15 Anti-Abortion Lies: Pro-Life Propaganda Edition

1. Abby Johnson

Propaganda: Former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood location claims she had a spiritual conversion after viewing an ultrasound. She also claims PP higher-ups sent instructions to her clinic to produce more abortions.

Truth: There are several holes in Johnson’s story.

  • It’s unlikely that Johnson became the director of a PP without ever viewing an ultrasound or seeing an abortion performed.
  • Johnson had secretly been in contact with Coalition For Life for at least several weeks before resigning from PP.
  • She had given an interview just weeks before her resignation in which she mad clear that Planned Parenthood’s surgical corporation (separate from its family planning corp) had recently received a $30 million grant from an anonymous donor, running counter to her claim that PP higher-ups needed more abortions for financial reasons.
  • She also claimed in the same interview that the Coalition For Life harassed her staff and patients and even sent death threats to her and her family. She claimed to have been targeted by 40 Days For Life just weeks prior to her resignation. Yet just a month later she’s standing side-by-side with them?

Read the whole bizarre story here.

2. Gianna Jessen

Propaganda: Claims she survived a saline abortion at approximately 30 weeks gestation and was later adopted at the age of four. Her story was the basis for the 2011 film October Baby.

Truth: Jessen’s story is riddled with holes and implausibilities.

  • It was not legal for saline abortions to be performed in California at 30 weeks gestation in 1977.
  • The age of gestation at which she was born is inconsistent between stories.
  • The story of how she learned of her mother’s attempted abortion is inconsistent between stories.
  • Her birth certificate was sealed and confidential for many years before she finally decided to release a suspiciously low-quality scan. On it, the “mother” field reads “Diana” (no surname) despite Jessen claiming that her birth mother’s name was Tina and Jessen’s adoptive mother’s name being Diana.
  • The abortion doctor is listed as Dr. Edward C. Allred, an extremely well-known boogeyman for the pro-life movement against whom protests began around the time of Jessen’s birth, 1977. It is likely that Jessen picked Dr. Allred’s name because it would be hard to disprove if a well-known and prolific doctor had signed Jessen’s particular “birth certificate.”
  • Whether and how Jessen ever met her birth mother is inconsistent between stories.
  • Jessen claimed the saline solution “burned her alive.” The 20% saline solution used in a saline abortion creates an electrolytic imbalance which causes the fetus’s heart to fail, but does not burn the fetus.
  • Jessen’s medical inaccuracies come directly out of pro-life propaganda that Jessen would have been inundated with since she was young.

I guess “Hannah” was right about one thing in October Baby:

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Read the complete debunkings of Jessen’s ridiculous story here and here.

3. Claire Culwell

Propaganda: Claims she survived an abortion after a doctor didn’t notice there were twins in the womb.

Truth: This is patently ridiculous for multiple reasons:

  • The very earliest that an infant could possibly survive outside the womb is 22 weeks. She said her birth weight was about 3 pounds 2 ounces, which means she would have been born at at least 28 weeks. That means that this abortion must have happened at at least 26 weeks. We are expected to believe that a doctor just missed a 26+ week fetus.
  • She implies that she and her twin were sharing an amniotic sac and that the sac was torn during the abortion. She also claims she was born 2 weeks after the abortion. A fetus cannot stay inside the womb for 2 weeks after its water is broken. The pregnant person would have gone into labor.

Full breakdown here.

4. The Silent Scream

Propaganda: The Silent Scream is a 1984 propaganda film in which Bernard Nathanson, NARAL founder turned anti-abortion activist, narrates an abortion procedure and makes claims such that a 12-week fetus feels pain during an abortion, tries to “escape,” and screams in pain.

Truth: All of the anti-abortion claims in The Silent Scream have been debunked many times. [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] In short, fetuses are not neurologically capable of feeling pain or making purposeful movements at 12 weeks.

5. Baby claps to music in womb

Propaganda: A 14-week fetus is seen clapping in rhythm as its parents sing “If You’re Happy And You Know It.” YouTube commenters hate abortion.

