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   Excerpts  from:    "Views from the Other Side of Life"       © Copyright 2001-2004       R. Robin Cote' / The Life Center

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An Analysis of the Religious Assumptions Underlying

The Abortion Controversy

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These Seven Pages Are only a Summary.   
For the complete analysis of the
abortion controversy,  
please go to:

http://www.pro-truth.net.          or           http://www.choice101.com.

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A Complicated issue:

Please realize that the abortion controversy is an extremely complicated issue.   The issue cannot be capsulated in a thirty-second sound byte  or even in a thousand word essay.   What is offered on these summary pages is only the skimpiest of highlights -- highlights which cover the essence of this controversy and, at the same time, skip over the dozens of subtleties and important distinctions that make up the various beliefs, ideas, concepts, and behaviors in this controversy -- subtleties that are often unseen and not discussed, but are, nonetheless, important aspects of this controversy.

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No Objective Reporters:

Please also be aware that there are no objective reporters on either side of this issue, this author included.   Having:  a) thoroughly studied the possible meanings, and the religious implications of abortion,    b)  examined the physical, social and political consequences of  the controversy surrounding it,  and c) written two 300-page books on the topic:

 An Interview with the Devil. -- Exposing and Examining the Hidden 
             and Previously Ignored Aspects of the Abortion Controversy

Abortion. -- The Secret Religious War

I find myself firmly supporting freedom of choice in motherhood.  Thus, as strongly as the following pages are an attempt at objective reporting, they are not truly objective.  

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Add Your Opinion:

What you'll read in this section is just one point of view.   Opposing and differing views are  not only welcomed, they are an invited and essential part of seeking the full and balanced truth regarding this issue.   Because we would like all sides represented on this website, we invite those of you who hold different opinions to contact us with your views so that we can add them to this website.    We have several pages related to readers comments and opinions:

   Pro-choice Comments.

   Pro-choice Endorsements.

   Letters to the Editor.

  Comments from No-choice supporters.

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A Wakeup Call:   

The anti-abortion war is actually a forum for the evolution of human consciousness.   Of course this conflict is about abortion, but it's also about much more than that.   On the higher, grander scheme of things, this conflict offers an opportunity for us, as a global society, to re-examine the unprovable assumptions (the illusions) that we believe and  act upon as if they were provable truths.  

The no-choice voice is forcing us to examine our own ignorance, our arrogance, and naiveté -- forcing us to look at ourselves and see that much of what we believe about reality has absolutely nothing to do with reality.   The abortion conflict is a wakeup call and a blessing in disguise.

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An Abortion Overview:

When one examines the abortion controversy in detail and within the contexts of each of the three basic assumptions about life (Christian one-life-ism, atheism, and reincarnation). we find that:

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1)    Each of the three assumptions show us a very different picture of abortion.   The meaning, significances, and consequences of abortion are vastly different when viewed from each assumption.

2)    The entire anti-abortion campaign is based upon several unprovable assumptions.   These unprovable  assumptions are being sold to the public as if they were irrefutable truths.

3)    The truth is being severely distorted.   The evidence, or more accurately, the lack of evidence is being completely ignored.

4)    When one examines the amount of time,  effort, money, and resources  that are being consumed by the anti-abortion war, it staggers the imagination.  

5)    The costs in terms of poverty, grief and misery pushed onto desperate women all over the world who are forced to birth unwanted children is a shameful disgrace.   

6)    The environmental destruction resulting from human overpopulation is making irreversible changes in the environment -- changes that will result in an ecological disaster -- a disaster  that, if not stopped and reversed will kill billions of people.   Given the current path of humanity, the question is no longer will a disaster occur, the only question is how soon will it occur.

7)    The cost in terms of species extinction (resulting from the births of far too many human babies than the environment can care for) is beyond imagination.

