The abortion lobby has once again lined up Alabama in their cross-hairs. Earlier this year, Alabama passed the Human Rights Protection Act which establishes a near-total ban on abortion that takes effect this November. The abortion lobby however has continued to target such legislation because it doesn’t help their bottom line.
The newest example? The organization Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equality (better known as URGE) has decided to place 4 billboards in the state to “destigmatize abortion.” The billboards read, “Abortion: You do You,” as if abortion was as easy a soundbite. No mention of the numerous mental and physical side effects of abortion, such as an increase in suicidal thoughts, depression, damage to the cervix, damage to internal organs, infertility, and more.
Yet another issue with the billboards is the poor attempt to reduce the most important social injustice of our time to a mere “personal preference,” like the choice between vanilla and chocolate ice cream. This has been the tactic of the abortion lobby for years, to portray it as a neutral choice rather than an issue of right or wrong. Some choices are wrong. They ignore the most fundamental question: what is the preborn child? If the preborn is NOT a human being, no justification is necessary. If the preborn is a human being, no justification is adequate.
While the abortion lobby continues to fight against basic human rights to increase profits, they also fail to address arguments related specifically to the issue of “choice”. It seems contrary to the continued narrative that over 50% of post-abortive women said they felt forced or coerced into their abortion. If this was truly about choice, abortion facilities would offer actual pregnancy services, like prenatal counseling, adoption services or partnerships, and non-abortion ultrasound services. However, as it always has been, abortion is not about women’s empowerment or choice, but rather a way for the abortion lobby to profit off the exploitation of others. As Alice Paul said, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”
And yet, these billboards seem relatively minor considering the wave of abortion extremism that has seeped into the country, from states legalizing abortion up until the moment of birth, presidential candidates not only refusing to denounce but actually advocating for infanticide, and attempts from Planned Parenthood to force their extremist ideology into classrooms. However, it demonstrates one fundamental fact about the abortion lobby. They don’t truly care about women; otherwise they would stop misleading them. You should be able to “do you” when it comes to preference decisions like favorite music, ice cream, or pizza toppings… not when it comes to taking human rights from the most marginalized group in our society.