He sat across from us at dinner, wiping his eyes just a bit. The tears seemed to come easily, when they were least expected – except, by now, he’d come to expect them. When it came to his son, he was going to get emotional.
He’d just opened a little gift we’d brought for his son who was yet to be born: football jammies with the abbreviation “MVP” on the left chest. The new dad, my husband’s good friend, beamed with pride, and it was obvious that whether his little boy ever played a day of football in his life or not, he was always going to be his dad’s MVP.
Before we dug into our plates of delicious Mexican food, he showed us a video of his son’s first ultrasound. A tiny little gummy bear, with a very round belly, kicking and swinging for all he was worth. Even at the size of mere bean, this little boy wasn’t going to let anyone miss the truth of his humanity.
In an article for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a well-known Canadian bioethicist, Udo Schuklenk, argues that aborting a child after birth is moral.
Naturally, Schuklenk draws his own arbitrary lines as to when after-birth abortion is moral. He says that when a baby’s life contains “overwhelming pain and suffering,” it would be a moral choice. Schuklenk thinks that even future overwhelming pain and suffering should be considered, not just what a baby might currently be dealing with.
And in a horrifying pro-choice statement, Schuklenk writes:
The parents should be able to freely decide on what would amount to postnatal abortion.
While some contest the findings, University of Utah neurobiologist Maureen Condic argues that “there is sufficient uncertainty to warrant giving the fetus the benefit of the doubt.”
Ms. Hogue doesn’t agree, sending out an e-mail to complain how “the 20-week abortion ban has already passed the House of Representatives, and with only 37 pro-choice votes left in the U.S. Senate, there’s no guarantee we can stop it there.”
Last January, I was traveling on business, staying in a little hotel in a college town. I like to think I’m usually more aware of my surroundings, but it was so snowy and windy that I wouldn’t have heard his footsteps even if he had he been stomping. It happened so fast. I got the door open, turned around to close it, and he was there – a huge man. My first instinct wasn’t fear, just confusion. In an instant, he punched me in the face. I don’t remember being dragged from the room, but I was found in the stairwell. I don’t know why – maybe I was trying to go for help.
The Virginia Health Department has voted to make it easier for abortion businesses to remain open, even if they cannot meet basic health standards outlined in a previous law.
This is certainly devastating news, and not just to pro-lifers in the Commonwealth, or the unborn babies they’re trying to protect. It will also make for more dangerous conditions for women seeking an abortion in Virginia.
As tragic as such ramifications from the vote may be, the results are hardly surprising. That’s because this was a pet project of pro-abortion Governor Terry McAuliffe, back when he was pro-abortion gubernatorialcandidate Terry McAuliffe.
Identified only as “Jackie,” the woman said she was lured to a party before being slammed through a table, punched, and then raped for three hours by seven men–one of whom penetrated her with a beer bottle. Jackie claimed that after the ordeal was over, she was advised to stay quiet about it.
The report generated an uproar, with protests on campus and vandals damaging Phi Kappa Psi’s building. The story is certainly horrifying, but Rolling Stone did leave out one detail:
The United Nations Population Fund recently put out a report on children and adolescents. Part of it deals with abortion laws and how they affect minors, stating, “Adolescents who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy and want to terminate it may be more likely to resort to unsafe abortion knowing that they have to get the permission of their parents or guardian to get a legal abortion.” So in other words, the only way to protect vulnerable youth… is to help them kill vulnerable youth.
I’ve done some traveling, and it’s taught me to appreciate cultural variety. It’s also taught me something about airline seating arrangements: they’re pretty much a roll of the dice.
If you’re lucky, you end up with a sweet older lady who shows you pictures of her grandkids and then takes a nap. If not, you get stuck next to that guy who won’t stop rambling about how 9/11 was “an inside job.” Your first instinct might be to argue against this nonsense, but that’s a risky proposition. While there are plenty of environments where it’s safe to throw around words like “terrorist” and “Al-Qaeda,” a crowded passenger jet probably isn’t one of them.
An airliner isn’t the only place where challenging bad ideas can bring negative consequences–it happens on college campuses too. At many institutions, pro-lifers face verbal harassment, violence, and, at the University of Victoria, soiled cat litter.
Annually, TIME hosts a “word banishment poll” in which the magazine asks its readers to vote on a word that should be trashed.
So, as we near the end of 2014, write in the comments below to let us know which pro-abortion phrase you think is most ridiculous or better yet, a blatant lie. For my part, it’s going to be hard to choose, pun intended.
1) “Termination” of Pregnancy
Since pregnancy is also “terminated” (or “ended”) through birth, this is a deceptive way to describe abortion. Truthfully, abortion is a violent, cruel termination that often involves the sucking of fetal spines and the pulling apart of fetal bodies, limb by limb. Seems that honesty would require a more accurate description.
As we celebrate all we have to be grateful for this week, women need to take a step back. With all the talk of a “War on Women,” the constant emphasis on women’s rights, and the rampant spouting off about feminism, we seem to have thrown good men under the bus.
Yes, there are horrible jerks out there; it’s true. (Though it’s true to a much higher degree in places where women are really oppressed – like under Sharia law, for instance.) We could go on and even wax eloquent about all the guys who fail their wives and children, all the men who shirk responsibility, and all the guys who force women to have abortions or who pay for them.
For nearly five decades, John Wayne played western heroes on the silver screen. In reality, the Duke probably wouldn’t have lasted fifty years out on the range: 19th Century American men usually died in their 30s and 40s. Disease was the biggest killer, but violence cut lives short too. And, as Canada’s Cypress Hills and Frog Lake massacres proved, homicide wasn’t an exclusively American problem.
