I have many plans for “Roe week,” beginning today when I pick my son-in-law Andy Moore up from the airport.
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BuzzFeed has listed the results of a poll question to parents on the worthiness of 21 popular baby items.
As an old school mom and new school grandma, I found the opinions fascinating.
Today’s parents and I basically agree on what on the market is eye-rolling and what is helpful – some tried and true, some new. We only parted company on wipes warmers. I feel bad using cold wipes! And on Boogie Wipes. I like them, too.
Read through the list and lend your thoughts! Here are a few…
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has written a provocative blog post:
Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:
U.S. News & World Report predicts “2014’s Republican wave will encourage lawmakers to consider more restrictions on abortion rights” in 2015, adding: The recent surge in abortion laws – more were enacted between 2011 and 2013 than in the previous decade – met both success and defeat in court challenges in 2014. That fight over women’s […]
The end of the year offers a great opportunity to reflect as well as make new goals. In that vein, here’s an interesting story in Wimp.com:
Willard Asylum for the Insane, located in New York, was built in 1869. Patients had an average stay of 30 years, and many who came to the hospital never left. Eventually the site was abandoned, until, in 1995, an incredible discovery was made in the attic…
Pro-Life Action League has posted a video, “5 reasons to celebrate” (also below) the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel (pictured right) last week in Oklahoma City: 1. Closes another abortion clinic 2. Shines light on corruption in abortion industry 3. Exposes abortion industry depravity 4. Helps pass tough pro-life laws 5. Puts other abortionists under pressure Can you […]
I feel like taking a break from the heavy burden of our pro-life work for a fun community chat this weekend.
So! Let’s talk! This weekend’s question is: Do you regift?
I heard a report yesterday that even wealthy Americans regift!
Per the report, that regifting percentage is up 10% from last year.
If you regift, what sorts of items do you recycle? Here’s what the survey says…
Rock singer Ted Nugent took heat for wondering why those outraged about the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict a white policeman for killing a black “thug” aren’t equally outraged over black genocide via abortion:
And dont claim that “black lives matter” when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter. So quit killin each other you f*ckin idiots.
Billboard’s Joe Lynch wrote in response:
Sorry, a rather lengthy excerpt from a fascinating post at Patheos.com, but it’s all so good!
Understanding the domestic arts as, well, art, has almost totally disappeared from our cultural landscape. Technology (and the corresponding rise in collective wealth that allows most of the US to own it) has rendered many time-honored skills – traditionally passed from mother to daughter – superfluous.
From Patheos, November 14:
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles… made it clear that any pro-life platform must include respect for the dignity of the immigrant.
Asked whether immigration is connected to the pro-life position, he explained, “Obviously the Church is very concerned about the culture of life. But life from conception until natural death. So all those issues are part of the dignity of the human person. So I think that’s obviously a connection, in the sense that we care about every single person.”…
Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
The photo, right, is of pro-abortion Republican Bruce Rauner, who is running for governor in Illinois against pro-abortion Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn.
Pro-life Republicans have been told to vote for Rauner despite his stance on abortion because he is the lesser of two evils. Illinois is deeply in debt, and he’s a great businessman, we’re told. He’ll save the state.
In response to my October 21 post, “Pro-life activists infiltrate Planned Parenthood mega-abortion center under construction,” Abolish Human Abortion has written a “we told you so”:
We are not bragging about this or simply saying we told you so. But the fact of the matter is this, these big state of the art killing centers that Planned Parenthood is building all over the country are the unintentional (yet iniquitous) fruit of the pro-life movement.
Cosmopolitan published a love letter an aborting mother wrote to the baby she was planning to abort October 17, who she called “Little Thing.” So this baby has likely now been suctioned and chopped to little pieces.
The mother made her ghastly intent sound poetic, which Cosmo said proved aborting mothers aren’t “emotionless robots who have not given any thought to the decision they are making.”
