Those pro-abortion bullies are actually on the defensive

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Back in the day abortion proponents had all the mojo and pro-lifers were on the defensive. The photo above, via PBS, is of pro-abortion rally demanding a repeal of pro-life laws in Washington, D.C.,  circa 1971.

At the same time, feminists were pushing the Equal Rights Amendment in all 50 states. The photo below, via illinois.gov, is of feminists writing the names of ERA opponents in pigs’ blood on the floor of the Illinois State Capitol on June 24, 1982…

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I take this little trip down memory lane to justapose the pro-abortion protests of yesteryear with those we see today.

And while the aggression has certainly not abated, as was on display in Texas last week…

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… the other side is no longer screaming from a position of strength but from a place of weakness. Notice that pro-abort outbursts these days are aimed at (usually vain) attempts to stop pro-life advances. We saw this in Virginia last year regarding a bill, eventually signed into law, requiring ultrasounds before abortions…

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In Ohio just a couple days ago abortion proponents unsuccessfully tried to gather steam to stop Governor Kasich from signing a wide-ranging pro-life bill…

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Then there’s North Dakota, where abortion protesters failed to stop four pro-life laws from being enacted this past March…

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I could go on.

That is not to claim the situation is rosy. Most pro-life laws are sued and tangled up in court for years, and many are eventually overturned. Obamacare is a dangerous affront on many levels. But even in the pro-abort bastion of New York, a rarely seen pro-abortion bill just failed.

These days pro-aborts, having belatedly realized the right to abortion is being fractured in the states, are busy scrambling from capitol to capitol to try and stop us – a drain on their energy and resources, which also keeps them from making mischief.

Furthermore, how much of their fomenting is genuinely organic, and how much is manufactured, boughten, or coerced? Just before they removed it, Operation Rescue grabbed a screen shot today of an ad on Craig’s List by a leftist group trying to hire agitators for Austin. Planned Parenthood certainly has ordered its paid clinic staff from around the state to go to Austin. PP CEO Cecile Richards is married to the international executive VP of SEIU. It is not unreasonable to think she has tapped into her union and Democrat sources to get screaming bodies out.

I asked Joe Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League, who has been in the trenches since the early days, how he saw the lay of the land.

“With public opinion trending toward pro-life, with the explosion of legislation regulation abortion, and recent exposes on the horrific conditions in some of the abortion clinics, along with Planned Parenthood’s blatant deception, abortion proponents are in aggressive damage control mode,” Joe responded via email. “Not since the mid-90’s have we seen this kind of fear from the abortion crowd. Clearly they perceive us as effective.”

[Third and fourth photos via USA Today; fifth photo via thegloss.com; sixth photo via the Associated Press]

14 thoughts on “Those pro-abortion bullies are actually on the defensive”


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    Sydney M says:

    Do those little boys know they are holding signs saying their mother should have had the right to kill them? When children SEE abortion they are pro-life. Sickening that a mother would use her babies to argue for the right to kill them. 

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    Navi says:

    #Stand4Life is trending on Twitter right now.  It looks like Round 2 is going a lot better than Round 1.

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    Angela says:

    Thanks for this encouraging point of view.

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    Ladybug says:

    Well shoot, seeing as the SEIU is heavily involved in far-left politics & protecting abortion rights, maybe I won’t be joining the local SEIU through my employer after all…however it’s a catch-22 because that same union chapter negotiated better wages & fair mileage reimbursement (I work in home health, BTW), as well as protection from illegal wage withholding, unjustified disciplinary action, & retaliatory termination (which I’ve seen in my field all too often). Any suggestions?

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    ninek says:

    What’s up with the etch-a-sketch?  Didn’t a clerk in the movie Juno specifically state that pregnancy is one doodle you can’t undo??   Are they kidding themselves into thinking an abortion is of no more consequence than shaking a toy?  
     
    Ladybug, I had to join the same one, but my suggestion?  OUTNUMBER THE ABORTION ADVOCATES.  Perhaps we already do.   After all, the media is constantly lying about abortion being so acceptable, so SEIU may already be chock full of pro-life minded people who just don’t realize they have that in common.

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    Navi says:

    Ninek, I think it’s a reference to Romney’s campaign advisor’s Etch-a-sketch gaffe.

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    ninek says:

    Oh.  Well it’s still stupid.

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    Carla says:

    Jumbotron,

    I will not be publishing a private email about me that you sent to Jill Stanek.  I am sure you understand.

    You can forward your email  to me here.

    carla@jillstanek.com

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    redc1c4 says:

    if you are currently a member of the union, read this:
    http://www.nrtw.org/a/a_3_p.htm

    if you are not yet a union member, read this:
    http://www.nrtw.org/a/a_4_p.htm

    bottom line, as i understand it, you can be compelled to pay the portion of dues that cover the cost of protective union activities such as, wage negotiations, grievances, etc, but you can’t be compelled to pay for political activities

    i am not a lawyer and this isn’t legal advice, but it is a good place to start your research, Ladybug.

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    Carla says:

    Jumbotron,

    Your deleted posts are back up. 

    I apologize for the way it seemed that I deleted without cause.

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    Carla says:

    Jack and Reality,

    I would ask that you take it down a notch with new(er) commenters.

    You have both been here quite a long time.  Some might not appreciate your style of commenting and may take offense.

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    TheLastDemocrat says:

    Etch-A-Sketch: these are the college kids who were recruited off Craigslist to protest whatever at $20/hour. You simply shake the etch-a-sketch, then move on to the next protest – global warming, pay my student loan, whatever.
     
    Back when I was active in democratic party politics, we were always so haughty about how our candidate and issue campaigns depended upon true volunteers for hpone-banks, leafleting, putting up yard signs, etc., while our imaginations were filled with images of Republican phone banks filled with well-fed, paid phone bankers.
    Now, I know that the dem party had to make and sustain that rhetoric to safeguard people – like me – from figuring out the truth: we democrats do the astroturf thing almost regularly, and conservatives simply show up for things out of political interest.
     
    we used to announce some big, emotional boycott, then the next week no one would cre – it got to where you could not keep track. walmart. continental airlines. etc. etc. we still shopped at walmart but just acted like we did not.
    my wife and i have been observing this in its newer incarnations: voting with dollars.
    chik-fil-a day was one example.
    the hobby lobby day was another.
    the gun-grab before the gun-grab is another. that one is still going on.
    another was: as Obama’s abuse of NSA has become apparent, Orwell’s 1984 shot up the Amazon best-seller ranks, to the 60s. And there was more than one edition popping up there, too.
    conservatives are makign their political will shown in multiple ways when these issues appear.
    liberals hire some college students or recent grads off of craigslist to make it seem like there is some portion of the population actually motivated to protest threats to abortion access.
    there actually was a be-gay-and-go-to-chikfila-day. Do you know what happened? To be perceived as gay, some ppl had to embarrass themselves in front of kids and everybody, and in the end each customer placed their order, had it filled cheerfully and accurately, and had a decent meal in a family setting. ooh, scary.
    if only you could read the etch-a-sketch easier – their protesting would be more effective.

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    CityOfAngels.US says:

    Awsome story, thanks Jill.

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