By Jonathon Van Maren
Nothing infuriates abortion activists more than the truth—especially when that truth is being presented to a public that they need to accept their deceitful rhetoric, or at least to remain mired in apathy. In Canada, even photos of babies in the womb have been referred to as “graphic images of fetuses” by both abortion activists and judges, who insist that the basic facts concerning who the pre-born child in the womb is and what abortion does to them are “offensive.” It is the same in the Republic of Ireland, which is currently deluged with vague signs urging voters to repeal Ireland’s protections for children in the womb (none of the signs mention abortion), while abortion activists insist that pro-life signs showing a baby in the womb are “disgusting.”
As I wrote earlier this week, if a culture wants to kill its children, it must first kill truth. The truth about abortion is profoundly offensive: It is the violent physical destruction of a human being in the womb. Talking about the pre-born human being, which it undeniably is, is also offensive to abortion activists, who need everyone to be steeped in their dehumanizing rhetoric in order to persuade people that violent eviction from the womb is a humane response to a crisis pregnancy. In Italy at the moment, abortion activists are outraged by truthful pro-life signs that have cropped up around Rome. From the BBC:
“Abortion is the prime cause of femicide in the world,” declare the black-and-white posters that have appeared in several areas of Rome. But the campaign has provoked widespread anger and led to appeals to the mayor to get the posters removed.
One feminist group condemned the posters as “disgraceful” while others objected to the use of a word often used for the killing of women by men. Italy is about to mark 40 years since abortion was made legal. The Madrid-based CitizenGo group behind the posters timed the campaign to coincide with the 22 May anniversary of Italy’s Law 194, as well as a “march for life” in the centre of Rome on Saturday.
In a series of messages on social media, it said that after 40 years the law had failed and that abortion was often used to suppress women, leaving “millions of babies killed and women injured”.
This is not the first time anti-abortion groups have highlighted the impending anniversary of the law. Only a month ago Rome authorities removed a giant poster of a foetus that bore the slogan: “You’re here because your mum didn’t abort you.”
Feminist group Facebook Rebel Network called on Mayor Virginia Raggi to remove the posters immediately. However, campaigners hit back saying that all those who had insulted the CitizenGo group had been able to do so only because they had not been aborted themselves. Their campaign would soon spread to other cities, they said.
Again, these things are undeniably true. Millions of baby girls were successfully wiped out by abortion—simply because they were girls. Nobody can deny that. But the presentation of that fact infuriates abortion activists because it illustrates powerfully that the language of abortion as “women’s healthcare” is a lethal farce. It is also obviously true that those of us who are born are only here because our mothers did not decide to abort us. That this fact would throw abortion activists into a rage indicates that they are lying to the public and wish everyone to remain in denial about what abortion actually is. In Italy, at least, there is a silver lining to all this:
In recent years the number of voluntary terminations has fallen significantly in Italy.
In 2016, there were 84,926 terminations, 3.1% down on the previous year. The highest number recorded was 234,801 in 1982.
The more truth is spread to the public, the more the abortion industry will find itself robbed of willing customers. And that is why they fight so hard to suppress it whenever it appears.
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