The pro life movement has shown great success for the pro choice movement because the pro life movement is a deliberate extension of the pro choice movement, as controlled opposition for the institution of abortion as “healthcare.” This is a classic example of the Hegelian Dialectic which proposes a desired end result to come from a carefully calculated and orchestrated struggle between two opposing forces, both under the same control. Controlled opposition is no opposition.
“Today the dialectic is active in every political issue that encourages taking sides. We can see it in environmentalists instigating conflicts against private property owners, in democrats against republicans, in greens against libertarians, in communists against socialists, in neo-cons against traditional conservatives, in community activists against individuals, in pro-choice versus pro-life, in Christians against Muslims, in isolationists versus interventionists, in peace activists against war hawks. No matter what the issue, the invisible dialectic aims to control both the conflict and the resolution of differences, and leads everyone involved into a new cycle of conflicts.” (What is the Hegelian Dialectic? By Niki Raapana and Nordica Friedrich)
You can read more about this concept here. Pro life endeavors have actually made abortion stronger despite of their lip service to its opposition, and have done so by pushing legislation that qualify it as healthcare: bills that demand wider hallways in surgical abortion clinics, or admitting privileges to hospitals, pre-abortion ultrasound requirements, informed consent, parental consent, 24-hour waiting periods, licensing standards, and the list goes on. We have detailed this abortion-as-healthcare scheme to great detail here.
These are apparently normalized approaches to the abortion holocaust, as if women intent on killing their children do not benefit greatly from the Pro-life movement making abortion “safer for women” and overseen by tax-funded institutions. In effect, the execution of these legislative bills shut down very few surgical abortion clinics while the mega-abortuaries like Planned Parenthood eat up the business because they can afford to adapt to the legislation. It’s almost as the pro-life movement is controlled opposition for the heavy hitters of abortion service, a tool in the hands of those who would monopolize the infanticide industry.
The pro-life movement also seems to push to make abortion illegal at, say, twenty weeks gestation. Even though the vast majority of surgical abortion happens at much earlier stages than at twenty weeks gestation, these bans, if they do not get struck down in the rat race of bureaucratic democracy, only serve to encourage the small percentage of women who would have waited a very long time to murder their children, to make earlier appointments. On top of this, while the pro life movement is focusing much time and energy and the monies of naïve donors on “saving” this small theoretical percentage of children, their legislation outright ignores and condemns the untold millions of children who die and have died through the practices of abortive birth control, and in-vitro fertilization. So not only do they ignore the vast majority of surgical abortion, they also ignore the very backbone of the abortion industry.
The reason that the pro life movement commits to these two failures, and is not likely to depart from them, is because it is made up of careerist figureheads. This unfortunate display of con artistry called careerism is deftly laid out by G. Edward Griffin in his book World Without Cancer, which is a work mainly dealing with the institution of the medical cartel in America and its vested interest in “fighting cancer” but ultimately exploiting cancer as a lucrative, never-ending battle. As you can see, there are infinite similarities between the medical cartel and the pro life movement, and any careerist profession like politicians and clergymen:
“Moving down the scale of motives, we come next to what might be called “careerism.” The careerist is not a bad guy either, but he does suffer from a strong vested interest which often gets in the way of objectivity. It was described aptly by columnist Charles McCabe:
“You might be wondering if the personnel of the American Cancer Society, of cancer research foundations, and other sainted organizations, are truly interested in a cure for cancer. Or whether they would like the problem which supports them to continue to exist. You might even grow so base as to believe that there is a certain personality type which is deeply attracted to exploitable causes. They might be called the true blue careerists. I recently had this type defined for me with admirable succinctness:
The crucial concept is that of a careerist, an individual who converts a public problem into a personal career and rescues himself from obscurity, penury, or desperation. These men work with a dedication that may appear to be selfless so long as the problem is insoluble.
Should proposals for change in public policy or the normal evolution of our culture threaten resolution of the mess, it becomes apparent that they have a vested interest in maintaining the magnitude and emotional load of the problem…”
This strange and dangerous kind of reformer has always been with us. The type has gained a truly formidable acceptance in our time. These are the guys who know the answers for problems which do not, at the moment, have any convenient answers. They resist like hell the approach of any real answer which might threaten their holy selflessness.
