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Stanek wkend Q: Agree with bishop that pro-lifers must support illegal immigration?

illegal-immigrantsFrom 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.”…

Stanek wkend Q: Thoughts on defeat of “war on women” meme?

obama-in-chicago-teaching-the-principles-of-saul-alinskyThe 5th rule in Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, which is the playbook of the Left (even taught by President Barack Obama when he was a law professor), is:

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.

Stanek wkend Q: Are you voting for any pro-abortion candidates?

raunerWith the November 4 election around the corner, and early/absentee voting in full swing, have you or will you be voting for a pro-abortion candidate? If so, why?

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.

Stanek wkend Q: Is San Antonio’s new mega-abortion center the pro-life movement’s fault?

sanantonioIn 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.

Stanek weekend Q: Thoughts on love letter aborting mother wrote to her “Little Thing”?

5b31735c5928d58177df3883e4df1a01Cosmopolitan 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?

Stanek wkend Q: What should Wendy Davis’s follow-up to her paraplegic ad be?

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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:

Stanek wkend Q: Should pro-lifers disqualify Rand Paul as presidential pick over Plan B support?

Rand Paul Plan B abortionFrom 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.

Stanek weekend Q: Will attempts to destigmatize abortion work in pro-life favor?

downloadPro-choice activists are on a new bandwagon: To normalize abortion, no sob stories are allowed.

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:

Stanek wkend Q: Why the uproar over Miss America’s stint at Planned Parenthood?

Stanek wkend Q: What does uproar over Miss America's stint at Planned Parenthood mean?

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 Parenthoodwill cast a shadow on her entire reign.”

Stanek weekend Q: Why is it always the pro-life movement that is told to take on other issues?

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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:

Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers press PBS to cancel “After Tiller” or demand equal time?

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 […]

Stanek weekend Q: Is abortion your litmus test when voting?

voteprolife16Leslie 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.”

Stanek weekend question: Does calling abortion a “difficult decision” play into pro-life hands?

imageAn 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:

Stanek weekend question: Should Chick-fil-A cater to abortion clinics?

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….

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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:

Stanek weekend question: Do you agree pro-life messaging is simple, pro-abortion complicated?

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 […]

Stanek weekend question: Is the abortion battle becoming increasingly “corrosive”?

Pro-choice professor Mireille Miller-Young steals pro-life signs showing victims of abortionI have sensed for some time that abortion proponents are becoming increasingly and overtly hostile to pro-life activism.

An immediate example is UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young, photo right, who this week pleaded “no contest” to charges that she assaulted a pro-life teenager and stole her sign. 

Stanek weekend question: What flavor ice cream would Planned Parenthood be?

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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:

Stanek wkend Q: Was pro-life congressman right or wrong to out pregnant teen daughter?

Pro-life aBill Cassidy teen daughter pregnant, not getting abortionWhat a tough situation. Be sure to vote your thoughts in the poll at the bottom of this post.

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.

Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers support OTC sale of contraceptive pills?

Should hormonal contraception be available OTC?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).

Stanek weekend question: What if pro-choice activists were to invade church “buffer zones”?

http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/06/you-wanna-keep-harassing-women-at.htmlBe sure to take the poll at the bottom of this post!

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?

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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.

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Some pros and cons, quoting CBC.ca:

Stanek weekend question: With which leg of pro-life’s “3-legged stool” do you identify?

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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.

Stanek weekend question: What is the boldest thing you’ve ever done to stop abortion?

Young woman sitting in a waiting room holding a magazineDr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society related a pretty incredible story, as posted on LifeNews.com:. It’s a heart-pounding but uplifting read. Excerpts…

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?

Josie Cunningham Emily Letts abortionColumnist 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.”…

Stanek weekend question: Which pro-choice argument(s) do you struggle to respond to?

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, […]

Stanek weekend question: What would you say to an abortionist?

Leroy-CarhartOn April 22, Brendan O’Morchoe of Students for Life of America wrote at LifeSiteNews.com about his experience of finding himself on the same plane as late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart:

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.

Stanek weekend question: Thoughts on Sebelius as she rides off into the sunset?

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 […]

Stanek weekend Q: Better to pass “radical” anti-abortion laws, gradual, or both?

imageThis 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:

Stanek weekend question: Is it helpful for a pro-choice mom to tell kids about her abortion?

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 […]

Stanek weekend question: When does “anti-choice bullying” cross the line, if ever?

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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:

Stanek weekend question: Who’s to blame for abortion regret?

160061588.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeThis 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?

peek_a_boo_baby_wallpaper-1024x1024Barack 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.

Stanek weekend question: Do you view your time online as an opportunity?

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?

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Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time;
the latter will bring you lasting remorse.

~ Chilo

Nancy Leigh DeMoss wrote in her devotional book The Quiet Place for February 11:

Weekend Q: Is the secret pro-life agenda really to control women?

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 […]

Stanek wkend Q: Is 2014 the year “war on women” comes back to bite Dems?

