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(LifeSiteNews) – Anyone who has spent time studying abortion data knows that one of the primary reasons women choose abortion, besides pressure from those around them, is economic circumstances. Many, in fact, go so far as to say that they feel as if abortion—held out to them by the culture as the “easy way out” of, well, anything—is the only choice truly available to them. This is why I have suggested in print that Canadian politicians begin asking tough questions about why so many women are having abortions they say they do not want, and what we can do to reduce unwanted abortions—which will, of course, reduce abortions overall.  

Some countries have recognized that economic incentives can go a long way towards reducing the abortion rate. In Hungary, for example, new policies dictate that the more children you have, the less personal income tax you pay—and mothers with at least four children pay no personal income tax for the rest of their lives. Even the flat tax of 15 percent is reduced based on the number of children you have, and student loans are reduced with the birth of each child, and eliminated entirely by the third child. In short, Hungary is ensuring that all economic incentives run towards having children rather than having abortions—the inverse of what exists in many Western countries today. 

One effect of Hungary’s policies? Then-Family Minister Katalin Novák told me in an interview last year that the abortion rate has dropped by up to 40 percent since these family-friendly policies have been implemented. “It’s never low enough unless it’s zero, but it is a decreasing number,” she told me. The Hungarian government is attempting to eliminate abortions by funneling money to families rather than handing it to Big Abortion, the preferred policy of many progressives. (Novák recently became Hungary’s first female president.) 

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The Surgi-Center, a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic infamous for offering late, second trimester abortions, and its owner, abortionist Cesare Santangelo, are at the center of a scandal involving possible violations of federal laws against partial-birth abortion and infanticide.

In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews, Lauren Handy, the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), told LifeSiteNew's Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen that, with the help of a whistleblower, her organization rescued and properly buried the remains of about one hundred aborted babies from Santangelo's Surgi-Center.

But, five of the deceased babies were so large and so developed that they suspected the Surgi-Center of engaging in the illegal practices of partial-birth abortion or infanticide (i.e., killing the child after birth) à la Kermit Gosnell.

The shocked pro-lifers then gave the aborted babies to the police and brought the matter to the attention of the D.C. Medical Examiner's office. But, the Medical Examiner's office has refused to take any action, saying they will not perform autopsies on the babies.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002). *Anyone - no matter where you reside - can sign this petition!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.

Handy and eight of her fellow pro-life rescuers in PAAU are, themselves, now facing jail-time after being arrested by the FBI for conducting a traditional pro-life sit-in in October, 2020, at the very same abortion center from which the late-term deceased babies (mentioned above) were rescued.

Please note that the two events - the pro-life rescue in 2020 and the gruesome discovery of the five near-to-full-term babies in the Surgi-Center's "bio-medical waste" earlier this year - are almost one-and-a-half years apart.

Thus, Handy believes that their recent arrest is no coincidence...and, moreover, that the FBI is being used to create a smokescreen by arresting her and the other pro-lifers.

At the same time, the D.C. Medical Examiner's office does not seem interested in discovering the truth about the deaths of the five aborted babies and possible illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide happening at the D.C. Surgi-Center.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

The DOJ press release claims that the pro-lifers: "engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services."

But, commenting on the arrest, Lauren Handy stated: "Media reports have stated that we ‘invaded’ the abortion center and ‘disrupted’ women from exercising their ‘reproductive rights’. No, that is not what we did."

"We entered the clinic and sought to love the women who were already there for their abortion procedures," Handy said. "We tried to offer them help so they would choose life. We non-violently defended the unborn who were about to be exterminated – the innocent, the most vulnerable, killed in horrific acts of violence and treated as so much trash."

Tireless pro-life activist Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and leader of Red Rose Rescue, told LifeSiteNews that "this is the first time any of them are facing federal charges. That the rescuers were hunted down by FBI agents is unprecedented in the history of pro-life activism."

All of this...possibly...for discovering five near-or-at-term aborted babies at Cesare Santangelo's D.C. Surgi-Center, and for seeking to give justice and dignity to the murdered babies.

The truth now needs to come out!

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

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It is revealing that progressives hate these policies so much. Consider recent coverage in The Guardian of a similar plan proposed by a regional councillor for social policies in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, who proposed that pregnant women be paid €4,000 not to have abortions. Instead of welcoming the measure, it instead sparked “condemnation from opposition parties and women’s groups.” Here’s how The Guardian framed the proposal: 

Maurizio Marrone, regional councillor for social policies, foresees the region giving €400,000 to anti-abortion associations, which in turn would make the money available to 100 women to entice them not to abort.

“In Piedmont, 100 more children will be born,” said Marrone, a politician with the far-right Brothers of Italy. “Children who would not have otherwise come into the world because of their mothers’ economic difficulties.”

The scheme was immediately condemned, with another Piedmont councillor, Sarah Disabato, describing it as a “substantial gift to anti-abortion propaganda”. “It is being disguised as aid for women who choose to have an abortion due to economic problems,” she said. Non Una di Meno, a feminist alliance, said it was disgusted but not surprised by the initiative, accusing Marrone of using women and their bodies for “squalid electoral and political positioning purposes”.

“Motherhood is a choice,” the alliance wrote on Facebook. “A false promise of economic support won’t convince us, on the contrary, it represents a mockery and is manipulative towards those who are in economic hardship.”

Got that? Many women experience economic hardship. Many women choose abortion because of economic hardship. Many abortion activists accuse pro-life politicians of not caring a whit about meaningful economic support. And when a pro-life politician suggests simply giving women thousands of euros if they wish to carry their child to term, they instantly get outraged and launch accusations of “manipulation.” These extremists believe that women should not have the choice to take a large sum of money rather than have an abortion—because they believe abortion to be a good choice.  

The Guardian’s coverage, predictably, ended by bemoaning the fact that in Italy, where abortion has been legalized since 1978, women “struggle to access safe abortions” due to the fact that 70 percent of doctors refuse to kill children in the womb on moral grounds. The primary problem, according to the progressives at The Guardian, is the fact that doctors have a choice as to whether or not they will participate in feticide, and pro-life politicians illustrating their condescension by offering economic support to women in crisis pregnancies. 

This is what it looks like when the Left is in bed with Big Abortion. It isn’t about women getting meaningful supports. This isn’t about women getting meaningful choices. This is about more abortions, all the time—even when there are other offers on the table.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.


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