Contemporary pundits speak with regularity about a “war on women.” One dedicated website
decries the threat to “the rights and freedoms of American women” that would result from any cut in government funding for abortion. The fact that Planned Parenthood in particular has recently been subject to increased scrutiny has abortion advocates frantic over a perceived “witch hunt” aimed at “one of the most important providers of health care for American women.” The claim is absurd on so many levels.
Planned Parenthood is a business
that sells contraception and abortion, with annual revenues exceeding a billion dollars. Among myriad other offenses
, they have been credibly accused of prescribing abortifacient drugs without a pharmacist on the premises, providing abortions to underage
girls (hiding statutory rape), and allowing unlicensed abortionists to operate in their clinics. Their initial rallying cry—that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare”—is laughable, because the number of abortions they provide increases yearly while their clinics are not required to conform
to basic medical standards, which they claim would be burdensome
All of this duplicity flows naturally from the lies that led to the legalization of abortion in the first place. Several well-placed individuals who were complicit in the scam have admitted to lying—from exaggerating
the number of deaths due to “back-alley abortions,” to the facts
surrounding the test case for Roe vs. Wade. An industry founded on lies naturally lies to maintain its existence—and saying that decreasing government grants to the abortion industry creates a “war on women” is only one more lie on top of all the rest.
So what is the truth? Is there a war on women? Of course there is, but the real enemy is obfuscating the facts about who the aggressor is. The one who lies about women is the one who is truly waging the war—and the bulk of our popular culture is couched in lies about women.
This culture—a culture of death, according to Blessed John Paul II—is steeped in confusion over what constitutes femininity, and the more authentic femininity is distorted or hidden, the darker the effects. In Mulieris Dignitatem
, John Paul II wrote, “Motherhood as a human
fact and phenomenon, is fully explained on the basis of the truth about the person. Motherhood is linked to the personal structure of the woman and to the personal dimension of the gift:
’I have brought a man into being with the help of the Lord’ (Gen
4:1). The Creator grants the parents the gift of a child. On the woman's part, this fact is linked in a special way to ‘a sincere gift of self’” (MD
, 18). When the gift of a child is rejected, the woman’s essence is shredded as well. She remains a mother, but simply one who has denied the truth about who she is.
Original sin disrupted the relationship between man and woman, whereby her desire for him would be met with abuse on various levels (cf. Gen
3:16). Every generation and culture has to deal with that disruption, but the Church insists that contraception and abortion only exacerbate the problem—allowing a man to use a woman and leave her to suffer the consequences. While well-meaning people may think that “reproductive health services” diminish her suffering, they only lead to more death and abuse.
Catholics stand ready to take on those waging a “war against women,” but we see the aggressors as those who disguise poison as fruit and lies as compassion. Don’t be fooled by the deceptive maneuvers of the enemy—that’s the oldest trick in the book.