“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Whoopi gets it wrong again

On the October 3rd edition of ABC’s talkshow “The View”, liberal icon and stalwart Whoopi Goldberg took the network’s token non-liberal to task for saying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s proposal to give $5,000 'Baby Bond' program might help reduce abortions in America.[1] How dare Hasselbeck, or anyone else for that matter, suggest a reduction in abortions in America!

Whoopi took the opportunity to challenge Hasselbeck, asking if her was ever in a position to consider having an abortion. Hasselbeck said “Never.” Whoopi took this as a queue to lecture the much younger Hasselbeck:

GOLDBERG: Elisabeth, Elisabeth, can I ask you one question–can I ask you a question? I just have to ask you this question since you opened this door.
GOLDBERG: Have you ever been in a position to have to make that decision?
HASSELBECK: Never, never.
GOLDBERG: Okay, then back off a little bit. Back off a little bit. Very few people want to have abortions.
HASSELBECK: I'm sure they don't.
GOLDBERG: See, I was listening.
HASSELBECK: I was just affirming what you said.
GOLDBERG: Most people do not want to have abortions. Most women do not have them with some sort of party going on. It is the hardest decision that a woman ever- wait- ever has to make. So, when you talk about it, a little bit of reverence to the women out there who have had to make this horrible decision. And one of the reasons that, that we have had to make this decision is because so many women were found bleeding, dead, with hangers in their bodies because they were doing it themselves. The idea of this was to make it safe and clean. That was the reason the law came into effect. That was why it was done.

Goldberg’s pro-abortion tirade was met with enthusiastic applause.

It should be noted that WG’s “very few people want to have abortions” means little when 50 million preborn children are dead in the 34 years since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land.

I agree with Whoopi that most women do not want to have an abortion. It is a horrible option. It is a terrible thing to kill one's offspring. Granted, there is the odd woman who takes abortion casually, and may have had five or six abortions and even made jokes about it, but they are rare and hard-hearted birds.

Graphic but inaccurate mental imagery

Goldberg’s coathanger reference harkens back to the late 1960s fictitious claims by abortion advocates -- based on zero statistics – that at least a million or so illegal abortions occurred annually in America. The actual average number of illegal abortions from 1940-1967 was 98,000. Groups like the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) were over-estimating the abortion numbers by over 1,000 percent!

They said that 5,00 to 10,000 deaths annually resulted from illegal abortions. Was this true? No. For the 8 years prior to and including the year of the infamous Roe V. Wade, the actual numbers were:
  • 235 in 1965,
  • 189 in 1966,
  • 160 in 1967,
  • 133 in 1968,
  • 132 in 1969,
  • 128 in 1970,
  • 99 in 1971,
  • 70 in 1972,
  • 36 in 1973,[3]

This was an average of 131 maternal deaths annually. This was a tragedy to be sure but a far cry from the 5,000 – 10,000 maternal death NARAL fed to public and the media eager to report anything promoting abortion.

We must understand that making abortion legal does not make it safe. In the years after Roe v. Wade, 1.5 million abortions occurred annually. Over 50 million American children have been aborted before they ever saw the light of day.

It would be interesting to know how many women have died after Roe v. Wade. Although it’s difficult to ascertain, the American Life League in Stafford Virginia has amassed a long and exhaustive list of women who have died because of complications from abortions. Absolutely tragic!

Canada's abortion king

After Canada's king of abortion, Henry Morgentaler, set up one of his lucrative abortion clinics in Edmonton, an local Obstetrician/Gynecologist shared with me that local hospital Emergency departments experienced a sharp increase in abortion-related complications. I asked why this had not come out into the open. He retreated back into his shell. Apparently the Gynecological community is a timid lot who would rather have quietly continued repairing damaged women than face the wrath of local pro-abortion press like the Edmonton Journal.

In a strange and perverted way, many local doctors were glad to see Henry come to town and do the dirty business of an abortionist (oops, "abortion provider") and let real doctors be healers rather than baby killers.

Abortionists with lowest criminals

Abortionists are society’s scum. They prey on desperate women and kill their children for money. At a different time they would considered amongst amongst the lowest of criminals. The women are left to deal with the guilt of having sacrificed their children in a desperate and terrible moment.

No, Whoopi, we should neither “revere” women who abort their children, or the abortionist who does the despicable deed. Civilized societies must view abortion with disdain not reverence. It kills a child in utero and scars the mother – sometimes physically, often emotionally, always spiritually.

Civilized societies must have pity and compassion for women victimized by abortion, but never revere what they have done in an irrational and desperate moment. Love the victimized mother, mourn the death of her child that the abortionist has destroyed. Work to make abortion a crime that it once was so abortionist (not their victims) can be jailed.

Abortion is an evil in society, and an attack on individual human dignity, the common good and our collective humanity.

Mark Pickup
[1]Peter J. Smith, "First Barry Manilow, Now Whoopi Goldberg Hassle The View's Hasselbeck over Conservative/Pro-Life Views: Goldberg, who is said to have had at least 6 abortions, says, “Americans ought to ‘revere’ women who have had abortions,” October 4th 2007, LifeSite News.com, (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/oct/07100410.html ) For story on Clinton Baby Bond see “Hillary Clinton proposes $5,000 ‘Baby Bond’”, Associated Press September 28th 2007, (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298504,00.html)
[2] Transcript courtesy of LifeSite News (http://www.lifenews.com/nat3364.html ). See video of exchange at(See video of this exchange at (http://ianschwartz.com/2007/10/03/video-whoopi-teaches-elizabeth-about-the-necessity-of-abortion/)

[3] Horan & Mall, New Perspectives on Human Abortion 80 (1981) (abortion-related maternal deaths).

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