Ghosts of 1?100?000 dead babies haunts us

2013-02-05 00:00

THIS month marks the 17th anniversary of the introduction of liberal abortion laws in South Africa. 1 100 000 registered abortions in health facilities have been done since then. No one knows how many illegal abortions have been done, but it is clear that the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 increased, rather than reduced, the numbers of illegal abortions. This rapid growth in the number of illegal abortions was not expected by the architects of the legislation, but has been observed in other developing countries.

South Africans never voted on this issue, neither were we properly consulted about it. Surveys in 1996 suggested that 80% of health-care workers in KZN opposed the legislation. It was a measure, which was pushed through largely at the behest of the World Health Organisation, and perhaps the World Bank. The pro-abortion lobbies in these organisations spawned the idea, and have worked hard to convince developing countries to accept it. No democratic country has ever given a majority vote to legalise abortion. Legalised abortion is always imposed by totalitarian or authoritarian regimes, or by elites who manufacture court cases designed to reverse laws that actually protect innocent human beings.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the introduction of liberal abortion legislation in the United States. Over 55 000 000 abortions have been done in that country, and its citizens are now becoming extremely concerned on three counts.

The first is that “Jane Roe”, the woman in the Roe versus Wade court case, which was the catalyst to begin legal pressure for abortion on demand, has spoken out. Her real name is Norma McCorvey, who has written: “Back in 1973, I was a very confused 21-year-old with one child, and facing an unplanned pregnancy”.

She was seeking a divorce from her husband, but her young pro-abortion attorney Sarah Weddington took the case for an abortion all the way to the Supreme Court to invalidate every law in the nation protecting unborn children. McCorvey never had an abortion. She is the mother of three daughters, and says: “I think it is safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie … I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name — to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.”

The Roe vs Wade ruling was based on another lie. The Supreme Court held that “the law in all but a few states until the mid-19th century was the pre-existing English common law … and at the time of the adoption of our Constitution and throughout the 19th century, a woman enjoyed a substantially broader right to terminate a pregnancy than she does in most states today.” The court’s version of history has proved to be a fabrication. English court records show prosecutions for both abortion and the killing of the developing child from 1247 to 1848.

The final myth, which disturbs Americans, is the reading of their constitution which removed any human rights from the unborn, especially in late pregnancy. It makes no sense at all to a new generation brought up with ultrasound images of tiny babies sucking their thumbs.

The question, of course, is just how many abortions must be done in this country before we South Africans begin to question the legitimacy of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill of 1996.

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