10 abortion myths that need to be debunked

1. MYTH: Abortion is safe.

REALITY: Abortion clinics have been discovered blatantly lying to women about the real risks of abortion.


Planned Parenthood clinics have been caught on tape telling women that no women were hurt at their clinics, even after medical emergencies had just occurred. The truth is that women do die from abortion, they do lose their future fertility, they do end up in emergency rooms with massive blood loss, perforated uteruses, and pieces of their preborn babies still left inside them.

The emotional and psychological harm abortion commits against women is also largely dismissed. Much of this harm does not show up until years later, but then, as countless women testify, it often attacks with a vengeance.

For more information, see this study, this paper, this compilation of stories, these experiences, and these stories.

2. MYTH: Abortion doesn’t kill a person.

REALITY: The preborn are human.


Whether we’re talking about a preborn baby days after conception or one who is days away from being born, these babies only have four differences with us: 1) Size, 2) Location, 3) Environment, and 4) Dependency.

If we base our measure of a person on any of these things, we are heading down a terribly slippery slope. Our society will begin (and indeed, has already begun) to take away the rights of the disabled, elderly, and sick. More and more human beings will be classified as “non-people,” and their basic right to life will be stripped away.

Classifying a group of humans as non-people is the easiest way to kill them en masse, with little objection.

  • “In the eyes of the law…the slave is not a person.”
  • “An Indian is not a person within the meaning of the Constitution.”
  • [People purged by the Soviet government were called] “unpersons who had never existed.”
  • “The Reichsgericht itself refused to recognize Jews…as ‘persons’ in the legal sense.”
  • “The statutory word ‘person’ did not in these circumstances include women.”

Quotes from “Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives” by William Brennan, Ph.D, (Loyola University Press, 1995).

For more on the humanity of the unborn, go here.

3. MYTH:  “Pro-abortion” and “pro-choice” are different.

REALITY: If you support abortion, you are “pro-abortion.”


Let’s step back for a moment. If you are “pro-choice,” you support the choice of abortion, right? If you support a certain choice, that makes you “pro” that choice. It’s really pretty simple. And if you’re so opposed to being called “pro-abortion,” why is that? Could it be because the cold, hard facts of abortion are violent, cruel, and inhumane? Could it be because you’d rather not face the reality that abortion murders an innocent, helpless person? Maybe instead of arguing semantics we should face the real facts on abortion.

4. MYTH: It’s okay if you are opposed to abortion, but don’t enforce that on anyone else!

Abortion should horrify us just as much as this does.
Abortion should horrify us just as much as this does.

REALITY: Abortion denies a child of the most basic human right.

Since when is it okay to merely be “personally opposed” to any violation of civil rights? Society tends to shun those who are only “personally opposed” to racism. What if we were “personally opposed” to rape? But since it happens anyway, we opposed laws banning rape?

It’s essential to make the connection that’s it not enough to “personally” be pro-life. It’s great that you won’t have an abortion. Just like it’s great that you won’t rape, rob, murder, or commit a host of other violent crimes. I’m happy that you’re not a racist or a slave owner or an anti-Semite. But what does that do to help society take the right cultural and legal stand? How do your “personal” views help save the lives of those who can’t speak up for themselves? Read more here and here about why we can’t just be “personally pro-life.”

And one more note – any law is “enforcing” a certain moral viewpoint on others who don’t agree. That’s the very definition of law and order in a civilized society. Someone has to set the rules.

5. MYTH: Guys don’t have a say on abortion.

REALITY: Men do have the right to choose life for their child.


Often, guys are told to shut their mouths on the topic of abortion – unless, of course, they support it. But how sexist – to tell someone they can’t take a position on an issue based simply on their gender. How anti-liberty, to tell a parent they don’t have a right to save the life of their child.

The huge majority of abortions happen after a baby is created during consensual sex. Yet somehow, abortion supporters like to say that’s the end of the guy’s part and the end of his rights. They don’t think he has a right to defend the life of his own child. They like to insist that fathers pay child support, but ignore a father’s right to let his child live in the first place. Even when a father is wiling to pay for all expenses during a pregnancy and take full care of his child afterward, abortion supporters say he should just keep his mouth shut. This guy explains it better than I ever could.

If you’re a dad, wondering if there’s any way you can stop the abortion of your child, check out this article.

