incredibly safe for the mother, given how tiny a percentage therefore resulted in medical complications! But in fact the BMJ estimate of 10,000 illegal abortions per year in the UK before 1967 is much more realistic.


We now have a steady 200,000 abortions per year in our country. The law has unleashed industrial scale abortion. The claim that making it illegal again wouldn’t significantly reverse this trend is simply ludicrous.


The truth is that hundreds of thousands of babies’ lives are on the line in our country precisely because of our laws. Their lives would be safe if our laws were different. Their lives depend on our mounting pressure for a change in the law.


Our most vulnerable neighbours need this to become a voting issue.


“But what can I do?”


At this point someone will agree that change needs to happen – but what can they do when the books seem so closed on this, and every name on their ballot paper is pro-abortion?


We need to start with a sober recognition that the reason for this is that we simply haven’t cared enough to make sure that it’s on the ballot paper.


This will become a voting issue if we choose to make it a voting issue. If it’s not a voting issue, it’s because we’ve not chosen to make it a voting issue. Insofar as we are a democracy, politicians don’t lead us, they follow us.


Here’s what you can do to get started:


- Expose abortion for what it is – it needs to come out into the light

- Get to know and publicise where each party stands on abortion (do you know which one has abortion up to birth in its manifesto?)

- Question your candidates by e.mail and publicly at hustings

- Vote for a person or party that supports the sanctity of life from conception to natural death

- Call upon your candidates to sign the Both Lives Pledge (it takes about 30 seconds to do)


Change won’t happen overnight, but if we choose to make this a voting issue, and we’re willing to pay the price whatever it is, one day we will see righteous laws passed once again in favour of the most vulnerable members of our society.


“Let us not despair; it is a blessed cause, and success, ere long, will crown our exertions. Already we have gained one victory; we have obtained, for these poor creatures, the recognition of their human nature, which, for a while was most shamefully denied. This is the first fruits of our efforts; let us persevere and our triumph will be complete. Never, never will we desist till we have wiped away this scandal from the Christian name, released ourselves from the load of guilt, under which we at present labour, and extinguished every trace of this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, looking back to the history of these enlightened times, will scarce believe that it has been suffered to exist so long a disgrace and dishonour to this country.”


William Wilberforce before the House of Commons 18 April 1791



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