In the name of ending the “stigma” about abortion, the president of Planned Parenthood says aborting her baby “wasn’t a difficult decision.” In a story written for Elle, Cecile Richards says abortion isn’t an issue that should be stigmatized, and sometimes it’s what’s “right” for people.
“I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision. Before becoming president of Planned Parenthood eight years ago, I hadn’t really talked about it beyond family and close friends. But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me—and millions of other women around the country.”
Richards joins the chorus of pro-abortion voices who are straying from calling abortion a difficult but needed choice to boldly praising the act of killing. But Richards says abortion should never have been an “issue” in the first place.
A pro-life woman whose unborn baby girl died in the womb shared her experience on her blog. The loss of her daughter, whom she and her husband named Olivia Amy, led her to reflect on the lives abortion takes every year.
Lisa and Bill were expecting their fifth child, and the couple was eagerly awaiting the baby’s birth.
Just like with my other pregnancies, we spent time wondering if this child was a boy or a girl; deciding on names; dreaming what he or she would look like and so on. Reading over the fetal development pamphlets was amazing; we got to “watch” our baby change and grow daily.
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis seems to have realized that her pro-abortion platform has failed to capture the attention of Texans and she’s stooped to a new low in her desperation to win. She has spent much of her time rushing ridiculous attacks at her opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Because Abbott has a squeaky clean record (unlike Davis), Wendy has stooped to attacking him for being disabled. Watch her new ad here:
What does desperation look like? Well, if you’re NARAL Pro-Choice America, it looks like this:
Polls show that a number of pro-life candidates have a good shot at winning this November, and that includes aspiring North Carolina senator Thom Tillis. Tillis has been endorsed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List in his race against the Democratic incumbent, Kay Hagan. In response, NARAL compared pro-lifers to sexual predators in a new ad featuring the image above. I suppose it’s not surprising that a pro-abortion group would take this approach. After all, most people feel comfortable talking about what they know. When it comes to helping sexual predators, NARAL’s friends at Planned Parenthood know plenty.
Pro-choice feminists find themselves in a quandary when they are faced with sex–selection abortions, especially when, as is usually the case, they are performed because the baby is a girl.
Sadly, most feminists have chosen to overlook this obvious misogyny and support such abortions. They argue that a woman has the right to abort her child even if she is doing so solely to prevent another prenatal “woman” from being born. This seems like a blindingly obvious case of discrimination against women, but pro-choicers tend to support these abortions based on “women’s rights.”
In addition to being an abortionist, Lisa Harris is also a mother. In a startling account, Harris matter-of-factly recalls an abortion she committed on a baby who was about 18 weeks gestation — exactly the same age as the pre-born child she was carrying in her own womb. The story comes from a 2008 piece she published in the journal, Reproductive Health Matters:
As I reviewed her chart I realized that I was more interested than usual in seeing the fetal parts when I was done, since they would so closely resemble those of my own fetus. I went about doing the procedure as usual, removed the laminaria I had placed earlier and confirmed I had adequate dilation.
In our first installment of the Choicespeak-to-English Dictionary, we took a look at various scientific facts the abortion movement tries to hide and twist by mis-defining terminology. Today we move on to the realm of moral and philosophical language, which, as less technical and empirical spheres than science, are particularly vulnerable to rhetorical manipulation. That’s where we come in. Continue reading →
Abortion is being touted as the greater good, deeply moral, and even lifesaving in a new book, which writer Sady Doyle hails in an article this week. Usually even those who proclaim “women’s rights” as the cause for abortion advocacy have the decency to acknowledge it’s not ideal to abort, but this article says that’s all bunk and that abortion is “great.”
In fact, as Doyle reviews the book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, by Katha Pollitt, she highlights points that are astounding to hear, even by pro-abortion extremists.
The Attorney General of Virginia recently released an opinion sure to delight rapists, sex traffickers, and pedophiles all over the state, freeing them to do more of their deeds without fear of being known. No longer do medical personnel–which includes abortion clinics–need to report suspected rape when a teenage girl is found to have an abortion. According to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), those reporting laws only apply if someone thinks a parent or guardian raped a girl.
Once again, some clergy are hanging out with Planned Parenthood, united for a cause that surely opposes God’s cause for life.
Held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church (PC-USA, a supporter of abortion) in Memphis , TN, the event opposing the upcoming ballot Amendment 1, a pro-life amendment, was attended by varying clergy who argue that women should have the choice to kill.
“Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:
“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”
Did you know that the Virgin Mary, who is honored as the Blessed Mother in Catholic tradition, was the first pro-choice activist? No? Well, apparently she was the first person to embrace the ethic of “Choice”- according to Sister Donna Quinn, a pro-choice Catholic nun.
