Win the Abortion Battle

To win the abortion battle, pro-lifers must embrace the left’s most powerful weapon

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To win the abortion battle, pro-lifers must embrace the left's most powerful weapon

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a dra­matic shift in the way the abor­tion debate has been framed by the left through their main­stream media prox­ies. What was once a bat­tle about “choice” has now been retooled to be about “repro­duc­tive rights.” This is going to become louder once Ohio Gov­er­nor John Kasich decides which abor­tion ban he signs, which will likely hap­pen this week.

Per­son­ally, I’d like to see him sign the Heart­beat Bill, but as long as he signs one of them, the con­ver­sa­tion will reignite around the con­cept of repro­duc­tive rights. This is usu­ally frowned upon by con­ser­v­a­tives as it touches on a point that we hold dear: per­sonal lib­er­ties. We don’t like that the left is using one of our tools against us. Rather than attempt­ing to shift the con­ver­sa­tion away from this talk­ing point, we should embrace it.

It has become the most pow­er­ful weapon used by the pro-​abortion crowd because the con­ser­v­a­tive per­spec­tives sur­round­ing per­sonal lib­er­ties res­onate with the major­ity, even Democ­rats (once you clear away the minu­tia they use to cloud the issue of free­doms). They are pulling at our polit­i­cal heart­strings when they make the claim that any attempts to take away a woman’s right to an abor­tion is an attack on her free­doms. For this rea­son, the pro-​life move­ment has turned to other meth­ods for fight­ing their bat­tles: reli­gion, post-​abortion depres­sion, touch­ing sto­ries from abor­tion sur­vivors, and sci­en­tific tech­ni­cal­i­ties are just some of the tools pro-​lifers use to wage war on abortion.

We’ve allowed the left to co-​opt our most pow­er­ful weapon and use it against us. This needs to be reversed. Abor­tion is absolutely about per­sonal lib­er­ties. There is no bet­ter argu­ment than pro­tec­tion of free­doms and our God-​given rights when com­bat­ing the plague of abor­tion. All we need to do is focus on the other side of the coin. Just as pro-​abortion groups tout the indi­vid­ual lib­er­ties of preg­nant women by focus­ing on repro­duc­tive rights, pro-​lifers should engage in the same way by ham­mer­ing the rights of the preborn.

Yes, babies have rights, too. The ques­tion of when the baby gets rights is the only thing in ques­tion. The left will tell us that up to a cer­tain point, a pre­born baby is sim­ply a con­glom­er­a­tion of cells that are actu­ally still part of the woman, so their exis­tence falls under the juris­dic­tion of her indi­vid­ual rights. Just as she can choose to have her ton­sils removed, the left wants us to believe she has the right to have the unwanted group­ing of cells in her uterus removed.

Sci­ence is on our side. The rea­son the Heart­beat Bill has its name is not sym­bolic. The bill bans abor­tions once a heart­beat can be detected by the doc­tor. This hap­pens around the six-​week point fol­low­ing con­cep­tion. It may be hard to con­vince peo­ple on the fence that the stan­dard ban on abor­tions held by most states of 24-​weeks needs to be brought up to the six-​week mark, but know­ing that the pre­born baby’s heart is already beat­ing at that point is a pow­er­ful argu­ment for life.

When does a pre­born baby acquire the rights of every Amer­i­can to be allowed to live? For some of us, the answer is at con­cep­tion. For oth­ers, it’s at a cer­tain point between con­cep­tion and birth. The key for this bat­tle is to under­stand that if Amer­i­cans are made aware of the sci­ence behind repro­duc­tion, the left’s nar­ra­tive of “repro­duc­tive rights” can be quickly shifted in the hearts and minds of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans to be about a pre­born baby’s right to live.

The left is fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle if we take the bat­tle to them instead of tip­toe­ing around the other strate­gies that we’ve cre­ated. Mod­ern sci­ence allows us to get up close and per­sonal with pre­born babies. Share those videos. Share the sto­ries of how pre­born babies feel pain, dream dreams, and expe­ri­ence emo­tions in ways very sim­i­lar to how they act once they’re born. There’s a rea­son that the left is so against sim­ple mea­sures such as the bur­ial of aborted fetuses. Their nar­ra­tive falls apart once a pre­born human is human­ized in the eyes of the masses.

