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A Proposal for Resolving
the  Abortion Controversy

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The first reactions to a proposed resolution 
to the abortion conflict sound something like this:

What?   You’ve got to be kidding!
    Both sides are so strongly polarized 
         that resolution is impossible.

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The Abortion controversy is racked with charges, counter-charges, claims and counter-claims.   The pro-choice people say, “Suggesting that the anti-abortionists call off their religious war is like asking an alcoholic to guard your liquor cabinet.”   The no-choice people declare, “Abortion is nothing less than murder and goes against God’s law.”   Each side makes claims that the other side denies and refuses to budge from its position, so when the critics say, “Resolving this conflict is impossible,” they are obviously right.

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Now that we’ve established 
   that resolution is impossible 
      and that the people 
         making such a proposal 
           are clearly crazy, 
              let us proceed to end the conflict.

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Resolving  this  Conflict  --

  A  thirteen  Step  Process **

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    1- Find the Source of Change

    2- Create a Context within which Resolution is Possible

    3- Seek and Find the "Real" Truth About Abortion

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    4- Undertake an Impact Study

    5- Define and Clarify the Issues

    6- Create and Use Clear, Accurate Language

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    7- Separate Facts from Personal and Religious Opinions

    8- Create an Independent Study Commission

    9- Obtain a Majority Consensus

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    10- Expose the Full Truth to the Public and to All Legislators

    11- Initiate a First Amendment Challenge

         of All Anti-Choice Legislation

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    12- Obtain Publicity, Media Attention, and Finances

    13- Take Action

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The Thirteen Steps are merely highlighted here on the web site.  Each step is covered in considerably more detail in the book:   ABORTION -- THE  SECRET  RELIGIOUS  WAR ®-- A View of Abortion Without the Illusions, the Unprovable Assumptions, or the Media Hype.  (Ref-111-124)

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Source Change         Source Change         ...

Step One – Find the Source of Change     

In order to create a resolution, the first step is to take a moment and look at the extreme opposite of what is labeled conservative.   If you look closely into what is commonly called The Lunatic Fringe,” you'll find the future of humanity

As historical examples:  Einstein was thrown out of grade school as hopelessly unteachable.   Louis Pasteur was drummed out of his medical college for proposing that life forms too small the human eye to see were the causes of disease.   Galileo was imprisoned for life for publicly proclaiming that the Earth was round.   And then there’s the most famous rebel of all time, Jesus of Nazareth.

Each of these people made major contributions to the future of humanity; yet, when they expressed their mastery into the world, they were looked at as troublemakers, as lunatics, or as fools.

The future of humanity is still “out there” in that lunatic fringe.   If you look among the malcontents, the eccentrics, lunatics and the quasi-criminals, you’ll also find the visionaries, the dreamers, and the possibility thinkers.    You’ll find the modern-day equivalents of Galileo, Louis Pasteur, Robert Fulton, Joseph Smith, Gandhi, Nicola Tesla, or possibly even another world-renowned, spiritual leader.

Right now, today, numerous individuals of this caliber are diligently working on fantastic new ideas while being ignored, condemned, or ridiculed by our fellow humans.   Those who survive the assault of the status quo will each change the face of this planet forever.

Major changes have always come about this way -- from people who live outside the mainstream of society, from people who think differently, act differently, and hold beliefs that are at odds with what is considered normal.   It has always been that way.   It’s that way now, and there is no evidence it’s about to change.

If all you can think of is the way things are, or the way they used to be, that’s what your future will be..

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Step Two – Create a Context within which Resolution is Possible

The second step in creating a resolution to the abortion controversy is to shift from a declaration of its impossibility to the question,  “Is it possible to end this conflict?”  and then rather than answering that question, to transform it into: “How can we end this conflict?”

This shifts our thinking process into a completely new context -- a context in which there is ample room to find the solution with plenty of room leftover for those who choose to believe it’s impossible.   Instead of fighting the impossibility thinkers, we simply invite them to imagine and then tell us what it would take to make a resolution possible.

We won’t bother to tell them that the CAT-Scan was impossible;  electric lighting was impossible;  the steam engine was impossible;  a human running a mile in four minutes was impossible;  rockets to the moon were impossible;  to free India from British rule was impossible;  and, course, we won’t tell them the Earth is round because any fool can simply step outside his or her front door and plainly see that it really is flat.

So now that we have declared our goal:

           To create an end to the abortion war

And have proposed our leading question:

           How can we end this conflict?

Where do we go from here?

 

Before we go on to step three, let me remind you that we are creating our resolution to this conflict within the context of the three major laws of the universe:  The Law of Allowing,”  The Law of Thought,”  and  The Law of Intentional Creation.”   These three laws are also discussed in detail in sections 24, 80, and 84, respectively.   Their combined application is discussed is section 87.