Rather, I wanted to vomit. Aside from melodic rubbish, the mother wrote a lot that didn’t make sense, such as “I promise I will see you again, and next time, you can call me Mom.”
Where, in heaven? She thinks God will reward her for killing her baby by letting them cosmically float together again in the afterlife, where the Mom can live in blissful eternity with the child she murdered?
Or perhaps she believes in reincarnation, imagining her aborted baby would want to return to her savage uterus for a do-over. Does she think she deserves this reward?
I don’t know. In my mind this letter was a psychotic, dissociated, very disturbing mess wrapped in a pretty bow. What do you see?
Yesterday the Wendy Davis campaign released a new ad attacking her Texas gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott, who is a paraplegic.
The shockingly tasteless ad was immediately condemned not only by Republicans but by… everyone.
The Washington Post called the ad “one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see.” WashPo reporter Chris Cillizza tweeted:
From CNN, September 30:
“If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be legal?,” a woman asked him during a question-and-answer session here.
Paul at first gave a terse answer: “I am not opposed to birth control,” he said.
For instance, excusing abortions for rape and incest is bad. To do so is to say some abortions are justifiable, some are not. According to post-abortive Merritt Tierce in a New York Times op ed:
As National Right to Life president Carol Tobias noted, the revelation that newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev interned last year at a New York Planned Parenthood “will cast a shadow on her entire reign.”
The title of the September 8 USA Today column was a bit misleading.
Author Tom Krattenmaker’s focus was urging pro-life Christians to become involved in the effort to sustain water, the growing scarcity of which, he claimed, is becoming a worldwide problem:
Since news broke that PBS, a taxpayer-funded public television station, will air the late-term abortion and abortionist propaganda documentary After Tiller throughout the month of September, pro-lifers have been up in arms. American Life League is demanding PBS cancel After Tiller. Meanwhile, a petition drive has been launched to press PBS to air the pro-life documentary […]
Leslie at The Passionate Prolifer Turned Abolitionist took exception this week to KNUS talk show host Krista Kafer, also a fellow at Colorado Christian University, who said, according to Leslie, “she wouldn’t have a problem voting for a ‘pro-choice’ candidate since abortion is just one of a number of issues women care about.”
An August 15 op ed in the Washington Post makes the case that a common depiction of abortion by proponents plays right into pro-life hands.
Janet Harris, former communications director for the pro-abortion group EMILY’s List, cites several reasons why calling abortion a “difficult decision” cedes ground. She also posits the first clear reason I’ve read why “pro-choice” is problematic:
On August 2 pro-life abolitionist Caleb Head, a member of Abolish Human Abortion, observed a Chick-fil-A catering truck making a delivery to Houston Women’s Clinic. According to Head, this abortion mill is the busiest in Houston and 4th busiest in the country….
AHA initiated phone calls and online activism to admonish this Chick-fil-A, located at 3101 West Holcombe Avenue, to repent and never do this again.
Head’s father, Pastor Scott Head, wrote a letter to CFA Holcombe’s owner, Juli Salvagio, who responded:
An abortion proponent has made an interesting observation, something I’d never considered. By Stile4Aly at Daily Kos, July 31: … Which brings us to my new Twitter friend. I’ve long said that conservatives tend to do better with their messaging because their ideas are so simple that they can fit on a bumper sticker. “Abortion stops a […]
Yesterday, liberal site Wonkette revealed that even abortion supporters subliminally connect Planned Parenthood to abortion, despite all their conscious denials, when it posted the above photo, labeled “zombie-ice-cream-truck” with the following article, which got it in a bit of trouble with Planned Parenthood:
From nola.com, July 3:
The Bill Cassidy Senate campaign announced Thursday that the candidate’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant as she prepares for her senior year at a Baton Rouge high school.
AllahPundit at HotAir.com poses this as a political question: Should the GOP support over-the-counter sales of birth control pills?