Truth: This video was actually not designed to be propaganda–the mother uploaded it as a pregnancy announcement. The physician in the video is rewinding the tape several times to make it appear as if the fetus is keeping tempo. As noted in the last item, fetuses cannot make purposeful movements at such an early gestational age. Further, six-month-old infants cannot clap in time to a beat; believing that a 14-week fetus can do so is just absurd.

6. Baby dances in womb

Propaganda: This and many other videos purport to show fetuses dancing in the womb. YouTube commenters believe anything.

Truth: Again, an 11-week fetus can’t make purposeful movements, and even a six-month-old infant can’t dance to a beat. Pro-lifers who take these videos seriously are giving fetuses developmental capabilities that even born babies don’t have. Come on y’all.

7. Those photos of “aborted fetuses” you see everywhere

Propaganda: A number of pro-life groups plaster graphic photos of what they claim are the mutilated remains of “aborted fetuses” all over the place because they have so much respect for those fetuses’ lives.

Truth: These photos have an extremely shady history–many have been obtained either after being shipped on a boat from an unknown source or by going overseas. Many of the “aborted fetuses” portrayed in the photos are actually miscarriages or stillbirths. For example, the fetus Carly Fiorina colorfully described in one Republican debate was actually discovered to be a stolen picture of a stillbirth. In 1992, one member of anti-choice coalition Operation Rescue even attended an anti-abortion rally holding a dead fetus that he claimed had been aborted, though it was later discovered to be a 20-week stillbirth.

The people sharing these photos also frequently lie about the gestational age of the pictured fetus, the origins of the photograph in question (graphic content), and the conditions by which it was obtained and photographed. For instance, the photographs of Baby Malachi, the literal poster child of the anti-abortion movement, were taken after it had been left outside the freezer for a month and had decomposed significantly. It’s also likely Malachi was a miscarriage or stillbirth anyway (graphic content).

These links discuss the sources and false labeling of other famous anti-abortion fetus pictures (graphic content): [x] [x] [x]

8. 2011: Planned Parenthood covers up child sex trafficking

Propaganda: In 2011, twelve actors in six states went to Planned Parenthood undercover as pimps trying to get abortions for their underage sex trafficking victims. The actors, hired by Live Action, secretly recorded video of the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. Live Action claimed the videos show Planned Parenthood covers up child sex trafficking.

Truth: Planned Parenthood had, in fact, alerted federal authorities about a potential multi-state sex trafficking ring before Live Action’s first video was released. The videos were also heavily edited (as you will see is a pattern for these type of videos), which means Live Action manipulated the footage to make it says whatever they wanted it to say. On another note, one of the people behind the videos, James O’Keefe, is also the criminal behind the infamous ACORN videos, edited videos that depicted ACORN employees behaving unethically. A review of the full footage by the Congressional Research Service cleared ACORN of any wrongdoing.

9. 2013: Abortion clinics commit infanticide

Propaganda: In 2013, Live Action sent actors pretending to seek abortions for late-term pregnancies to several different clinics. The actors were instructed to ask what would happen if the babies were born alive. The actors secretly recorded the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. Live Action claimed the videos show abortion clinics commit infanticide.

Truth: For an excellent breakdown of how these videos are manipulated to make them say what anti-abortion activists want them to say, watch the video embedded in this Slate article. In short, the video editors left out all of the clinic workers explaining that an infant being born alive after an abortion literally never happens and then selectively edited a proposed hypothetical to make it seem like clinic workers approve of murdering babies. Live Action has released several other undercover video “stings” that all turned out to be doctored.

10. 2015: Planned Parenthood sells baby parts

Propaganda: In 2015, David Daleiden, acquaintance of Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, sent undercover actors posing as fetal tissue collectors into several Planned Parenthood clinics to ask about the clinic workers’ tissue donation practices. The actors secretly recorded the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. The Center For Medical Progress claimed the videos show Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.

Truth: The videos have been fact-checked countless times [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]  and demonstrated to be heavily doctored to promote false claims. In short, fetal tissue donation is perfectly legal with the pregnant person’s consent, and Planned Parenthood was simply seeking reimbursement for the costs of storing and transporting the tissue (a practice that now, thanks to the doctored videos, it has had to stop). The videos’ claims were so unfounded that a grand jury in Texas, of all places, not only exonerated PP of all charges but instead indicted the creators of the videos for tampering with a government record.

11. Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Propaganda: Pro-life groups have set up over 2,500 centers that give out free ultrasounds and information about crisis pregnancy options, including abortion.

Truth: CPC’s are run by volunteers from Christian churches with no medical training with the purpose of telling pregnant people lies about abortion. Some common lies include that abortion causes breast cancer; abortion causes infertility; abortion can lead to “post-abortion syndrome”; abortion can lead to child abuse; abortion is much more dangerous than childbirth; the IUD is an abortifacient; birth control pills produce “mini-abortions”; and condoms have holes and don’t work. One CPC even told a woman here IUD was a baby.

There are multiple blogs dedicated to calling out CPC’s: [x] [x]

12. State-mandated abortion counseling

Propaganda: Thirty-eight states require pregnant people to attend state-mandated pre-abortion counseling. This counseling claims to inform pregnant people of all the facts about abortion.

Truth: This counseling is designed to discourage pregnant people from getting abortions. Many of these states require that physicians give medically inaccurate information about abortion. For example, the Texas state booklet “A Woman’s Right To Know” includes the following biased or inaccurate info:

  • Refers to embryo or fetus as “the unborn child”
  • Reports that at 16-18 weeks the fetus begins to move, but doesn’t note that these are reflexive and not purposeful movements
  • Reports that “some experts” believe “the unborn child is probably able to feel pain.” This notion has been debunked.
  • Exaggerates the risk of becoming infertile after an abortion
  • Recommends getting pre- and post-abortion counseling at a crisis pregnancy center and includes a directory of CPC’s
  • “While there are studies that have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an induced abortion, some studies have found no overall risk. There is agreement that this issue needs further study.” No, there isn’t.
  • Includes this quote regarding D&X procedures: “Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Physician’s Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth stated in 1996 that this type of procedure ‘… is never medically necessary to protect a mother’s health or her future fertility. On the contrary, this procedure can pose a significant threat to both.’”
  • Makes depression sound like the inevitable result of abortion and only a possibility after giving birth, despite there being no connection between abortion and mental health problems, while 10-20% of those who give birth experience post-partum depression.

Perhaps the most interesting false fact perpetrated by state-mandated pro-life propaganda is that Arizona physicians are required to inform patients that medical abortion is reversible. This is outrageously untrue. Six states unconstitutionally require that pregnant people be told personhood begins at conception.

13. Pro-life propaganda websites

Propaganda: Most abortion-related google searches will result in websites like Abort73, Operation Rescue, LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, and many, many others purporting to tell you facts about abortion.

Truth: The vast majority of websites trying to tell you about abortion are pro-life websites that push the same kind of untruthful crap as the rest of the items on this list. Some of the most common include,, AbortionInformation,net,, and almost any website with the word “life” in the URL. As an example, frequently encourages you to call the number 713-263-8400, which is run by the Foundation For Life in Houston, Texas. It also frequently links to the booklet “A Woman’s Right To Know,” which we discussed in the previous item. The “Fetal Development” page includes the photograph of a supposed 6-week embryo that was debunked at this link from earlier in my post (graphic content). It also includes a “testimonial” from Dr. Paul E. Rockwell which has been used on every pro-life website in existence, but which has been debunked as impossible.

The problem with these websites is that most abortion-related searches produce 7-8 top results from these websites. For example, if I google “abortion facts,” 7 of the top 10 results are from pro-life websites. Pro-lifers try to flood Google with their fake “facts” in order to make them seem more legitimate. It’s propaganda by SEO. If you’re not careful, you might even get caught using a propaganda website’s chart in a Congressional hearing.

14. The label “pro-life”

Pro-lifers have definitively shown that they are not concerned with protecting life, not even embryonic or fetal life. Their whole goal is to control pregnant people’s bodies. That’s it.

15. “April’s Mom’s” baby blog

An anti-abortion woman blogged about having a terminally ill fetus for several months. It turns out that it was all an elaborate hoax. Whoops!

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#Subtle Stony

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