Socialism, Atheism, and Abortion:

Some say abortion is a “health care” option for pregnant women.  Others say it is the forced separation of soul and body of an unborn human being.  In the U.S., the debate about whether abortion is good or bad for our society has become white-hot, with blue-state legislatures passing pro-abortion laws and red states laws opposing abortion.  The gap between pro-abortion Democrats and anti-abortion Republicans has been widening every year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that abortion is legal in all states.  The Democratic Party now uses “support of abortion” as a no-exception litmus test to be passed by any politician wishing to join the party.  The divide between political parties on the issue is now so wide that it is preventing rational debate on nearly all legislative issues, whether abortion-related or not.

To understand the growing enmity between political parties on this issue requires a deeper look into the origins of abortion in modern society.  The widespread practice and acceptance of abortion is a 20th-century phenomenon, but its philosophical basis is a direct outgrowth of a 19th-century philosophy about human nature called Scientific Socialism.

Most Americans think of “socialism” as a movement in the ’20s and ’30s that attracted immigrant Italian, German, and Irish blue-collar workers — mostly Catholic — seeking better working conditions and higher wages.  Socialism in America was championed by men like Norman Thomas, a Presbyterian minister and pacifist.  In 1928, Thomas became president of the Socialist Party of America (SPA).  Under Thomas, the SPA adopted, in addition to workers’ rights, civil rights and integration as causes.  Thomas was a founder of the National Civil Liberties Union, the predecessor of the ACLU.  However, with declining membership support, the SPA ceased operations in December 1977.  By then, its causes had already been largely adopted by the national Democratic Party.

But the brand of socialism pushing for no-limits abortion in the U.S. is not the socialism our fathers and grandfathers knew.  This socialism is the more virulent strain that has controlled life in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (now the Russian Federation) since 1920 and in the People’s Republic of China since its formation in 1949 by Mao Zedong.  This is the socialism conceived by Feuerbach, Engels, and Marx and implemented by Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.  It is now creeping into the U.S. political system through the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.  This wing’s persistent advocacy has succeeded in coercing the party’s national leaders and elected representatives to join in openly promoting no-limits abortion in our country.

For 1,500 years, from the 4th-century writings of Saint Augustine that codified the Christian faith until the socialist theories of the 19th-century German philosophers, religion and philosophy were inseparably intertwined.  In 1841, Ludwig Feuerbach, Christian-born philosopher and anthropologist, published “The Essence of Christianity,” in which he postulated that religion had no role to play in the understanding of reality and should not be a part of any philosophical study of human nature.  For Feuerbach, a convert to atheism, religion imposed a restraining and debilitating fear in the minds of men, and its influence should be eradicated from society if humankind is to progress.

Karl Marx, a contemporary of Feuerbach, advanced the idea that religion places an unnatural inhibition on society.  In the introduction to his 1843 “A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,” Marx wrote that “religion is the opium of the people.”  He argued that religion is a “social authority” imposed by the ruling class on the working masses to keep them under control.  This thesis was the foundation of all of Marx’s political and economic theories that followed.  Seduced by the concept that religious beliefs are detrimental to human progress, Marx, the grandson of a rabbi, turned away from Judaism to atheism.  “Atheistic Marxism” and “Scientific Socialism,” the titles later given to Marx’s theories, proposed that future societies could survive and develop to their full potential only if their masses were emancipated from religion.  These new liberated societies would have no churches or religious orders or societies and would permit no mention of God or religion in their schools.

Friedrich Engels was born in Prussia to a middle-class Protestant family.  In his twenties, through association with radical activists at political “clubs,” he became a militant atheist.  Engels, a skilled writer, soon gained recognition among young German liberals as a persuasive anti-religion philosopher.  In 1844, Marx saw several articles by Engels that articulated the very principals of socialism that Marx was advocating.  After numerous written exchanges, Engels met Marx in 1845.  The two immediately formed a partnership to develop, promote, and implement plans for their new political vision: Atheistic Marxism.