6. MYTH: Birth control doesn’t cause abortion or hurt women.

REALITY: Science continues to discover additional harmful effects of hormonal birth control.


From the article in TIME detailing the risk of brain cancer from the pill to this expose in Vanity Fair explaining the death risk of the Nuva Ring, hormonal birth control continues to be revealed as unsafe for women.

In addition, if you go to the manufacturers’ websites, you will discover that one main function of the various forms of hormonal birth control is to strip the uterus of its lining so a preborn baby is prevented from implanting. This – stopping a baby who has already been created during fertilization from implanting – amounts to a chemical abortion.

7. MYTH: Abortion is a basic right.

A baby's hand at only 10 weeks. Killing her is not a right.
A baby’s hand at only 10 weeks. Killing her is not a right.

REALITY: The “right” to kill another human being is never a right.

It’s not a liberty, it’s not private, and it’s not humane. So what is abortion, exactly? How does it kill another human being. You can find out here, described by the doctors who do it.

8. MYTH: If you’re a feminist, you need to support abortion.

REALITY: True feminism defends the preborn.


Since when should one group of people gain their rights by exalting themselves over another group of people? Can women truly be equal only by stomping over the bodies of their preborn children? Must we spill innocent blood to reach the pinnacles of power?

There’s few things more false than this assertion. Women who truly fight for equality fight for equality for all – including for their own children. Attorney Erika Bachiochi explains it wonderfully here.

9. MYTH: Abortion is a simple, easy procedure.

REALITY: Abortion is anything but.

D&E Abortion Procedure via NRLC.
D&E Abortion Procedure via NRLC.

Consider these quotes and medical facts:

  • “Abortion is, by almost any standards, a violent act.” – Abortion: A Doctor’s Perspective A Woman’s Dilemma by Don Sloan, M.D. with Paula Hart, page 178
  • Suction Curettage: …Once the cervix is dilated, the abortionist inserts tubing into the uterus and attaches the tubing to a suction machine. Suction pulls apart the fetus’ body and out the uterus. After suction, the doctor and nurses must reassemble the fetus’ dismembered parts to ensure they have all the pieces.”

  • “A second-trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks’ gestation, the uterus is thin and soft, so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go, and out pops a fully formed leg, about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again, and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp, and tear out the spine, intestines, heart, and lungs. The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. …” – Dr. Anthony Levatino
  • During a medication abortion: “My bathwater was bright red. It looked like I was sitting in the middle of a crime scene. And I guess it was…I had murdered my child. … As soon as I was completely upright, I felt a pain worse than any other I had experienced. I began to sweat again and felt faint. I grabbed on to the side of the shower wall to steady myself. Then I felt a release…and a splash in the water that was draining beneath me. A blood clot the size of a lemon had fallen into my bath water. Was that my baby?”

NOTE: For anyone who has taken the abortion pill (medication abortion), it can sometimes be reversed. For more information, go here.

10. MYTH: First trimester abortions are better than late-term ones.

REALITY: There is no “better” time to kill a human being.


It’s not “better” to kill a child when’s he’s six months old instead of six years old. And it’s not “better” to have an early abortion simply because the baby’s face might not be as easy to pick out in the bucket of blood and body pieces. And let’s make sure we have the accurate facts. This video shows a suction abortion – the typical first-trimester abortion. The description reads:

…The clip begins with an ultrasound of the fetus (girl) who is about to be aborted. The girl is moving in the womb; displays a heartbeat of 140 per minute; and is at times sucking her thumb. As the abortionist’s suction tip begins to invade the womb, the child rears and moves violently in an attempt to avoid the instrument. Her mouth is visibly open in a “silent scream.” The child’s heart rate speeds up dramatically (to 200 beats per minute) as she senses aggression. She moves violently away in a pathetic attempt to escape the instrument. The abortionist’s suction tip begins to rip the baby’s limbs from its body, ultimately leaving only her head in the uterus (too large to be pulled from the uterus in one piece). The abortionist attempts to crush her head with his forceps, allowing it to be removed. …

And this account describes the true facts of a chemical abortion – done by using the abortion pill – very early on in the first trimester.

