Ending the Abortion Nightmare Could Make Bush the Next Lincoln
Bush can go down in history as another Lincoln. (Lincoln was
considered dumber by the media of his day than our present media
consider President Bush.) All that Bush has to do is not attempt
to abolish abortion, but rather limit its spread by protecting
women's health and human rights as well as letting women in
abortion trauma know that he and others are there offering help
to free them from their nightmare of abortion.
Dr. Theresa Burke's latest book on post-abortion therapy, Forbidden
Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, is endorsed by the great enemy
of the feminist agenda, Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Burke concurs with Dr.
Laura that the feminist movement has brought us deep psychological
This is especially true with the abortion culture, because "if you
examine the women's movement you can see that many of the women who laid
the groundwork were women traumatized by their own abortions. They
believed that legalizing abortion would take away the trauma."
Instead, as Dr. Burke shows, they created trauma, which brought us the
She applies psychology to cure this trauma, but says that the abortion
trauma can only be completely healed if one asks for and receives God's
mercy. If the grief of abortion is not healed, then the world becomes a
Freddy Krueger-like nightmare. Burke maintains that the horror icons of
the United States such as Freddy Krueger and the "evil child movies" are
symbols of a culture running away from its guilt.
"I think that evil child movies are all around us. The child is the
victimizer, the one who torments. Other movies, like Freddy Krueger,
illustrate the horror of being tracked down by an 'abortionist' figure
who is out to kill her baby," Burke said. "I've watched MTV where baby
dolls are thrown off cliffs, discarded, abused and unwanted — revealing
the unconscious conflict shared by all who have rejected children or
been abused themselves after having been used for sexual pleasure."
E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars, in a review of
Forbidden Grief agrees with its thesis that when one represses guilt
one creates even greater monsters in the unconscious. He said, "...
depression, suicide attempts, compulsive political activism, reveals
itself upon closer inspection to be neurotic compensation for the guilt
from abortion, which the culture of death instructs women to repress."
"Feminists could hardly suppress their glee when Lorena Bobbitt
castrated her husband," Jones said. "What they did suppress was the
connection between this bizarre and otherwise inexplicable act and the
fact that her husband had forced her to abort their child."
This is only one example of what happens to a culture when millions of
men and women have the memory of an aborted baby haunting their
unconscious. Forbidden Grief tells us in story after story of
"bizarre" behaviors. In one account we find a dorm party in which the
students, many post-abortive, played "baby soccer."
The "baby soccer" story reminds one of a Stephen King novel with its
broken heads of dolls being kicked around, their eyes gouged out, doll
cheeks burned with cigarette butts and a boyfriend burning cigarette
holes between the doll's legs as well as ripping off their legs. This
account and others convinced Burke that abortion is connected to the
horror games that our culture plays.
"The college students I witnessed playing 'baby soccer' were actually
trying to master their trauma by belittling it through a game with
decapitated baby doll parts," Burke said. "This amusement and
mesmerizing allure to engage in the traumatic play is a symptom of our
culture's need to overcome the horror — like the baby in the blender
jokes, which all surfaced coincidentally after Roe v. Wade
The baby soccer game and other horror genres are symptoms showing that
millions of Americans need to overcome the "collective guilt" associated
with abortion. Burke says, "As the group's enthusiasm for this game
demonstrated, the acting out of post-abortion trauma can be contagious
... collective guilt and trauma have the capacity to disguise massive
According to Life Dynamic's Mark Crutcher, this massive injustice — in
which millions have been killed — can be stopped by ending access to
abortion-bound women. His booklet Access states that between 40
percent and 60 percent of American women of childbearing age have had at
least one abortion. There is also a similar percentage of males who are
post-abortive as well.
The booklet claims that the reason for our increasingly pro-abortion
elective government is these percentages of persons who are in internal
conflict. After violating the moral commandment of "Thou shall not
kill," they vote pro-abortion, seeing the stance of the pro-life
politicians as a personal attack on themselves.
"What I'm saying is that since the vast majority of elections are
decided by slim margins, anything which influences even a small
percentage of voters can be a powerful force," Crutcher said. "The point
is that the potential impact is staggering. Moreover, this force grows
considerably more powerful every day as another 4,000 abortions are
His booklet says studies have found that these women do not have
abortions unless there is easy and local access to them. The vast
majority of these women, according to these studies, will not travel
long distances or pay large amounts of money for an abortion.
The way to defeat the abortion nightmare on the political front,
according to Crutcher, is to sue doctors. And Steve Mosher, head of the
Population Research Institute (PRI), says there are many legitimate
reasons to sue. Says Mosher, "The failure to stop an abortion procedure
on request, or even depriving women of their right to full information,
can be construed as a denial of a woman's freedom of access to
Access says, "... our opponents' ability to continue fighting
comes from a high abortion rate. That is what fuels their political
machine. As long as they have $64,000 an hour to draw on, and the
potential for at least 4,000 new pro-abortion voters every day, the
legal status of abortion will not change."
According to Access, very few new doctors want to be
abortionists, so malpractice suits make the abortion business even more
unattractive. As fewer young doctors enter the field, access to
abortions becomes costly and inaccessible.
The abortionists and the pro-abortion media seem to agree. In 1992,
abortionist David Gritmes said, "Distance clearly matters in women's
reproductive choices ... abortion rates were found to be inversely
related to the distance to a provider."