267-Le08p.AuSt.91On 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:

Stanek wkend Q: Is it wrong to compare abortion to other mass deaths?

fallingGood 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.”

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   1. the inability to see and/or acknowledge human rights injustices without equating or comparing them to abortion.

Josh listed four reasons, in short:

Stanek weekend Q: Momentum has shifted in the abortion war, but which way?

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The New York Times posted a piece yesterday, “Access to abortion falling as states pass restrictions,” with these money quotes:

Stanek weekend question: What was the top pro-life story of 2013?

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.

Stanek weekend Q: Is regulating abortion clinics futile, counter-productive even?

Abolish Human Abortion has posted this graphic (click to enlarge):

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AHA explains its position on clinic closures here. It lists several reasons, all of which I think are either incorrect or wrong-headed:

Stanek weekend Q: Can one have an otherwise great legacy if pro-abortion?

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 […]

Stanek wkend Q: How will Supreme Court rule on contraception mandate case?

constitution-with-birth-control-375x250Backdrop from CNN, November 26:

The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled health care reform law will move to the US Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and religious liberty.

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services [including sterilization] without a co-pay.

At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs.

Stanek weekend question: Women get abortions every day, so it’s okay?

Cortney O’Brien at Townhall.com shares yet another attempt to de-stigmatize child killing with the claim that abortion is no big deal, it’s just another choice: The Irish Family Planning Association… along with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (surprise), recently released a video called, “Women Have Abortions Every Day: It’s Just One Choice,” suggesting an abortion is as […]

Stanek weekend question: Why don’t abortion supporters believe the abortionists?

nic-nie-widze-mowie-slyszeFrom moderator Carla comes a simple question: Why don’t those who support abortion believe what abortionists say about it?

For example, abortionist Curtis Boyd, who runs late-term clinics in Dallas and Albuquerque, made a “jarring admission” during an interview with WFAA in 2009:

Stanek weekend Q: Seriously? Use “adorable cats” to explain reasons for abortions?

Screen-Shot-2013-10-29-at-11.34.38-AMAbortion supporter Eve Vawter thought it would be cute to use “adorable cats” to describe “10 reasons to have an abortion.” Her explanation:

I don’t think the majority of women make the decision to have an abortion lightly.

Due to the fact we have all seen one million sad stories on the Internet illustrated by miserable looking stock photo women sobbing into their hands, I have decided to use cats instead. I’m a cat fan, and I would rather look at cats than whatever comes up when you search photo websites for “abortion.”

So here is a sampling. For Reason #2, “Your birth control failed”:

Stanek weekend question: What is your view of abortion supporters?

Pro-Life-3I admit I often demonize abortion supporters in my mind. The ones I usually deal with are the hard core industry or political types, and they can indeed come across beyond cold and calloused.

Nevertheless, having been convicted through Scripture, I’ve been trying (although admittedly failing as often as I succeed – but I’m getting better, truly!) to more even-handedly communicate with them.

This week I read Romans 15:15-16 and took the passage our direction. The pertinent sentence:

Stanek weekend question: Is President Obama delusional?

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There probably isn’t a pro-life activist alive who didn’t think what I thought when watching President Obama give his speech about Syria this week. To garner support for his plan to attack that country, Obama implored the American people to view the images of innocent children who had been poisoned to death by their own president. It was clear Obama wanted us to emotionally invest in their tortured deaths:

Stanek weekend question: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

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UPDATE 9/8, 5a: Should’ve thought of this yesterday. Have added a poll asking the weekend question at the bottom of the post.

9/7, 9:20a: Should the United States use force in Syria to stop dictator president Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons against his own people, particularly children?

President Obama has made this more than a generalized question on war and death and brought it close to home for anti-abortion Americans by using children as his rationale. Quoting from NBC News:

Stanek wkend Q: Was there an event that sparked your pro-life passion?

Some of us were raised to have a passion for the pro-life issue. Some of us had an eye-opening conversation, or read something. Some of us had a life-altering experience. What sparked your passion on the abortion issue?

Weekend Q: Planned Parenthood asks, “What does Obamacare mean for you?”

Planned Parenthood is starting a new campaign…   This is because, in so many ways, Planned Parenthood will see a windfall of profits when Obamacare takes effect. So, of course, PP  it is pushing Obamacare, as PP CEO Cecile Richards did in an email alert yesterday. At the same time, Planned Parenthood of Southern New […]

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by Carder

Emma AyresI was only able to have this abortion because a series of privileges aligned to grant me access to my right…

9. I wasn’t subjected to the abusive requirement of looking at the ultrasound before the procedure. I was given a choice. I said no.

10. I was able to tell my professors and director: “I. Had. An. Abortion. This is a difficult personal/emotional time right now,” and they supported me through it.

11. I found myself in the Rand Theater, flying over an audience, playing Peter Pan, 10 days later.

~ University of Massachusetts student Emma Ayres (pictured) describing eleven reasons why she was privileged to be granted abortion access, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian via Socialist Worker, November 20

[Photo via Emma’s Facebook page]

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