One very revealing theme stands out above others on John H. Richardson’s pro-abortion look at the abortion industry: the abortionist’s major focus on the suppression of conscience. Most of the examples highlighted go to this one effort. It is somewhat ironic, given the left’s mantra of “choice” and “empowering women.” They know how to talk the talk. But when it comes down to reality, they are only for one particular choice. They are pro-“the abortion choice”.
Dr. Willie Parker tells women abortion is “between you and your conscience.” But then he encourages them to ignore their conscience and go through with their abortion. In our first piece, we highlighted how he tells women, “If you are not comfortable with what you’re doing, you may be processing this far longer than you need to.” This is simply horrendous and the total opposite of leaving the choice to the woman and her conscience.
Parker is not performing something these women need or want. Many of them were deeply conflicted and seemed to not want to have an abortion, but they felt they had no other choice. By Richardson’s own account, women enter the clinic anxious and in distress. “One has jittery legs that never stop moving. … The rest are absolutely still, sitting with straight backs, like good students or condemned prisoners,” he writes. Then “Rev.” Parker commences his “sermon,” and Richardson recounts how their faces start showing relief. He notes how Dr. Parker is always “making jokes wherever he can.” “The jitters slow. The rigid postures relax,” writes Richardson. Now he has them where he wants them.
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And it’s all designed for them to ignore their conscience and go through with the abortion. “I see women who are crying because they are Christians,” Dr. Parker is quoted saying. “And they are torn up by the fact that they don’t believe in abortion but they’re about to have one. What I tell them is that doesn’t make you a hypocrite.” What happened to leaving the decision to the woman’s conscience?
Maybe Dr. Parker doesn’t know how our consciences work. If a Christian woman is crying because she doesn’t believe in abortion, that’s her conscience at work. Dr. Parker trying to convince her to ignore her conscience and go through with the abortion is evangelism, not health care.
You see that several times throughout the piece. One young woman goes to him crying, “I’m in a bad situation, and I just can’t have the baby right now — it’s just a bad time,” she says. “And I don’t want to take any risks that could cause other people to know about it.” Trying to conceal a matter is usually a sign of our consciences at work. We don’t usually conceal what we think is good. On the contrary, we conceal things that do not make us proud. Dr. Parker recognizes that and will not leave the woman to her conscience; he applies a method he calls “verbicaine.” Again, the aim is for her to ignore her conscience and go through with the abortion. He will help her conceal the matter — from her conscience and from her family, too. Nobody will know, he assures her, “I can tell you that in the last four years, we have not transferred one patient to the hospital.”
One woman doesn’t want others to think she is a selfish person when she showed concern about timing, “I know this sounds so selfish and everything, but I’m going to the beach next week — don’t think I’m a selfish person!” Why is she concerned with that? Conscience, of course, but Dr. Parker would say it’s those judgmental Christians who are the problem. So he will “help” her feel better and teach her to ignore the way she feels.
“Several women say they’ve always been against abortion, but they’re not emotionally or financially ready to have a baby,” Richardson writes. One woman says, “I just wish that people that are so against it could understand.” Why would she need that? Can her conscience be at work? What she says next is revealing, “These old men out here protesting do not have vaginas or uteruses.” “Preach,” affirms the doctor. Can’t they see this is the work of conscience?
This woman has to tell herself that these are “just men” protesting abortion to appease her conscience. This is, of course, completely false. She knows it, and Parker knows it. The pictures accompanying the piece show there are women among the protesters outside the clinic. More generally, millions of women stand boldly and compassionately against abortion. (I work for the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Concerned Women for America. I am surrounded by women who love life, women, babies, and adoption. We work closely with many other like-minded organizations staffed by women who want to support women in crisis and let them know they are not alone. Some of these women have had abortions and deeply regret it.)
“It just makes me so mad!” she said. It should.
The abortion doctor admits to one woman who wants to apply for a job at the clinic that, “Most women are just relieved to get it over with. They never want to see this place again.” Can you spell “conscience”?
One “woman wants to know if she’ll see anything. ‘Right now there’s not a whole lot there,’ he assures her.” That’s a gigantic statement from the pro-life perspective, but he doesn’t want her to consider another way of viewing life. Abortion is what he sells. “I don’t’ believe in [abortion],” she says, “If I caught it later and it was just like a whole little person … but I know I can’t be the parent I want to be for my child.” He’ll hurry up then, before she changes her mind.
One woman wants “to make it seem like [she] had a miscarriage.” He can help with that.
The self-identified Christian doctor says he’ll help another victim — I mean “patient” — lie so that she can make the abortion before it is too late. “You are going to slip and break your leg just for a day,” he’s quoted telling her. “And we’ll give you a note that won’t say abortion clinic on it.” Easy peasy.
On and on, the stories go. Not stories about the “health of the mother,” which is what they love to debate in Washington, D.C., but stories about women in distress, encouraged to make the only acceptable choice for the left: the abortion choice.
Dr. Parker seems to be converting women into buying something he believes in (not them) to get what he wants, which among other things is simply money. More on that in our next installment.
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