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A logical conclusion from a thorough examination of this controversy is as follows:

If the true intention of the anti-abortion leaders is to save innocent lives, they are doing a dismally poor job..  They could save hundreds of thousands more lives by focusing on the 40,000 already-born children who die every day simply form lack of food and basic health care.   And they could do this without insulting, angering and alienating millions of people who are not devout Catholics or fundamentalist Christians.

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After examining the evidence and the devastating consequences of this war, a logical question to ask is: "If it's not saving innocent lives, then what is the true motivation. of those who are spearheading the anti-abortion movement?"

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Don't Believe Us:

But, please don’t believe or disbelieve this conclusion.   Read the text below, listen to other opinions, examine any evidence you can find, and then draw your own conclusions.

Please remember that the above statement is just one opinion.   Obviously others hold quite different opinions, and some will find the following essay to be incorrect, some will even find it offensive.

We invite, encourage and are actually soliciting different opinions.   The editors would like to include your opinions in The Book of Universal Truths & Wisdom along with this essay.    Please contact us  and add you opinion to this discussion.   The editors will include the views of all sides of this controversy, including words that express your opinion, and if you find errors or omissions in the text below, please let us know so that we may correct them.

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Editor's Note:

The discussion on the seven pages in this  section will be much clearer and much more meaningful if you first read the pages titled:

        The introductory page to "The Abortion  Controversy.

        Evolution  versus  The Six-Days of Creation.

        The Three Basic Religious Assumptions.

In addition to the summaries below, a minimum amount of bold and the colored formatting has been added to each page so you may skim the page and quickly grasp the essence of its meaning.

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The discussion included here is taken directly from the text of An Interview With "The Devil"..   The dialog you are invited to read is between a "The Devil" (referred to in the book as "Big D"**[1]  and a reporter for The Life Changer Magazine. (T.L.C.)

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**[1]  Big D is actually an Angel of Light whose mission is to expose the dark side for what it is.   He/She shines the God-Light of Love, Inclusion, and Oneness into the pit of illusion, separations, anger, and fear.

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Abortion -- A  Summary of Each of the Seven Pages in this Essay:

Page One --   Self-Created Significances:

In the abortion controversy, the same as in the controversies surrounding  Human Cloning,.  Evolution,. and  Capital  Punishment,.  everyone brings his or her own meaning to the issue.   A person who believes in Christian one-life-ism will see abortion very differently from someone who believes in reincarnation or someone who believes in atheism.   This is because the meaning of any experience (including abortion) has much more to do with the person having the experience than it has to do with the external experience itself.   This page explains why that is true.

 For the full text of page one:
Self-Created Significances
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Page Two --   Selective Perception:

People perceive, sense, and remember only a very small portion of the total sensory input to which they are exposed.   The vast majority of every human experience goes by completely unnoticed.   In addition, people intentionally focus on certain parts of their experiences and  intentionally ignore other parts.

The end result is that, after a significant event occurs, human are left with a grossly incomplete representation of the total experience.   The memory of what occurred is often a very misleading representation of the actual experience.

For the full text of page two:
 
Selective Perception.

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Page Three --   Have You Ever Been Wrong?

No matter what topic we focus on, it’s impossible to know all there is to know about it.   We could be missing a vital piece of information without even knowing that that piece is missing.   It's also possible that you and I could be wrong about something right now.   It's possible that something we think of as definitely true is actually false, or vice versa.

And, what's the probability of our being wrong about something, right now?   Whose to say?  But if you look at history, you'll find that, collectively, humans have an incredibly long track record of being wrong about almost everything.

For the full text of page three
Have you Ever Been Wrong
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Page Four --   The "Real" Truth About Abortion:

The “real” truth about abortion is that we don’t know the truth.   And we have no way to find out the truth.  Why do we say that?   Because the anti-abortion campaign is based entirely on five, unprovable, religious assumptions.  These assumptions are being sold to the public as if they were provable facts.

