My big take-away from attending a pro-choice rally

image (7)I was afforded a unique opportunity on January 24 to unobtrusively observe a pro-choice rally.

I had been invited to speak in Austin by Texas Right to Life at a two-day conference for pro-life college students, which intersected on Saturday afternoon with the annual Texas Rally for Life.

Almost bizarrely, the pro-life rally was held on the south lawn of the capitol building at the same time a pro-abortion rally was held on the north lawn.

So, since I’ve attended quite a few pro-life rallies in my time, I thought I’d check out the other side’s.

Clothes and hair immediately separated the pro-abortion event from the pro-life event. But I actually admire people who freely express their external selves, as long as they don’t get nasty.

And hey, I have purple hair at the moment, so who am I to critique? (I actually think my hair helped me blend in.)

I also noted only two children in attendance – but lots and lots of pet dogs – pretty much the opposite of what you’d see at a pro-life event.

Then there was crowd size. Texas Rally for Life counted between 3-6,000 supporters. If the pro-choice rally had 300, I’d be surprised. And this at Ground Zero for them, where Wendy Davis took her hallowed stand in defense of late-term abortions.

But back to nasty, there were the signs – many with vulgar captions; many sporting tired, decades-old cliches; most making no sense if logically debated. (Explain how smegma, ovaries, and crotches have anything to do with abortion?) Click to enlarge…

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But the real difference between events was the pro-life rally was all about stopping abortion, and the pro-choice rally was about a whole lot of things other than abortion.

I know why they have to do this. They have to maintain political correctness, and they have to glom abortion on to as many other liberal causes as possible to prop it up.

Anti-abortionists don’t do that. Abortion is our obsession, particularly on the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

image (10)But, quoting emcee Andrea Grimes (right), senior political reporter at the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check, being pro-choice means a bunch more than being pro-abortion:

We have a really incredible program coming up. We have speakers from all over Texas who do work across the reproductive justice spectrum. We have midwives, we have doulas, we have people who work at the HIV/AIDS community, we have domestic violence advocates, we have abortion funders, we have healthcare workers, we have state representatives, we really have a really incredible line-up….

So, of course, we’re here to celebrate Roe, we’re here to celebrate choice. But choice is only one very small part of why we are here. We are a pro-choice people, of course, but choice is about much, much more, because without Roe there is no choice, but so, too, without access to safe, legal reproductive healthcare clinics, there is no choice.

Without affordable childcare there is no choice. Without accessible [?] care there is no choice. Without paid family leave, there is no choice. Without affordable health insurance there is no choice. Without [?] there is no choice. When black families and brown families hear that their children will not come home at night, there is no choice. When police brutality is real, there is no choice. When trans and queer people cannot find appropriate and compassionate medical care, there is no choice. When higher education and vocational education is out of each, there is no choice. Roe is just the beginning of all these choices.

image (11)That last paragraph actually makes sense to me, as it relates to abortion, which is supposed to be code for “choice,” isn’t it?

Nevertheless, the point is there were many other issues covered. Communism and anti-Semitism were well represented at a book table.

As an aside, one speaker who was a bit rough around the edges had this message for pro-lifers she spotted leaving their rally (1:12:46 on the video):

All those people that’s against us, God bless they little hearts. But you know what? Their mama should have had an abortion.

This was met with wild applause and laughter from the crowd but was obviously a wincer for Grimes, who tried to cover:

Um, oh, God. I’m going to rephrase it. Everyone, no matter who they are or what they believe, deserves a choice.

lol.

Then there was this little slam (00:56:45-01:00:28 on the video) I condensed into a tweet, which exposed even more of the pro-abortion schism:

Ew. Remember this was said at a rally celebrating abortion.

At any rate, wow, what group can cover all those issues?

The answer is, it can’t.

Most of us know the example of the big rocks and little rocks. To be sure, pro-lifers involve themselves in proactive causes to preclude abortion, such as adoption, foster care, pregnancy care centers, and maternity homes.

But these directly relate.

Hey, I’m all for pro-choicers spreading themselves so thin they’re not effective. I’m all for them burning themselves out. I’m all for them taking their eye off the ball.

And that’s ultimately the message I got from their so-called “pro-choice” rally, which was about anything but.

