Entries for September, 2009

Good news, bad news from Senate Finance Committee on healthcare

First the good news. From the

Quote of the Day 9-30-09

My baby is moving like crazy! ~ Kourtney Kardashian We’re home every night looking at baby books and baby magazines. I just want to stay home with her, enjoy her company, look at her stomach and be with her. ~..her beau Scott Disisck As quoted by Us Weekly. Sept 29.

Lunch Break: Don’t step on it!

To give us a break from the daily grind… More photos on page 2…

New Stanek WND column, “Personhood initiatives proliferate”

On Monday, a star-studded pro-life line-up – Lila Rose, Judie Brown, Pastor Walter Hoye, and Bella movie producers Jason Jones and Leo Severino – announced the launch of the CA Human Rights Campaign. This will be an effort to add the Human Rights Amendment as a CA ballot initiative in 2010. If passed, the amendment […]

Kate + 8 – Jon; Jon delays divorce

I agree with Pop Eater: It’s a busy day in Gosselin-ville. Jon Gosselin is trying to slow down – if not halt altogether – his divorce from Kate Gosselin, telling In Touch Weekly exclusively: “I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated…. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon.” […]

Judie Brown rebuts Clarke Forsythe on personhood initiatives

I recent column by Americans United for Life’s Clarke Forsythe. Clarke made the case that they wouldn’t. Now American Life League’s Judie Brown has rebutted Clarke in

Quote of the Day 9-29-09

I don’t need to walk by on my way to class and see mutilated bodies. It’s ridiculous. Bobby McConnell, Student at Penn State U. yelled at volunteers from the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) and Students for Life, who displayed pictures of aborted unborn children at the campus. As quoted by The Collegian

Jivin J’s Life Links 9-29-09

by New York Times has an article on Bart Stupak’s efforts to get abortion out of health care reform: After months of pushing the issue, Mr. Stupak said in an interview, Mr. Obama finally called him 10 days ago. “He said: ‘Look, try to get this thing worked out among the Democrats. We want you […]

Lunch Break: Baby dances to Beyonce

To give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions!

Stanek at Grand Traverse Area RTL banquet

Last night I grandly kicked off my fall speaking schedule at the Grand Traverse Area Right to Life banquet in MI’s beautiful upper peninsula. I must say I like this photo, by the Here’s the Record-Eagle’s related story….

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The-Giver-Movieby Kelli

On one hand, the depiction of “release to elsewhere” – especially of one of the unqualified babies, who is given a lethal injection and then dropped down a chute — could surely be used as grist for organizations who are deemed pro-life. (Especially given that in real life, abortion foes often use jarring images of fetuses to further their claim that abortion is murder, despite the fact that such images misrepresent the reality of abortion.)

On the other hand, the suggestion that birth control and family planning are necessary in a world of limited resources are in keeping with pro-choice sentiments. Further, the focus on “unqualified” babies who are at least several months old – not on embryos, fetuses, or zygotes (what those on the “pro-life” side often call “life”) – indicates that this “release” is NOT the same thing as abortion. (Thus, the story is much different from the one told by the likes of Rand Paul — the horror at ending a life is not focused on the contents of a pregnant woman’s uterus, but on a functioning, breathing, fully formed human baby.)

That the images of “release to elsewhere” are juxtaposed with murderous images – the slaughter of elephants, the killing of innocents by military forces – could be interpreted as furthering the pro-life claim that the taking of “life” is murder. However, the suggestion that murder of the past (war, genocide, etc) has been supplanted with a different kind of murder which is no better emphasizes the hypocrisy at the heart of the pro-life stance: that those who condemn abortion as “murder” also call for the killing of abortion providers and/or support war, resist gun control, and fail to condemn genocide. The quote the current receiver says to Jonas about murder not being eliminated just renamed is applicable here: Pro-lifers do not eliminate what they call murder (abortion and contraception); rather, they call reproductive choice “murderous” and name what they do (such as killing providers like Dr. Tiller) as protecting innocent lives. In doing so, however, they perpetuate the lack of choice that perpetuates so many of the murdering forces in our society: poverty, criminalization, the military machine.

~ Natalie Wilson, reviewing the dystopian movie The Giver, Ms. Magazine Blog, August 18

[Photo by Entertainment Weekly via disneydreaming.com]

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