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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Pro-Life Technology

 

If you want to effect social change, it’s been said, you need to do the following: open an office in Washington, DC; conduct a direct mail campaign; have major fundraising events; hire an effective media team; appear on television all the time; embed your message in the popular culture; and repeat as needed.

That’s what the environmentalists do. That’s what the pro-life movement does.

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I posted this as a response in Parent A’s Libertarians thread but have decided to give it a thread of its own. I have mostly stayed out of the SSM discussions on Ricochet, but I feel this deserves consideration. It is written by an Orthodox Jew who is an award winning screenwriter, Robert J. Avrech. […]

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I don’t think the Republican brand is much better off than it was a few years ago. A lot of people are seeing that liberal ideas don’t work so well in real life (Iraq, healthcare, the economy), but they still could not bring themselves to vote for a Republican. Here are some issue I think […]

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… no, not abortion. The real problem, of course, is the recession: A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Princeton researchers Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt quantifies just how many fewer babies were born because of the Great Recession. Their answer: at least a half a million. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Winning The Abortion Debate

 

shutterstock_155127419A few months back, I posted about a sex selection abortion ban in California being voted down on party lines. I went toe-to-toe with several folks on Ricochet as to the efficacy of the law and whether or not it could be enforceable. We had a nice debate on it, but I want to focus on one big benefit to putting a bill like this up for a vote. We have them on record voting “yes” to gendercide.

Most pro-choice Americans get queasy at the idea that someone could justify an abortion solely on disapproving of the child’s gender, i.e., it being a girl. Forcing Democrats to vote on this bill exploits that unease and gives us something to fight back with, especially with regards to the so-called “War on Women.” The next time a Democrat accuses his opponent of “not caring about a woman’s choice” or about women’s “reproductive health,” the Republican candidate can point to these votes and ask her opponent whether he — like all other Democrats who voted on the bill — thinks it’s okay to abort a baby for the crime of being a girl. Wait for an answer, and don’t let him weasel out of it. If Democrats want a war on women, we’ll give them a war on women.

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“The problem for Republicans is that they won on partial-birth abortion — it is now a federal crime — and haven’t found a similar issue where the public is on their side. “Compounding the problem is that many Republicans don’t understand that they need to find such an issue. They don’t grasp that not talking […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Richard Dawkins, Eugenics, Conflicting Principles, and Political Reality

 

With a tweet that spawned a thousand Ricochet threads, Richard Dawkins really stepped in it last week.

The would-be avatar of all things atheist then issued an “It’s-not-me-it’s-you” style apology soon thereafter; this said more about the man’s venal nature than his underlying argument. Unfortunately, people’s first instinct seemed to be to prove Godwin’s Law in the first iteration of the argument in their haste to denounce Dawkins and his admittedly tactless 140 characters.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Richard Dawkins Is the Best Argument for Religion

 

Atheist Pope Richard Dawkins has bared his barren soul yet again, this time on Twitter.

Earlier today, someone mused how they would handle a pregnancy if the fetus was found to have Down syndrome, calling it a serious ethical dilemma. Pish posh! Matters of life and death are dead simple to Professor Dawkins.

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Political science professor Scott Lemieux of the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, has posted a critique of the new movie Obvious Child on The Week under the title, “What Obvious Child gets right about abortion.” I fear the professor has gotten things very wrong: More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. SCOTUS Issues Two Unanimous Rulings; Obama, the Left Hardest Hit

 

shutterstock_104498510The Supreme Court issued two big decisions this morning. Like many Ricochet contributors, I too have a vibrant legal background: I worked as a temp at a law office for two weeks and got an A- in a communications law class.

Admittedly, others here have far more impressive credentials, but let me provide a layman’s play-by-play on today’s unanimous rulings.

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I see statements like this a lot here, but usually only in relation to the marriage issue. I could say the same thing about other issues, such as abortion: “I don’t see how somebody else’s abortion affects me.” As another example, so far this year there have been 108 murders in Chicago. I live in […]

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Last year I was having blood drawn from me at the lab by one of the phlebotomists. It’s routine, as I had aortic heart valve replacement surgery in 2010, followed by a pacemaker implantation to keep me alive. “What are you doing for Father’s Day?” she asked me. More

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Why this? Why now? Since I have extensively written online as Jennifer Thieme, I thought it would be prudent to formally announce that I have gone back to my maiden name: Jennifer Johnson. It also seemed like a good time to tell the story of my last names, as it is an unusual story and […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Maya Angelou: Why I Kept My Baby

 

master-class-maya-angelou-2-600x411Writing in 2001 in Family Circle magazine, Maya Angelou, who died yesterday at 86, described her decision to keep the child she conceived at 16. With thanks to Feminists For Life for posting it, I’m reposting this remarkable article in full.

When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it.

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shutterstock_16545007I sat in the hot car smelling old French fries. There were always some under the seat where the kids spilled them, but the kids were gone now. I didn’t know where. I looked through the grimy windshield at the building in front of me and read the words on the door over and over again: Planned Parenthood.

Sweat was running down the back of my neck, but I didn’t turn on the air conditioner. I wanted to feel the heat. I wanted the distraction from the pain. My hand strayed to my stomach. I was more than two months pregnant. Still time to kill the baby. And killing was what it was. No one could tell me otherwise. I’d had two children. I’d lost two others. I knew what it was like to feel a child grow inside of me. The little twitches of life, the turning of an elbow or a knee as it rolled across my stomach, the flutter of faint hiccups.

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Hadley-ArkesThere are a handful of political/philosophical books that have caused me to re-orient the way I think about the world.

Three examples: Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom clarified the way I think about markets and the ever-expanding bureaucratic state; Thomas Sowell’s A Conflict of Visions created a framework for the way I think about the differences between the liberal and conservative minds; and C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, a brilliant (and short) defense of objective truths, reaffirmed some of my most fondly held beliefs.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Warren Buffett – Keeping The Abortion Industry Alive

 

BuffettHe’s one of the wealthiest men to have ever lived. The Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he heads is one of the most expensive stocks to own. And, for years, Warren Buffett has personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to keep millions of children from living on this earth.

From the Media Research Center, this:

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Alternate-Side Parking is a semi-regular, once or twice a week, podcast. Each episode lasts approximately as long as it takes for me to find a new alternate-side parking space in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, plus however long I feel like sitting in the driver’s seat. In today’s episode I ruminate about abortion, focusing […]

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Alternate-Side Parking is a semi-regular, once or twice a week, podcast. Each episode lasts approximately as long as it takes for me to find a new alternate-side parking space in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, plus however long I feel like sitting in the driver’s seat. In today’s special Sunday going-to-Pep-Boys-oops-it’s-closed-I-guess-I’ll-go-to-Autozone episode I talk […]

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