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A Great Article on Abortion

I had a front row seat to a manifestation of the mercy of God yesterday!  A couple from somewhere outside Cincinnati drove down to Louisville to get an abortion, but they changed their minds and said that they are “definitely” keeping the baby!  Hallelujah, what great news!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

I received a great article from the crisis pregnancy center yesterday, and would like to share.  I am not sure who the author is. The article quotes another article and gives its source, but I am not sure of the source for this one.  Anyway, here it is:

(All of the following is directly quoted from the article- DH)

“Profile of a Woman with an Unplanned Pregnancy”

Recently there has been research done on the psychology of pro-choice women. I quote here extensively from an article called “Abortion: A Failure to Communicate” by Paul Swope. Mr. Swope is the Northeast Project Director of the Caring Foundation and President of LifeNet Services, Inc. In the article Mr. Swope details the findings of the research and then links it to the media communication that the Caring Foundation has been conducting in various states. You may obtain a complete copy of this article by writing to the Caring Foundation, 10 Park Avenue, Derry, NH 03038-2114

The information outlined in this article challenges us in the Pregnancy Center ministry with information that may be new to some, yet confirm for others what we have been learning all along as we have ministered to women over the last two decades. Before we believe we have anything to say to a woman, we must know who she is and the forces, thoughts, and pressures that are behind her decision-making processes, especially if we hope to continue to reach out to abortion-vulnerable women and affect the abortion rate in this country.

For twenty-five years the pro-life movement has stood up to defend perhaps the most crucial principle in any civilized society, namely, the sanctity and value of every human life. However, neither the profundity and scale of the cause, nor the integrity of those who work to support it, necessarily translates into effective action. Recent research on the psychology of pro-choice women offers insight into why the pro-life movement has not been as effective as it might have been in persuading women to choose life; it also offers opportunities to improve dramatically the scope and influence of the pro-life message, particularly among women of childbearing age.

This research suggests that modern American women of childbearing age do not view the abortion issue within the same moral framework as those of us who are pro-life activists. Our message is not being well-received by this audience because we have made the error of assuming that women, especially those facing the trauma of an unplanned pregnancy, will respond to principles we see as self-evident within our own moral framework, and we have presented our arguments accordingly. This is a miscalculation that has fatally handicapped the pro-life cause. While we may not agree with how women currently evaluate this issue, the importance of our mission and the imperative to be effective demands that we listen, that we understand, and that we respond to the actual concerns of women who are most likely to choose abortion…

One objection of the research was to answer a question that has baffled pro-life activists for some time. How can women and the public in general, be comfortable with being against abortion personally but in favor of keeping it legal? Because pro-lifers find it morally obvious that one cannot simultaneously hold that “abortion is killing” and “abortion should be legal,” they have tended to assume that people only need to be shown more clearly that the fetus is a baby. They assume that if the humanity of the unborn is understood, the consequent moral imperative, “killing a baby is wrong,” will naturally follow, and women will choose life for their unborn children. This orientation has framed much of the argument by pro-lifers for over two decades, with frustratingly little impact.

The new research shows why the traditional approach has had so little effect, and what can be done to change things.

The summary report of the study bears the intriguing title: “Abortion: The Least of Three Evils – Understanding the Psychological Dynamics of How Women Feel About Abortion.” The report suggests that women do not see any “good” resulting from an unplanned pregnancy. Instead they must weigh what they perceive as three “evils,” namely, motherhood, adoption, and abortion.

Unplanned motherhood, according to the study, represents a threat so great to modern women that it is perceived as equivalent to a “death of self.” While the woman may rationally understand this is not her own literal death, her emotional, subconscious reaction to carrying the child to term is that her life will be “over.” This is because many young women of today have developed a self-identity that simply does not include being a mother. It may include going through college, getting a degree, obtaining a good job, even getting married someday; but the sudden intrusion of motherhood is perceived as a complete loss of control over their present and future selves. It shatters their sense of who they are and will become, and thereby paralyzes their ability to think more rationally or realistically.

When these women evaluate the abortion decision, therefore, they do not, as a pro-lifer might, formulate the problem with the radically distinct options of either “I must endure an embarrassing pregnancy” or “I must destroy the life of an innocent child.” Instead, their perception of the choice is either “my life is over” or “the life of this new child is over.” Given this perspective, the choice of abortion becomes one of self-preservation, a much more defensible position, both to the woman deciding to abort and to those supporting her decision.

(This is about half of the article, I will post the rest later- DH)


May 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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