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.”
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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 […]
Backdrop 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.
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 […]
Abortion 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”:
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:
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:
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:
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?
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 […]
New York Times pro-life columnist Ross Douthat pitched an interesting idea this week:
WHAT happens to a modern society when abortion is restricted? This question is at the heart of the debate over Texas’s new abortion law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks and issues health regulations that could thin the ranks of state abortion clinics, making even first-trimester abortions harder to obtain….
In the wake of the huge pro-life victory in Texas, Think Progress has posted five ways abortion proponents are “fighting back.” Most were all predictable: Challenge pro-life laws in court, continue protests in Texas and spread them to other states, and register pro-abortion voters. But one was not: “Challeng[e] ideas about what it means to […]
I ended up spending most of yesterday on Twitter, relaying information to and from the Texas State Capitol. There the Senate was debating an omnibus pro-life bill, which eventually passed and is on its way to Governor Rick Perry for his anticipated signature.
Stanek wkend question: Should pro-lifers feel responsible for businesses negatively impacted by protests at nearby abortion clinics?
Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom of this post!
In January Jivin J reported on pro-abortion Portland, Maine, businessman Mike Fink, who began sponsoring counterprotests and offering free food to abortion supporters who rallied against pro-lifers protesting in front of the Planned Parenthood next door to his restaurant.
But Fink has decided to throw in the towel. According to the Portland Daily Sun, May 6:
Pro-life vigils are numerous these days in Ireland, where the abortion-free haven is in danger of legalizing the murder of its wee preborn bairns. After observing a June 8 vigil in Dublin, Irish Times columnist Ann Marie Hourihane observed: The ostensible shift of emphasis to caring for, rather than castigating, the unmarried pregnant girl has […]
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The backstory, from an hlntv.com, article entitled, “Chicago ads stir outrage,” indicates that, among others, the transgender community that is offended:
Chicago officials have birthed a controversy with a new campaign that critics say unfairly targets the city’s young boys.
The billboard series titled “Unexpected” shows teenage males with their bellies protruding as if they’re pregnant.
This leads to the larger question: Should the government be intervening in this sort of healthcare policy to begin with? Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.
The backstory, from Politico, June 4:
Former tennis champion Jimmy Connors is taking heat for outing the abortion of his 70s girlfriend and tennis champion Chris Evert in his new autobiography, The Outsider.
From a May 20 Slate article by abortion proponent Amanda Marcotte entitled, “Jimmy Connors is woefully out of line on Chris Evert’s abortion”:
This weekend’s question comes from good friend Josh Brahm, Director of Education and Public Relations, Right to Life of Central California: What are the most frustrating or annoying things that pro-choice people do that shuts down good dialogue? Stories are welcome. [Photo via nbclatino.com; ]
I’ll answer that: with tasteless and tactless audacity, from the top down.
As the Weekly Standard noted, “The White House is marking Mother’s Day… by celebrating free birth control provided by Obamacare“….
From NYDailyNews.com, May 3:
A North Carolina high school banned a student mom from holding her baby son in her yearbook photo over fears it would promote teen pregnancy.
Teachers at Wheatmore High School said a picture of Caitlin Tiller, 17, holding 1-year-old son Leland would sent the wrong message to other pupils.
And so they refused to print the picture in the yearbook.