Pro-life vid of the day: Family home video has surprise ending

by Hans Johnson

Caryn and Bryan Canatella of Austin, Texas, gave their family a dvd of home movie clips for Christmas. But while most movies have “Coming Attractions” first, in this case they made for a thrilling epilogue…

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Pro-life vid of the day: Josie sings “Old MacDonald”

by Kelli

23-month-old Josie (and her finger puppets) will brighten your day with a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald.” Too cute!

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New abortion play hopes to normalize abortion

Out of Silence playby Carder

Girls need to hear success stories. People need to know that women have abortions every day and they go on and live their lives….

I had an abortion 15 years ago, and I’m fine. I have a great life!

And now I’ve got children.

~ Alicia, whose abortion story was featured in the latest pro-abortion play, Out of Silence, Think Progress, January 22

[Photo via US News and World Report]

Sunday funnies 1-25-15

Good morning, and Happy Sunday!

I was disappointed that, to my knowledge, no conservative political cartoonist addressed the 20-week abortion ban scandal in the GOP-controlled House.

That aside, here were my top five favorite political cartoons this week. Be sure to vote for your fav in the poll at the bottom of this post.

On the topic of abortion on this 42nd anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, here are two. The first is actually an illustration by Alexander Hunter of the Washington Times to accompany an op ed by Ken Blackwell, “Aborting black America”:
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 by Steve Breen of Townhall.com

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Sunday Word: “We will wave our flags in the name of our God”

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The Lord will answer you in times of trouble.
The name of the God of Jacob will protect you.
He will send you help from his holy place
and support you from Zion.

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Stanek wkend Q: Will the House pass the 20-wk abortion ban this year?

mbn_foetus_200_280_55By now everyone knows what went down Thursday: GOP House leadership panicked and pulled the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, after promising the pro-life world they would pass it on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, the same day hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers were descending on Washington for the March for Life.

I’m told these same spineless, convictionless wimps are promising to introduce a retooled ban, but our people are now demanding a timeline, and they want the clock to start ticking SOON.

So what do you think? Will it happen? Also take the poll….

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As Republicans pee all over themselves in fear, Obama declares child murder a constitutional right

boehner-cowardReally driving home this shameful dichotomy yesterday, as Republicans peed themselves in fear over the prospect of appearing slightly opposed to murdering babies, President Barack Obama issued a radical pro-abortion statement declaring child murder a “core constitutional right.”

Once again, while the GOP scrambles to find the “middle” of the abortion debate, the left makes it clear that they intend to make no concessions. They want all abortion legal, and they want it free, and they want us to celebrate it. And they’ll insist on all of that while telling those simpering, gullible Republicans that they have to be balanced on the issue.

~ Pro-life blogger Matt Walsh, The Blaze, January 23

[HT: Kelli]

GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown – of more than just the GOP

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I was leaving the One Voice worship service at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. Wednesday night, on my way to meet fellow pro-lifers at the Dubliner Pub (dichotomous activities, I know, at least for a Protestant :), when Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom stopped me in the hall.

“They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.”

Casey started walking again, feeling the urgency to pray he told me later, but I remained frozen, with my mouth agape, watching Casey until he entered the room I’d just exited.

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Pro-life blog buzz 1-23-15

pro-lifeby Kelli

  • Big Blue Wave points out the reluctance of those on the pro-abortion side of the aisle to state whether or not the human fetus at 20 weeks is, in fact, a human being. First, Nancy Pelosi dodged the question, and then Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland (where late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart kills viable children for a living), claimed that whether or not a 20-week preborn child is human “is not a real issue.”
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by Kelli

Iowa Freedom Summit Features GOP Presidential  Hopefuls

It is on the issue of life that the hypocrisy of liberals is the most breathtaking. They believe flies are worth protecting, but the life of an unborn child is not. The platform of the Democratic Party asserts the right to an abortion at any point in a pregnancy for any reason. There are those who are now fighting for abortions to be performed by non-doctors. Barbara Boxer once commented that a life is only a life when it leaves the hospital.

We know that science supports those of us who believe in the sanctity of life.

When I married my husband Frank thirty years ago, I learned that his mother had been told to abort him or her life would be in danger. She refused and spent a year in the hospital following his birth. Her son, my husband, was the joy of her life and is the rock of mine. I think often of how different my life would have been had my mother-in-law made a different choice.

~ Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, discussing the sanctity of human life at the Iowa Freedom Summit, as quoted by BuzzFeed.com, January 24

See video of Fiorina’s remarks here.

[Photo via azfamily.com]

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