﻿The abortion consensus implodes thanks to science.
Listening to the pro-choice crowd, you would think that abortion clinics are glistening citadels of medical and scientific advancement. The indispensable Life News undermines this myth every day by publishing horror stories from former clinic workers. Their most recent comes from a former Planned Parenthood employee named Angie, who described what happened when she checked a bleeding pregnant woman to see if her baby still had a heartbeat:
"A few days later, Planned Parenthood’s supervising Nurse Practitioner came to my office inquiring why I had used a fetal heart Doppler to allow my patient to hear her baby’s heartbeat. When I said it was part of the routine prenatal exam, she said,“not at Planned Parenthood, it isn’t! We do not allow the patients to hear the heartbeats of their baby because it may sway their decision.” When I commented that it was probably good in this instance because the patient got to the ER where she needed to be, she questioned why I did not send her to Dallas for an abortion.
"I said,“You would have done a sonogram and told her that her baby was dead.” She said,“No we wouldn’t have. By the time we do the sonogram, she has already signed consent for the abortion. We don’t tell them if it is dead or alive, twins or triplets.” It was at that point that I knew I could not longer be a party to this type of travesty."
Angie’s experience is shocking, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone. For all the clanging appeals to “medicine” and “women’s health” surrounding abortion, its advocates and practitioners keep it legal only by hiding information and denying science. Planned Parenthood covers up the heartbeats and delays the sonograms. Regulations that would show every patient the evidence, like mandatory ultrasounds, are deemed too invasive. Laws requiring parents to be informed before their daughter receives an abortion are denounced as invasions of privacy. Pro-life protesters handing out literature at clinics are called terrorists.
Conservatives are constantly accused of being anti-science. One of the more insipid political books ever written is The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney, which accuses the GOP of resisting progress on just about everything. But in the case of abortion, it’s the left that’s dragging its knuckles, shutting out new evidence while making feral grunting noises about “choice” and “reproductive rights.” In contrast, the pro-life movement owes its existence largely to advancements in technology....
Why the shift in opinion? It wasn’t until the late 20th century that using ultrasounds to visualize pregnancies became common practice. This allowed mothers to view the developing human life inside them. As images of babies in the womb became more widespread, the country became more cautious about abortion....
Even after Roe, legalization of abortion was relatively uncontroversial. It wasn’t until scientific advances gave us a peek at the baby within that the pro-life movement gained force and public opinion softened. Abortion opponents take heart: You’re on the cutting edge; ahead of the curve.
Unfortunately, the Neanderthal left will continue to obstruct your progress, rigidly clinging to pro-choice dogmas and incantations in the face of evidence. But primitive superstitions can only survive for so long. Abortion may persist in America, but thanks to modern science, heartbeats are being heard and hearts are being changed.