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