Opinion

Human traffickers prey on the vulnerable; Planned Parenthood helps them do it

Former left-wing talk radio star Jian Ghomeshi spent much of his airtime attacking sexism and violence against women. According to female subordinates, he spent much of his off-airtime attacking them with gropes, degrading comments and threats of violence.

Obviously, Mr. Ghomeshi wasn’t the first to accuse others of the very things he’s allegedly guilty of. That happens a lot in the abortion debate, too, which is why you tend to see stuff like this:

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Debunking NARAL’s lies about crisis pregnancy centers: Part one

As you’re reading this, somewhere another helping hand is being extended to another pregnant woman. Somewhere she’s discovering that she has more options than she feared. Somewhere, her initial temptation to abort her baby is being reconsidered, and rejected.

And NARAL can’t stand it.

While most pro-aborts hate crisis pregnancy centers for giving women an alternative path and demonstrating the culture of life’s true spirit (plus putting a dent in Big Choice’s bottom line), the National Abortion Rights Action League’s CPC derangement syndrome is in a class by itself. In their ongoing smear campaign against CPCs, NARAL has stooped to censorshipfraudulent Yelp reviews, and cheap knock-offs of Live Action’s abortion industry exposés that purport to catch CPCs in similar acts of deceit.

Their latest effort: a nationwide report entitled, creatively enough, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie: The Insidious Threat to Reproductive Freedom.” Is the three-thousandth time the charm?  Continue reading

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How to save preborn lives while sitting at your computer

Want to save lives from where you are sitting right now? You can!

A few years ago, a post asking for help on a pro-life Facebook group caught my eye. A young girl considering abortion was seeking advice on Yahoo! Answers, and the person on Facebook wanted pro-lifers to respond. For those of you unfamiliar with Yahoo! Answers, the website allows users to ask questions and receive answers from other individuals online. Multiple people from the group responded and encouraged the woman to keep her baby. The effort paid off, and the girl chose life for her preborn child.

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Puppies shouldn’t be dying in mills. Neither should human beings.

Puppies are adorable. Where a lot of them come from isn’t.

Dogs often begin their lives at “puppy mills,” places where animals are bred continuously in squalid, inhumane facilities. They’re routinely kept in cramped cages and sometimes get left to starve when they’ve outlived their usefulness.

Dog breeders are regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act, but those regulations are minimal–when they’re enforced at all. A 2010 audit of the USDA’s inspection and enforcement practices identified serious flaws in the way the department operated. They included failing to take action against problem breeders, even when a pattern of violations had been identified.

While some states are working to crack down on the problem, others aren’t so proactive. Many, like Delaware, leave dog breeders largely unmonitored. Granted, a puppy mill isn’t the only place where you might see filthy, unsafe conditions; Delaware’s abortion clinics can look that way, too.

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When abortion doesn’t celebrate diversity

Sometimes the “right to choose” is exercised in ways that make abortion champions queasy. The reality of aborting baby girls specifically for being female, abortion’s disproportionate black death toll, and the possibility of eradicating gays in utero present unique challenges to liberals because they pit one of their most cherished practices against groups they fancy themselves uniquely sensitive to. And now that “choice” has targeted another minority, pro-abortion activists are struggling to have it both ways.

At RH Reality Check, intersex-awareness activist Claudia Astorino confesses that she’s “disturbed” by the prospect of prenatally screening for the chromosomal abnormalities that cause issues such as mismatched genetic sexuality and external genitals, and realizes that abortion is a way “to prevent people who don’t clearly fall into male or female categories from existing, because the fact that this happens makes people uncomfortable.” Continue reading

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Reclaiming our generation

I know the United States has a lot of freedoms other countries don’t. I know I’m extremely blessed and fortunate to be an American, because I’m able to speak my mind freely without fear of being punished or killed, and I’m able to practice my religion without being violently persecuted, among many other freedoms. I don’t want to slight that.

