The abortion battle for hearts and minds not just laws

Cradle My Heart Radio will tackle the battle for hearts and minds this Sunday September 28

istockphoto © MrPants

istockphoto © MrPants

As abortion industry practices shift, let’s discuss why it’s so important to win hearts and minds on abortion. We must make it not just illegal, but also unthinkable. According to John Ensor:

Unthinkable is the best word to describe it because that is the way God describes it. “The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah saying, … “They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination” (Jeremiah 32:35; cf. 7:31, 19:5).

I traveled with Pastor Ensor on a mission to help establish pregnancy help centers in Russia in 2012 and he’s been a guest on Cradle My Heart Radio. He’s right, of course, on a spiritual and moral level. But as a practical matter the tactics and strategies of defending life are in a major shift right now with more and more women finding ways to abort without having to appear at an abortion facility.

Sidewalk counseling and picketing will likely fade as hospitals train the next generation of ob-gyn’s to mainstream abortion in their practices. The New York Times 2010 Sunday Magazine story The New Abortion Providers reporting this trend buried the lead: Warren Buffett is funding this fundamental shift to the tune of billions spent:

The money for the Ryan and the Family Planning Fellowship comes from one foundation and from one family. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous, which helps to explain why there’s been so little publicity about the pro-choice strategy of bringing abortion into academic medicine. It has been covered by a veil of semisecrecy.

At the same time, as the Ryan and the fellowship have expanded to dozens of institutions, many people have come to know about the source of funding. In the course of my reporting, two doctors who had not done the fellowship themselves, but who work in universities, volunteered to me that the money for the programs comes from the Buffett Foundation. They meant the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.

Susan Thompson Buffett was married to Warren Buffett and served as president of the foundation that bears her name. She died in 2004. Two years later, Warren Buffett gave the foundation about $3 billion. He said that he expected the gift to increase the foundation’s annual expenditures by $150 million. And in fact, total giving by the foundation, where two of the Buffetts’ children sit on the board, increased from $202 million in 2007 to $347 million in 2008, according to tax returns.

It is encouraging to read the medical ethics of these new professionals–many are extremely uneasy with the training and say they will not offer the “service” to their future patients.

Medical abortions (pills vs surgery) are on the rise through new technologies. Tele-med abortion (remote prescription via skype) was banned in Iowa in 2013. But abortion without the aid of a medical professional even being involved is a growing trend worldwide due to the advent of Cytotec, the brand name for Misoprostol, a prescription drug which prevents stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is being used off-label to bring about abortions.

The Atlantic reported in June that the DIY abortion trend began in Brazil:

In Brazil, as in many parts of the world, Catholicism dominates the abortion debate. Like adultery and murder, it was a mortal sin, worthy of damnation to hell and, according to the country’s 1940 Penal Code, a crime against life. Despairing Brazilian women with unwanted pregnancies resorted to drastic and dangerous measures. They listened to old wives tails, ramming sharp objects into their uteruses and guzzling drug cocktails, and visiting clandestine, unsafe abortion clinics. But nothing seemed to reliably work, and all were perilous. That is, until they found the little white pill—that special drug that could, miraculously, “bring the period back.”

And so, the whispers circulated and hushed exchanges began. When women searched for the magic drug, they would shield their intentions with coded language: “I need to bring down my period,” they would say, or “bring it back.” For many Catholic women, describing miso in those terms felt better. It was different than aborting, and far less cognitively dissonant.

Well, yes, that would be wonderful if it truly were different, if it didn’t involve the death of a child each time.

There’s more and it’s closer to home. Time magazine reports on Jennifer Whalen, the mom who is serving jail time for giving miso to her pregnant teen daughter.

So let’s talk about this. I’ll share what I’ve heard from the women who have been through medical abortions. Hint: there is nothing new under the sun. Abortion is abortion and it is degrading, traumatic, and dangerous. And of course, deadly to the child.

I want to hear your thoughts and feelings on this.

If abortion becomes truly a do-it-yourself experience, how will we best work to prevent it? How will we win the hearts and minds of women and men to value and cherish before they even think of choosing abortion?

Join us for an important discussion on abortion in the news on Cradle My Heart Radio September 28 at 9 pm ET.

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