by Deacon Alan Rastrelli, M.D.
In multiple ads, pro-abortion Democratic candidates have declared that there is a war on women by their Republican opponents. They define this war as any claim that the baby in the womb is a person, or any infringement on a mother’s choice to abort her baby. I counter that there is truly a war on Woman.
In one way, that war is manifest by the pressure and lies of the culture of death that deceives a mother to deny the natural process for which she is uniquely qualified: Carrying children to birth –the only way all of us entered the world. They are told they will not feel consequences of the loss of their baby because it is their choice. Yet how can such strong emotions be turned off in that situation, but a mother be overwhelmed in grief when a baby is lost to miscarriage or death in utero? Mothers are misinformed they will soon get over an abortion, but they are never fully counseled regarding the undeniable evidence in psychology documenting the significantly higher incidence of depression, addictions, PTSD, and suicide attempts in post-abortive women. Additionally, there is a significantly higher risk of breast cancer in women undergoing abortion prior to their first full term pregnancy. This is a direct attack upon the true beauty, privilege, and sanctity of Woman that cannot be hidden by lies.
We see women fighting laws that would hold abortion clinics and physicians to the same standards as any other surgical procedural facility-why wouldn’t they want a medically safe environment for fellow women?
We find women waging war on their own gender by opposing laws that would prevent sex-selective abortions—the preponderance of these are aimed at girls!
Another lie that has been suppressed is the association of the use of birth control pills and breast cancer, as found in medical studies. The hormones used in birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy have been classified as class I carcinogens in the World Health Organization. Again, when you put together the increased risks of BCP’s to the health of a woman, (and the war is carried to our young girls in high school who are offered BCP’s by the majority of pediatricians) + the risks of abortion-inducing pills, + the risks of a surgical abortion (you seldom hear of the very real risk of morbidity and death) – none of which are treating a health problem– That is a war on woman! Pregnancy is not a health problem! Infertility is a true health problem, yet its very expensive treatment is not provided for the sweeping Affordable Care Act. Yet Obamacare demands provision for free contraceptive pills that are already inexpensive and widely available, goes against religious freedom of conscience, and contraception does not even treat an illness, but can actually cause health problems! How paradoxical is that!
I see many commercials for lawyers promising money from lawsuits against drugs and procedures that were used to treat true diseases but had poor outcomes. Yet, I’m wondering where they are in defending women who are at increased risk for breast cancer by taking a pill that is not even treating a disease! Even if there is just a possibility that there could be an increased risk, most drugs would be taken off the market until clearly proven otherwise. Not so with the multibillion dollar industry of contraception. I call it deception!
Though it may be inopportune, pregnancy is not an unhealthy outcome of the marital act – thus abortion should not be a part of women’s healthcare. In fact, it threatens the health of the mother with potential complications from a fully elective procedure that is not treating an illness but abrogating nature. It is not the equivalent of treating a health problem such as infertility, cancer, or any other disease. Those are true health problems.
So we need to take the war on woman to the factual, moral level of truth by raising the awareness and importance of an informed moral conscience based on God’s natural moral law. I would like to quote from the platforms of both major American parties to reveal the stark differences in their philosophy on life:
from the Democratic platform:
” the Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe V Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of the ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
From the Republican platform:
“The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to
make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or
fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. … prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and …extend health care coverage to children before birth.
We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions–gender discrimination in its most lethal form-and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain;
We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.”
If you were to be questioned on judgment day-and you will- would Jesus judge the issue of abortion with all the other political issues with equal footing? Were you instead more concerned with how “green” your candidate was; or who protected our lands and animals the most; or who taxed you more or less, or had the most attractive platform on WORLD issues? A vote for a platform that promises to maintain abortion availability is a vote against life. People can live even in poverty, even when unemployed, even under various forms of government – but we are scandalous if we allow the scourge of killing the unborn to continue, and not even allow those unborn persons to live in our world, as broken or broke as it may be.