You can count on this: the mainstream media today is in the habit of telling you what it wants you to hear, and not telling you what it does not want you to hear. Long ago impartiality, neutrality and objectivity were abandoned, replaced by partisanship, agendas, and indoctrination.
Those who control the media control the flow of news and ideas, and in contemporary Western culture the media is overwhelmingly in the hand of the secular left. They determine what is news and what is not news. Therefore those who rely solely on the MSM we never be properly informed about what is really happening.
One will certainly never see the graphic reality of what an abortion actually does. We may see dead and bloodied whales or seals featured regularly in the MSM, but you will almost never see a dead and bloodied baby – the real outcome of the “pro-choice” position.
Nor will you hear about all the dodgy abortion clinics and all the botched abortions and hurt women. It takes the alternative media to cover such stories. One such example is this:
Pro-lifers are declaring victory after state inspections closed a surgical abortion center in Chicago.
According to a press release from the Pro-Life Action League (PLAL), the Albany Medical-Surgical Center Family Planning Associates abortion clinic was forced to shut down after failing inspections by the state’s Department of Public Health.
PLAL Executive Director Eric Scheidler called the closure, which took place 27 years after the clinic opened, “a victory for all who value human life.”
“This abortion provider operated for years without any safety inspections, and multiple women have died following abortions performed there,” said the pro-life leader. “Now that its doors have closed, this neighborhood is safer for women and their unborn children.”
The clinic was linked in the deaths of three women between 1999 and 2000, and sued for the death of a 13-year old girl who went for an abortion in 1992.
Another story you will likely never hear is that of a woman’s regret after having an abortion. Once again, as in the following story, it takes the alternative media to reveal the truth:
Having the abortion was very traumatic for me. It is against everything I believe in. I didn’t even give myself a chance to recover, I just carried on with my life as if nothing had happened. I feel so guilty about doing this and I cannot get it out of my head. In spite of the baby being this man’s, it was also part of me.
I feel so guilty and depressed. I cannot sleep or eat and I have completely withdrawn from family and friends. I put on a brave face for everyone at work but I don’t think I can cope anymore. I don’t know whether I can ever forgive myself.
Stories like this can be heard millions of times over. But you would not know such grieving post-abortive women even existed if you just relied on the MSM. This is why the alternative media exists. This is why CultureWatch exists. We must get the truth about abortion out into the public arena.
And that is why I and others have written books on abortion, to get the truth out there. Indeed, my brand new book The Challenge of Abortion has just been released. In it I deal with all the usual abortion myths, including the myth that women do not suffer after an abortion.
Let me quote from a small part of it here:
Women do suffer after an abortion: physically, emotionally, and psychologically. A number of support groups exist around the world to help women cope with the after effects of abortion. Groups such as Women Hurt by Abortion and Victims of Choice deal with women each day who are coming to terms with their abortions.
One counsellor who has dealt with many women who have abortions says this: “One psychological effect we see almost all the time is guilt. Others are suicidal impulses, a sense of loss, or unfulfilment. Mourning, regret and remorse. Withdrawal, loss of confidence in decision-making capabilities.”
Many studies could be referred to here. One longitudinal study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that women who have an abortion are more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, including depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol abuse.
Indeed, the list of reputable studies on this is increasing each year. As but one example, an article recently appeared which listed with full detail and documentation numerous recent studies which demonstrate the harm to women’s mental health because of abortion. Dr. Priscilla Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, said this about the list: “Over 30 studies have been published in just the last 5 years and they add to a body of literature comprised of hundreds of studies published in major medicine and psychology journals throughout the world. The list is provided below and the conscientious reader is encouraged to check the studies out.”
I go on in much more detail to document the tremendous grief and suffering women experience after having an abortion. This is a reality the MSM refuses to deal with. Thus those of us who care about the welfare of women and children have an obligation to get the word out.
I am doing my bit. But we all must join in and get the truth about abortion out into the public arena.
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