“Trump did great. He is going to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.” “Hillary spoke to women.” These were sentiments voiced on social media following the latest presidential debate’s exchange on abortion, but as I sat watching, I felt angry and frustrated. The soundbites were filled with the usual lies and certainly missed opportunities. Although Hillary Clinton may have been speaking to women, she certainly did not speak to all women.
I am a post-abortive woman. I minister to women suffering from a past abortion. Our small program serves about 200 new women every year who seek help from the devastation of a past abortion. Most have suffered in silence, alone, because they do not want anyone to know of their abortion. Many of the suffering sat on their couches during the debate waiting for a word spoken to them. Sadly, not one was heard.
The Guttmacher Institute, a former arm of Planned Parenthood, admits at least 10 percent of women who have an abortion are adversely impacted. With 60 million abortions in our country since Roe vs. Wade, even by their standards, millions of women have suffered adversely as a result of abortion. Think about it — we all know someone who is suffering: a relative, a friend, a co‑ worker. We are quite literally surrounded by the walking wounded.
Abortion Is Not a Solution for Women’s Problems
Hillary fed us her usual misinformation and lies, like the familiar rant about late-term abortion being done for the health of the mother. I have worked with many couples who have had late-term abortions, and not once was the abortion for the health of the mother. The devastation they experienced when they realized the reality of what they had done and the lies they were told is appalling. Perhaps Hillary should speak with them.
While she would like to everyone to believe that abortion is a free choice, she does nothing to protect countless women who have been coerced and threatened by boyfriends, husbands, and parents. In fact, she works against any legislation to inform or protect such women. She denies the adverse impact millions of us have experienced and the fact we were lied to and deceived by the abortion industry. I know. I am one of them.
The truth is, Hillary is a pro-abortion extremist. She’s comfortable with termination at any point, for any reason, and would not only continue to support the Planned Parenthood that has been caught on tape harvesting fetuses, but will increase their power and finances if she is elected president.
Don’t Drive People to Justify Their Abortion Choices
Donald Trump missed a great opportunity. While he addressed late-term abortion and the unborn, he said nothing of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of baby body parts. Nor did he speak to the millions of women out there who sat on their couches listening, or to their friends and families, who will continue to support Roe vs, Wade because in their eyes, not to do so would be judging the people they love who have had abortions.
By saying he would reverse Roe vs. Wade without giving hope of healing or understanding about what drives people to abort, he left such people with no place to go but to Hillary because they need to justify their decision if there is no way out of the pain. There is a huge disconnect and lack of understanding in our society regarding the very real fallout from abortion. Most Americans do not know the truth and sadly, the only voices that are heard are the extremes.
Yes, Trump said he would appoint Supreme Court Justices to overturn Roe vs. Wade, but without speaking to the hearts of the millions out there who suffer and feel judged and alone, and the people who love them, they were left feeling like the abortion extremists want them to feel in order to get their votes.
Hillary spoke to some women, but not all. She clearly supports killing the unborn during all nine months of pregnancy and Planned Parenthood, an organization that lies and exploits women and sells baby parts. Sadly, no matter how I look at it, I think we all lose this election regarding abortion—especially women and babies.