The Psychology of Evil
He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it” (Psalm 10:8-11).
Pro-choice. It sounds so modest. Pro-choice people simply want people to have choices, and not to be forced into making decisions dictated by others. To be able to follow one’s conscience without constraint or pressure. Live and let live. Or so we are supposed to believe.
Why then is Planned Parenthood encouraging elementary school children to question their gender? Why is it aggressively seeking to instruct them about sex, giving lip-service to abstinence while going into detail about how to use a condom? Why does Planned Parenthood push young teens toward sex (and all manner of sexual practices), presuming that a high-school freshman is old enough to know whether she is emotionally ready for sex (while being available if necessary to abort her baby in one of its clinics without the knowledge of her parents)? Why does Planned Parenthood insist that other people (taxpayers) pay for girls’—and women’s—abortions? Why is the organization unwilling—even as it claims to respect and protect women—to support legislation to regulate abortion as a medical procedure? Why is David Daleiden facing possible jail time for exposing Planned Parenthood’s evil—and illegal—trafficking in fetal body parts? Why is the new movement “Shout your Abortion” celebrating abortion and teaching children to do so? Why are crisis pregnancy centers, which offer women the real choice of bringing their baby to term, being threatened for their refusal to direct women to abortionists?
The answers to these questions are simple. Evil is by nature aggressive. And while evil persists because of the passivity of those who allow it to persist, the character of evil itself is aggressive. For instance, traffickers stand to profit from the vulnerable; they kidnap girls and women (or boys and men) and sell them into the sex trade to be raped for money. And why? Because they don’t believe they will be held accountable by the law—or by God. Psalm 10 (quoted above) gets it exactly—those who sit in ambush in the village and murder the innocent do so because they believe that there is no God who will hold them accountable.
The underbelly of the abortion movement is dark, and I am sure the above litany of questions only scratches the surface. The point is this: Beneath the generous sounding rhetoric (careful, of course, not to speak plainly of the choice it promotes), lies a predatory ruthlessness that is anything but pro-choice. This is not to say that everyone who supports legal abortion is predatory and ruthless, for the abortion movement relies on deception, and many are deceived, knowing not what they do, or what they support. But at the (heartless) heart of the movement are people who know exactly what they are doing—exploiting the vulnerable for profit—and expect to get away with it because they believe they will never be held to account.