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Step Three – Seek and Find the "Real" Truth About Abortion

The next logical step is to investigate the issue and seek the truth about abortion, regardless of where that truth leads us.   To that end, this author has written two 300+ page books:  

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DEVIL®Exposing and Examining the Hidden and Previously Ignored Aspects of the Abortion Controversy.   This book  (a serious, but light-hearted look at the abortion controversy)  offers a perspective on abortion that few people have previously examined.   

ABORTION -- THE  SECRET  RELIGIOUS  WAR ®-- A View of Abortion Without the Illusions, the Unprovable Assumptions, or the Media Hype.   This book is, in essence, the pro-truth web site edited and transformed into a book format.   Most of the content of the book can also be found on this web site and vice versa.

The books are offered as a starting point in finding the truth about abortion.   Click here  for a summary of step three.

The "Real" Truth About Abortion

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Step Four – Undertake an Abortion Impact Study

The next step to truly understanding the abortion controversy is to examine it in its full context to see how it relates to the other aspects of human life.   As a society, we introduce new medicines only after they are thoroughly tested to determine what effect their use will have.  (We even have an entire federal bureaucracy, the F. D. A., devoted to that task.)  

We ask questions like — What will be its positive effects?   What will be its negative side effects?   What will its effect be on innocent third parties?  Is there a better solution?  Is it worth doing?  Is it in the long-term best interest of all concerned?   When we undertake a major construction project, like building a dam, we ask similar questions and undertake an environmental impact study prior to implementing the project.

With regard to the concept of permitting or prohibiting intentional pregnancy termination (inpreterm/abortion), a  very vocal, adamant, and determined minority (of no-choice advocates) is attempting to make major changes in our secular laws.   These restrictive laws would turn control of reproductive biology from medical science to religion and then force the practice of those religious beliefs onto everyone by governmental decree.

A very vocal, adamant, and determined minority (of no-choice advocates) is attempting to make major changes in our secular laws.   These restrictive laws would turn control of reproductive biology from medical science to religion and then force the practice of those religious beliefs onto everyone by governmental decree.

Their proposed laws are numerous, varied in scope restrictive in intent, and, if passed and implemented, would result in a momentous social transformation and bring with them scores of irreversible, social, economic, political, personal, religious, and environmental changes.

The ramifications of these proposed changes are global in their scope and would impact human life on this planet for centuries to come.

In light of the enormous ramifications of these proposed changes, an impact study is certainly in order.

The goal of the impact study is to determine what the long-term personal, social, economic, environmental consequences are (both domestically and globally) if we do or do not pass restrictive anti-abortion laws.   We need answers to questions such as:

   What would be gained and by whom?  

   What would be lost and by whom?   

   How much joy would these laws bring? — 
        how much misery?

   What would be the long-term social, economic, political,
        personal, religious, and environmental costs and effects 
        of outlawing abortion?

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   Are these costs justified?

   Are we willing to accept the effects that these irreversible
        changes will have on our personal and social, lives?

   What would be the cost of enforcing these laws?

   How do we deal with the sizable portion of the population
        that has already openly declared that they 
        will not comply with such laws?

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   Are we willing to pay the price in terms of lost personal,
        social, and political freedom?

   Are we willing to accept the resultant social and 
        political chaos?

   Are we willing to accept the financial costs?  

   Are we willing to accept the environmental costs?  

   In the face of present human overpopulation, are we 
        willing to promote the births of still more babies?   

The excess human population is already dramatically affecting our environment and precipitating major (and soon to be catastrophic) changes.   Symbolically speaking, we have turned our sacred Earth into the Titanic and are now fighting over the deck chairs.   Are we willing to continue ignoring these warning signs and instead, fight over whose religion is right?   Is this wisdom’s way?

Because we are talking about irreversible changes (such as the continuing destruction of the rain forests) and because we can never know the full effects of our changes, it is always best to err on the side of safety by avoiding irreversible changes.

With regard to the human population, and the destruction of our environment, there is one thing we can be certain of.   Our interaction with our environment is not sustainable in its present form.   We are on a one way road to disaster.   We can begin to deal with the over-population problem today or wait for mother nature to do it for us.

In doing the research for this book, nothing turned up that even remotely resembles a comprehensive impact study.   In fact, those most vocal in proposing the changes seem to be the ones least interested in discussing the consequences and the potential ramifications of the changes they are proposing.

A second aspect of the proposed impact study would be to determine what costs we are already paying for the laws already in effect which directly or indirectly inhibit a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.   What is the cost of the present anti-abortion war itself in terms of time, effort and money?