Last week in Clark County (Las Vegas), NV, the local school board meeting was flooded with parents, furious about sex education proposals in the Clark County School District (CCSD). While the superintendent denies that Kindergartners would be taught about masturbation, as the media has reported, he does not deny that discussion is happening to change the sex education curriculum, and that the source of those proposed changes is a document which does call for children to learn about masturbation at a young age—as well as abortion.
The proposed curriculum is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, known from Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). These guidelines were developed by a task force that included members from Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association, and American Medical Association. Planned Parenthood had the most members of any organization on the original task force at three and was also a part of the latest update panel.
This document is a framework for sex education curriculum from Kindergarten to grade 12, and it contains some disturbing aspects about abortion.
In the pro-life movement, we work to help each other recognize the value of all human life. Unfortunately, many people tend to correlate a person’s abilities with their value. Individuals who don’t have a “normal” set of abilities are often judged as less worthy of a full life.
This outlook leads to the termination of babies who receive a difficult prenatal diagnosis while they’re growing in their mothers’ wombs. It has also led to an increase in euthanasia and assisted suicide. The correlation between human value and ability is often referred to as “quality of life,” suggesting that a person’s value can be quantified based on how capable he is of leading a life that he or others consider to be normal.
Spend any time talking to defenders of abortion, and pretty soon you’ll notice that more than a few words seem to suddenly change meanings. No, you’re not going crazy; pro-aborts simply find that some … creative …tweaking of the English language is necessary to make their logic work.
Fortunately, we’re here to help. Armed with this guide to Team Abortion’s most common linguistic fictions, you can spend less of your next rhetorical excursion deciphering sophistry, and more time dismantling it. Here we focus on redefinitions surrounding the debate’s basic medical facts; Part 2 will set them straight on ethical terminology. Continue reading →
According to Cummings, abortion already is illegal in the U.S., in practice. She tells the story of Jennifer Whalen, a mother who purchased abortion pills online for her 16-year-old daughter and was sentenced for breaking the law.
Cummings makes a number of flawed arguments, but one of the worst appears in her final paragraph:
It’s certainly no secret that some churches support the choice to abort. While it’s counter-intuitive to the Christian faith, which began with Mary’s surprise pregnancy, it’s a reality in 2014 that many who identify as Christian also identify as pro-choice.
Despite this troubling truth, it’s still disconcerting when a minister of the gospel speaks out and makes a statement welcoming a new abortion facility to his region the same way one might welcome a new business offering jobs to a troubled economy. However, that’s what’s happening in New Orleans where an Episcopal priest wrote this week to express his disappointment that Christians are protesting a “needed” Planned Parenthood clinic.
These days the in thing for abortion advocates seems to be defending abortion at all costs. We recently told you of the disgraceful editorial in the Des Moines Register which defended a mom endangering her daughter by illegally performing a medical abortion on her.
It seems to be happening more and more frequently that in my research I uncover quotes from pro-choice leaders that are completely astonishing. For example, pro-life writer George Grant quoted Molly Yard, then president of the pro-abortion group the National Organization for Women, explaining how important it was for women to have access to the abortion pill.
The abortion pill, then called RU-486, had not yet been approved in the United States and pro-choicers were pressuring the FDA to approve its use for American women. A number of pro-lifers have written about how the FDA may have rushed the approval of the abortion pill for political reasons; pro-choicers dispute this. But in the words of Molly Yard, the abortion pill is:
“…[Perhaps even] the most significant medical advance in human history and the symbol of a brighter future for women everywhere.”
After many years of immersion in the pro-life world, I believe myself to be rather unshockable. I’ve heard stories that would make you lose your lunch, that would give you nightmares for a week. But this week, my sense of abortion shock was renewed with Alex Ronan’s piece in New York Magazine,“My Year As an Abortion Doula.”
Until recently we simply thought of them as labor coaches. Doulas were the compassionate people helping a woman through childbirth, caring for them so women could be more relaxed in the labor process. Until recently no one thought of a doula as a kill coach. That is, until the term “abortion doula” began rearing its paradoxical head.
As both an active member of the pro-life movement and a law student, I am frequently confronted with the fact that the vast majority of activists on both sides of the abortion debate have many misconceptions about what Roe v. Wade actually says about the legality of abortion. Most of this arises from the fact that they have not read the case themselves, or if they did read it, they were unable to understand it due to a lack of legal training. My goal is to attempt to clear up four of the most common myths surrounding Roe v. Wade, and the legal state of abortion in general, so that our conversations about the issue will be more informed going forward.