by David Sisler

Thousands of fans said goodbye to Georgia's favorite gorilla, remembering Willie B., who died February 2, 2000, as a "treasured and noble friend whose life in captivity freed the minds of humans." So said the Associated Press.

"What is taking place in America, is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another." So said Mother Teresa speaking about abortion in 1997 at the National Prayer Breakfast with President and Mrs. Clinton in attendance.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Abortion Rights and Reproductive Action League (NARAL), a man who by his own admission, was "personally responsible for 75,000 abortions" and is today pro-life, writes revealingly about the tactics he and his supporters used to change America's mind about abortion. Their first, primary step was to "persuade the media that the cause of permissive abortion was a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one. Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls."

Next they fabricated "the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000... The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans."

Nathanson said, "Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public."

On January 13, 2000, Kate Michelman, NARAL president, issued a statement bemoaning the fact that state after state is reversing the legalized murder decision of Roe Vs. Wade. She writes about the "escalation of anti-choice legislative activity over the past five years."

Michelman describes her side as "pro-choice" and people who oppose abortion as "anti-choice." She beats the drum and most of the media dances to the NARAL tune. People who are opposed to abortion call themselves "pro-life." Naturally, it would seem, the other side is then, "anti-life" or "pro-death." But when was the last time you read that in a national press story or heard it in a sound bite?

What is this "dangerous" legislation which frightens Kate Michelman?

She says that among the dangerous laws were ones which mandated that "young women notify a parent prior to obtaining an abortion." It is really dangerous, isn't it, to give a young woman, about to take the life of her unborn child, risk her own reproductive future, if not her own life, the opportunity to get another opinion? A parent may be a highly emotional opinion-giver, but one which might, just maybe, see the young woman as a person, not as a statistic, and not as a profitable commodity.

What else terrorizes Kate Michelman about the potential "restriction of women's reproductive freedom? " States which "moved aggressively to enact laws that provide, encourage, or fund abstinence-only or abstinence-until-marriage education, frequently limiting access to the information young women and men need to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect themselves from AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases." Whoa! She says teaching kids not to have sexual intercourse until marriage may be denying them information that would prevent pregnancies and protect them from diseases? In case Ms. Michelman missed it, a woman can become pregnant only if her egg is fertilized by the male's sperm and that normally happens during non-abstinence. And how does one catch a sexually transmitted disease? Again, normally, by practicing non-abstinence.

In case you wondered, "women's reproductive freedom" has only one literal translation babies die. An animal, a treasured pet, but ultimately a soul-less creature dies, makes headlines, and otherwise normally intelligent people act like ninnies. Every day babies are murdered 38 million in the United States alone since Roe v. Wade and all the while, the President of the United States repeatedly refuses to sign into law a measure which would stop the murder of babies who are less than six inches away from total delivery. And after his primary victory in New Hampshire, the Vice President of the United States chanted, "We will never give up a woman's right to chose! Never!" and people cheered.

Abortion is a woman's constitutional right, the pro-death crowd chants. Even before we had a Constitution we believed certain "truths to be self-evident, that all men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life." Speaking at the gorilla's funeral, one dignitary declared that Willie B. "was almost human." Dr. Nathanson said, "As a scientist I know, not believe, know, that human life begins at conception." And babies, completely, totally human, continue to die, their right to life denied.


Published in The Augusta Chronicle 2/12/2000

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