Tag: abortion

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Art of Unplanned

 

Last year’s Gosnell and the recently released Unplanned present a thorny problem for Conservatives who choose to write about film. The morals that drive these films are undoubtedly in line with the cultural right since both are anti-abortion. That is their sole raison d’etre. It is the reason the films were made and the reason viewers bought their tickets.

So their status as art is dubious from the get-go. The question of whether or not film, and photography generally, is an art is still seriously debated in certain circles. But leaving aside that very complicated discussion, which seems to have no purchase on the popular imagination, these two films represent a perfect litmus test for whether or not a film enthusiast of the Conservative persuasion has integrity as both a person of virtue and critic of the moving picture.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Questions for Men and Women

 

Why do so many women and men treat woman’s fertility as a sickness? Why do so many (oh, so many) people ask a person who is pregnant if she or her husband are planning to get “fixed” after the birth of the expected child, as though her fertility is a sign something is broken?

Why are so many ob/gyn offices festooned with posters, pencils, pens, mugs, clipboards, paperweights, lights, boxes, calendars, and charts manufactured by companies that make contraceptive pharmaceuticals?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. When Success Requires Moms to End the Lives of Their Own Children

 

On Friday morning, Protect Life Michigan posted a photo on their Facebook page of a billboard, paid for by Sanilac County Health Department, that featured a somber pregnant woman on the left with her face in her hands and a happy woman wearing a graduation gown and cap on the right, looking over disdainfully at the pregnant woman. You can view the post here.

In big print it says, “this or this… Take Control of Your Future”.

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According to reliable sources, the Equal Rights Amendment has been resurrected, with advocates demanding that, at long last, equality for women must be enshrined in the Constitution. As a teenaged feminist I dressed in suffragette-white and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on a hot summer day, took an impromptu and liberating dip in a handy marble […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The KITTEN Act

 

I am often astounded at the lack of self-awareness that seems to engulf leftists, but this instance ranks as one of the best examples. Apparently, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has sponsored the KITTEN Act (Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now) that aims to end the euthanasia of kittens used in USDA research and testing.

“The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing,” Merkley told reporters, “and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.” Does he even hear himself? They should be treated and adopted? That’s exactly what Americans have requested for living, breathing babies. Democrats said no. Killing a child is a “personal decision,” they said, and Congress shouldn’t get in the way.

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Well, he’s at it again. Gavin Newsom, California’s newly elected Governor, has once more decided his moral sensibilities take precedence over the duly enacted law. Today, March 13, 2019, Governor Newsom, with a stroke of the pen, signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. As per Article 5, Section 8 of the California […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Do Nevada Kids Belong to the State or to Their Parents?

 

Spend more than five minutes with a teenager and you’ll likely notice a fairly obvious observation: teenagers don’t always make the best decisions. There’s a reason God gave kids parents. We know, without a doubt, from study after study and personal experience that an adolescent’s brain is actively developing on the daily. According to a 2013 study, referring specifically to adolescence, the researcher notes, “Particularly significant changes occur in the limbic system, which may impact self-control, decision making, emotions, and risk-taking behaviors.” Yep. That sounds like a teenager to me.

Nevada Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel seems to agree with these findings considering she recently introduced AB 187 into the current legislative session. The bill requires bicycle helmets for any child under the age of 18. When questioned why she chose 18 (many states that have similar helmet laws limit the age to 16 or 15 and under), her response essentially was that 18 is when a child becomes an adult. The implication is that minors are not capable of making good decisions about their safety.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America lament the Democratic derailing of the Born Alive Act that would have required doctors to provide care for babies who survive failed abortions. They also defend Univison’s Jorge Ramos as he is detained in Venezuela after confronting Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro over his violent […]

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In recent articles (http://brownpelicanla.com/hadley-arkes-the-rediscovery-of-the-born-alive-act/ and by Timothy Jackson of the Federalist http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/23/not-hyperbole-democrats-now-refuse-oppose-infanticide/), Hadley Arkes asks a very simple question of the left (I’m paraphrasing from several of his statements): “Does a woman have a Constitutional right to a dead baby?” More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Generation Heretic?

