Daniel Doherty

If anything, this suggests that a growing percentage of women terminating unplanned pregnancies in New York City are using abortion as a form of birth control. And the implications are catastrophic: How many women are choosing abortion each year in part because they don’t realize that unborn children have heartbeats as early as eight weeks and can feel pain as early as 20 weeks? The left does not want women to understand these unsavory facts. It discredits the arguments they’ve been cultivating for decades.

And yet, history teaches us that the only way totalitarian and oppressive regimes can rationalize the extermination of innocent life is through the process of de-humanization. In the eyes of their oppressors, to name just a few examples, Christians were “infidels,” Tutsi’s were “cockroaches,” Jews were “rats.” This is why educating those who are uneducated is so vitally important when making the case for life.

Moreover, rather than handing out “free” birth control pills and revamping sex education, perhaps conservatives should make the larger argument. For far too long, progressives have been winning the narrative that fetuses are nothing more than “matter” or “cells.” Of course, this belies modern science and medical research, which is one of the reasons I am hopeful (as was the case in the odious Dred Scott decision) that justice will one day prevail.

But we are not there yet.

In the meantime, most Americans still seem to believe -- in the words of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” We all know, however, that abortion is not rare. It is, in many instances, a form of birth control. And so the way to most effectively reduce these staggering abortion numbers -- especially in our inner cities -- is to humanize the victims.

Only then can we begin to educate, and make the case that all life is sacred -- and worthy of protection.

Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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