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What can we learn from two new pro-abortion books? More than you might first imagine

by | Jul 23, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

You have to give the Abortion Industry and sympathetic academicians credit. They are forever grinding out books. Here are two new ones.

The first is authored by Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler, titled, “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.” We’ve talked about Prof. Ziegler on several occasions for various  reasons including that she is a favorite choice to pontificate on the pages of  the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Pro-lifers whom I respect extend Prof. Ziegler somewhat more credit than I do (although to be fair, in her pieces for the popular press she is a clear writer). I find she peddles the same line with a gloss of academic spit and polish. For example, she penned an op-ed for the New York Times under the wholly misleading headline, “The Abortion Wars Have Become a Fight Over Science” (aka the debate over fetal pain).

Among the many critiques I offered was that Ziegler wrote as if we know nothing more today about the capability of the unborn child to experience pain than we did in 2005.  Scientific progress has stopped still. It’s simply not true. They can act as if time stood still because pro-abortionists (and their media enablers) are not about to concede there are breaks in their own ranks (see Stuart Derbyshire here). 

Then (and this sounds like it may be the heart of her new book), she wrote for the Washington Post to tell us why “The two sides are growing further apart on abortion.” Answer? “We can thank Donald Trump.”

To reach that conclusion, Ziegler ignores the abortion on demand until birth world created since January 2019 in  several states—and threatened in others– completely dominated by pro-abortion Democrats. (I would have written completely ignores but there is one reference—without specifics– that alluded to pro-abortion activism, and that, of course, is only a defensive response to pro-life aggression.)

So, not surprisingly, we are instructed that the only laws that are driving us “further apart on abortion,” according to Ziegler, are pro-life laws. 

The other new book is co-authored by NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue titled “The Lie That Binds.” (Get it? The lie that binds.) 

Not having read the book (it just came out), I did read the blurb on NARAL’s Facebook where we are told ominously that “There’s an ominous link between anti-choice extremists and White supremacists.” 

Yikes—all this and more in only 417 pages. Here are two thoughts.

#1. If you read the blurbs, the book is a diatribe in search of evidence of the White patriarchal, authoritarian, woman-hating  “Radical Right” conspiracy. {Remember then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton complaining about the  “vast right-wing conspiracy”?) The slur is often used interchangeably with “Evangelical Right.”

I thought—but obviously I was wrong—that this horse had not only been beaten to death but buried. 

A common-to-the-point of exhaustion argument (for lack of a better word) is that “The radical Right” cynically uses abortion “as a Trojan horse to provide cover for the right-wing agenda to curtail democracy” as Hogue wrote in an essay for Marie Claire magazine. 

#2. Planned Parenthood’s intramural battles, which we have written about the last two weeks, and the demagoguery which is Hogue’s stock and trade matter to us because they illustrate who they are. Pro-lifers battle them because (in PPFA’s case) they take the lives of 345,000 babies each year, and (in the case of NARAL Pro-Choice America) because it underwrites and supports pro-abortion Democrats whose goal it is to erase every protective pro-life law on the books of every state in all 50 states.

Conclusion? Hogue’s title–The Lie That Binds—is a perfect description not of abortion foes but of the Abortion Industry and its academic and journalistic facilitators.

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