Entries for August, 2011

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-24-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Rick Perry has signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s presidential pro-life pledge: “I not only pledge to protect unborn life, but have a record of doing so in Texas,” Perry said in a statement. “I have signed legislation requiring parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion, […]

Lunch Break: Tony Bennett interview and release of “Duets II”

by LauraLoo Musical performers don’t get much better than the classy and legendary Tony Bennett. Recently turning 85 years young, Tony gave an excellent 15-minute interview on the Roe & Roeper Show on WLS. Tony also discussed his upcoming Duets II CD which will be released next month but is already #15 on the charts (pre-sale).  Tony collaborated with many younger and newer […]

Rocker Rod Stewart is a grandpa

My joy is indescribable. ~ Rocker Rod Stewart on the birth of his first grandchild to daughter Kimberly Stewart and her ex-boyfriend, actor Benicio del Toro, via People, August 22

(Prolifer)ations 8-23-11

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com. Right to Life of Michigan highlights the Department of Justice’s charges against a 79-year-old sidewalk counselor in Washington, D.C. for offering life-affirming alternatives […]

Joe Biden’s macabre support of China’s forced abortion/sterilization one-child policy

Vice President Joe Biden is known for his foolish gaffes and inappropriate statements – not positive attributes, particularly in a politician. But what Biden said in China on August 20 was beyond foolish and inappropriate. It was macabre, it was sick… I never thought anyone could match Barack Obama’s penchant for abortion. As you know, […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-23-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat A NPR blog has statistics on the percentage of OB/GYNs who provide abortions: 97% of OB-GYNs have encountered patients wanting an abortion, but only 14% of the doctors perform them, according to a study published today in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. That finding suggests a smaller percentage […]

Lunch Break: WWYD? Dog left in hot car

by LauraLoo A follow-up to the “fake baby” left in a hot car.  Now it’s a real dog left in what appears to be a seriously underventilated hot car.  ABC’s John Quiñones asks the question,“What Would You Do?” Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions.

Biden to China: “Not second-guessing” one-child policy, it’s just “not sustainable”

Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable. ~ Vice President Joe Biden (pictured above with granddaughter Naomi and US Ambassador to […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-22-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Margaret Somerville comments on “deselecting our children”: Here’s a recent Danish headline: “Plans to make Denmark a Down syndrome-free perfect society.” The Danes want to promote aborting fetuses with Down syndrome, so their society will be free of such people around 2030. One bioethicist describes it as a […]

Lunch Break: Volleyball dog

by LauraLoo Clue:  The digit is 31. Answer:  # of volleys between girl and volleyball dog! Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions. [HT: GMA Sunday]

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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

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