But despite all the freedoms America offers us, I was not born into a free country. In 1995, the year I was born, Roe v. Wade was celebrating twenty two years of legalized abortion. In Minnesota, my home state, abortion was and is legal throughout all three trimesters of a pregnancy. For the first nine months of my life, I had no recognized rights. In the eyes of the law, I was disposable, my life precariously depending on the whims and desires of my mother.

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Trafficking victims deserve justice, not death

You might think that slavery is a thing of the past. It’s not.

Around the globe, vulnerable people are being forced into captivity. Often associated with developing countries, human trafficking happens in America too. That’s why Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act–legislation to increase the penalties for traffickers and provide help to their victims. The move initially had broad bipartisan support, but that changed last week when Planned Parenthood and their friends on Capitol Hill came out against it.

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The problem with prenatal blood tests

Three years ago, my life was changed forever. My son, Wyatt, was diagnosed with Down syndrome after I underwent an amniocentesis. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve experienced, but after the normal period of grieving and adjustment, I was able to accept the diagnosis. I never imagined I would be here again.

My husband and I are expecting our fourth child, a little girl named Clara, in July. Having had one child with Down syndrome, I am at higher risk for having another, which means I’ll be monitored closely throughout the pregnancy. Because my nuchal translucency screening came back negative, I chose to forgo another amnio. This time, I got one of the new prenatal blood tests instead. I knew they were not as reliable as they advertise, but I reasoned that if it came back positive, I would get an amnio again to confirm it. And besides, I had a child with Down syndrome. I knew what to expect this time. I wasn’t worried about having another baby with Down syndrome — if she had it, then no big deal. So I got the Progenity blood screen, and went along my merry way.

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Not ready to raise your baby? Here’s a few hundred people who are.

One of the great things about moving to a small town is that people start to recognize you. One of the not so great things? People start to recognize you. That becomes pretty clear when you’re standing in line at Walgreen’s holding a pregnancy test kit. It gets even more obvious when you remember that you’ve recently talked to the cashier about your awesome girlfriend…who lives three time zones away. Now, you may think that if you just explain how you’re buying the kit for a platonic friend who’s too anxious to come in herself, it’ll make things less awkward. It won’t.

Naturally, the difficulty of this experience doesn’t compare with actually taking a pregnancy test, particularly if you really don’t feel like you’re ready to be a mom. And, if it comes back positive, then there’s a couple things that you might start hearing. The first is a reminder about how it’s “really hard” being a single parent (as if you didn’t already know that). The second involves an attempt to dehumanize your baby by referring to her or him as “it,” often through questions like, “So what are you going to do about it?” This can persist even after your child has developed eyes, legs, fingerprints and, according to some research, an ability to feel pain. By that point, the effort somehow comes off as both impressive and pathetic at the same time.

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Extreme abortion supporter tries to run over pro-life sidewalk counselors in North Carolina

The pro-abortion talking point is often that pro-lifers are violent terrorists who pose a dangerous threat to abortion clinics, the people who work there, and the women who go there to have their babies aborted. Outside of a very small number of incidents, though, this has been a false narrative used to discredit the pro-life movement.

The pro-life movement has strongly condemned those acts of violence. But what about acts of violence against pro-lifers? The pro-abortion movement is silent about that, yet it happens with appalling frequency. The latest example comes from North Carolina, where a pro-abortion extremist, Lacey Deese, was arrested for trying to run over pro-lifers outside of an abortion clinic.

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Amanda Marcotte condemns predatory men…. And supports the policies that help them

Eight years ago, Time magazine described Amanda Marcotte as “an outspoken voice of the left.” Since then, the blogger has built a reputation as someone who’s always ready to condemn misogynists and scoundrels. Well, unless she happens to have worked for them, of course.

In 2007, Marcotte took a job on John Edwards’ presidential campaign. The former North Carolina senator would later admit to having an extramarital affair while his wife was stricken with cancer–exactly the sort of behavior that you’d expect to earn a barrage of feminist fury.

Or not. The bulk of Ms. Marcotte’s ire wasn’t directed towards the way that her old boss had betrayed a vulnerable woman. No, what really upset her was the fact that federal prosecutors decided to indict Edwards after he was accused of sending campaign funds to his mistress.

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