 

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Step Five – Define and Clarify the Issues

Three major communication errors arise out of the abortion controversy:

   Applying universal answers to personal questions.

    Applying personal answers (conjecture and personal
         opinion) to unanswerable, universal questions.

   Applying single (one way fits all) answers to broad-based
         social questions.

In order to view the abortion issue with clarity, we need to distinguish universal answers from personal answers.   Universal answers are the same at all times and in all places.   By contrast, personal answers are multiple, divergent, often conflicting, and highly emotional.   They change over time, differ in different societies, and frequently are not the slightest bit logical.

For example, if we ask the question, “What is the cause of unwanted pregnancy?”   there is one, clear, straightforward, universal answer -- sexual intercourse.   In contrast, if we ask the question, “How do we deal with unwanted pregnancies in the context of human sexual activity?” there is no “one, single answer” that fits all situations.

When one attempts to respond to a broad-based, social question with the same answer for everyone, it takes only a little looking to see that it doesn’t fit any more than a one-size shoe fits every foot.   There are just too many divergent personal opinions -- too many points of view -- too many possible answers -- too many differences in individual needs, desires and circumstances.

And equally as unsatisfactory is the attempt to cover unanswerable, universal questions with personal answers.   For example: “What is the true spiritual nature of a human being?” or “What is God?” or “What does God want you to do?”   Nobody (including fundamentalist Christians) has scientifically provable answers to this type of question.

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Step Six – Create and Use Clear, Accurate Language

The sixth element required in order to come to a reasonable conclusion in this controversy is to eliminate emotional rhetoric, inflammatory speeches, misleading partial truths and confusing language from both sides and replace them with accurate, clear language.**  

Name-calling and guilt peddling are also out of place here, as are lies of omission, intimidation, harassment, threats, vandalism, violence, and arson.

Murdering those who hold a different belief is probably not a good idea, either.

**  Regarding the Pro-Truth Team being accused of
hypocrisy, we refer the viewers to
the section titled:
"The Pro-Truth Team and Hypocrisy"

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Step Seven – Separate Facts from Personal and 
                           Religious Opinions

The seventh requirement is to determine what are the provable facts in this controversy, and then to distinguish those facts from the multitude of confusing and often conflicting, religious-based beliefs and personal opinions.   Why?   Because factual evidence is the basis upon which we ethically and mortally pass laws.   And because passing secular laws based only on the personal, religious beliefs and opinions of some is nothing short of religious tyranny against those who hold different beliefs.   Enforcing such laws is a disguised form of religious persecution.

Once we separate facts from opinions, we can then answer the question: “Are the proposed anti-abortion laws based on factual evidence or only on personal, religious beliefs?”   This will give us a basis upon which to decide if abortion is a secular or a religious issue.

This topic is discussed in considerable detail in the book:

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DEVIL® Exposing and Examining the Hidden and Previously Ignored Aspects of the Abortion Controversy

See Section 23 -- “The Relationship between Church and State” and Section 26 -- What is sacred? What is Secular?”

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Step Eight – Create an  Independent Study Commission

The eighth step is to establish a privately funded Independent Study Commission.  Because selection of the panel members is critical and because careless member selection could easily bias the results, the intention is to seek panel members who will be as objective as is possible.

The commission will be international is scope with members being primarily historians, legal scholars, religious scholars (at least one representing every major religious background), sociologists, biologists, and other scientists.

The intention is for the commission to also have representation (including clergy and lay people) from the major religious persuasions.  Again, the intention is to find people who will be as objective as possible.

Plus we seek the honorary participation of world renowned people who would be willing to lend their credibility to finding the truth.

The Commission’s jobs would be:

   To seek the truth about abortion regardless of where that
       truth leads us;

   To conduct or oversee the impact study;

   To find the optimum courses of action which will result in 
       the highest level of harmony among all the people involved
        in this controversy;

   To give credibility to the conclusions drawn.

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Step Nine – Obtain a Majority Consensus

The ninth step is to seek the cooperation of as many people and organizations as possible.   For example, a questionnaire which asks the following questions could be directed to all the major players in this controversy, including all legislators who might be called to vote on abortion-related legislation:

If it were possible to resolve the abortion controversy and, if that resolution was in the long-term, best interest of the vast majority of human kind, would you support such a resolution?

                YES___   NO___

Are you willing to expose your beliefs and your position in this controversy to the scrutiny of an Independent Study Commission whose function is to find the truth regardless of where that truth leads?

                YES___   NO___

If the conclusions came from a majority consensus of an Independent Study Commission, which was made up of biologists, historians, legal scholars, sociologists, philosophers, and religious scholars and included clergy and lay people of all the major religious persuasions, would you support and abide by a:

51% majority findings of such a commission?

