June 11, 2012
NYC Letter: The Inconvenience Of Moral Argument Redux
Day 1,234 of CHOPE
D-minus 222 Days
LEFT-WING CONFERENCE CHEERS ABORTION
By Guy Benson, Political Editor
June 11, 2012 (Townhall) - A familiar "pro-choice" trope is that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare". No one is pro-abortion, we're told, and it's insulting to suggest otherwise. But evidence of abortion celebration abounds. Lefty 'ethicists' have advocated post-birth abortions, feminist activists have rhapsodized about how much they "love abortion", and most Democrats regularly vote against even broadly-supported attempts to limit the so-called "right to choose" -- including measures that give women access to more medical information prior to making an abortion decision. The Left also fights tenaciously to maintain federal funding for America's largest abortion provider, even though the organization has been caught on tape covering up statutory rape, accommodating explicitly racist donors, and agreeing to perform gender-selective, late term abortions. Again, though, no one is pro-abortion.
Which brings us to Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of hardcore liberals, put on by Daily Kos. This year's keynote speaker was Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft executive who's running for Congress in Washington State. Conservative blogger Melissa Clouthier attended Burner's address and filed this account:The War on Women panel featuring Elizabeth Warren revealed much about the leftist perspective on abortion. In an act of public bullying, one of the three speakers, Darcy Burner of Washington (the others being Elizabeth Warren and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii), asked women who had had an abortion to stand up in front of other attendees. It was difficult to estimate the number of women as they were sprinkled through out the audience. They stood alone while Burner admonished the attendees to hold their applause. Then Burner asked the others seated in the audience to stand and give these women a standing ovation. The audience complied enthusiastically. I sat during this spectacle.
Burner said, "If you are a woman in this room, and statistically this is true of about 1/3 of the women in this room, if you’re a woman in this room who has had an abortion and is willing to come out about it, please stand up." She continued, "Now, if you are willing to stand with every woman who is willing to come out about having had an abortion, please stand up." Nearly everyone stood. Burner said, "This is how we change the stories in people’s [heads]. We need to make it okay for women to come out about the choices they make."
... Note how Burner twice has to admonish conference attendees to hold their approbation until the end, interrupting them when they prove too eager to applaud the standing women. "Don't, please...wait, wait," she scolds them, after some premature organic applause breaks out.
The explicitly expressed goal of this exercise is to remove any stigma from the decision to end the life of an unborn child, at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason. The audience gives abortion a standing ovation; not "choice." Abortion. Fortunately, more Americans now consider themselves "pro-life" on this issue than "pro-choice", and a majority considers the practice immoral. An even larger percentage favors at least some legal restrictions on abortion. Nevertheless, it's instructive (not to mention appalling) to listen to a room full of so-called progressives heartily support the concept of normalizing widespread abortion by publicly congratulating women who've availed themselves of "reproductive health services". Who are the extremists in this debate, again?
That's not all.
June 10, 2012 (Red Alert Politics) - At a progressive conference for bloggers and activists, Netroots Nation, Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youth President, told attendees of a panel on sexual education and abortion that there needed to be a new "culture around abortion" in the United States.So you could put a Planned Parenthood– and I hope we do – on every corner in America, and you can have good sex education in the classroom, but if you still have a culture that says sex is negative, sex is bad, sex means death, sex means disease and dying, where we can’t deal with normal adolescent sexual development, where we believe that young people should just say no, then we can’t get to a place where young people can feel confident and comfortable going into that Planned Parenthood or using that information.
That’s right. The organization and its supporters hope that one day abortion clinics will outnumber Starbucks, 7-11s, McDonalds and gas stations.
Hausner also lamented that "only" 28 percent of high school students are on birth control or Depo Provera (a birth control shot). "So we have a long way to go," she added.
Never mind that a new study indicates women getting Depo Provera experience a 2.2-fold increase in their risk of contracting breast cancer.
What are a few mastectomies or fatalities in the battle for "choice". [Pause.] The left does not promote abortion to enshrine "choice". The left is notoriously anti-choice.* It does not advance abortion for the protection of women's health. Abortion is the beachhead for eugenics, the legal culling of society. The necessary sanctions in law to rid society of the weak, the unwanted, the defenseless, the aged removes life and death from the natural order and entrusts it to a progressive state. Humanity is zeroed out as the state provides neat cost benefit decisions about what to do with grammy and grampy, pesky social parasites, baby girls -- and YOU, if you don't stay in line.
Abortion complects the left's existential self-loathing with its misplaced enthusiasm for self-extinguishment, with the left believing they'll be the last to go. [Pause.] We are confident when the left finds itself at the existential terminus, it will seriously reconsider its positions.
Unregulated. Promoted in law. On every corner.Posted by Damian at June 11, 2012 11:45 PM