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“Immediatist vs. Incrementalist” debate analysis, Part VII: So fundraising is wrong?

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by Clinton Wilcox of Life Training Institute

On one hand, a favorite punching bag of T. Russell Hunter is pro-life fundraising.

11122396_916351231756876_1989993906_nOn the other, Hunter’s group Abolish Human Abortion is incorporated, has a for-profit arm through which it sells t-shirts and other wares, and rents office space (see screen shot right; click to enlarge).

It was these contradictory positions Hunter had to balance in his April 25 debate against Center for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Gregg Cunningham.

Hunter contended (1:06:10 on the video) that one reason Christians aren’t actively involved in anti-abortion activism is because they donate money to pro-life organizations to do the work for them. (See also 1:14:24-1:16:26.)

Nevertheless, from timestamp 1:39:55-1:41:31, Hunter alleged he wasn’t opposed to fundraising per se.

But not only did this contradict Hunter’s earlier statement, it contradicted a multitude of Facebook posts in which he and AHA have castigated pro-life organizations for fundraising.

All this while two of AHA’s leaders, Don Cooper and Todd Bullis, actively engage in fundraising under the AHA banner. Click to enlarge…

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As it is with their own incremental bills, it seems AHAers agree with fundraising as long as it fits their own agenda and not that of the larger pro-life movement.

The problem is some people can’t feasibly stand against abortion because they work, have families that demand their attention, and maintain other responsibilities. They simply don’t have the time to be out there “in the trenches,” as Hunter would say.

So, giving funds to pro-life advocates who have devoted their life’s work to the cause is their way of helping.

Donations help pro-life advocates like myself, the organization I work for (Life Training Institute), Jill Stanek, Gregg Cunningham/Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, and all the other pro-life advocates keep doing what we do. As Scott Klusendorf reminds us, there are many more people working full-time to kill babies than there are working full-time to save them. And as Cunningham mentioned in his debate, a part-time movement of volunteers is not going to end abortion.

We also don’t receive billions of dollars in taxpayer funding, as organizations like Planned Parenthood do.

Pro-life organizations subsist on generous donations so we can sustain pregnancy care centers, make a difference in the political realm, maintain full-time presence at abortion clinics, educate pro-lifers on how to effectively share their views so as to convert our culture, and conduct a multitude of other pro-life work.

Hunter, while decrying the fact that pro-life organizations fundraise, hypocritically uses the fruits of those organizations’ labor.

For example, AHA uses images of abortion victims that Cunningham’s group has spent millions of dollars to acquire over the years. CBR was the first pro-life organization to compile an archive of broadcast quality video and still photographs.

At 1:15:45 in the video, Cunningham astutely observed that while Hunter may not fundraise, he allows CBR to do the fundraising for him, because Hunter benefits from CBR’s work. And Hunter knows it, as shown in this email from Hunter to Cunningham. Click to enlarge…

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An example of AHA’s ineffective strategy was the debate itself. Despite having months to prepare, AHA produced a substandard video using substandard cameras and audio equipment. Had AHA fundraised – with the foresight to effectively reach the public – the group could have afforded professional equipment to make a high quality recording so arguments by both participants could easily be understood for posterity. (Fortunately, Cunningham has done just that and also recorded the debate with much greater clarity.)

Capture5As previously mentioned, Don Cooper (pictured left), who holds himself out as AHA’s Executive Director, also fundraises. Cooper’s organization, named Abolitionists Northwest, made $101,159 in 2013 – $96,645 of which came from “[c]ontributions, gifts, grants, and similar.”

I don’t fault Cooper for this. As St. Paul reminds us in I Timothy 5:18, “For Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The worker deserves his wages.'” Activists are an essential component to ending abortion in the United States, and fundraising is an essential component to enabling us to work full-time to stop abortion. Pro-life people, like everyone else, have bills to pay and families to support. If we had to work full-time in another arena, we wouldn’t be able to devote ourselves single-mindedly to work to end abortion.

My point is that AHA is hypocritical on the issue of fundraising.

In the debate, Hunter not only failed to present any sort of plan for ending abortion under his immediatist regime, he failed to present any sort of plan as to how we can end the fight for the rights of the unborn without fundraising and all just working part-time to speak out against it, a proposition which, as I stated, is disingenuous on Hunter’s part to begin with.

This is simply an untenable view, and one Hunter fraudulently claims AHA adheres to.