               YES___   NO___

66 % majority findings of such a commission?

                YES___   NO___

75 % majority findings of such a commission?

                YES___   NO___

Will you, at this time, endorse and support the creation of such a commission?

                YES___   NO___

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Step Ten – Expose the Full Truth to the Public and 
                        to All Legislators

The tenth step is to expose the Commission’s findings to the people, regardless of what conclusions are reached.   If the factual evidence strongly supports one side or the other and it is presented with an Independent Study Commission’s prestige and authority, most lay people will agree that the findings should be followed.   Those who would continue to oppose and/or disregard the Commission’s findings would have minimum public support for their position.

Please remember that a just cause needs only the truth, people with open minds who will hear the truth, and people with enough intestinal fortitude to speak the truth into the face of bigotry.

With strong and repeated exposure of Commission’s findings to the public, legislators will be under significant pressure to follow its recommendations.   This will also give courage, moral support, and justification to speak out to those who now feel intimidated and dare not publicly expose their real feeling about abortion.

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Step Eleven – Initiate a First Amendment Challenge 
                              to  A
ll Anti-Choice Legislation

The eleventh step is to challenge every no-choice law and regulation on the basis that such laws and regulations violate everyone else's freedom of religion.  Because the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that abortion is a religious freedom issue, this approach will lead to success, particularly if applied persistently and in consistently in conjunction with a pro-truth media campaign.

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If you look at the basic philosophy of Christianity, and if put the theory of reincarnation back in, the entire anti-abortion conflict disappears.   For example, in Japan, where reincarnation is a significant factor in the country's major religions, abortion is a non-issue.

Reincarnation was a common belief in the days when the Christian Bible was written.   The Bible makes countless references to the cultural habits and beliefs of that era.   Why then, is something so basic to the people of the day completely absent in today's version of that book?    Check these three pages for the answers:

Was Reincarnation edited out of the Christian Bible?  73

What Are the Real intentions of the Anti-Abortionist leaders?   72

Is Christianity Being Threatened by Abortion Rights?   66

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Step Twelve – Obtain Publicity, Media Attention, and 
                              Financial Support

Another critical step is to obtain the publicity, the media attention and the financial support required to make this project a reality.   Who will step forward and finance the promotion of this project?   Which major magazine or newspaper will publish this proposal or an article about this proposal?

If you are willing to endorse, support or publicize this proposal, or are willing to connect us to someone else who will, if you are willing to assist us to obtain financial support, or if you have suggestions regarding this project, please contact us.

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Step Thirteen – Take Action

Now that we have decided upon the intended outcome (our goal), established a course of action (decided what to do and how to do it), the next requirement is to transform that vision into physical reality by taking action.

An Invitation to Love and Harmony

If you believe in love, if you believe in God, if you believe in yourself, please ask yourself this question: “What small step can I take today that will enhance or serve the process or the accomplishment of the goal: Ending the abortion war?”

That step may seem insignificant to you, at this time.   It may even seem so small as to be hardly worth doing; however, I assure you, whatever you have to offer, no matter how small it may seem, when combined with the small steps of many others, is an important and valuable contribution to the success of this project.

Thank you for opening you mind, for opening your heart and for taking that step today.   Your courage is creating a more tolerant and loving society and is helping to end the abortion war.

Your action, whatever that may be, PLEASE DO IT NOW!

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Thank you,   

Rev. Robert

 

If you are in harmony with our intention and our vision, click here to see how else we can work together to support of pro-choice.

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Thank you,

Rev. Robert E. Coté

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Diligently following these steps 
will end the abortion war.

Why?

Because, regarding abortion, when you know the real truth, the whole truth, and discard everything that is not the truth, the only reasonable choice is to honor choice.

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Primary Web Site Pages

The Lunatic Fringe.*

How  to Keep Abortion Legal

Abortion in It's Global Context.*

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What  Is  Required, Right Now -- Today!.*

Send  Us a  Donation  to  Support  Pro-Choice.*

Post-abortion -- Stress Resolution / Guilt Removal.*

Distinguishing Pro-life Leaders from Pro-life Followers.*

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This Web Site's Ten Most Important Pages

Alphabetical Index to Web Site Topics

The "Real" Truth About Abortion.*

Complete Site Map

Contact  Us

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Sex, Money, Power, & You

The  Sacred Gift Called "Choice".*

.Exposing  Christian  Anti- abortion  Hypocrisy

.Several Ways to Read an Overview of the Abortion Issue

Twenty, Powerful, Pro-choice Statements & Supporting Evidence

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*  These pages are on our choice101.com. web site.

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