November 19th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Terrorism: Australia's moment of truth

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Voters suspicious about workplace reforms

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Canberra fails to defend Australia's trade interests

PRIMARY PRODUCTION: Brazil, Argentina threat to Australian exports

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Icarus and I / Drugs and getting on with our neighbours / France's Muslims - and ours / Varieties of bribery and corruption

SCHOOLS: Doing without grammar, punctuation and spelling

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Embryo stem-cell research - hype and hope

ECONOMICS: Sun still rising - Japan's invincible might

UNITED STATES: Court assault on parental rights

THE HOLOCAUST: 'Auschwitz' and Górecki: reflections on evil and hope

RU-486 a recipe for nightmares (letter)

Saddam and the Australian Wheat Board (letter)

Labor Party's morass (letter)

BOOKS: THE TYRANNICIDE BRIEF: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold, by Geoffrey Robertson

THE COST OF 'CHOICE': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi

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Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi

by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, November 19, 2005
What women aren't told

THE COST OF "CHOICE": Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion
edited by Erika Bachiochi
Encounter Books
Paperback RRP: A$34.00

Abortion, we are often told, is a women's issue, and men should just butt out. But given that half of all abortion victims are male, this seems like an odd demand. But if one still insists on a women-only discussion, this book at least will qualify.

This book features 12 women who all think that abortion is far from being pro-women. Instead, they all believe that abortion is basically anti-women, and that it is time women rethink the past three decades of pro-abortion propaganda on the issue.

And they are well qualified to speak on the host of issues associated with the abortion debate. The authors are lawyers, doctors, academics, political scientists and ethicists - all experts in their fields. And all are convinced that women have been sold short by the pro-abortion camp in particular, and the wider feminist movement in general.

Pro-life feminists

In this regard, it is interesting to note that leading figures of the original feminist movement, such as Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and Alice S. Paul (1885-1977), were strongly pro-life. As one of the authors informs us, "Without known exception, the early American feminists condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms."

She notes the irony of the fact that the US anti-abortion laws of the latter half of the 19th century were the direct results of the advocacy work of the early feminists.

Of course, many in the current crop of feminists seem to believe that the right to abortion is the quintessential feminist issue. But, as these 12 women argue, that is not necessarily the case.

Indeed, a central theme of these essays is that women have been the big losers in the Sexual Revolution, and that abortion-on-demand is harmful to women. Pro-choice feminists and their allies have assured women that sexual freedom and abortion for any reason would bring them liberation and wholeness. Instead we see bondage and disintegration, argue the authors.

There has been a high price paid by women especially, although all of society has suffered. But women have borne the brunt of the broken promises, with many harmful mental, medical and psychological consequences.

Entire chapters are devoted to some of these social problems and health risks - and rightly so, because the mainstream media is often quite reluctant to let the truth be told about such complications.

A number of essays look at the very real physical consequences of women who have abortions. The research clearly shows that abortion is associated with an increased long-term risk of maternal suicide, breast cancer, pre-term birth and a host of other medical complications.

The abortion-breast cancer link, for example, is quite extensively documented. If women were told of just this one possible risk, much harm could be prevented. It could mean that many thousands of women might be saved each year.

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese goes so far as to say that abortion is really a "war against women". Another author argues that while women are the big losers, there are several major beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the abortionists continue to grow rich on the proceeds of their profession. And men have also benefited: they can simply "love 'em and leave 'em" and not face any of the consequences, while women are left holding the bag, or the baby.

Another author makes the connection between abortion and the return of eugenics. The push for designer babies and the attempt to weed out any imperfections in our offspring are taking us back to some dark times in recent history.

But we seem to have short memories. Thus we are now putting a whole new generation at risk in our search for the perfect baby. Such eugenic activity is clearly of a piece with the abortion mentality.

The cumulative case against abortion, as expressed in these essays, should be enough for many women to have a rethink.

In fact, many of the authors in this book have done just that: many were originally pro-choice, but as they became exposed to the truth of the issue, they had a radical change of mind and heart.

Perhaps other women reading these essays will undergo similar sorts of conversion. For their sakes, as well as for the sake of the unborn, and all of society, it is hoped that this will be the case.

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