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So Much for “Safe, Legal, and Rare”

— Posted by John (September 12, 2008 at 9:40 am)

For years, many people who call themselves “pro-choice” have said that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare”.

Many pro-lifers have pointed out how strange it is that abortion advocates would want abortion to be “rare”, because, after all, if abortion is supposedly “safe”, and if it isn’t actually the killing of an innocent human person (and therefore is the moral equivalent of having a tooth pulled), why does it matter if abortion is “rare” or not?

Now, though, it turns out that many abortion supporters admit they really don’t care if abortion is rare—including people like Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice president of the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who “worries” [!] that Sarah Palin’s decision to give birth to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, “may cause abortions in Canada to decline as other women there and elsewhere opt to follow suit”.

Worrying that fewer babies with Down syndrome will be killed?

The brutal honesty is very revealing.


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6 Comments on “So Much for “Safe, Legal, and Rare””

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  1. Christina says:

    They also aren’t too picky about safe, either.

    Comment posted September 12th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
  2. Ceecee says:

    Dr. Andre Lalonde is a hard core pro-abort. He is an anti-choice/pro-abort. He wants to force abortion on people who otherwise wouldn’t want them.
    Anyone who “worries” that the example of someone who refuses to abort will inspire others to refuse abortion is obviously not interested in a “woman’s right to choose.” I hope that Mr. Lalonde’s big mouth will encourage women to avoid using his services as a doctor.

    Comment posted September 12th, 2008 at 11:02 pm
  3. Christina says:

    This “legal, safe, and rare” idea is totally unrealistic, and is obviously so to anyone who really considers it objectively! If we make abortion legal and easily accessible and an acceptable thing for society, HOW is that going to reduce the number of abortions? It makes sense that that kind of stuff would only INCREASE abortion.
    This “legal, safe, and rare” idea is probably only an excuse to furthur the pro-abortion cause. Of course it is.

    God bless.

    Comment posted September 16th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
  4. Katerina says:

    I’ve been a part of the pro-life movement for over two years now.

    I’ve stood in at protests, handed out pro-life fliers, gone to rallies, educated myself and other people on the issues, held debates online and off, subscribed to pro-life newsletters, participated in events like Silent Day and 40 Days for Life, and, as a teen, gone to specifically pro-life events for teenagers. I’ve been through some of the minor hardships, like angry, sometimes violent counter protesters. I’ve also seen heartening things, like an abortion mill closing down or an expectant mother choosing life. I can’t say I’ve seen everything, but I have learned quite a bit about myself and the pro-life movement.

    I learned so much over the past year. When I started, I was just an innocent kid who thought that, of course, killing children was wrong. I didn’t doubt that everyone else felt the same. My view of being pro-life was very simple, and I didn’t comprehend all that it meant. Being in the pro-life movement has taught me a lot. But over the past months I’ve become discouraged. Not only by the sometimes radical pro-lifers that I work with, but by the fact that, despite our best efforts, the pro-life movement is only making minimal progress.

    Working in the pro-life movement, we often see encouraging things. Hearts changed, babies saved. But it didn’t seem enough. Why, I asked myself, couldn’t we make more progress? Sure a few children were saved, but what about the millions of others that were aborted? Why were we probably about to elect a pro-abortion president?

    This, of course, let to frustration. I had also been dealing with faith issues. I began to question my faith. I went from being a strong believer, to an agnostic, to an agnostic theist. It was all so confusing. How could I believe in anything?

    My mixed feelings about my faith and religion in general led me to feel separated from my fellow pro-lifers, who were all strong Catholics/Christians. I kept my doubts silent because I worried what they’d think of me. At the time, I was still a strong pro-lifer despite the fact I was no longer a Christian. But then I began to doubt that too. Over a year ago I had felt a “calling” to join the pro-life movement. A deep calling. I was sure it was from God. But now if I wasn’t sure about God, how could I be sure that being involved in the pro-life movement was what was right for me, or even was right? Unsure, I simply fell away from the rallies, the protests, the debates, my pro-life friends.

    A lot of things happened between that time and when my friend invited me to see this movie called Bella, but the main thing that turned me around was the movie. I didn’t go see it when it immediately came out but later on DVD. I was crying by the end of it because it just showed how beautiful life was. And I’m not the really sentimental/emotional type of girl. I’ve never cried at a movie or book before. I was once again encouraged to join the pro-life movement. Even if we weren’t making as much progress as I would like, lives were still being saved! And every life was precious. I still struggle with issues regarding faith and am not a Christian (though I’m trying), but I have learned the beauty of life and the importance of protecting the lives of everyone, from the moment of conception to natural death.

    Comment posted September 17th, 2008 at 3:54 pm
  5. Christina says:


    Welcome, and what a beautiful testimony! Absolutely beautiful and inspiring! We’re right in there alongside you on your path back into this too-awesome pro-life movement, and we wish you all the best!

    I have a very special and incredibly wise and good friend who has helped me tremendously with a difficult situation in my life, and who you might like to talk to about your struggle with faith questions. If you like, email me about it, and I can tell you more about this friend. You can find my email on the front page of http://www.40daysforlife.com/centralia. I would love to tell you about it!

    Also, I am going to be posting a REALLY interesting and incredible pro-life story on this blog soon, so watch for it. Some things about it are just unbelievable.

    God bless.

    Comment posted September 18th, 2008 at 12:36 am
  6. Katerina says:


    I would be interested in that. I’ve sent you an email.


    Comment posted September 18th, 2008 at 10:31 am