I’d like to ask the same of pro-lifers. Be sure to take the poll at the bottom of this post.
To boil AllahPundit’s thoughts down, now that the Supreme Court has ruled closely held for-profit corporations do not have to pay for abortion-causing contraceptives, the Obama administration could force insurance companies to provide them “free” (spread the cost among all insurance payees) or force taxpayers to foot the bill (actually, more of the bill we already foot through so-called “family planning” funding).
In response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law this week, pro-choice blogger Dan Savage at TheStranger.com suggested following the lead of West Hollywood homosexual activists, who supposedly got a church to stop invading their space by turning the tables.
Savage quoted an obscenity-laden post by Rude Pundit with like-minded thoughts:
Stanek weekend question: Should displays using abortion victim imagery be banned if causing accidents?
A petition drive is underway in Canada to block the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform from displaying banners with photos of abortion victims on an overpass in Calgary (pictured above) after one was perceived to have caused a car accident there this week.
Abortion, a disturbing reality
Some pros and cons, quoting CBC.ca:
Abortion proponent Steph Herold has identified the “3-legged stool” of abortion:
But my investigation also solidified my belief that culture change efforts are imperative to the policy and health-care access work that our movement is doing.
Ignoring culture change to focus on policy and health care may garner some short-term wins, but leaves you without a long-term aspirational vision for change.
Alicia had a terrible feeling that Maria intended to go through with the abortion. Alicia made a decision. “I knew I had to go to the Planned Parenthood clinic myself and try and intercept Maria.” But Alicia did not know what Maria looked like. Only Iris knew.
Stanek wkend Q: Is the push for unconditional acceptance of abortion hurting or helping the pro-choice side?
Columnist Eva Wiseman wrote at The Guardian wrote:
Pro-choicers are facing some uncomfortable truths….
When, at the end of April, escort, aspiring glamour model and mother-of-two Josie Cunningham [pictured top right] told the Sunday Mirror she was planning an abortion to ensure her place on Big Brother, there was mild uproar. The earliest response was from Mirror readers, 93% of whom said they’d boycott Big Brother if she appeared on the show… These alongside disgusted tweets from high-profile doctors and liberal commentators….
A week or so later, a YouTube video of an abortion went viral. The clip, by 25-year-old abortion counsellor Emily Letts [pictured bottom right], focuses on her face as she breathes, calmly, through the short procedure. At the end she says: “I feel good.”…
Online for Life asked this question, and I thought it was a good one: What pro-choice argument(s) do you have the most difficulty refuting? We’ve all seen them – slogans written on placards and protest signs used by pro-abortion activists in their attempts to narrow down the pro-abortion position to a simple, succinct catch phrase. Unfortunately, […]
Last Saturday, I was boarding a flight coming home to Virginia from Omaha, Nebraska…. It is the moments like what happened on my flight Saturday night, confronted by evil, that keep me going.
I was in Ireland when news broke last week that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning, but a reader wrote asking that I give you all an opportunity to talk about her. Indeed, in the minds of pro-lifers, Kathleen Sebelius is a scandalous, abominable, corrupt abortion protector, going back to her days as governor of […]
This weekend’s question taps into the re-percolating immediatist vs. incrementalist debate.
In its pro-abortion way, ThinkProgress.org, gets much of the controversy right:
Sometimes pro-life post-abortive mothers or fathers decide they can help stop abortion by sharing their testimony, in which case their children usually have to find out. But it is presented as a tragedy. Sometimes pro-life post-abortive mothers or fathers sit their children down and tell them. But it is presented as a loss to the […]
Let’s start this conversation by taking violence off the table. Both pro-lifers and abortion supporters agree that violence emanating from either side is wrong and committed by outliers.
Beyond that, where, if ever, can pro-lifers cross the line? The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of a Massachusetts buffer zone law, the decision of which will have implications across the country. Can a state or municipality erect an unseen red line of whatever distance it decides to keep pro-lifers from reaching out to mothers going into abortion clinics to kill their babies? The other side, of course, calls this harassment.
