Not sure if anyone saw it, but there used to be a show on TV called Lost. Two of the central characters that were at odds with one another through the entire series were the aptly charged Man of Faith (John Locke) and the Man of Science (Jack Shephard). And it got me thinking about the divide between the Pro- and Anti-choice crowds, and how we essentially have this same dynamic affecting these movements. You have the antis, whose faith tends to guide their approach and their dialogue on this issue. And you have the pros, who tend more towards using scientific facts to guide their dialogue and mission. Wherein lies the issue that I want to discuss today.
Earlier this week, here on the Gang, Persephone had a fantastic article that debunked a number of the myths that the Antis use to try and pollute this discussion of facts. It’s odd that so many who use their faith to guide them through this struggle would so boldly use lies to misinform and frighten the public away from this medical procedure. They make up propagandized talking points to willfully corrupt and program the thinking of the masses with lies. How is this okay? How can a group of self-proclaimed moralists use underhanded and dishonest means to attack this issue in such a disgraceful Machiavellian manner? They cling to their godly assertion that the ends justify the means…and that works for them. But what about the rest of us?
For you see, when you are talking about a portion of the masses using false information to steer an issue that affects every single person in our society, their justification does not matter because it only satisfies their positions, which are obviously at odds with the majority of the people. Because their ends affect us all, then said justification would have to satisfy our concerns as well. However, society has demonstrated repeatedly that it does not share their faith-based outlook on this issue. Time and again, society has gone the way of science on this matter. So they lie, trying to manipulate the science that has built the foundation beneath the pro-choice arguments. Why? For the purpose of turning facts to propaganda, and to confuse people into buying into their lies.
Not only does this approach ring of a sad desperation from a faction losing more and more ground to the truth of the science they try to discredit with misinformation, but it also proves harmful to the public in numerous ways. The first thing that it does to harm the nation is to purposely derail the truth of the situation, causing public confusion. Lying to the public certainly has become a popular political tactic over the generations, but as we have recently seen, a miseducated public is a dangerous thing indeed. These lies they wield so wrecklessly have inflamed passions among their followers that have led to the murders of Pro-Choice members of the public, specifically, doctors providing abortion care. Anti-choice propaganda has poisoned the minds of people to the point where they believe terrorism is the only means they have left at their disposal.
Not only have they incited domestic terrorists, but through their Crisis Pregnancy Centers they have caused young women to be frightened for their lives, telling them that abortion often leads to the death of the mother. This was also chronicled for the Gang this week in Sarah’s post about the HBO Documentary 12th & Delaware. This is the second harmful effect that they have on the public through their fiction-fed confusion. As a result, these young women, still not wanting to have the child, attempt to take matters into their own hands at home, putting their lives at risk just as they had been misled to believe they would be doing in the first place. So they are raising the amount of risk these women face, all because they believe that they know better than you do about what should happen to your body.
The entire public is also harmed by this misinformation, not just the women who seek out this procedure. Throughout the generations we have seen information propagandized by governments for the purpose of steering the masses in whichever direction they deem necessary. They lie to the people, because they want to control them. If you want the public to be free-thinking and open minded, you tell them the truth and let them decide for themselves what makes sense. But that is not the approach being taken by the Antis. Rather, they have opted for the route of control rather than enlightenment. Is this really the direction we want to move in?
What kind of future do we the people want for ourselves? Do we want one where the choices that affect our bodies are no longer in our power to decide, where faith-based propaganda determines what version of the truth you will be spoon fed by those who long ago drank the kool-aid? Or do we want a future where the people are entrusted with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so that we may decide for ourselves, and from a place of knowledge and power what path we alone should take? I know which future I’m pulling for. I’m pulling for team Science over team Faith. How about you?