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Clinton Wilcox is a staff apologist for Life Training Institute. He specializes in training pro-life people to make the pro-life case more effectively and persuasively. He is also a certified speaker and mentor for Justice for All. He keeps a personal blog, and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Read previous posts:

Prologue
Part I: Let babies die today, we can save the rest later
Part II: There’s only one way to cut down a tree?
Part III: Social justice history vs TR Hunter
Part IV: Straw men and the Bible
Part V: Sacrificing children to the idol of abolitionism
Part VI: Christians and the legislative process
Scott Klusendorf: Debate between Gregg Cunningham and T. Russell Hunter
Jonathan Van Maren: Four observations from the Cunningham vs. Hunter debate

Stanek weekend Q: Explain breathtaking liberal blind spot on abortion vs animal cruelty?

These tweets are literally posted one on top the other in pro-abortion Democrat Ted Deutch’s Twitter feed:

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The practice of animal crushing is a sexual fetish of the sickest kind.

About his introduction of the PACT Act, Rep. Deutch wrote:

Too many animals are subjected to unfathomable cruelty and abuse, out of no fault of their own and no recourse for protection. These inhumane acts have no place in our society.

House Foreign AffairsYet, incomprehensibly, particularly by comparison – and on the very same day as he introduced his animal cruelty bill – Deutch, pictured right, blew off the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as a Republican stunt in his floor speech opposing the 20-wk abortion ban (beginning at 1:08:26 on the video):

Motivation behind H.R. 36 couldn’t be more transparent. They want to make abortion after 20 weeks illegal and abortions before 20 weeks impossible.

Never mind “abortion” equals human slaughter, and never mind it is a well-established fact that babies feel pain by the age of 20 gestational weeks. Babies much younger than this routinely receive anesthesia during prenatal surgery.

This cognitive disconnect is beyond my capability to comprehend. Can anyone help me?

[HT: Chris C.]

Pro-life blog buzz 4-21-15

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • Down on the Pharm dissects an article in Ebony, written by Deacon Emma Akpan, who “bemoans the lack of church preaching to promote birth control and abortion” and believes abortion is a good thing for the Black community – despite the fact that, already, “Black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than any other demographic group in the U.S.” Akpan reportedly works for Planned Parenthood in North Carolina as a community organizer.
  • Big Blue Wave says France recently decided to allow midwives to perform abortions due to the closing of many abortion facilities. The government has also decided to impose abortion quotas on hospitals:

    The big issue was money. Abortion is poorly remunerated in France. At least, it’s seen as a money loser. Hospitals had to balance their budgets, and the abortion ward was seen as dispensable.

    I have a hunch these Regional Health Authorities will have trouble meeting their quotas. If money is what was stopping hospitals from performing abortions, and they don’t give them money, they will not do abortions.

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  • Jivin Jehoshaphat says NARAL Colorado is taking heat for a disastrous Tweet chiding legislators for a bill to protect unborn victims of homicide. They not only slip up and call pregnant women “mothers,” they then discount the presence of the preborn life completely. Just weird:

    For pro-choice groups, the unborn child can never be the victim. For them, if a woman is attacked and her unborn child dies, there is no homicide. There is just an attack on the mother.

  • Kansans for Life says pro-aborts are in great distress over the passage of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act in Kansas and Oklahoma. Amanda Marcotte is one of them, and she isn’t happy:

    Her headline reads “Anti-Choicers Are Going to Take Away Second-Trimester Abortion Without Much Notice” and though the actual content of her piece is all over the place, her message is clear; she is distressed that a significant abortion restriction is now available to reach the Supreme Court, and frustrated that her side not only has no defense, it can’t even discuss the law’s content for PR reasons.

  • Secular Pro-Life is searching for pro-life physicians willing to give their time to help with an important project:

    This campaign, which will launch in late May or early June, focuses on a long-term risk of induced abortion. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but in very general terms, the campaign involves the presentation of medical literature to the public along with personal stories. It’s similar to the Truth and Tips From Former Smokers public health campaigns against tobacco.

    We need physicians to review our educational materials for accuracy and endorse the project. (The materials have already been prepared with the help of a wonderful pro-life medical student.) Your name will appear on the campaign website as a physician endorser.

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  • At Live Action News, Rebecca Downs notes that Hillary Clinton, despite claiming she wants to be a “champion” for “everyday Americans,” has ignored the plight of the most vulnerable among us:

    Clinton announced her campaign for President with a video titled, “Getting Started.”

    Most notable is the couple featured in the ad at 36 seconds. While the couple appears for roughly six seconds, the woman is visibly pregnant, and the man talks about preparing for the “baby boy, coming [their] way.”

    In the ad, Clinton says, “everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”

    However, pro-lifers are concerned that Clinton is leaving some “everyday Americans” out. A Facebook post tagging pro-life activists, Jill Stanek and Abby Johnson, notes that “Mrs. Clinton would support aborting babies at that stage.”

    What if the preborn child in his mother’s womb in the ad had not been wanted or planned? Clinton’s politics demonstrate she will not be a champion for him.