It is natural for the careerist to gravitate into such apparently humanitarian organizations as the American Cancer Society. Not only does this provide him with the aura of status among his approving friends, but it also provides some pretty nice employment in a low pressure field devoid of competition or of the economic necessity to show either a profit or even tangible results. In fact, it is the very lack of results that adds stature to his position and importance to his work. In this cushy atmosphere, the careerist leisurely dreams up endless schemes for raising funds. Sailors line up on the deck of an aircraft carrier to be photographed from the air as they spell out “Fight Cancer.” Public buildings everywhere display posters bearing the slogan “Fight Cancer With a Check-up and a Check”. Housewives are recruited to hold rummage sales and to go from door to door raising funds. Athletes are urged to participate in special sporting events. Employees are pressured to authorize payroll deductions. Service clubs are persuaded to sponsor information booths, carnivals, and movie-mobiles. And relatives of deceased cancer victims are encouraged to have obituaries state “the family prefers contributions to the American Cancer Society.” In this way, the careerist is able to enlist the services of over two million volunteers each year who, in turn, collect about one hundred million dollars. Of this amount, only about one-fourth goes into actual research. None of it goes into the investigation of possible nutritional factors. Once that door is opened, of course, the final solution to the cancer problem will walk right into those plush offices, stand on the deep pile carpet, and announce in no mistaken terms that the American Cancer Society, and those who work for it, are no longer needed.”
If the pro choice movement pushes some legislation that is “unfavorable to the pro life cause,” these careerists can desperately appeal to their donors for more generosity and fundraise to cushion their profession. They are on the frontlines, after all. They have marches for life, and they have campaigns for “pro life” politicians. Many of them get paid insane amounts of money to speak publicly at various galas engagements. As long as abortion stays around, the Pro Life Movement is a very lucrative business. So is the Pro Choice Movement because they are doing the very same things. They spend a lot of time pretending to fight each other because catharsis is a useful tool that requires no fruit or progress to be effective in manipulating the public. “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” (George Orwell, 1984) Assuming that there actually is a war, that is, and the whole thing isn’t just fabricated for that very purpose. War is peace, after all, and abortion rages on with no end to it in sight.
It is those who have something to gain by fighting abortion that have something to lose by ending it. It is those who have something to lose by fighting abortion that have something to gain by ending it. One should not make a career out of combating child sacrifice. One should receive neither paycheck nor any other boon. Inversely, one should not pay a person to wage war against infanticide in order to support them in lieu of actual productivity. If this is true for abortion, then it is true for every other political action committee and politician’s salary. Our culture war is one of attrition, in that it is the obligation of every professing Christian to commit to the Great Commission, to seek justice, correct oppression, and love their neighbor. It is this individual and adhocratic obedience to God that will win the war, and not the hiring of mercenaries who have something to gain in fighting just because war is good for business.
The resurgence of abolitionism is a threat to both wings of this big ugly bird. Not the pragmatic “abolitionism” that has shamelessly begun to use the same tactics as the pro life movement: electing “abolitionist” politicians and pushing “abolitionist” legislation, and rejecting the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in favor of political power and sinful schemes. This is just another example of the ancient dialectic. It is abolitionist in-name-only, while rejecting each and every one of the very tenets that are inherent to the name.
It is true that the pro choice movement and the pro life movement attack abolitionists with more fervor than they attack each other because abolitionists reject their soft speech and endeavors towards false peace, attempting to be “winsome” and sacrifice the truth (and the effectiveness of graphic images) for the sensibilities of those who would murder their children or socialize justice. They know better than to be equally yoked with unbelievers and join forces with those who need to repent into the jurisdiction of Jesus Christ foremost. Abolitionism is a natural outworking of Biblical Christianity. This means it outright rejects the institutions of men and their manipulations of society through enticing involvement. The Abolitionist plan for ending abortion is not the appeal of false gods who play socialist benefactors and exercise civil authority, but the spread of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The message concerning abortion is consistent: Women intent on killing their children get told that they need to repent. People who applaud them get told that they need to repent. Incrementalist pro lifers get told that they need to repent. Pragmatic Christians who profane Christ’s sacrifice in order to socialize justice get told that they need to repent.
Do not be easily persuaded into adopting the false choices in front of you. The truth is knowable, capable of being scrutinized, but will not be readily available to you if you are content with the proximate deductions provided by institutionalists. If the problem of abortion relies on civil institutions to exist and be protected, and the “solution” to abortion relies on civil institutions to “reform” and and be pruned, then you can safely bet that the entire struggle presented to you can only ever work in favor of the institution which seeks to consume every man, woman, and child in the name of progress, while spitting out the bones of justice, mercy, and everything God wants for society. Come out from that socialist mindset maintained by the hunger for political power and institutionalist comfort. Stand firm on the promises of God, to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, to the exclusion of all others. Do not go with the multitude to do evil so that good may come. Seek the narrow way established by Christ, and be rewarded with true victory through divine strategy.
“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever…” (Jude 1:10-13)