Orwellian Abortion Signs

Orwellian Abortion Signs July 24, 2018

I’ve been posting about the relevance of George Orwell’s novel 1984 to today and how the pro-abortion movement uses the exact kind of language that he warns against in his essay “Politics and the English Language.”  I came across yet another example of an Orwellian exaggeration that has come true.

In the novel, the protagonist Winston works in “The Ministry of Truth,” which exists to promote lies.  Here, as we discussed, Winston’s job is to continually rewrite history by identifying records about individuals who have fallen out of favor, incorrect government predictions, and ideas that are no longer permitted.  He then puts all of this information down the “memory hole” to be burnt and lost forever.  The Ministry of Truth is adorned with signs reminding its workers of the ruling party’s three slogans:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

I was reminded of this passage when I read about an advertising campaign put on by Ohio’s leading abortion provider, a corporation called “Preterm.”  The company wants to “normalize” abortion and so started a campaign to encourage women to be proud of aborting their children.  To that end, the abortionists put up a website called MyAbortionMyLife.org and put up a series of billboards in the Cleveland area.

Here is a description of the campaign from Cleveland journalist Jane Morice:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Preterm, the largest abortion clinic in the state, has launched a billboard campaign across Greater Cleveland that aims to “shift the public conversation on abortion away from the black-and-white political rhetoric.”

The 16 billboards have the phrase, “Abortion is ________,” each with a different word or phrase filling in the blank, like “life-saving,” “necessary,” and “a second chance.”

On its website, Preterm encourages supporters to share images of the billboards using the hashtags #AllOfTheAbove and #MyAbortionMyLife.

“We want to push people to think about abortion in new, diverse ways with these billboards,” Nancy Starner, Preterm’s director of development and communications, said in a news release.

You may have seen the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; here are the sixteen billboards outside Cleveland, Ohio.  From Chris Pandolfo, 16 Billboards Proudly Display the Horrific Depravity of Pro-Abortion Ghouls:

Abortion is Life-Saving

Abortion is Your Right

Abortion is Health Care

Abortion is a Blessing

Abortion is Liberty

Abortion is Normal

Abortion is Gender Equality

Abortion is a Second Chance

Abortion is Safer Than Childbirth

Abortion is Hope

Abortion is a Parenting Decision

Abortion is Good Medicine

Abortion is Necessary

Abortion is a Family Value

Abortion is Right for Me

Abortion is Sacred

Notice the attempt to co-opt religious language in an attempt to make abortion sound “spiritual”:  “Abortion is a blessing.”  “Abortion is Sacred.”

Then there are the attempts to make killing one’s child seem pro-family:  “Abortion is a parenting decision.”  “Abortion is a family value.”

 

 

Illustration by The Thought Police [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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