The Abortion Lie Being Sold to our Children
The abortion industry is built on lies.
“Abortion is healthcare.”
“Abortion is a constitutional right.”
“Men cannot talk about abortion because it’s a women’s rights issue.”
“It's all about controlling women’s bodies.”
And on and on we could go. The lies shouldn't surprise us. After all, lying is the only way you could convince a nation that a pre-born person is not actually a person.
But the scariest lie may be the one being peddled to our own children. This lie was on full display in the news last week as the valedictorian of Lake Highlands High School, Paxton Smith, used her graduation speech to speak out against Texas’ new abortion law. The law bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an unborn baby, which can be as early as six weeks. Smith made headlines for submitting one speech to the school board for approval and then giving a different speech on abortion rights at the graduation ceremony.
I would encourage you to go and watch Paxton Smith’s entire speech on YouTube. It’s about 3 minutes long. In respect to Ms. Smith, she is passionate, convictional, and bold. It's another reason her speech got national attention.
Here’s a quote from her speech that I think gets to the heart of her message: “I have dreams, hopes, and ambitions. Every girl here does. We have spent our whole lives working towards our futures, and without our consent of input, our control over our futures has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail me, that if I’m raped, then my hopes and efforts and dreams for myself will no longer be relevant. I hope you can feel how gut-wrenching it is, how dehumanizing it is, to have the autonomy over your own body taken from you.”
Do you see it? The lie that’s been sold to young people?
We might summarize it this way: Without access to abortion, a young person cannot fulfill their dreams. In other words, having an unplanned pregnancy would ruin a young woman's life goals and plans. Therefore, it's morally right to terminate that pregnancy.
Notice all the assumptions that hold up this lie.
For starters, abstaining from sex is not even up for consideration. The idea that someone might wait to be sexually active until they are prepared to have a child is considered nonsense. Sex is so important, so essential, that abortion is a better solution than abstention.
To be fair, Ms. Smith also mentioned the case of rape. That's a conversation that deserves its own post, so I won't get into that here. I'll simply say that studies show 1 percent of abortions are obtained because of rape. It's no doubt a tragic situation that should be handled with the utmost compassion, but it's rare. The overwhelming majority of abortions are sought out for other reasons.
Another assumption on display is the idea that children are a burden to be eliminated. A baby is not considered a gift to be celebrated but an obstacle to be removed. Sure, children are great if you want one and can afford one and have made all your dreams come true first. But if not, you can and should simply undo the mistake.
And finally, here's the big assumption to support this lie: me, myself, and my dreams reign supreme over everything and everyone. Personal ambition is king. I should be able to chase my dreams and live out my best life, no matter what. And anything or anyone who stands in my way is a problem to be dealt with. When you are the center of the universe, anything that pulls you out of orbit is an enemy.
Each of these blocks laid on top of one another build the great structural lie being sold to our children: Without access to abortion, you can't fulfill your dreams. And anything that hinders access to abortion hinders access to the future you've always wanted.
It's that important. So important that you should use your 3 minute platform at your high school graduation to fight for it. In front of all your classmates, teachers, friends, and family. No matter how controversial. It's worth it.
I'm not sure I fault Paxton Smith. I would love a chance to sit down with her and listen and learn what her experience has been. I would like to hear who told her these things and what led her to these conclusions. As a young lady who has what seems like a very bright future, I believe she's been deceived somewhere along the way. She's been convinced of things that simply aren't true.
But she's not the only one. You can hear the cheers of many of her classmates. And if you spend time online, you know she's in the majority of young people that support abortion rights.
I think we underestimate the abortion industry's messaging to young people. We have a generation that is more socially-aware and activism-driven than any before it. And there are organizations and groups that are seizing on this and manipulating them into believing they are fighting the good fight.
That's where we come in. We must begin combatting the lies with the truth, starting with our own kids in our own homes.
They need to hear the radical "nonsense" that sex is for marriage. Sex is not essential to personal happiness and fulfillment but rather is a gift designed for the right place and time.
They need to hear from us that no human being is ever a burden or an obstacle. Period. People are to be loved and served and protected, no matter their place in society, because all people are made in the image of God.
And they need to hear that all of this is grounded in the truth that we are not ultimate. Our dreams and ambitions, no matter how big and grand, are not the point of our existence. God is the point. We exist for him and must live according to his design.
Abortion is a difficult conversation. It's not something we usually bring up over family dinner. But as we've seen, it's become an important part of our parental instruction.
Because here's the reality. If we don't teach our kids about the sanctity of human life, someone else will.