Born in Simbirsk, Russia in 1870 to Christian parents, Vladimir Lenin turned to atheism upon the death of his father in 1886.  In 1887, Lenin decided to study law, and during his university years, he joined a political club that was advocating Marxism for Russia.  Lenin became enamored of the Marx-Engels theories and immediately began to develop plans for their promotion and implementation.  His first target was Russian farm workers.  In 1903 he published an article titled “Letter to Rural Peasants” espousing the benefits of the new society for farm workers:

We want to achieve a new and better order of society: in this new and better society there must be neither rich nor poor; all will have to work. This new and better society is called a socialist society. The teachings about this society are called ‘socialism’.

After the successful 1917 Russian revolution, Lenin became the first premier of the United Soviet Socialist Republics and quickly implemented his version of Marxist socialism.  One of his first acts was to eliminate all religion in Russia and begin the conversion of the population to atheism.  And in 1920, abortion was approved by the new government.  Thus, under Lenin, Russia became the first country in history to sanction atheism and abortion as government imperatives.  All of the Soviet socialist countries followed suit, as did China under Mao in 1949.

The common thread that unites the social engineers and the implementers who followed is atheism.  The state-supported practice that has become socialism’s identifying mark is abortion.  For those who promote and operate the abortion industry, with no belief in God or in an afterlife, accepting the notion that abortion does no harm to anyone is understandably easy.  There have been over 1.5 billion abortions worldwide since 1980.  So an ironic flaw of this atheistic scheme has emerged: the socialist emancipation of mankind from God is facilitating part of mankind’s own destruction.

The growing divide between national political parties certainly is about abortion.  But it is also about the Democratic Party’s attempt to integrate Scientific Socialism of which abortion is emblematic into our political system. Neither this strain of socialism nor abortion is compatible with the beliefs and practices of our free enterprise system — a system based on trust in God. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/10/socialism_atheism_and_abortion.html

10 Reasons Abortion Is Not The Answer

Today, let’s discuss ten reasons not to have an abortion. Why not abortion?

1) It compounds tragedy.

Sometimes the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy are tragic. Perhaps the woman was raped. Maybe the baby has been diagnosed with a defect. Or the woman’s health might be at risk. However, one tragedy is not answered with another. We do not erase a rape by killing a child. We do not cure a baby by taking his life. And we do not avoid all health issues by avoiding the reality of another human being.

Women who have been raped must be compassionately cared for. But compassionate care does not include executing a woman’s child. Parents facing a difficult prenatal diagnosis must be given real facts and directed to others with helpful experiences. They must not be forced into a quick choice for abortion or urged to take the life of their child instead of giving her a chance to defy the odds. Women with high-risk pregnancies must be treated by real medical professionals. But treatment does not include intentionally killing a child. (If a child dies during the course of treating the woman – i.e., during chemotherapy for cancer, removal of an ectopic pregnancy, etc. – this is not an abortion.)

2) It takes innocent lives.

Science could not be more clear. Unborn human beings are living, separate, and unique. From the moment of fertilization – better known as conception – a new human life is in existence. Ending this life is not ending “potential.” It is ending a life. We would do well to understand the modern science that reveals the humanity of the unborn. (Here is a scientific reportquotes from textbooksphotos, and a video.) Here is an innovative new video series that uses non-graphic medical animation to demonstrate exactly what happens in the different types of abortion. The series also describes the risks each type of abortion poses to women.

3) It violates civil rights.

Civil rights are violated when people are deprived of their basic rights in a discriminatory fashion. Unborn children are deprived of life – the most basic right of all – simply based on their location (their mother’s womb) and their developmental status. This is discriminatoryinhuman, and cruel.

4) It punishes innocent people.

A child does not deserve to die for the crimes of his father. A five-year-old cannot be killed because his father is a rapist. A five-month-old unborn child should not be allowed to be killed for the same reason.

A child does not deserve to die because her mother and/or her father were irresponsible. A child is completely innocent. A child did not decide that his parents would have sex or that they would use ineffective contraception. An unborn child is always innocent and should never be punished.

fetus, baby, this is who abortion hurts

5) It can harm women.