BREAKING: Jill Stanek, pro-lifers arrested at pro-life sit-in

by Kelli

UPDATE, 4:30 CST: Jill and at least two other protesters have now been released.

The planned sit-in/prayer vigil at Speaker John Boehner’s office today has culminated in the arrest of eight pro-life leaders, including Rev. Pat Mahoney and our own Jill Stanek.

Here is the speech that Jill gave just before she was arrested. Please be in prayer for these leaders, who were attempting to give voice to preborn children:

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There is also a Twitter campaign underway at #freetheban. Follow it here, and add your voice.

[HT: Daena]

Pro-life blog buzz 3-6-15

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning draws attention to the real war on women, which is happening on a global scale – from Boko Haram to gendercide:

    Perhaps, unfortunately, we have gotten used to the fact that girls are going missing in huge numbers all around the world. Because the real war on women begins in the womb.

    In India alone, one million girls are intentionally aborted each year because of their gender…. As a result, 50 million girls are missing in India today.

    The lack of women has caused a drastic rise in sex trafficking and kidnapping of girls as brides to unwed men….

    It would be flawed, however, to dismiss gendercide as an Asian or communist countries’ problem. From 1995-2005, fifteen hundred girls went missing among Indian communities in England and Wales. Topic experts agree that sex-selective abortions was the only viable explanation for this steep decline of girls….

    And the issue persists today. It’s no wonder women and girls are kidnapped and attacked at alarming rates globally.

  • Dr. Michael New gives kudos to New York Times pro-choice columnist Linda Greenhouse for her “surprisingly fair tribute” to Dr. John C. Willke, a pro-life pioneer.

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  • Live Action News features the story of Ellis Rodriguez, born after her father passed away from cancer at age 35. The joy of Ellis’ birth quickly turned to tragedy, however, as she developed bacterial meningitis and was deemed by doctors to be “incompatible with life.” As Ellis’ mother Sarah removed her from the ventilator and rocked her while saying her goodbyes, Ellis started breathing on her own. She also shows no signs of the profound brain damage she was expected to have. Read more about Sarah, her late husband Joel, Ellis and Ellis’ big brother, Milo, here.
  • Father Frank Pavone uses Scripture to show that in God’s eyes, the preborn child is just as valuable as his mother.
  • Culture Campaign discusses yet another potential pro-life ethical dilemma – that of implanting aborted human fetal tissue into animals to grow organs for human transplant:

    As the technology has advanced, researchers have begun developing a technique that could get more kidneys to people who need transplants. But the method is controversial: It is now feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could be transplanted into a person, the researchers said, although much more research is needed to determine whether this could be done.

  • Big Blue Wave examines the complaints of a Huffington Post writer who feels she is mistreated because of her desire to remain child-free. But BBW wonders if it is the reasoning behind the decision to remain child-free that is the real issue:

    Is it perhaps that childfree people often admit to selfish tendencies, aren’t embarrassed about them, and then declare that we’re supposed to not judge them for not wanting children based on their own admission of selfishness?

    Do you think that might have something to do with it? Or maybe their own admitted disdain for a certain demographic of humanity?

    Imagine if she had said that she didn’t like blacks or gays and didn’t want to interact with them, especially after having admitted not having interacted with them.

    She would have zero credibility among progressives. But because it’s about children, that’s okay.

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  • Students for Life reports that during yesterday’s Pro-Life Chalk Day, in which pro-lifers are encouraged to share pro-life messages with sidewalk chalk, some pro-“choice” women – naturally, in the true spirit of freedom of choice – decided that free pro-life speech must be stamped out. They vandalized a display created by Mizzou Students for Life and then bragged about it on Twitter (click to enlarge image):

    Around 8am this morning, one of our members discovered that many of the messages had been destroyed. Later in the morning we were mentioned on Twitter by @MissJuBooty who said “Women deserve better than being told how to make decisions with their own body as they walk home” (mocking one of our quotes “Women deserve better than abortion”)….

    What strikes me the most is that they even destroyed the messages with the local pregnancy help clinic number. Several of these were accompanied with the words “You have options”. If they truly cared about women and true choice, they would allow as many people as possible to see that number and hopefully call it to receive guidance on their options- which means more than just an abortion referral from Planned Parenthood.

BREAKING: Pro-lifers announce sit-in at Speaker Boehner’s office to #FreeTheBan

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On March 25 it will have been just over TWO MONTHS since Republican House leaders reneged on their promise to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on January 22, when hundreds of thousands were participating in the March for Life.

If GOP leaders thought we might forget, they were mistaken. More than enough time has passed for them to right their wrong.

Today, I joined pro-life activists Rev. Pat Mahoney and Troy Newman in announcing a peaceful protest and sit-in at Speaker John Boehner’s office on March 25 at 11 a.m.