The North-West Mounted Police were formed in 1873 to impose order on the Canadian frontier. Known today as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their red dress uniform is recognized as a national symbol. Yet despite Canada’s history of venerating authority, there is one area in which the country is essentially lawless.
When it comes to abortion, Canada has few rules. It has no legal gestational limits and no laws requiring parental consent either. Gary Cross would’ve liked that situation: the California sex-offender impregnated his 13 year-old victim and then covered it up with a late-term abortion. As a result, the abuse continued unreported.
Blake Seitz, a student of the University of Georgia and editor-at-large of The Arch Conservative broke the news of a university funded group on his campus, SHAG (Sexual Health Advocacy Group), taking a field trip to Planned Parenthood, a sex shop, and a cross-dressing organization.
While neither SHAG nor the group’s faculty adviser responded to repeated requests for comments about the excursion, the vice president for public affairs at the university responded by e-mail:
Thomas Jackson Jr., vice president for public affairs at UGA, told The College Fix the trip held academic value.
“As future health educators and counselors, they study and learn about a wide range of matters so as to gain accurate information and learn best practices in providing health education and counseling to the public,” Jackson said by email. “The visit to Planned Parenthood and an adult store was chosen by the students so that they might get an understanding of the types of issues with which they’ll be working as future health educators and counselors.”
Regardless as to if such a visit “was chosen by the students…” it does not merit any claims of having “academic value.” That is unless “academic value” now can refer to spending three hours hearing from an organization which promotes and performs abortions.
Margaret Atwood is a prodigious storyteller. Since publishing The Edible Woman over four decades ago, the prize-winning Canadian author has received widespread acclaim. But while some of her books have been best-sellers, the truth is that you don’t need to buy one of them to see Atwood spin a fictional yarn. Instead, just watch her recent interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose.
In 1985, Atwood came out with The Handmaiden’s Tale, the story of a dystopian future where women live as second class citizens. When Rose asked her why the book remains popular, Atwood said it was due in part to “the various states in the United States who’ve enacted some quite strange legislation having to do with pregnant women.” Pressed for details, the writer asserted that “if you are pregnant and you are even suspected of possibly not wanting your baby you can be arrested and chained up to your hospital bed until you have the baby. Tennessee has just enacted legislation like that. Texas has got it. A number of them have it. And it’s all right-to-life stuff.”
Earlier, I talked about having watched the 2008 blockbuster Tropic Thunder. Although I was unimpressed with the way it treated people with disabilities, I did think that the movie offered an important lesson for pro-lifers.
The plot revolves around some actors who are filming a movie set during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately for them, real combat ensues when the stars run across a gang of heavily armed drug traffickers. The actors are taken prisoner but manage to turn the tables on their captors, leading one of the characters to triumphantly declare that “we’re running this program now!” It’s at this point that another actor takes the initiative to immediately charge off…and look for drugs, thus jeopardizing their chances of escape.
You’d think women would be sick of it by now, but day after day, liberals try to remind everyone – in a passive-aggressive sort of way – that they own women.
Strong words, I know.
And yet, what else does it say when liberals cry on political ad after political ad that there is a war being waged on women in the U.S.? And that this war consists of little more than a partial lack of completely free birth control? Oh yes…and of those who would like to stop mothers from hiring doctors to kill their unborn babies.
Liberals attempt to whip women into a frenzy over these non-issues to buy their votes. (We see how well that worked this year’s midterm elections.) They proclaim from the rooftops that women are “owed” free birth control as if it’s the birthright of all women everywhere. They blatantly lie about pro-lifers, claiming that we don’t see women as whole, equal, and unique people.
Last month, 29-year-old cancer patient Brittany Maynard ignited the debate on assisted suicide when she vowed to kill herself on November 1, a promise that she went through with by committing suicide just days after her husband’s birthday as planned. Before killing herself, though, Maynard chose to advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide, allying herself with Compassion & Choices (formerly known as the Hemlock Society).
Are you grateful to Hollywood? It sounds like you should be. According to anthropologist Grant McCracken, Hollywood has blessed us with “an accomplishment of some real significance.” In fact, McCracken insists that Hollywood and the public school system are “the most effective players” when it comes to battling “entrenched hostility, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and xenophobia.” To benefit from some of this valuable moral guidance (and because it was raining), I decided to watch the 2008 Hollywood blockbuster Tropic Thunder.
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Ben Stiller, and Jack Black, the film’s content does seem to suggest that Hollywood is no longer a fan of racial animus, hatred of Jews, dislike for gays, or mistrust towards xenomorphs. Mocking people with developmental challenges? Oh no, apparently they’re still fair game. The movie includes an ostensibly humorous scene in which an actor is criticized for having gone “full retard” in his portrayal of a disabled individual. The character is also referred to as a “moron,” “imbecile,” stupid ass” and “the dumbest motherf–ker who ever lived.”
This year during 40 Days for Life a woman exited the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, Texas and stopped to talk to one of the sidewalk counselors praying outside the building. She was grief-stricken, having recently miscarried, and had come to the Planned Parenthood that day on the advice of her doctor, who recommended she remove the baby there. But then something happened inside the clinic that changed her mind about seeking treatment there.
She had been sitting in the clinic waiting room with others who were awaiting their abortion appointments when a woman nearby began sobbing. Mel comforted her, reassuring her that she didn’t have to go through with the abortion. Another woman in the waiting room overheard her words of hope and approached her, also crying.