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DENNIS GARVIN: Abortion and “Hypocrirony”

Dennis Garvin

I have a neologism, a ‘new word.’  HYPOCRIRONY combines hypocrisy and irony. Here is the basis: The theme song of the feminist movement is Helen Reddy’s ‘I am woman’.  The favorite line is ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’

Okay, so far, so good. The problem comes in the third verse, in which the singer proclaims

‘But I’m just an embryo with a long long way to go..’

Hmmm.  A singing embryo; and, coupled with the remaining sentiment in the lyrics, an entity that is endowed with the capacity for self-determination.  Not in the USA.  In our country, life does not begin until the ‘mother’ decides to confer upon the fetus the designation of ‘living being.’  With the new abortion laws in New York, etc., the question that is never answered is:

Where does abortion leave off and homicide begin?  In other words, when does a pregnancy end?   A woman in New York goes to have her baby.  She has selected a well-respected obstetrician to do the delivery, but the doctor, a woman, is pro-life and has made that clear to the patient.  The pregnant human agrees.

Then, she comes to the hospital and has her first hard contraction.  She decides that she doesn’t want to have the baby.  What does the doctor do?  If the doctor refuses, the woman now having the unwanted baby will win a case in civil court that commits the doctor to the financial responsibility of raising that child, plus punitive damages for ‘pain and suffering.’

Second scenario:  a woman goes into labor and tells the obstetrician that she has changed her mind and wants to abort the child.  The doctor performs the abortion.  The woman then sues, saying that she was under the influence of pain medication and was incapable of making an informed decision.  That doctor goes to jail for murder

Of course, New York will correct its own legal insanity by denying licensure to any obstetrician with the temerity to hold life sacrosanct.

We call ourselves a sophisticated nation and yet we cannot answer this basic question.  The feminists harp on male chauvinism, but men never had this level of power over life and death throughout the millennia of “male domination.”  Hypocrirony prevails.

An additional irony is that half of the aborted babies are female.  I guess the fact that they are silent and helpless deprives them of any of the empowerment being demanded by the feminists.  In fact, the pro-abortionists are treating female fetuses with the same contempt that they have historically attributed to male chauvinists.  Hypocrirony flourishes.

Consider the following life form: female, silent, helpless, vulnerable to death at the whim of another life form.  Yes, I have described a female fetus.  But I have also described the wife or daughter of an orthodox Muslim male in an Islamic country.  While the feminists criticize orthodox Islam (but very quietly, for fear of having an IED shoved up their nose), they extol the virtues of pro-choice.  Hypocrirony walks amongst us.

The word ‘abort’ refers to the deliberate premature ending of something.  This has historically meant, to the pro-choicers, the premature ending of a pregnancy.  The New York law extends a woman’s prerogative beyond active labor.  The pregnancy cannot be aborted because it has reached its non-premature end.  The only thing that could be aborted is the life itself.  Hypocrirony rules.

Look at the websites extolling the virtue of women’s empowerment.  On the one hand they advocate abortion on demand, denying personhood to the fetus.  On the other hand, they gush about how a woman can calm the baby in her uterus by playing soft music outside her abdomen.  Maybe that is analogous to cowboys singing to a cattle herd to avoid a stampede.  Hypocrirony commands.

The pro-abortion crowd claims to protect the rights of women.  Why do they suppress relevant information?  Breast cancer risk is increased in women who have had abortions.  If you look at all the studies done in the United States, they claim it is not.  Why is this?  Because breast cancer risk is also increased by early onset of sexual activity and multiple sexual partners.

You cannot find a large enough statistical group in our country where they had abortion but did not have these other risk factors.  In order to find such a group, you would need to go to, for instance, India.  Here, where they have abortions without the above confounding factors, the breast cancer incidence has exploded and abortion is found as a significant independent variable. (“Induced Abortion as an Independent Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Studies on South Asian Women” Joel Brind, Ph.D., Steven J. Condly, Ph.D., Angela Lanfranchi, M.D.,FACS, and Brent Rooney, M.Sc.)

Other studies are available if you take the time to look for them.  They are not to be found in American journals or government publication.  This is academic and scientific censorship.

Placenta previa is a medical condition associated with hemorrhage and fetal endangerment.  It occurs when the placenta is down in the uterus close to the cervix.  Studies show a 70% increase in placenta previa in women having a previous abortion.  Incompetent cervix, leading to spontaneous (unwanted) abortion is increased in women who have had previous abortions, whether suction or D&C.  These data can be found, but they are usually buried in jargon.

Furthermore, the feminists won’t acknowledge that there are significant psychological changes that can occur in the life of a woman who has had an abortion.  Alternatively, they will blame such occurrences on the pro-life crowd for creating an environment of guilt.  How odd that they claim that the pro-life crowd could possibly influence a woman who is smart, modern, and sufficiently integrated to have an abortion in the first place.  Hypocrirony demands.

A final hypocrirony is that the pro-woman crowd doesn’t seem to care that there are infertile women who would gratefully accept an unwanted child.  Our adoption process and legal fees are responsible for so many infertile couples going overseas to adopt. A convenient lie is that a mother would experience greater guilt from giving a child up to adoption instead of aborting.

I have two adopted children.  Decades into their lives, they connected with their biological mothers.  There was closure for my children and a happy satisfaction on the part of the birth mothers in connecting with their live biological offspring. All of the adoptive parents I have met instill into their adopted children an appreciation and gratitude to the biological mother who chose life for her child.  Meeting the children later in life merely confirms this.   Planned Parenthood does not provide adoption services.  They make referrals.  By Planned Parenthood’s own data, they make one adoption referral for every 118 abortions performed.  Hypocrirony roars.

A final irony.  The feminists love stories of strong independent women who defy convention and plot their own course.  A recently released movie, ‘Unplanned’, is about a pro-choice female who is an executive at Planned Parenthood, who changes her mind and becomes pro-life.  All of the television stations, fearing a feminist backlash, refused to run ads regarding this movie.  That’s okay.  The movie is breaking all box-office predictions.  It seems the American public doesn’t need the feminists to tell them what movies to see.  Hypocrirony staggers.

Dennis Garvin

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