With the assump­tion that pro-​life judges are about to fill the benches of courts around the coun­try, includ­ing the cur­rent and upcom­ing open Supreme Court seats, the pro-​life move­ment has never had a bet­ter oppor­tu­nity to move the nee­dle. We can save mil­lions of babies who haven’t even been con­ceived yet. To do this, we need to stop renounc­ing our best weapon and take it back from the left. Per­sonal lib­er­ties res­onate. We sim­ply need to remind peo­ple that pre­born babies deserve lib­er­ties as well.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way the abortion debate has been framed by the left through their mainstream media proxies. What was once a battle about “choice” has now been retooled to be about “reproductive rights.” This is going to become louder once Ohio Governor John Kasich decides which abortion ban he signs, which will likely happen this week.

Personally, I’d like to see him sign the Heartbeat Bill, but as long as he signs one of them, the conversation will reignite around the concept of reproductive rights. This is usually frowned upon by conservatives as it touches on a point that we hold dear: personal liberties. We don’t like that the left is using one of our tools against us. Rather than attempting to shift the conversation away from this talking point, we should embrace it.

It has become the most powerful weapon used by the pro-abortion crowd because the conservative perspectives surrounding personal liberties resonate with the majority, even Democrats (once you clear away the minutia they use to cloud the issue of freedoms). They are pulling at our political heartstrings when they make the claim that any attempts to take away a woman’s right to an abortion is an attack on her freedoms. For this reason, the pro-life movement has turned to other methods for fighting their battles: religion, post-abortion depression, touching stories from abortion survivors, and scientific technicalities are just some of the tools pro-lifers use to wage war on abortion.

We’ve allowed the left to co-opt our most powerful weapon and use it against us. This needs to be reversed. Abortion is absolutely about personal liberties. There is no better argument than protection of freedoms and our God-given rights when combating the plague of abortion. All we need to do is focus on the other side of the coin. Just as pro-abortion groups tout the individual liberties of pregnant women by focusing on reproductive rights, pro-lifers should engage in the same way by hammering the rights of the preborn.

Yes, babies have rights, too. The question of when the baby gets rights is the only thing in question. The left will tell us that up to a certain point, a preborn baby is simply a conglomeration of cells that are actually still part of the woman, so their existence falls under the jurisdiction of her individual rights. Just as she can choose to have her tonsils removed, the left wants us to believe she has the right to have the unwanted grouping of cells in her uterus removed.

Science is on our side. The reason the Heartbeat Bill has its name is not symbolic. The bill bans abortions once a heartbeat can be detected by the doctor. This happens around the six-week point following conception. It may be hard to convince people on the fence that the standard ban on abortions held by most states of 24-weeks needs to be brought up to the six-week mark, but knowing that the preborn baby’s heart is already beating at that point is a powerful argument for life.

When does a preborn baby acquire the rights of every American to be allowed to live? For some of us, the answer is at conception. For others, it’s at a certain point between conception and birth. The key for this battle is to understand that if Americans are made aware of the science behind reproduction, the left’s narrative of “reproductive rights” can be quickly shifted in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans to be about a preborn baby’s right to live.

The left is fighting a losing battle if we take the battle to them instead of tiptoeing around the other strategies that we’ve created. Modern science allows us to get up close and personal with preborn babies. Share those videos. Share the stories of how preborn babies feel pain, dream dreams, and experience emotions in ways very similar to how they act once they’re born. There’s a reason that the left is so against simple measures such as the burial of aborted fetuses. Their narrative falls apart once a preborn human is humanized in the eyes of the masses.

With the assumption that pro-life judges are about to fill the benches of courts around the country, including the current and upcoming open Supreme Court seats, the pro-life movement has never had a better opportunity to move the needle. We can save millions of babies who haven’t even been conceived yet. To do this, we need to stop renouncing our best weapon and take it back from the left. Personal liberties resonate. We simply need to remind people that preborn babies deserve liberties as well.