President Abortion's anti-life activism has caused an unexpected backlash.
The 1st sign was the public's reaction to Obama's overturn of the Mexico City policy so as to provide taxpayer $$ to international abortion groups. This got him a 65% disapproval rating according to Gallup.
Then Politico.com reported a spike in pro-life recruitment and mobilization.
This week a Pew Poll showed the biggest drop in abortion support in 15 years - mostly from abortion-leaning Independents.
Translation: Obama is making abortion unpopular.
The public fights Obama is instigating about abortion through his staff-picks and policy decisions are having an impact....
Next will be the fight over David Souter's Supreme Court replacement.
But right now Notre Dame is where it's at. When ND President Fr. John Jenkins announced ND would honor Obama at its May 17 commencement, I'm sure he was braced for backlash. But no one could have anticipated the tsunami.
Read this convicting email from Gregg Cunningham, president of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. As I've previously reported, CBR is running an effective ground and air Obama Awareness Campaign. Someone asked him how much $$ he needs for the next 16 days:
... But $15K is a bare-bones budget which I could easily and usefully spend in the time remaining till graduation by simply increasing the number of hours we fly each day.
If I had even more money, I would bring in one or more additional planes. I would very much like to do that because the more hours we fly the more stress we cause the campus and community. The more stress we cause, the less likely it will be that Mr. Obama will end up on another Catholic campus any time soon.
Every time Catholic leaders venerate this mass murderer, they reinforce Obama's subliminal message that "you don't have to agree with me on abortion, as long as you agree with me that abortion is no big deal." That empowers him. It makes it easier for him to ram his agenda into law. It makes it easier for him to get re-elected and expand his loony-left majority in Congress.
Our very stressful presence at ND signals the left that if they want to make a pact with the devil, they will pay a price. Mr. Obama just announced he is putting FOCA on the back burner until "some of the anger" dies down. He is talking specifically about us.
The left scoffed at pro-life protesters at ND till we showed up. They scoff no longer.... Liberals think they should be able to get away with serial murder and we should just shut up and take it. They don't want to be criticized, but they really don't want to be forced to face the truth that abortion kills real babies and Obama is a real baby-killer. The pictures rain on their commencement parade. The pictures out the fact that everything isn't alright at ND. Now the pro-Obama students can't feel quite so good about abortion, Obama or themselves.
I could spend $30K here between now and graduation and still wish I had more. This is an extraordinary opportunity to pound the opposition. This is one of the few times when Mr. Obama's handlers have stupidly walked him into a political ambush, and I don't want to let them walk him back out. They have made the mistake of underestimating the pushback this invitation would trigger, and that makes them extremely vulnerable for the next 16 days.
We have paid for 3 more days of flying at 3 hours per day, but that merely covers graduation weekend. Keeping the pressure on between now and then will fray nerves exponentially with each passing day. That greatly magnifies the impact of those last 3 days. This is a classic psychological warfare operation, and the effect of the stress we are imposing is cumulative. If we ease up and let everyone recover, we greatly diminish the influence of those last 3 days of flying. This is such an extraordinary opportunity.... Don't you agree?
Yes, I do! Which brings me to this weekend's question:
The Stanek website receives between 4-6k unique visitors each day on weekends. If 4k people gave CBR $25, that would give CBR $100k. I know some people coming here are pro-abort, and some pro-lifers can't give. But you can see there is easy potential to meet a $15k goal and for us to pay to fly CBR's plane through commencement. I sent CBR a $100 check last week. Some of us can donate a little more. Please give something.
Mail checks to: CBR, PO Box 360503, Columbus, OH 43236
Donate online Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Midwest homepage and click the donate tab 4th line down on the right.
Donate online if possible. You'll get 'er done and not have to think about it again, and CBR will better know how much $ it has for this project.
Thanks in advance... :)
[Top photo courtesy of AFP; 2nd photo courtesy of ABC; bottom photo courtesy of CBR]
Good Morning Jill,
A great and very encouraging article. Rush predicted that Obama and the Democrats would overreach. How right he was.
It frequently happens when people have a little too much power and popularity.
I understand that Gallup, Pew, and Poitico. are not inclined to be sympathetic to conservatives or the PL cause, which speaks volumes.
My check is in the mail Jill. I do as little on-line donating as possible :)Posted by: Mary at May 2, 2009 11:23 AM
Done. donation made. Thanks again Jill for posting on ND scandal. This is a very important battle...Posted by: Jasper at May 2, 2009 11:32 AM
Is it just me, or is the "donate online here" link dead?Posted by: Fed Up at May 2, 2009 11:49 AM
The donation button didn't work for me either, Fed Up.Posted by: Lauren at May 2, 2009 11:58 AM
I tried to donate online and link is broken...please advise.Posted by: eileen smith at May 2, 2009 12:00 PM
I think this is fantastic. It will be an in your face event from the secular progressives. The problem they face now is they get in the face and Roesgen and other reporters start yelling and preaching and their cause backfires for another week when youtube clips show the MSM attacking free speech.
