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NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League, has decided to sell abortion using dogs — because people are really comfortable with dogs, but not so comfortable with abortion. (In fact, we’re so uncomfortable with abortion that abortion advocates generally try not to use the word.)
Here’s an example of NARAL’s canine campaign currently making the rounds on the internet.
Bandit doesn’t say he’s pro-abortion, exactly. He’s pro-choice. And he isn’t anti-life, exactly: he just hates anti-choice disinformation, whatever that is.
Frankly, he doesn’t look like much of a hater to me. He looks like a happy dog, a thoroughly decent, loving kind of fellow. Frankly, he’s probably a lot more photogenic than the average NARAL booster, though I’m just guessing there.
NARAL talks a lot about “freedom,” but I suspect their idea of freedom is really just a clump of cells, not the full-throated living freedom that most of us who use the word mean by it. I doubt NARAL is big on ending lockdowns or letting people exercise all of their constitutional rights. But then, they’re the abortion people, even if they would prefer to describe themselves in more… pleasant… terms.
For the record: I’m pro-choice, in that I support the right to abortion very early in pregnancy. I would limit it far more than it is limited now, and absolutely not allow tax dollars to pay for it. NARAL, in contrast, is enthusiastic about public financing, and defensive about the form of infanticide descriptively sanitized as “late-term abortion.”
But all of that is heavier than I wanted to be. I’m here to talk about dogs and abortion.
This is Lucy. Lucy is what we like to call a “pure-bred Lab cross.” I had an opportunity to interview her recently about the NARAL campaign, and about her views on the very serious topic of abortion.
Me: Lucy, thank you for taking time to speak with me today.
Me: You’ve heard what Bandit has to say about abortion. What are your views on the topic?
Me: You were adopted from a shelter that had a no-kill policy. In that sense, I guess we could say that it was a pro-life animal shelter. Do you feel that Bandit’s views are reflective of dogs in general, and particularly of rescue dogs such as yourself?
Me: Speaking of that shelter, we were told that your parents were both Labradors, and yet you have the legs and ears of a Corgi. Would you care to comment on your ancestry?
Me: Well, we love you just the same. We should probably mention that you aren’t actually my dog. You belong to my youngest child, Darling Daughter, who chose you several years ago from internet pictures posted by the animal shelter. I raise you now that she’s away in college, but you’re really her dog.
Me: Yes, I feel the same way. We’ve grown close.
Me: Maybe we should also note that Darling Daughter is also adopted, in her case from China, where abortion — and particularly abortion of girls — is both common and publicly funded. At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna–
Lucy: Pollyanna was also adopted.
Me: Yes, you’re right. Anyway, at the risk of sounding like that young lady, I’ll observe that even China’s extraordinary enthusiasm for abortion wasn’t able to prevent me from standing in a Guangzhou hotel room cradling in my arms the nine-month-old infant who, fifteen years later, would select you from among your siblings based on the rich blackness of your nose — which she thought made you look intelligent.
Me: Of course, your nose turns pink in winter, as everyone can plainly see. It’s still lovely.
Me: My point being that even if NARAL manages to realize its ambitions regarding ubiquitous and tax-funded abortion, beautiful lives will still manage to run the gauntlet. If they can survive China, they can probably survive NARAL as well.
Me: No, I don’t like it either. Go get your ball. I’ll take you outside.Published in