Words. Words matter. Words really matter. In the abortion debate, words can mean the difference between life and death. In more than 40 years of efforts, it has never failed to amaze us how words are used to shape this debate. For example, word quickly spread all over the world that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was pregnant. It was announced from the rooftops that her “baby” would be third in line to the very throne of England, behind only Prince William and Prince Charles.
So why is Kate Middleton carrying a “baby” while women entering abortion clinics are routinely told they are carrying a “blob of tissue” or a “product of conception?” This abortionist has some insight for us:
He’s right! You have to be “a bit schizophrenic” to believe that a “baby” can be instantaneously transformed into a mere “blob of tissue” simply because that’s what you decide to call it!
Here’s another example of how words are used to shape this debate—this time a little closer to home. In March of 2012, we released a report that documented the ways in which most of Michigan’s abortion clinics have ignored dozens of state laws and regulations. We provided 52 pages of words in the form of an investigative report documenting that many Michigan abortion clinics were in blatant violation of basic health and safety standards. We then spent the remainder of 2012 working diligently to pass House Bill 5711, a prolife omnibus package of bills that were drafted in response to that report. This package of legislation will help protect a woman’s life and health if she decides to go through with an abortion.
For too long, the abortion industry has gone unregulated and unchecked. Patients’ safety will now be put ahead of abortion profits. House Bill 5711 will now require licensing and inspections for the first time for these clinics. The law was also needed to prevent women from being coerced into an abortion, to end the reprehensible practice of disposing of bodies of aborted babies in garbage cans, and to avoid the dangerous chemical abortion drug RU-486 from being dispensed via the Internet.
In the wee hours of the morning on December 14, the last day of the lame duck session, prolife legislators passed this package of bills that will clean up abortion services in Michigan more than anything we’ve ever done! Just 12 days later, on December 26, the City of Muskegon closed down the “Women’s Medical Center.” According to the now-public investigation, the conditions of the clinic were “filthy” and “downright disgusting.”
Investigators found mold from a leaking roof. There were buckets strewn about the floor catching rain water. Garbage was found piled up right next to a procedure table complete with unsterilized surgical equipment. According to one report, investigators found “blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations” as well as blood dripping from a sink trap in a patient room. There were also “uncovered buckets containing unknown fluids” in the operating room. This is precisely the kind of abuse that we outlined in our report. This is a perfect example of why we felt compelled to intervene on behalf of women seeking an abortion. Yet, throughout the entire process, from start to finish, as we attempted to pass this package of bills, we were accused of waging a “war on women.”
When a reporter called the abortionist for an explanation, he said “the last time I was there, when I left, everything was pristine.” And how was this “executioner” rewarded for his barbaric behavior? He got hired by another abortion business in Detroit! This is the real “war on women.”
View the 19 photographs taken by inspectors at the clinic. Brace yourself. Words simply cannot describe what you’re about to see.
More good news: We just learned that a Niles, Michigan abortion clinic, “Michiana Abortion Clinic P.C.,” is no longer in business. The clinic was owned by a longtime abortionist who’s been destroying unborn children for more than 30 years. He also owned an abortion clinic in Rockford, Illinois which was shut down in January 2012 because of health and safety violations. When it comes to an abortion business, “closed” is a very good word indeed. Words really matter! They can make the difference between life and death.
We must use the right words. We must always speak the truth but in love. This debate is already volatile enough without adding fuel to the fire. Let’s choose our words carefully and then deliver them in love—always building up, never tearing down. I urge you to utilize our vast resources. Learn how to debate the abortion issue with words that will cut through the smoke and mirrors, the double-talk, and the outright lies.
We must use every type of word possible: TV, radio, billboards, newspapers, editorials, the Internet, word of mouth. Literally every form of communication possible must be deployed on behalf of the unborn child.
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