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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “There is no right to do a wrong.” — Norman Geisler

  • cranemaker

    I disagree about one of them being a myth. I am pro life considering fellow pro lifers pro choice but not pro abortion. We affirm and encourage pregnant women to choose adoption and parenting as life affirming alternatives for their children while encouraging personal choices. We do recognize this choice should be limited to deciders themselves and never to harm an innocent person.

    A woman does have a right to choose drivers education, contraceptives, piercings, and work. Women who access contraceptives need information about side effects and carcinogenic properties. Those are personal. She also has a duty to choose which politician she’d rather support. She and her partner should be able to discuss parenting and adoption before settling on a choice for their child.

    This right to choose should not extend to become a license to rape or kill which is why abortion ought to be completely excluded from acceptable choices. Only the Right to Life is absolute such to bar choices that deliberately take human lives. That one absolute from which all human rights exist applies to all people and cannot be compromised to accommodate violent choices without vanishing human rights.

    • ockraz

      The ‘prolife=antichoice’ meme is really poorly conceived rhetoric that doesn’t work if you treat it seriously. As an argument (rather than a bumper sticker) it’s obvious nonsense because most issues can be contextualized as conflicts between individual choice and policies that don’t allow someone to just do what their conscience finds acceptable.

      >Supporting capital punishment = prochoice for juries.
      >Environmental regulation = antichoice for industry.
      >Opposing raising taxes on the wealthy = prochoice regarding property rights.
      >If the ‘prochoice not antichoice’ view were followed consistently then hardcore NARAL supporters would have to back the NRA too.

      There may be a handful of libertarians like that, but generally the prochoicers using the ‘antichoice’ mantra would be appalled by a consistent application of such a principle.


        The whole idea of “choice” began to be promoted when visual proof of the humanity of the baby became available. This began in the late 60’s, with photographs published in ‘Life’ magazine. Now, embryoscopy proves, by sound and visuals, the beating of the embryonic heart at 21 days. Twin babies can be seen, by 4D ultrasonography, to be reaching for each other at 14 weeks and caressing each other at 18 weeks. Abortionists readily employ ultrasound technology today in an attempt to avoid harming the woman. This is particularly necessary after the first trimester.

  • Asillem4

    I’ve been told that since I’ve never had an abortion, I have no voice in the issue. I’ve heard of women who have had abortions and now say they are wrong. These women are told they’ve been brainwashed by pro-lifers and to shut up. I’ve seen a man who just learned that his ex girlfriend aborted their child without ever telling him she was pregnant. Abortion is damaging more than just the children it kills. There are walking wounded, living in constant pain, all around us. Some think I hate them for their choice so many years ago but only because they hate themselves for their choice. I do admit to hating abortionists though.

    • Prettylady!

      I’d like more interviews with ex abortionist, to see what these people are actually thinking. How do they live with this gruesome job?

      • ockraz

        There was a time when abortions deemed to be medically necessary (ie, for the mother’s health, because of birth defects or rape) were acceptable but all other abortions were culturally condemned and usually illegal. At that point, mostly ordinary doctors performed abortions. Nowadays about 98% of abortions are for social or economic reasons (ie, don’t want to interrupt career or education, don’t want to have a child with that father, don’t feel able to afford a/another child, would rather have a child at some other time), which are reasons that in generations past would likely have just resulted in giving up a child after its born.

        Today’s abortionists are specialists that almost always belong to one of two groups: the ‘true believers’ who think they’re champions in the battle for women’s rights, or the cynical profit seekers who realize that the business can be very lucrative. In fairness, it’s generally the latter who are responsible for the unsafe abortions and deaths from malpractice – often because cutting corners increases their profit margin. I think both are profoundly immoral, but at least the former are just unaware that they’ve been brainwashed. The former are more like antebellum ‘state’s rights’ crusaders whereas the latter make me think of the captains of slave ships from the days of the triangle trade.

        In any case, bot of them – one because of simple minded zealotry and the other because of naked greed – rarely ever succumb to guilt. Of course Bernard Nathanson did, but under different circumstances. His career began with the medically necessary abortions and he became pro-life after the transition to socioeconomic abortion.

      • Asillem4

        I have to believe most abortionists are psychopaths. No normal person could do this and not go insane.

        • Prettylady!

          They need serious prayers, those who cause scandal like nancy pelosi and good ol joe biden who promote abortion as catholics… That’s serious offenses. It’s not the women who get the abortions as much as it is the pushers.