Attacking Miss California has given the extremists a lot of publicity as being nasty and intolerant.
I, also, cannot get to your online donate link...
All, thanks for attempting to donate! The link is fixed. Please try again.
Mary, thanks for the snail mail donation... :)Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 2, 2009 2:24 PM
I'm still getting an error, Jill.Posted by: Lauren at May 2, 2009 2:52 PM
Ok, I see what's happening. The donation page is timing out. Let me find a better link. Don't leave... :)Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 2, 2009 2:53 PM
Ok, try the new link. Thanks for your patience and diligence.Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 2, 2009 3:14 PM
I truly feel sorry that things have come to this that the students have to have their university buzzed like this! And a catholic university at that!
But I think Fr. Jenkins needs to understand the gravity of his decision and so do the students.Posted by: angel at May 2, 2009 3:20 PM
Jill, for some reason it stil isn't working. I'm using IE. Maybe that's the cause?Posted by: Lauren at May 2, 2009 4:43 PM
"Mr. Obama just announced he is putting FOCA on the back burner until "some of the anger" dies down. He is talking specifically about us."
So our anger is having an effect? Great. What should our response be? MORE ANGER. MORE RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION. MORE INTOLERANCE. THE KILLING STOPS NOW!
"This is one of the few times when Mr. Obama's handlers have stupidly walked him into a political ambush, and I don't want to let them walk him back out. They have made the mistake of underestimating the pushback this invitation would trigger, and that makes them extremely vulnerable for the next 16 days."
When was the last time Obama seemed vulnerable? He's been parading around, the darling of the MSM, committing our tax dollars to finance genocide! Gregg's right. Now is our chance to shine a 25000 watt spotlight on this horrible injustice and those who promote it which now exceeds the Holocaust 8 times over and counting!
Come on people, let's pour it on 'em! Let's use this imagery to stir righteous indignation in our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep with respect to the slaughter of the innocents.
I just used the link and it's working fine now. Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated, both now and in eternity.Posted by: Ed at May 2, 2009 4:52 PM
I'm glad to see the "pushback" happening so soon. I had hoped that it would eventually happen, but this is quicker than I thought it could. I still think we must hope that by letting "Obama be Obama" that the public at large will get sick of him and his radical baby killing views. That's the only hope this society has.Posted by: Doyle Chadwick at May 2, 2009 5:03 PM
Lauren@4:43PM, it doesn't work in Firefox or IE for me. I had to go to CBE's site and then click their "donate" link.Posted by: Fed Up at May 2, 2009 5:09 PM
Ed, I'm glad the link worked for you! But it timed out again when I checked it. I have tried one other link and I've also added the CBR home page link so people can find the donate tab there if the other link times out again.Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 2, 2009 5:10 PM
Ed and Doyle,
I think the "push back" started with the "tea parties". Now we have to hope the Republicans will grow a pair.Posted by: Mary at May 2, 2009 6:30 PM
Were you at a Tea Party, Mary?Posted by: carder at May 2, 2009 9:12 PM
Unfortunately no. I was working that day. I had missed one not far from my home about a month ago because I never heard anything about it. I would have only been too happy to go to that one.Posted by: Mary at May 2, 2009 9:14 PM
Speaking of tea parties, I was listening to Keith Odorman on MSNBC discussing the people at the tea parties. He noted there were few black people and that the tea party organizers should have had more black people where the cameras
could see them. This was certainly an oversight on their part.
Gee, I remember when this was called tokenism.
Do these people ever listen to themselves?
Uh Keith, race is not an issue to us like it is to you liberals. We see Americans, you see colors.Posted by: Mary at May 2, 2009 9:59 PM
Yeah, Keith, and how many black anchors do you see on the major news networks???Posted by: carder at May 2, 2009 10:10 PM
Made online donation, but the site was requesting a monthly payment instead of a one-time gift. Might have been my system, but was difficult to use. Finagled and got it done, however. Great project. Thanks for making us aware of it.Posted by: Katherine at May 3, 2009 12:05 AM
ND is Ground Zero in the Abortion War!!!!!
Thank you CBR!
If you have issues with one site, try www.abortionno.org
No problems earlier today giving a one time donation.
Hard to find a bigger bang for the buck this month folks!Posted by: Leslie Hanks at May 3, 2009 2:14 AM
Katherine, the link I have up there allows 1x donations. Thanks!Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 3, 2009 5:48 AM
After your monthly automatic donation to CBR, I have an extended car warranty for you to buy...Posted by: Bystander at May 3, 2009 11:30 AM
You're missing out Bystander.
You gotta get in the game. You don't know what you're missing.Posted by: Ed at May 3, 2009 8:05 PM
I'll be donating!Posted by: heather at May 4, 2009 12:49 PM