Wednesday, 20 May 2015

LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES

Lies, Atheism and the Pro-Abortion Movement
Not all atheists are pro-abortion and not all in the pro-choice movement are atheists, but I have come to the conclusion that most are.  What drew me to this conclusion?  Let me explain…
In my position as president of Bus Stop Bible Studies I have had the opportunity to work with a number of crisis pregnancy centres, posting advertising panels inside buses with various Canadian transit companies to promote their compassionate ministries.  We first posted panels with the North York Pregnancy Care Centre (now Pregnancy Care Centre) back in 2010.  In the past five years there has been the occasional complaint but nothing of any consequence.  In that same time the number of PCC locations in the GTA has increased to six, such is the demand for their services.
In mid-May, 2015 a certain Linda Star started an on-line petition in an attempt to get the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to remove the current PCC advertising panels. "Remove anti-choice ads on the TTC" reads the petition headline. What I found so amazing, and so disturbing, is that one individual can post a petition, the basis for which are lies and fabrication, and get 15,000 signatures in a matter of days.  I guess this is one of the downsides of the social-media world in which we now live.
Below is the specific advertising panel used as the basis for the petition:
As I reviewed the written comments on the petition website I noted a number of recurring themes, so I copied and pasted a completely random selection of 1,090 comments into a spreadsheet and conducted some simple analysis based on key words.
Here are some conclusions I was able to draw:
The Pro-Choice community are not interested in choice - they are almost exclusively interested in access to abortion.  Even though the co-sponsor of the bus ads is the JFJ Hope Centre adoption agency, apparently this is not a viable ‘choice’ for the pro-aborts.  Of the 1,090 comments analyzed there were 18 references to adoption – all of them conveyed negatively:
“We don't need Ads promoting Adoption on the TTC.”
“I think more woman should have abortions to help control the population. There are way to [sic] many people on this planet and I think if someone wants a kid they should adopt.”
“Pregnancy Care Centres are guilty of false advertising. They purport to provide information about options, but they only provide information about placing a baby for adoption, or raising it on your own. They do not provide information about the possibility of termination.”
The pro-abortionists are anti-religion or seemingly deny a moral compass.  Of the 1,090 comments there were 164 direct references to religion, again all in the negative.  100% of the comments deny or exclude that the life of the child has any bearing on the conversation – all that matters is the woman’s right (choice) to kill her unborn child.  The word choice was referenced to 412 times.
Reduced to an absolute, abortion is either moral or immoral.  It is either right or wrong. Why would I suggest that the choice of abortion is a moral absolute? Simply put, the outcome of an abortion is an absolute – a dead human (there is no other specie it could be).  One can argue the semantics of whether one calls this other living entity a child, a baby, a fetus or a zygote, but every living being has its origins at the moment of conception.
This bring us to question the definition and purpose of morality.  One dictionary definition of morality is “Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior. A particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society. The extent to which an action is right or wrong.”
Comment left on petition: “a mythical god should not be used to influence the right of personal choice.”
There are three possibilities with regard to (an individual’s) morality:
It’s personal.  My definition of what is right and wrong are the attributes that determine what I consider to be moral or immoral.  The only logical conclusion is anarchy – anything goes.  My sense of right and wrong is as valid as any other individual's and therefore I am accountable to no one.
It’s societal.  A simple majority of 50 + 1 establishes the rules.  As goes the crowd goes (even when led by an articulate but deceptive ideologue such as the likes of Hitler and any number of the current political leaders) so goes right and wrong.  Unfortunately the silent (moral?) majority remains silent and the noisy few establish the rules.
It’s an absolute.  If morality is an absolute then there must be a Moral Law Giver.  This Moral Law is that which distinguishes those that are pro-life and those that are pro-death.  And let me be very clear, to be pro-choice is to be pro-death because the only ‘choice’ that is in question is death.
This brings us back to the reasoning for my drawing the conclusion that most pro-death/choice individuals are atheist, it is simply because they deny the reality of any moral absolutes.  Moral absolutes are completely contradictory to their whole worldview and belief systems.
Ignorance.  The other conclusion I have come to is that most pro-choice supporters are woefully and tragically ignorant of the facts and what an abortion entails.  In the United States (and one would assume that Canadian statistics are comparative) 36% of abortions are carried out when the baby is 9-weeks or older and requires the killing and dismemberment of the baby by one means or another.
Lies. It has been said the abortion industry could not exist were it not for lies.
“A friend of mine was intentionally lied to at one of these "Crisis Pregnancy Centres" when she was a vulnerable, scared teen-ager seeking information and options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. These ads, and the well-funded deceptive organizations behind them, must be exposed, and stopped. All women have the right to make health decisions based on their own personal, moral, religious, and material circumstances - and have equal access to unbiased, honest information and services. Support "Options for Sexual Health"!
This is the typical rhetoric from the pro-death/choice camp.  Obviously, the most glaring lie is that PCC’s don’t present choices – this is exactly what they do – and they will encourage their clients to make ‘right choices’.
As for being ‘well-funded…organizations’… all abortions in Canada are 100% government funded.  Abortion clinics are for the most part very profitable companies pulling in an average of $2-million per year each.  
Pregnancy Care Centres on the other hand are all not-for-profit, charitable organizations mostly run and supported by volunteers. Being ‘well-funded’ is as far from the truth as one can imagine.  One can view their financial statements of the Government CRA website.
“I find this false advertising offensive!” Of course, if this were false advertising one wouldn’t be allowed to post it on Canada’s transit systems. Typically it is statements such as these that are so patently false.
Below are the key words analyzed:
CHOICE/CHOICES
412
WOMEN
384
(ACCURATE) INFORMATION/INFORMED
353
ABORTION
178
DECIDE/DECISION
170
RELIGION/RELIGIOUS
164
FALSE
99
PROPAGANDA
96
(WOMAN'S) BODY
79
LAW/LEGAL
66
MISLEADING
55
ANTI-CHOICE
53
RIGHTS
39
PRO-CHOICE
23
GOD
17
LIES
16
MORAL/MORALITY
12
ANGRY
8
BIBLE
3