In 1998, the New York Times Magazine said, "... abortion is
retreating into a half-lighted ghetto of pseudonyms, suspicion and fear
... today 59% of all abortion doctors are 65 years old ... nearly
two-thirds are beyond legal retirement age."
Access presents 81 such quotes from abortionist and pro-abortion
publications to show, as it says, "access doesn't just influence
abortion politics; it is the determining factor in which side wins and
which side loses."
Along these lines, another way to end the abortion government is to
reach out to the millions of post-abortion trauma voters with God's
mercy, as Dr. Burke is doing. If even a small percentage changes sides,
as Crutcher said, these slim margins in elections may start going to
pro-life politicians. And it is never too late to start reaching out to
persons in post-abortion trauma.
"We had one woman come on our retreat who was 87 years old. She suffered
over half a century with this secret that she had never revealed to
anyone until she came to Rachel's Vineyard. She was so relieved to be
with others and to finally receive God's forgiveness," Burke said. "We
can offer the Lord's mercy by not seeking to judge or condemn them, but
by inviting them to thoughtfully reflect on their experience — by being
the one ear that will listen, or the one heart that cries with them for
That 87-year-old woman's conversion represents millions of voters who
could convert to voting for pro-life Republicans because the Democrats
have steadfastly "positioned" themselves as the abortion party. The
problem for the Republicans is that those women swing voters must be
reached with psychological and religious help such as the 87-year-old
The way this can be done is for the Republican leadership and President
Bush to attempt to pass legislation that offers psychological assistance
to women with abortion trauma. The Democrats and media would go crazy,
but if this legislation were positioned as a woman's right to
reproductive health, then the Republicans would have the moral high
Even if the legislation didn't pass, the mere publicity would get it
into the consciousness of millions of woman in abortion trauma. The
pro-life movement and conservative churches could then get into action
and start offering those women the help they need.
After this is done, then Bush's Justice Department must prosecute all
abortionists who, as PRI president Steve Mosher said, fail "to stop an
abortion procedure on request, or even depriving women of their right to
full information." PRI's recent pro-life conference introduced new legal
campaigns to sue abortionist doctors who fail to provide complete
information about the risks of abortion to their patients.
"We're working with these attorneys to inform more and more Americans of
their rights," Mosher said. "It's time America does an 'about face' on
the abortion industry. Women deserve genuine health and human rights,
not violations so routinely committed by the abortion industry."
According to Pennsylvania's Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, 28 out of 37 studies
worldwide show that induced abortion increases the risk of breast
cancer. Thirteen of 15 studies done in the United States reported an
increased risk. (See:
The increased risk of having breast cancer after an abortion is 50
percent if it's your first baby. If you're under 18 it goes to 150
percent. If you're under 18 and your baby is more than nine weeks old,
your increased risk is 800 percent!
"As soon as there comes a woman who has breast cancer who has had an
abortion and takes it to court, she's got a very strong case,"
Kahlenborn said. "The problem is a lot of young women when they do get
breast cancer die from it so quickly — because it's so aggressive when
you're young — they might not make it to court."
As Kahlenborn showed, this is not just about winning elections; it's
about doing the right thing. Unfortunately or fortunately, for the
Republicans this is also about politics. Any increase in abortions — as
Crutcher graphically shows — leads to the demise of the Republican
Party. The recent California elections showed that Gray Davis and the
Democrats will not hesitate to play baby soccer-type mind games with
women voters in order to win.
But the Republicans are running out of time. Their base is the
conservative religious voter — as the recent Bill Simon win in
California elections showed again — so they cannot allow the
abortionists to have the "$64,000 an hour to draw on, and the potential
for at least 4,000 new pro-abortion voters every day." As Crutcher said,
this is "the determining factor in which side wins and which side
The party of Lincoln must make a choice. They can become like the Whigs,
who kept compromising on the issue of slavery until they were replaced
before the Civil War by the Republicans. Or they can stand firm, like
Lincoln, and limit the spread of a great evil.
Lincoln never attempted to abolish slavery directly, because he knew
that if he limited its spread to only the South, then, like a disease,
it would die a natural death. The Democrats — the slavery party — knew
this, too. That is why they started the Civil War.
(The South was correct in its claim that it had the constitutional right
to secede, and it had the Founding Fathers' idea of federalism to back
its states' rights claims. This is what gave the South the moral courage
to fight a great war.)
The Democrats — the abortion party — know also that the abortion
industry will die a natural death if limited in its ability to exploit
women. But they will not start a civil war on this issue, because they
are cowards and have no moral high ground.
Can anybody imagine Teddy Kennedy and company having the courage to
fight for anything more than six more years of luxury at the taxpayers'
So Bush can go down in history as another Lincoln. (Lincoln was
considered dumber by the media of his day than our present media
consider President Bush.) All that Bush has to do is not attempt to
abolish abortion, but rather limit its spread by protecting women's
health and human rights as well as letting women in abortion trauma know
that he and others are there offering help to free them from their
nightmare of abortion.
Fred Martinez. "How Ending the Abortion Nightmare Could Make Bush the
Next Lincoln." NewsMax.com (May 6, 2002).
This article reprinted with permission from Fred Martinez. Articles
by Fred Martinez can be found on
Fred Martinez is staff religion editor of the
Monitor and a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Faith,
a Northern California newspaper. He can be reached at