 

What do young people think about abortion? Are Millennials turning into godless heathens? With abortion and religion in the headlines, Host Jack Butler explores where young people stand on these areas and speculates on how they will develop as issues in the future, with the help of National Review staff writer Alexandra DeSanctis.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Cuomo’s Abortion Law and Murder

 

A pregnant woman was killed in Queens. Witnesses heard her scream, “He’s going to kill the baby!” The attacker stabbed her repeatedly, including multiple stabs into her belly. It would seem he was indeed targeting the baby. The killer turned out to be the victim’s ex-boyfriend. He was caught and will be charged with one count of murder in the second degree.

You may ask, what exactly does this horrendous crime have to do with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act? Prior to that law being enacted there would have been additional charges for killing the unborn child. Now, aborting a child is never a crime, even if the abortion is performed against the mother’s will. The murder of the mother is still a crime, but killing the baby is not. That means this man will only be facing one count of murder.

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Ever since Catholic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gleefully signed the expansive abortion law that permits killing of children in the womb up until the moment of birth; and then lit up the island of Manhattan in pink to celebrate, the Catholic laity has been hounding Cardinal Archbishop Dolan of New York on social media […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Desperation: Slavery and Abortion

 

As I understand it, a major concern in the slave-owning South in the years leading up to the Civil War was that newly admitted territories would enter the union as slave-free states, thus diminishing the percentage of the nation that supported, and that was supported by, slavery. The Republican party, which was formed at least in part to advocate for slave-free territories and new states, and the election of its first President precipitated a desperate move on the part of the South to separate itself from what promised to be a nation dominated by free states and increasingly critical of the remaining slave states.

I wonder if the current excesses of the pro-abortion left, the swing-for-the-fences mindset that seems to have gripped the Democratic Party and its most progressive members, is an expression of a similar desperation. The left routinely portrays America as a reactionary country on the verge of theocracy, this despite the left’s impressive record over the past half-century of achieving dramatic social transformation. While I think this portrayal is absurd, I also suspect it’s sincere, and that many on the left believe we are one Ginsburg away from rolling America back to the dark ages of, say, 1958.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 3 Lines That Defined Trump’s State of the Union Address

 

There were several great moments in President Trump’s State of the Union address: the heroes in the gallery, the condemnation of socialism, the bitter tongue-sucking of Speaker Pelosi. But three excerpts stood out in particular. First up:

No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.

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I don’t believe I would have to do much convince anyone here (including myself) that Virginia Governor Northram is not only a terrible person, but a buffoon as well. However, the latest news out of Virginia has me thinking: He might know what he’s doing.  More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thrilled to see over 300,000 jobs created in January, easily surpassing expectations. They also smack Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for the wimpiest possible opposition to the controversial abortion bill in Virginia and break down the logical problem in Kaine’s official position that he’s […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Consultation

 

Mrs. Jones, I’m afraid I have bad news. Your health has deteriorated significantly since the beginning of your pregnancy. Your blood pressure is dangerously high, as are your triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, your blood glucose is at pre-diabetic levels and your weight gain has been extremely excessive. We can’t find an organic cause for the vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, but those are concerning. If we don’t do an intervention soon, there will be dire consequences for your long-term health.

Oh, my.

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So, the Democrat Party in New York and Virginia have embraced abortion-on-demand-up-to-dilation policies that would make a Chinese Mobile Abortion Wagon operator say, 哥们, 这是铁杆 (“Dude, that’s hardcore.”) Everything Kermit Gosnell did in his unsanitary baby butcher shop is being made legal, and the pro-choice position has gone from “It’s OK since it’s just a […]

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Over the last couple of decades the Democratic Party had earned the tag line “The Party of Death” because of their advocacy of abortion, euthanasia, and medical death panels. In the past week, after the NY Legislators applauded and cheered for passing that horrific bill of unrestricted abortion, every apparent Democratically controlled state legislative bodies […]

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