In many ways, Americans can look to Britain as an example of what our future could look like… should we follow them down their progressive path. So when British columnists write about abortion, it poses a lot of food for thought for Americans on both sides of the abortion issue.
An article by a British author was just posted called, “Two Thirds of Women Would Not Tell Their Family About an Abortion.” Both pro-life and pro-choice activists read equal and opposite tragedy into this statement. On the pro-choice side, readers would feel bad that abortion is “stigmatized” so that mothers go through it in solitude to avoid judgment. On the pro-life side, readers infer the tragedy that women don’t feel supported enough to ask for help or advice from loved ones.
With either bias, the point remains – most women do not want other people to know about their choice to end their child’s life (again, this research was carried out in Britain, but Americans can still glean truth from it). Worth noting is that their abortion numbers are on the rise:
“Earlier this year, data published by the Department of Health and Social Care revealed the number of abortions carried out in England and Wales had reached a record high of more than 200,000 in a year.”
It Is a Silent Epidemic
In a culture that says abortion is fine and great, many mothers suffer in silence. Abortion is unnatural, violent, and can take a variety of physical and emotional tolls on women. Indeed, why would women want to confide their true feelings in others when society says abortion is morally equivalent to having a tooth pulled? Any negative reflections would be brushed aside. Heck, their “feminist values” may even be called into question.
Both sides of the issue make sweeping proclamations about abortion with varying degrees of truth. Here’s the real fact: the mainstream “middle” of the abortion debate believes abortion is bad. That is should be “safe, legal, & rare,” but that people who have them should know they are going to feel bad about it, even if it was the “right choice.”
Attempts to End Abortion “Stigma” Won’t Work
That’s why the #ShoutYourAbortion culture doesn’t work. Abortion is not “shoutable.” Human beings are social creatures with feelings and parental instincts imbued in us by evolution (and if you’re spiritual, by a Creator). Deliberately killing our offspring is not normal and not praise-worthy – despite its presence in world history. Just because we’ve been doing something for a long time doesn’t make it right (see slavery, genocides, unjust wars, etc).
Pretending that paying someone to kill a preborn child is any sort of “good” does not appeal to the average human being’s sensibilities, and it’s not going to win pro-lifers or people in the middle to the pro-abortion side.
There are resources for those hurting from abortion, no matter the role the person played in it. Hopeafterabortion.com is a good place to start.