Christian Leader Lies About the Likely Consequences of Abortion in Ireland June 1, 2018

Christian Leader Lies About the Likely Consequences of Abortion in Ireland

Jim Daly, the head of the Christian megachurch known as Focus on the Family, is very upset that Ireland voted to give women the right to control their own bodies.

That’s to be expected from the anti-abortion ministry. What shouldn’t be acceptable, though, is lying about the ramifications of the vote. But as any regular reader of this site knows, conservative Christians have no problem with lies in the name of Jesus.

In a “condolence” letter to the people of Ireland, Daly writes about “what is coming to your fair land” now that abortion will be legal in some cases.

It includes nuggets like this:

The rate of stillborn births will increase, which is a complication that can occur after a woman’s had an abortion.

This is a Christian lie.

There is absolutely no evidence that says abortions make a woman more likely to have stillborn births. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of symptoms that may contribute to stillbirths; abortion isn’t on the list. Having a miscarriage or multiple pregnancies or being older, on the other hand, are on the list. In other words, while there may be a correlation between abortion and stillbirth, there’s no reason to think one causes the other.

Daly also states:

Irish women who abort will suffer a higher risk for depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Again, he’s lying. Abortion doesn’t lead to depression or drug use or suicide. (Daly never provided any links, credible or otherwise, backing up his bullshit, which is typical.)

Indeed, a 2016 study published in the respected medical journal JAMA came to a very different conclusion:

We found no evidence that women who have abortions risk developing depression, anxiety or low self-esteem as a result of the abortion, either immediately following, or for up to five years after the abortion,” said M. Antonia Biggs, a social psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author on the study, in a statement.

You know what did cause worse mental health outcomes? Being denied abortions, at least at first.

A week after they visited the clinic, the women who were turned away had more anxiety, lower self-esteem, and lower life-satisfaction than those who were able to get abortions. But six months to a year later, their symptoms improved and were similar to those of the other groups.

Daly also spread the lie that groups like Planned Parenthood were selling “aborted preborn baby body parts.” That’s not what they do, as any number of articles explained after a conservative group put out a misleading video claiming otherwise. Planned Parenthood isn’t making a profit off the sale of dead fetus parts, no matter how much it pleases the Right to say the opposite.

No wonder the anti-abortion side lost so badly in Ireland. The facts, common sense, and basic human decency were never on their side, and a large number of voters were able to see through their propaganda.

You would think a Christian ministry would be against bearing false witness, but time and time again, we see Christian leaders spreading lies that serve their needs. It’s another reason they don’t deserve to be taken seriously.

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