A couple days ago pro-choicer Robin Marty (by now a friend, in actuality) took me on for outing Minnesota businesses that are supporting an abortion fundraiser:
This weekend question comes via abortion apologist Amanada Marcotte, who wrote at RH Reality Check on March 3:
Iowa is now considering a bill that would allow abortion patients to sue a doctor for abortion regret, even if they received counseling and signed informed consent forms prior to the abortion. The bill gives women a ten-year window to come to the conclusion that they regret their abortion and to sue. Since none of us really knows where we’ll be in ten years, this opens abortion providers up to all sorts of unfair lawsuits, since there’s no way to know that the 21-year-old women’s studies major with a pro-choice button on her bag getting an abortion today is going to get married and join a fundamentalist church and decide she must produce “abortion regret” in penance before she’s 30.
Stanek weekend question: Your response to Planned Parenthood CEO’s contention that life begins at delivery?
Barack Obama said that answering the question of when life begins was above his pay grade.
Not so for Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, although it took a persistent interviewer three attempts to drag it out of her.
Richards appeared on Fusion Channel’s America with Jorge Ramos on February 27 and first tried to say such a question was not “really relevant” to the abortion debate, although the American public would disagree.
I’m formulating a piece on online activism and have several questions for you. When it comes to your opposition or support of abortion, do you view your time online as a place to say or do anything about it? What I mean is, do you view the Internet as a forum to engage in pro-life […]
Stanek weekend Q: Is it “dishonest gain” to forego having children until we think we can afford them?
Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time;
the latter will bring you lasting remorse.
Perhaps this charge has been around forever and I’m only now noticing it a lot lately: "Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by ‘life’ and admitting…" http://t.co/6p2QcorwNQ — RH Reality Check (@rhrealitycheck) February 1, 2014 A lame Shreveport Times editorial yesterday, which appears to have been written by a 22-year-old new college grad […]
On January 22 the Republican National Committee issued a strongly worded resolution telling pro-life candidates it would support those “who fight back against Democratic deceptive ‘war on women’ rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents” and back away from those “who stay silent in the face of such deceptive rhetoric.”
So game on. The RNC has learned, quoting the resolution again, that “[c]andidates who stay silent on pro-life issues do not identify with key voters, fail to alert voters to the Democrats’ extreme pro-abortion stances, and have lost their elections.”
Like we said.
This past Wednesday the March for Life in Washington, D.C., saw RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speak from the rally podium as well as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (pictured above right) – physically backing up the resolution.
More on the Republican pro-life surge from telegram.com:
Good friend Josh Brahm has posted a piece, “4 reasons pro-lifers need to stop doing this.” “This” is:
One of my colleagues at Students for Life of America recently asked me for an example of pro-lifers doing things that appear weird to our society. The first thing that came to mind was something that my brother Timothy and I call FTV: “Fetus Tunnel Vision.”
fetus tunnel vision
1. the inability to see and/or acknowledge human rights injustices without equating or comparing them to abortion.
Josh listed four reasons, in short:
The New York Times posted a piece yesterday, “Access to abortion falling as states pass restrictions,” with these money quotes:
This past year saw great successes in the pro-life movement’s fight to stop abortion, beginning with the January 14 Time magazine cover story, which set the tone. What do you think the top pro-life story of the year was? After I get several suggestions, I’ll post a poll.
Abolish Human Abortion has posted this graphic (click to enlarge):
AHA explains its position on clinic closures here. It lists several reasons, all of which I think are either incorrect or wrong-headed:
Even the Pope and Cardinal Dolan have been lauding South African leader Nelson Mandela following his death earlier this week of natural causes at age 95. But I can’t. Nelson Mandela has the blood of preborn children on his hands… lots of them. According to The Examiner on December 6: Serving as the Republic of […]