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Abortion rights advocacy moved to the center stage after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced controversial amendments to the state’s longstanding abortion law, now called the Reproductive Health Act. The Act removes abortion from the state’s penal code and provides a greater opportunity for women to get abortions after 24 weeks. The significant and sudden changes prompted me to investigate the origins of abortion in America, which led me to its connection to communism and an eye-opening interview with New York Times best-selling author Dr. Paul Kengor, an international authority on communism.
My guest is going to talk about the history and the future of abortion in this country, and I think it has become a pretty hot topic again. The reason I believe this is because of the recent changes in the New York State abortion law, and some other states are also trying to adopt the same changes. Ultimately what these changes do is to permit a woman to have an abortion beyond 24 weeks and even up to 9 months in certain circumstances.
When I first heard about New York’s new law, I thought, well if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and places more restrictions on abortion, the state law won’t be effective for very long. Under the constitution, federal laws always take precedence over state laws. So, I started to wonder what was really behind these changes, and why such a strong push for protecting these particular rights. Some questions popped into my mind, like what are the historical origins of abortion…Who promoted the concept of abortion as a means to protect a woman’s rights. What role did abortion play in the destruction of the traditional family. And how were women convinced that abortion was a solution to their problems.
This issue of abortion rights is about more than a woman’s right to choose. It’s about what we believe in, the history of America, and lost traditional values.
I wanted to dig out after 46 years of the same abortion laws, why is there suddenly a renewed tension over a woman’s right to abort, and more importantly why would a state expand a woman’s right to have an abortion whenever she wants to.
So before we get to today’s guest, I’d like to read a passage from a newspaper called the Epoch Times, which publishes an editorial series called “How the Specter of Communism is Ruling Our World.”
“Traditional society regards childbirth and the education of children to be the sacred duty of women, ordained by God or Heaven. In the annals of both the East and the West, behind every great hero is a great mother. Feminism discards this tradition as patriarchal oppression, and holds that expecting women to be responsible for raising their children is a key example of this oppression.”
Take a listen to today’s guest Dr. Paul Kengor, an internationally recognized authority on the topic of communism. That’s probably due in no small part to the numerous books and articles that he has written on the topic, so it’s no surprise that he is a New York Times Best Seller, and he hit #1 in non-fiction at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. One of the books he wrote is called “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, is very relevant to our topic today. Dr. Kengor teaches political science at Grove City College, and serves as executive director of the college’s Center for Vision & Values.
I am thrilled that Dr. Kengor was able to talk with me about abortion and family values. I spoke to him via telephone as he was on his way to the CPAC conference in Washington, DC.
The first thing I asked him was how did communism get officially introduced to society because I think that’s where the root of abortion lies.
The Communist Manifesto, is essentially a founding document, to put in writing what had already been happening for a while in Europe. Pope Pius the IX, was the longest reigning elected Pope in history. In the Pope’s very first encyclical letter … he cautioned the bishops about listening to the wrong teachings.
What he says about communism is:
“the unspeakable doctrine of Communism, as it is called, a doctrine most opposed to the very natural law. For if this doctrine were accepted, the complete destruction of everyone’s laws, government, property, and even of human society itself would follow.”
Dr. Kengor references the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to explain just how radical their vision was.
Dr. Kengor is explaining that if those students did read the entire book, they would have found that in order to achieve a Communist state, it would require despotism. Despotism means the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.
In America, more and more young people are believing that socialism is a better form of government, but socialism is just one step before communism. And, actually, communism entered America as well as the whole world a long time ago.
Whether you call it socialism or communism, the specter was intent on targeting the family and marriage by eliminating their religious foundations and encouraging an open system of free love.
In China, abortion is used to control the population, in the Soviet Union abortion seemed to be purely a form of control. But in America, there was yet another reason for abortion. In Flying Under the Radar to Save Lives we cover this topic in-depth with Reggie Littlejohn.
Abortion in America was a way to control the quality of the gene pool. As a matter of fact, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a eugenicist. What is eugenics. The definition of eugenics is the belief that the genetic quality of the human population had to be improved by excluding certain undesirable genetic groups, such as people of color, poor people, and the mentally ill.
Dr. Kengor made an important point. If you really want to know the true American history, you have to do your own research because it’s just not taught in school, including colleges and universities. In the case of Margaret Sanger, although she was not a communist per se, he said she was a radical progressive.
But maybe we don’t have the smartest people in government yet. Dr. Kengor said Planned Parenthood still targets certain classes of women for abortions. We discussed how some media reports have characterized New York City as the abortion capital of the world. While we were on the topic of abortion in New York, I brought up New York’s new abortion law and whether that was related to America’s history of abortion.
Because of the recent amendments to state abortion laws, some members of Congress are fighting back. Recently, Congresswoman Martha Roby lectured at the Family Research Council, a nonprofit research and educational organization. She recapped the changes in the last couple of months of some state abortion laws and discussed two abortion bills that she sponsored.
A law goes through many stages before it officially becomes a law. It starts out as a bill, which is introduced or sponsored by one or more members of congress. If the majority of congress vote to pass the bill, it then goes to the senate for approval. Ultimately, the president, who has veto power, must sign off on the bill before it can become a law. Congresswoman Roby talks about the other bill she sponsored to improve abortion laws across the nation.
While Congresswoman Roby lamented about the difficulties in getting abortion bills passed into law, Dr. Kengor reflected on how abortion has now been described as sacred ground. It’s ironic, but perhaps not so unexpected that Nancy Pelosi and others would associate abortion with divinity. If you recall, at the beginning of this podcast, I quoted a passage that said childbirth is the sacred duty of women, ordained by God. This is a good example of how a traditional value has been reshaped and redefined. We go from a childbirth being divine and sacred to abortion being divine and sacred.
How do our beliefs change from revering the sacredness of a woman’s duty to bear children, to saying abortion is sacred ground? I would say it is caused by the various movements that suddenly develop to advance a particular groups’ agenda. Despite what true history tells us, some still would rather hold on to modern beliefs and live a life of struggle, a word commonly used in the Communist Manifesto. Ideologies influence our thoughts. But where do these thoughts come from anyway? Some would say they come from our life experiences, which help to shape our modern beliefs. And it is those beliefs that are manipulated through radical movements, laws, advertising, distorted history and so on, for the purpose of reshaping and eliminating traditional American values. I encourage you to conduct your own research if you are curious about this topic or any other topic. Follow your own heart and don’t just accept what others tell you.