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Stanek weekend Q: How to respond to assertion abortion isn’t in the Bible?

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Rev. Harry Knox, CEO of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, recently posted an op ed at Talking Points Memo, using the Bible to support abortion as an act of compassion.

Ironically, the photo accompanying his piece included me, from a day earlier this year when pro-life activists conducted a prayerful sit-in at Speaker Boehner’s office, which resulted in arrest.

From Knox’s piece:

With the myriad ways that God was invoked on the House floor, one might reasonably assume that the Almighty had sent a gilded memorandum, replete with red letters to the Speaker of the House.

Let’s be very clear: The Bible says nothing about abortion. Anyone who tells you otherwise is offering you their inaccurate interpretation of scripture. But let me tell you what is in the Bible: compassion. Indeed, compassion and love of neighbor are common to many faith traditions.

We read in Zechariah that God proclaims: “Make just and faithful decisions; show kindness and compassion to each other.” Paul writes in Colossians that we ought to, “Put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” And in the Quran, compassion is the most frequently used word.

It’s simple: Our faith traditions call us to acts of justice and compassion. Yet that isn’t what anti-choice legislators are offering….

Women seek abortions for many different reasons. God trusts and empowers us to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families. It’s not our place to judge a woman’s personal decisions. God calls us to offer compassion, respect, and support so she can be at peace with whatever decision she makes. We believe this not in spite of our faith, but because of it.

How do you respond to Knox and others like him who say that since abortion isn’t specifically mentioned in the Bible as a sin, it is not only not a sin but a deed to be supported as an act of faith?

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.]

Stanek weekend Q: Do you agree “abortion-centered feminism is dying”?

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Quoting from US News & World Report, April 17:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the opening days of her presidential candidacy and in the veiled statements that preceded it, suggested her platform would focus at least in part on the economic issues that affect women – equal pay, paid family leave, minimum wage – which anti-abortion activists take to be a sign that they’ve already begun to gain the upper hand.

“Abortion-centered feminism is dying, if not dead,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser on Thursday, arguing that the 2014 election cycle proved that Democrats could not win by attacking Republicans for being anti-abortion.

Do you agree “abortion-centered feminism is dying, if not dead”?

Stanek wkend Q: What questions should media ask Democrats on abortion?

ddpb22320wee_002This week Senator Rand Paul turned a question by an AP reporter attempting to brand him as a pro-life extremist back on him by asking:

Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus?

You go back and go ask (Democrat National Committee head) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that’s just not born yet. Ask her when life begins, and ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me.

Indeed, this is but one of a thousand questions reporters could and should ask pro-abortion politicians about the radical extent of their abortion support.

For instance, how can they support the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure to the sickening point Michelle Obama used it as a fundraising tool?

And why does the media let abortion zealots get away with claiming fetal pain at 20 weeks is “disputed”, when surgeons routinely provide pain relief to preborn babies during prenatal surgery beginning at 18 weeks? At any rate, shouldn’t we err on the side of caution?

The list goes on and on.

What questions would you like to see reporters ask pro-abortion politicians?

[Photo of preborn baby at 20 weeks via familyeducation.com]

Stanek weekend Q: What should a “pro-choice display” include?

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University of Texas-Arlington pro-abortion students have tried shutting down the Pro-Life Mavericks’ cross display with both petitions and vandalism, but to no avail.

They’ve now decided if they can’t beat ’em, they’ll join ’em. From The Shorthorn, March 21:

The Society for Social Justice for Women and Families will join in on the conversation about pro-choice versus pro-life on Monday, society President Prashant Hariharan said.

“We wanted to voice the pro-choice view through statistics,” Hariharan said….

Jenny Nguyen, president of Students for a Democratic Society, said she stood out in the rain with some members Friday to protest the display with a petition to ask the Pro-Life Mavericks to seize any future antiabortion displays.

“It’s not that we’re against people saying what’s on their mind, it’s just we think there’s a better way to for them to do so,” English junior Cody Needham said….

The [pro-abortion] display will include posters with infographics and links to online resources that students can easily view as they pass by.

I always love how crosses drive abortion supporters to madness. The irony is too rich.

550a4f6c99541.imageThe pro-choice students will be using “statistics” and “infographics” to gather support. Anything to take the attention off the baby.

But an honest abortion supporter would hold a photo of a victim of abortion with the caption, “Choose This!”

What else would honest abortion supporters include in their displays?

[Top photo via Pro-Life Mavericks; bottom photo via theshorthorn.com]

 

Stanek weekend Q: What if it had been pro-life activists who mailed that “glitter bomb”?

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From JournalStar.com, March 5:

Lincoln police are investigating who sent a so-called glitter bomb letter to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s Lincoln office Wednesday.

The glitter was in a standard envelope sent to the office at 301 S. 13th St. and was “unleashed” when the envelope was opened about noon, Lincoln Police Sgt. Brian Agnew said.

The note, sent by the group Glitter Bombs for Choice, criticized Fortenberry’s stance on abortion and abortion rights.

“You’ve earned this for trying to deny women their right to choice,” the letter read. “Mind your own uterus.”

Fortenberry, a Republican who represents Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District, received the Nebraska Right to Life’s endorsement in 2014 and recently supported a House of Representatives effort to prohibit federal funding for abortions.

The letter had a fake name and was not sent from the return address on the envelope.

There were those headlines that credited “pro-choice activists” with the glitter bomb, but just as many omitted the ideology of the culprits, as indicated in the graphic above.

But imagine if it had been pro-life activists who glitter bombed a pro-abortion legislator.

How do you think that story would have played out in the media?

Stanek weekend Q: Thoughts on pregnancy tests in bars?

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Pro-abortion writer Robin Marty thinks there must be a “better way” to remind sexually active imbibing women of a sobering fact:

A new campaign to offer pregnancy tests in bar restrooms in Alaska has the same “facetious” issue, with a photo implying that drinking alcohol goes straight to the fetus in your belly. While fetal alcohol syndrome campaigns are laudable, and yay for free condoms at the bar to help with unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, surely we have to have a better way to get the message across?

To clarify, the state is offering free pregnancy tests, dispensed when pushing the button at the bottom of the poster. (Next to the poster are obligatory free condoms.)

Why would anyone have a problem with such a campaign advocating responsible drinking of the fetal kind? Could it be that these are not so subtle reminders that women may be drinking for two?

Your thoughts? Take the poll…

 

Stanek weekend Q: Should babies be banned from certain events?

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is said to want babies banned in the wake of being forced to sit next to crying baby North West at a runway show during New York’s Fashion Week last week:

A source told Radar Online, “Anna doesn’t think fashion shows are appropriate for very young children such as North West. The loud music, the lights from the show, along with flashes from all of the cameras, and of course all of the people, is just overwhelming to a toddler.”

What do you think? Should decisions such as where and when to bring one’s children to events be left up to parents or left to the discretion of organizers – which could extend beyond Fashion Week to weddings, parties, and even church services?