        • Prettylady!

          And what about the workers. The staff. They have to dispose of those bodies somewhere. You know they run into little arms and ribs every so often…

          • Asillem4

            I have read accounts of workers in abortion clinics who make their way out. They say it is the worst, most disgusting, heartbreaking job they ever had. Their testimonies of conditions and how women and girls are treated are horrifying. Some women who work there hate it but can’t figure out how to get out. Once you work at an abortion clinic, it’s hard to get a job somewhere else. It’s on your resume and people don’t like to touch people who have done that for a living. Some LOVE it there and I’d say they are as much psychopaths as the ones performing the abortions. There is an org. that is dedicated to helping men and women leaving the abortion industry. They offer counseling and job training / placement services.

          • Prettylady!

            Wow. You know Aslillem4, you should write an article about this. You sound like you know what you are talking about. If there is no one to work in these sweat shops of death, then there will be less aborrtions. It’s a good topic, well done.

    • ockraz

      ‘I’ve been told that since I’ve never had an abortion, I have no voice in the issue.’ – Wow. I’ve never heard that one. That’s so absurd, it’s like saying, ‘if you’ve never beaten a child, you can’t oppose child abuse.’

      • Asillem4

        I don’t drink and drive so I have no voice in the drunk driving conversation!
        I don’t shoplift so I can’t say it’s wrong.
        I have never murdered anyone so I can’t say it’s wrong.
        How DARE I judge!
        I can, however, talk about beating the crap out of a guy who tried to sexually assault me because I did. Put that slimy bastard in the ER for a patch up before the police booked him on sexual assault charges.

  • Martin

    Terminating a human because s/he interferes with fun, or economics, or demands, or occupation, or reputation is outright murder.

  • Georgia Rivera

    Love love love this! Honestly, abortion is not the matter of taking away someone’s choice, it is the matter of taking away someone’s life…both lives. The quality of life is taken from the mother as her natural instinct will always know that something is missing in her life and that beautiful baby never had a chance to make their choice. Who are we to chose for the baby? I am sure if the baby had a voice, they would like to opportunity to not be viciously pulled and ripped apart and killed in a gruesome and painful torturous manner…would you?

  • Karen Stickney

    Actually, number 4 is true. You can choose to be pro life (or pro birth as liberals say) but you can’t force someone else to share that view. You can tell them every bad thing that abortion does, but they have to think for themselves.

    • mommyto3gr8ones

      The author of this article wasn’t suggesting you can force someone to see things from your point of view, they are suggesting there be laws in place regardless of how some feel. There are plenty of people that think pedophilia should be legal, should we not have laws in place to protect the children those people would abuse? I mean, you can tell abusers every bad thing that sexually abusing a child does but then should we just leave it up to them to make the choice to abuse that child or not? Or should we have laws in place to protect that child regardless of how that abuser feels?

  • KeepitLegal

    Not one good thing was said in this article about abortion and a woman’s right to keep it legal and medically safe….its obvious to me that Myth 4 only applies to those who are for abortion and not against. Don’t shove your beliefs down my throat.

  • Shutupstayathomemom

    so furious at the fallacies in this “myth debunking” article I can’t get into it all….but number 6. Come one lady, seriously???
    “In addition, if you go to the manufacturers’ websites, you will discover that one main function of the various forms of hormonal birth control is to strip the uterus of its lining so a preborn baby is prevented from implanting. This – stopping a baby who has already been created during fertilization from implanting – amounts to a chemical abortion.”
    Why don’t you educate yourself on SCIENCE and how hormonal birth control works….The daily pill/nuvaring/norplant/depoprovera……THEY ALL PREVENT OVULATION DUMMY. THUS NO FERTILIZATION EVER OCCURS. Yes there are pills doctors can prescribe for the purpose of chemical abortions, but what you are referring to in your article is daily birth control, which DOES NOT “strip the uterus of its lining so a preborn baby is prevented from implanting”. It mimics the levels of pregnancy hormones in the body so the ovary knows not to release an egg because it thinks its already pregnant, but it is not. That’s why there are 3 weeks of hormone pills and 1 week of sugar pills. When you remove the pregnancy mimicking hormone, the body gets the cue to shed the lining at that point. Now remember, no egg was released. So no matter how much sperm flooded that uterus, no baby was every conceived!