Most of what the public hears about abortion is based on speculation, conjecture, personal opinion and religious opinion.   The factual evidence and the lack thereof has, up to this time, played a very small part in the public forum about this controversy.

For the full text of page four:
 
The "Real" Truth About Abortion
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Page  Five --   Why Abortion is a Religious Freedom Issue

Abortion is a religious freedom issue because speculations about the meaning and consequences of abortion push us deeply into the age-old, still-unanswerable, religious questions -- Questions such as:

*   Do we live only once on earth as the anti-abortion leaders claim -- or do we come back time after time as the reincarnation believers claim?

*   Were we created as our body at conception as the anti-abortion leaders claim --  or are we eternal beings who simply inhabit physical bodies as the reincarnation believers claim?

We can speculate about answers to this type of question, but nobody can prove that he or she is right and that everyone else is wrong.   Passing laws restricting  abortion rights is a disguised form of religious tyranny

For the full text of page five: 
Why Abortion is a Religious Freedom Issue?
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Page Six --   Abortion and the Three Religious Assumptions:

When one examines abortion in detail and within the contexts of each of these three assumptions (Christian one-life-ism, Atheism, and reincarnation). we come to three very different conclusions regarding its significance, its meaning, and its consequences.

For the full text of page six: 
Abortion and the Three Religious Assumptions
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Page Seven --   The Anti-Abortion Movement's 7-UnprovableAssumptions:

There are five, core, unprovable assumptions that anti-abortion leaders proclaim to be completely true.   These self-proclaimed "truths" directly contradict the religious beliefs of millions of their fellow Christians as well as the religious beliefs of billions of non-Christians who believe they are eternal, divine beings who temporarily inhabit human bodies.   The anti-abortion campaign also has several self-conflicting elements.

       For the full text of page seven: 
The Core Anti-Abortion Beliefs
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Religious Freedom:

We, as a society, must decide whether we are going to live our lives in truth and in religious freedom or be dominated by those who would deny religious freedom to all but themselves.  

Secular laws restricting or interfering with a woman's reproductive rights violate the basic principles upon which this country was founded.  Anti-abortion laws violate the United States Constitution which guarantees religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

A close and thorough examination of the ant-abortion war leaves anyone with an open mind with only two conclusions:  Individual reproductive choice must be honored and this highly devastating and extremely costly war must end.

The only way to actually honor life is to support:

          Religious freedom, 

          Political freedom, 

          Sexual freedom, and 

          Reproductive freedom.  

The no-choice voice opposes all of these freedoms.  

The pro-choice voice supports all of these freedoms.

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An Analysis of the Assumptions Underlying

The Abortion Controversy

Summary  &  Index    <-- You Are Here

Page 1)    Self-Created Significances

Page 2)    Selective Perception

Page 3)    Have You Ever Been Wrong?

Page 4)    The "Real" Truth About Abortion

Page 5)    Why Abortion is a Religious Issue

Page 6)    Abortion and the Three Religious Assumptions

Page 7)    The Anti-Abortion Movement's Unprovable Assumptions

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Closely Related Web Pages:

Spiritual Awareness .          Evolution .          Abortion in Summary .

The Three Basic Religious Assumptions .

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Additional Views From the Other Side of Life

For a summary of each of these topics:  
 
http://www.truth101.org/index.html#TheOtherSide .

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.  The Three Basic Human Assumptions .  (Assumptions about what a human being is)  

.  Spiritual Awareness .

.  Evolution  Versus  Six-Days of Creation .

.  War,  Politics  &  Non-Violence.

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.  The Basic Truths About Abortion .

.  Human Cloning.

.  Capital Punishment.

.  Overpopulation  Equals Disaster.

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.  Drugs & The Law.

.  Unmasking  Our Most Common Illusions.

.  Victim Consciousness  Versus Intentional Creation by Thought.

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.  The Life  Center  Philosophy .

.  The Of-Course Foundation.

.   Heresy At Its Finest.

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