11047060_10206487690176768_1543167714_n (1)On that day there will be a pro-life social media effort called #FreeTheBan to compel GOP House leaders to pass this measure, which has overwhelming support among the American people across all demographics, as shown in this HuffPo poll.

Republican House leaders were roundly criticized for ineptly pulling the ban, such as in the Washington Post. 

Politico predicted re-election troubles ahead for those who blocked the ban, including Reps. Renee Ellmers, Jackie Walorski, and Charlie Dent. Even bill co-sponsor Marsha Blackburn has been identified as a potential culprit.

All pro-life activists in the Washington, D.C., area are urged to attend this important event. Those who do not wish to risk arrest are encouraged to offer support by their presence and prayers.

Sign up to join the event and show your support at our Facebook event page, where you can also learn more and get questions answered.

Pro-lifers not in the D.C. area are asked to plan to set aside time that day to cause a stir on Facebook and Twitter.

Read more at this Christian Examiner piece.

Pro-lifers are saying ENOUGH ALREADY. Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

Read my previous posts on the topic:

“GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown – of more than just the GOP”

“It has been two weeks since GOP leaders torpedoed the 20-week abortion ban, and I’m madder than ever”

Stanek wkend Q: So what if “I aborted my baby because it was a boy” story was a hoax?

shes_just_not_that_into_youThis week a horrific story was posted at injusticestories.com by “Lana,” who claimed she aborted her late-term baby after discovering he was a boy, because she has serious issues with men:

“It’s a boy”

“What?” I managed to sputter…. I started crying, weeping at the thought of what I was about to curse the world with….

By the third day, I started regaining some of my mental strength and knew what I had to do. I couldn’t bring another monster into the world. We already have enough enemies as it is….

A few days later, I went in for the procedure, as it was fairly later in my pregnancy, I was aware there were certain risks, but it went off without a hitch. My body’s betrayal was no more, I was free…. I felt strong. I had done something positive, something that would actually make a difference, something good….

Now, as ghastly as tha story may sound to the world – which has roundly castigated Lana in the comments section – it should give abortion supporters no qualms, because, as RH Reality Check editor Jodi Jacobson says:

But strangely, some pro-choicers are trying to distance themselves from Lana’s story. The pro-abortion website Jezebel dedicated an entire article to mock it:

A very, very fake story about a feminist who aborted a male fetus out of principle has been circulating wildly this week, even though it’s absurd and even after Snopes looked into it and determined it “probably false.”

Why would Lana’s story even attract the attention of Snopes – other than to protect the reputation of pro-choice world?

At any rate, as Jacobson says, aborting mothers need make no excuses for reasons why they abort, so abortion supporters should have no problem standing by Lana, right?

The one Super Bowl ad NARAL didn’t have an opinion on

54cec682e7bcf2ae15394ce6_super-bowl-nationwide-ad-dead-kidBeing from Chicago, I had no vested interest in last night’s Super Bowl, other than to care about the score at the end of each quarter in hopes my husband might win a chunk of his office pool (which he did!).

So I amused myself by watching the ads and reading Twitter critiques about them by the feminist pro-abortion crowd.

I thought the Nationwide ad was serious but worthwhile, although it was quickly and summarily excoriated by the rest of the world as possibly “the worst Super Bowl ad ever,” which “sucked the mood out of the game and was generally crappy.”

I didn’t see the ad that way. I saw it as as an important reminder to parents, although I do see how families who have lost children in home accidents could have been traumatized.

Here’s the ad, in case you don’t know what I’m talking about….

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Perhaps I wasn’t shocked because a dominant pro-life theme in our videos and films is children who never had a future because they were aborted.

In fact, abortion is the first thing I thought of when I saw the Nationwide ad. The word “abortion” could have easily been substituted in the ad’s climax line, “I couldn’t grow up, because I died from an accident,” without the rest of the ad needing any changes whatsoever.

And I’m pretty sure the pro-abortion crowd had the same thought. At least circumstantial evidence would indicate that. Because of all the ads NARAL and other abortion advocates I follow on Twitter had an opinion on, they didn’t have an opinion on that ad. My guess is they knew the ad hit too close to home, and they knew daring to comment on it would draw pro-life blowback.

NARAL’s plan for the big game night was indeed to critique ads…

So here a small sampling of ads NARAL didn’t like:

In all, NARAL tweeted on about 25 ads, some observations positive, to be fair, all centered on liberal feminist ideology.

NARAL may have had nothing to say about Nationwide’s accident ad. But we know it was paying attention, because it loved Nationwide’s other ad, tweeting twice about it…

Here was that ad, in case you’re interested…

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I have a sixth sense about these things. I see dead aborted people in a lot of life’s scenarios, such as the Nationwide accident ad.

I think NARAL and the abortion lobby do, too.

But in their case, the death of children is no accident.