I saw this website this morning via one of my Facebook friends. It's an interesting new look at abortion, heavily backed up with statistics and studies and footnotes to research.
And what that research shows is that, quite a lot of the time, abortion isn't a "woman's choice" at all.
It's a "choice" she makes when she's threatened by her husband or partner. It's a "choice" she makes under duress, from the child's father or her parents or other controlling voices in her life. It's a "choice" she makes when she's given misinformation and total lies about the baby's gestational development. It's a "choice" she makes under threat of losing her job or her place to live.
Take a look at this example from the website's available ad materials (click on the image to see it larger):
Did you know that women are six times more likely to commit suicide in the year following an abortion? That's not a statistic we hear much about, is it?
The volunteers at the 40 Days for Life events are probably not that surprised by that statistic. They've encountered women in tears, women looking to be forgiven, women who years after an abortion still mourn on the anniversary of their child's death--or on the date he or she would have been born--each year.
Some of those women are praying beside them. Some are even brave enough to put the message that they regret their abortions out there to help the women suffering the terrible, unvoiced pain of having participated in the killing of their own unborn child.
Because, of course, the illusion of "choice" means that every woman has to pretend, to herself and everyone else, that the abortion was her idea, that she made "her choice" calmly and rationally and without any pressure from a boyfriend threatening abandonment or parents threatening to throw her out; that she decided only after weighing all the facts, viewing relevant images of embryonic or fetal development, seeking guidance from her spiritual support network whatever that might be, etc. She then has to pretend that of course the abortion was the only thing to be done, and really it ought to be something she should celebrate for the freedom it gave her, and the idea that she should suffer in any way from it is just silly, and that odd flutter in her chest the day she heard that newborn fussing in the grocery store is just nothing, and the fact that every time she uses the vacuum she has to go vomit is because of her dreadful allergies, and the fact that she broke up with her boyfriend anyway has nothing to do with the abortion--or the fact that lately she hates her parents with a fierce fiery rage and took delight in spoiling their plans for a "family Christmas" at the last minute by announcing that she had to work is just proof that she's finally growing up...
...and the fact that it was a hell of a lot easier to volunteer to work on Christmas than to deal with seeing her cousin's baby all decked out in "Baby's First Christmas!" gear has nothing to do with the abortion, either...
The abortion industry has to keep maintaining its illusion of "Over 52 Million Happy Customers!" in order to keep women streaming through their chop-shop doors. "Over 52 Million Killed!" would be a more accurate slogan, if we add the suicide deaths of post-abortive women to the number of babies who have lost their lives in those places since 1973 (not to mention the number of women who have died from "safe, legal" abortion, which is a topic for another time). And, tragically, the women already victimized by abortion, the ones already suffering the pain and anguish that it is highly politically incorrect for them to suffer, are victimized again by society's demand to them to keep up the pretense.