What Is Abortion?

April 28, 2011 09:00 AM

By Walter Hoye II

Abortion is an intrinsically evil act that gravely violates the dignity of an innocent human being by taking his or her life. Abortion is not just another surgical or medical procedure that is hygienic and safe. Abortion gravely wounds the dignity of those who support it and leaves those who commit it in profound psychological and moral trauma. Marginalizing abortion marginalizes the sanctity of human life itself and dehumanizes the members of any society.

Why Is Abortion So Accepted?

The social acceptance of abortion is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Abortion is nothing new and the reasons for it can be found rooted in the Church's failure to consistently and effectively demonstrate the love of Christ in the terms found in [the book of] James. "The religion which is holy and free from evil in the eyes of our God and Father is this: to take care of children who have no fathers and of widows who are in trouble, and to keep oneself untouched by the world." 

Until the quality of life for women and children is improved by the practical applications of unconditional love, many women will continue to be attracted to the false sense of security abortion provides.

Does Abortion Free Women?

The freedom, independence, empowerment and sense of security promised women by abortion is a lie. Can equality for women be achieved at the expense of murdering their children? Of course not. Abortion is oxymoronic, a "cruel kindness" if you will. Abortion is the lie that promises to improve the "quality of life" at the "expense of life." Embracing abortion as a necessary social policy to guarantee life will ultimately result in the end of life. Abortion not only fails to free women, it ultimately promises to enslave us all. 

Brothers, we really need to talk.


Walter B. Hoye II is both president and founder of the Issues4life Foundation and the California Civil Rights Foundation. God used the premature birth (six months, 2.1 pounds) of his son to teach him that the fetus is a person—a living, breathing human being. In 2008, Walter and his wife, Lori, were the recipients of the 4th Annual Walk for Life West Coast's St. Gianna Molla Award for "courage under fire" in the pro-life movement. He serves as an incredible leader for the cause of the preborn despite the personal costs, and has even been unjustly jailed for his peaceful defense of the preborn on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic. His "Letter from the Santa Rita Jail" and California Human Rights Amendment appeal for Personhood entitled "Why I Can't Wait" are now classics. Hoye has also written a book entitled Leadership from the Inside Out. 

This article has been reprinted with permission and can be found at http://www.issues4life.org/blast/2010326.html.

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