Real-life stories demonstrate again and again that abortion harms women. Harm comes in a variety of forms – mental, emotional, relational, and physical – and in some cases, women’s lives are lost through abortion. They can also experience the loss of their fertility or an increase in miscarriages after an abortion. To find out more, check out this studythis paper, this compilation of storiesthese experiences, and these stories.

6) It is damaging to relationships and families.

Any time a family member dies, the rest of the family is affected. And this is true of abortion. A real, living, irreplaceable child has been killed, and the parents and siblings are damaged. Fathers attempting to stop abortions can read this article. Siblings who need a place to express their pain can go here. And for more information on how abortion damages relationships, read this and this. Many women who abort just to convince a man to stay with them find that they are left alone anyway, shortly after the abortion. Abortion is never the way to a successful and loving relationship.

7) It never goes away.

No matter how hard we try, we can never erase what abortion does. Abortion takes — it kills — an innocent human being. Time does not erase murder or ease the reality of what it is. Abortion is a cruel tragedy, but it is also a choice that should never be made. Such a choice stays with us forever.

For anyone who has already participated in abortion, while there is no way to change your past, there is a way to heal from it. Check with your local pregnancy resource center for post-abortion recovery programs. You can also look into Rachel’s Vineyard or Ramah International. Also, check out this sermon by Mark Driscoll, in which he discusses how “Jesus died so murder could be forgiven.” Recovery, hope, and healing are always available.

8) It creates new problems.

Some people believe that ending a child’s life will solve their problems. And in the immediate present, it may appear that the problems have been erased. Perhaps college becomes an easier option, maybe parents never find out that their daughter was pregnant, or possibly an affair remains undiscovered. But in reality, abortion only hides problems: it doesn’t solve them. Many women finish college while still giving life to their babies. Many parents are far more accepting and loving than their daughters or sons believed possible. And the truth is better than a lie, when a lie would cost an innocent person’s life. In the end, that’s what this is really about: our problems are not solved through killing an innocent person. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. And just because it’s often a hidden choice doesn’t mean it won’t stay with you forever.

Parents often experience great pressure to choose abortion without being told of the great gift they've been given.

Parents often experience great pressure to choose abortion without being told of the great gift they’ve been given.

9) It avoids responsibility.

Abortion is sometimes used as an easy cover-up for a one-night stand or a solution to a relationship gone bad. However, when two adults make the choice to participate in an activity known to create babies, these adults must accept responsibility. Contraception can fail. The best planning can fall apart. But responsibility should not be avoided at the cost of an innocent child’s life.

Responsible people have to make hard choices sometimes. Timing may seem bad, and circumstances might be difficult. But this does not justify killing an innocent person. Choosing to raise a child is responsible. Choosing adoption for a child is responsible. But choosing abortion and denying life to a child who already exists is irresponsibly – and irreparably – wrong.

10) It’s not empowering or liberating for women.

As a woman who considers herself a feminist, I find it appalling that abortion is classified as part of “women’s rights.” It is not my “right” to kill my child. I should not be the only person who has the power to order my child’s execution at the hand of an abortionist. Letting my child suffer a death in which her spine is sucked into a tube or her limbs are torn apart or her heart is stopped through poison is not empowering or liberating. These choices ought not to be choices at all. They are cruel tragedies for all involved, and they should not be permitted in a civilized nation. Women do not receive freedom through the blood of their children.

Abortion erases the choice of a human being. (Photo credit: katie.kap on Flickr)

Abortion erases the choice of a human being. (Photo credit: katie.kap on Flickr)

Conclusion

All women should understand exactly what abortion is. For more information, watch these informative (and non-graphic) videosThis site gives information on abortion reversal to anyone who may have started an abortion they now regret, specifically a medication abortion (also called the abortion pill or RU-486). Here is a story of reversing a late-term abortion, something this organization may also be able to help with. You can also call the 24-hour, nurse-staffed hotline at 1-877-558-0333 for help. https://www.liveaction.org/news/10-reasons-abortion-not-answer/