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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Fear Industry

I recently read a thought provoking article on the ‘Public Discourse’ where Deidre Cooper asserts the thesis that the abortion industry is one that thrives and indeed encourages fear as a means to sustain itself. As a young person I see this constantly, I think this is an insight that needs a much greater degree of exposure. Part of the article ‘The Supreme Court Vs. Women’s Health’ goes as follows:

‘In its appeal to the passion of fear, the Court imitates the industry for which it seeks to provide legal cover. Abortion profiteers trade on men’s and women’s fears about having children. “You will never graduate from college if you have this child.” “Your parents are going to be so mad at you.” “You cannot afford to have a baby right now.” “He will never love you if you carry it to term.” So the Court: Texas will make you travel long distances to facilities that are crammed to capacity.’
If the Abortion industry and its lobbyists took the time to offer a full logical examination of the need for abortion I doubt they would have much of a case. Instead they thrive on emotional appeals. The reality is that in 2016 no one gets pregnant who does not want to get pregnant. You can take a strictly Catholic view of birth control and you’re a still left with ways to avoid pregnancy be it coitus interruptus or natural family planning. Now, I know, that it is a controversial statement, but to go a step further, the contemporary couple has an abundant number of ways to prevent the fertilization of the ovum, and failing the prevention of fertilization a multitude of methods to prevent the carriage of the pregnancy to term. Off hand:

1.    Withdrawal
2.    Charting of menstrual cycles (NFP)
3.    Sexual abstinence
4.    The contraceptive pill
5.    The hormonal injection
6.    Nuva ring
7.    Intra-uterine devices
8.    Condoms (male and female)
9.    Diaphragms
10. Vasectomy
11. Tubal ligation
12. The morning after pill/plan B
13. The Abortion pill (in some locals)
This is just the methods I can think of off hand, and I know I am missing some, however, this still leaves abundant further options for families who have ended up with a child they do not wish to or ‘cannot’ (I am highly skeptical when most claim an inability to raise a child) take care of in an appropriate fashion. There are still often angel cradle services (the technical name for giving up a baby at an acute care centre eludes me at the moment) for the voluntary relinquishment of a child into the care of an appropriate facility. Furthermore, adoption is the perennial discounted and ignored option of the many. Suffice to say, that in the off chance that pregnancy occurs and the baby is aborted, we can easily see that, what happened was surely an act of gross neglect of both sexual responsibility and maternal/paternal obligations. What does this have to do with the fear industry? Well, if we all took the time to consider the sexual options available we would see there is little need for the evil of abortion.
The fear industry wants you to buy the emotional line that abortion is your only hope, that you are juvenile that you and your infant child will not find a way despite the number of support services available for new parents. Instead they sell the byline that you cannot ‘handle’ a baby right now, you cannot ‘afford’ a baby right now, (as if relative poverty was the worst thing for a child -- its not single parenthood is), you will never reach your career goals with children (especially at a young age); all these examples and fears are nonsense, but they are common among my peers.
Consider this, the abortion industry, knowingly or not, has adopted a carrot and the stick approach, which finds broad support in our atomized liberal society, where fear of physical and emotional insecurity is a given. The stick is simply the emotive response to the unknown; the carrot is the notion that it is your ‘right’ in the positive sense to have an abortion, its framed as a privilege the ultimate expression of autonomy of the individual. The refrain of ‘no one can tell me what to do with my own body (even when it comes to killing a second body) is the summa of liberalism as we know it. ‘My life is the unquestioning ultimate and its prerogative comes at the expense of all others.’ Such an idea is a powerful notion and like children we react strongly to the elimination of privileges that we have come to understand as inherent and natural. This is the psychology of the abortion industry, and I think it needs to be addressed in a more thorough and comprehensive fashion. The argument has to be made far and wide that the abortion lobby does nothing less than manipulate the insecure and dominate culture in a way that such manipulation is re-enforced and implicitly by both the family and the peer group at the expense of the well being of the family.