A Selection of comments posted on the petition:

"a public institution, in this case the TTC, should not be supporting a specific political viewpoint."

"A publicly owned corporation like the TTC can not be allowed to propagate religiously inspired mis-information."

"A safe abortion is a woman's right in Canada and I oppose any organization that impedes a woman's right to correct information and free choice. Please remove the offending adds."

"A woman needs factual and unbiased opinion when facing such an important decision; this is NOT a religious issue, but a health issue. This organization's position is the remove the constitutional right of 
women to make a well-informed decision."

"A woman's body is her own! SHE will decide what to do NOT anyone else!!"

"Abortion is a sin, but denial of choice is a greater, more venial sin!! If there was no sin in the world it would already be paradise."

"Abortion is a legal medical procedure and a basic human right for women and the shaming of women choosing this option HAS TO STOP."

"Advertising for places that lie to the public should not be allowed in Canada."

"Anti-choice ads oppose public health policy and seriously endanger women's psychological and physical health. It is scandalous that a public service like TTC would publicize such anti-health and anti-women advertisements. TTC must remove the advertisements immediately. Maybe TTC should also apologize to women and to public health authorities."

"Anything using religion as a weapon or providing incorrect information to force people into life choices, shouldn't be allowed."

"As a Christian I am very opposed to the anti-choice groups presenting themselves as "the" Christian choice. It is not."

"As a physician, I've long wanted these ads gone, and am glad to sign this. The centres advertise that they're there to "provide options," but they're not - instead, they present the option *they* think you should take, which is completely inappropriate. Currently, women in Canada are *technically* entitled to "safe and affordable" abortions, however, in reality, that doesn't happen - the wait-times in Kingston are ridiculous, such that I've had to send patients to Toronto; we can't even get a timely ultrasound to know if they're far enough along to terminate. On top of that, any woman who's been unlucky enough to have to face an unwanted pregnancy, and who has chosen to terminate, will probably agree with me that abortions in Canada are done without adequate analgesia - in the US, you have to pay for your abortion, but at least you have the option of anaesthetic. In Canada, you get given a token amount of medication, and contrary to what abortion clinic websites say, women do *not* describe the procedure as "uncomfortable," but rather as "very painful," and I base this on having worked at a Toronto clinic for 3 years. A bit off-topic, but worth adding! By all means, make your own choice, should you become pregnant, but just as God doesn't belong in the bedroom, neither does he belong in the doctor's office. Signed!"

"as a woman, i have the choice to act on my own body. brainwashing is unacceptable"

"Because choice is paramount."