Yes, Terrorism and Abortion are the Same

Babies in Womb

With the beheadings and other acts of terrorism by ISIS, I have been asked a number of times recently what I think about the comparison between terrorism and abortion.

My answer is that they are in the same category, namely, the deliberate killing of the innocent. And this is a comparison I have been making for many years.  One of my past columns about the terrorism we witnessed on September 11, 2001, explains the comparison as follows:

What, after all, was the evil of September 11? Was it that lives were lost and buildings destroyed? An earthquake or tidal wave could have caused the same damage, but in those cases we would not have called it terrorism. It just would not have been the same as the evil of September 11.

What was it that constituted the specific evil of September 11? It was that some human beings had no regard for the right to life of other human beings. That makes the events of that day more profoundly disturbing than “loss” or “tragedy”; that’s what makes them “evil.”

Yet is this evil any less if the victims are five inches tall instead of five feet tall, or if the instruments of killing are surgical forceps rather than airplanes? The evil we fight when we oppose terrorism is merely a reflection of the evil we do. Every day, from coast to coast, our nation’s abortion clinics carry out the same evil. Some human beings disregard the right to life of other human beings.

Note that this is a comparison of the acts, not of the people involved. While the acts are of the same nature and gravity, the subjective guilt of the people doing them is just that — subjective. It depends on a wide range of circumstances affecting their knowledge and their freedom. There is no need — nor do we have the ability — to probe the state of a person’s soul. At Priests for Life, in fact, we minister to former abortionists, showing them the road to repentance. And as for those who have the abortions, we operate the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard. So this comparison is not about condemnation of any person, but rather about actions.

The beheadings carried out in front of the eyes of the world recently by ISIS bring the comparison to an even more striking point. Through medical diagrams and through an examination of the way abortionists describe the abortion procedure, we see that abortion itself is a form of beheading. The medical textbook Abortion Practice by Dr. Warren Hern, an abortionist, states on page154, “A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus…”

Moreover, consider these words, spoken under oath, by abortionist Martin Haskell, describing legal abortion procedures:

“[W]e would attack the lower part of the lower extremity first, remove, you know, possibly a foot, then the lower leg at the knee and then finally we get to the hip…And typically when the abortion procedure is started we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we’re making our initial grasps or if we’re using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we’re starting the procedure. It’s not unusual at the start of D&E procedures that a limb is acquired first and that that limb is brought through the cervix … prior to disarticulation and prior to anything having been done that would have caused the fetal demise up to that point…When you’re doing a dismemberment D&E, usually the last part to be removed is the skull itself and it’s floating free inside the uterine cavity…So it’s rather like a ping-pong ball floating around and the surgeon is using his forcep to reach up to try to grasp something that’s freely floating around and is quite large relative to the forcep we’re using. So typically there’s several misdirections, misattempts to grasp. Finally at some point either the instruments are managed to be place around the skull or a nip is made out of some area of the skull that allows it to start to decompress. And then once that happens typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece…” (Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist.)

Note that this is the abortionist himself describing the activity of abortion. These are not the words of a pro-life organization or church. There is no way to deny that the action of decapitating and dismembering a child in the womb is as much an attack on human life as the action of decapitating and dismembering an adult.

Another link between abortion and terrorism is the perversion of religion. As I wrote in one of my past columns,

Priests for Life maintains excellent working relationships with Muslims, and the people who work with us could never imagine a God who would justify people taking innocent human life. Yet we have learned that there are people in the world who call upon the one they regard as the world s Creator, and thank Him for the successful destruction of some of His creatures.

“You shall not use the Name of the Lord your God in vain.” That commandment does not simply forbid using God s name as a curse word. It forbids invoking God to justify evil acts. It forbids thanking God for what happened on September 11.

The name of God is also taken in vain to justify abortion. Many supporters of the killing of innocent babies engage in the same kind of perversion of religion.

If you want proof, start by looking at the website It is the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A more accurate title for the group would be False Prophets. They take the name of Jesus Christ, and His saving Gospel, and try to find there a justification for the dismemberment of tiny children.

The logo on their website is, “We are pro-choice because of our faith.”

They even have a Clergy for Choice Network. The “Clergy for Choice Pledge” reads in part, “We clergy members, representing many different religious denominations around the country, pledge our strong support for reproductive choice, which encompasses access to safe, reliable contraception, family planning education, comprehensive sexuality education, affordable and reliable childcare and health care, adoption services, and access to safe, legal, and affordable abortions.”

If you still doubt that abortion involves an explicit perversion of religion, read the cover story in the October 1993 issue of New Age Journal (“Sister Against Sister,” p.66). Author Brenda Peterson writes, “In her book Pagan Meditations, Ginette Paris describes abortion as an essentially religious act, a sacred sacrifice to Artemis. One aborts an impossible love, she writes, not a hatred. In her new book, The Sacrament of Abortion, Paris explains further that if we saw abortion as a sacred ritual, it would restore to the act a sense of the sanctity of life.” Newsweek magazine reports (October 17,1994) that many abortionists “have a missionary sense about their work.” Dr. Curtis Boyd, a Texas abortionist, told the magazine, “I perform abortions because of my religion.” Dr. Boyd is often asked by Native American women to bless the aborted fetus, and by Catholic women to baptize it. He proposes schools of theology develop special ceremonies and prayers to mark the loss of a fetus.

You shall not use the name of the Lord in vain — neither for terrorism against the born or the unborn.


Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our land in an event that we should never forget.

We lament the loss of thousands of lives, and the destruction of our buildings, yet earthquakes or tsunamis can also cause the same damage.

What makes terrorism different? The evil of September 11 was that some human beings had a blatant contempt for the right of other human beings to live.

As we fight terrorism, the evil we fight is a reflection of the evil we do. The same contempt for human life is found in every abortion clinic. What moral difference does it make if a victim is five feet tall or five inches tall, or if the instrument of death is an airplane or surgical forceps?

As we recall September 11, let’s resolve to defend all life.