Tag: Pro-life

Pro-Life, But Not Proud of It

 

shutterstock_123368323I’m 100 percent pro-life: No exceptions for rape or incest, and opposed to all the research and fertility treatments that involve creating zygotes to be left in freezers or destroyed for testing. But I have to admit, I am ashamed to call myself pro-life.

Part of that shame stems from why I am pro-life. I grew up in a family that was both pro-life and adamantly devoted to the bourgeoise American Dream. Children were a gift from God, to be sure, but they were also a gift that should only be accepted when the circumstances were right; i.e., after one had a college degree, a remunerative career, and was married to productive man after buying a nice house in the suburbs. Having children before that point was to throw away one’s life, and a woman staying at home to raise children was a waste of her education. The night we announced our engagement, I overheard my mother flatly say, “Maybe after she pops out a couple kids she’ll realize college is more important.” Having unplanned children was, I understood, a mark of failure to control passions and failure to control fertility.

Moreover, I grew up on a hobby farm. We may not have raised animals for meat, but we lost enough of them that I understood why euthanasia is considered humane: better a quick death by injection than for a cat to suffer through internal bleeding from a car collision, or see the ducks and chickens attacked by coyotes, or a thirty-year-old horse die of dehydration because she couldn’t get up on her arthitic legs. I learned the hard way that sometimes the kindest thing one can do is to let death come quickly and cleanly, as Mother Nature doesn’t let animals die peacefully in their sleep.

Unconstitutional CA Law Forces Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion

 

wide-b0827d5e12470eadc96938dbce042ab84879dfeb-s900-c85Imagine a state law that forced Weight Watchers to direct its health-conscious clients to locations where they’d be hard-sold piles of discount bacon. Delicious as Baconalia sounds to me and maybe you, what kind of government would threaten a weight-loss center for merely not promoting the very thing (weight gain) it was created to prevent?

Well, such a state government did pass such a law. And Alliance Defending Freedom is in federal court challenging it. ADF filed a complaint in federal court in October 2015 against the state of California for passing an unconstitutional law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion. The state law requires licensed medical centers that offer free, pro-life help to pregnant women to direct their patients and clients to state programs that offer free or discounted abortions. The pro-life centers, under the law, even have to give out the phone number for the abortion program!

And the case has generated serious national interest.

Chris Christie’s Cheap Shot

 

“My mother was a smoker,” Chris Christie told a New Hampshire audience in a video that has gone viral. Though she tried everything – gum, patches, hypnosis – nothing worked. When she was diagnosed with cancer, he continued, “No one came to me and said, ‘Don’t treat her ’cause she got what she deserved.’ No one … said, ‘Hey listen, you know your mother was dumb. She started smoking when she was 16. Then after we told her it was bad for her, she kept doing it, so we’re not going to give her chemotherapy, we’re not gonna give her radiation, we’re not going to give her any of that stuff — you know why? Cause she’s getting what she deserves.’ No one said that.”

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In a New York Times article dated October 2nd, 2015, about a young woman who began a Twitter campaign called #ShoutYourAbortion, a woman is quoted as saying “In 1988, a late-term abortion got a teenage me back on track for college, career & motherhood.” A late term abortion is generally defined as one that takes […]

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Source: Creative Minority Report:Pro-Life Fiorina Outraged When Called Pro-Life Senate candidate Carly Fiorina wants you to know she’s pro-life. But she wants everyone to know that she’s not like really really pro-life. She’s kinda’ OK with life, not totally against it but if someone wanted to be against it she’d be cool with that too. But […]

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What Conservatives Could Learn From Lawyers

 

shutterstock_121503352I flirted with a law career for about a semester, but quickly discovered that, while I can comprehend the language used, I cannot tolerate the general lack of common sense. Lawyers, especially prosecutors, do know something, however, that conservatives could really use when it comes to dealing with liberals: when quizzing someone in public, stick to questions whose answers you already know.

That principle would have been extremely useful for Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri. If you haven’t caught the headlines about him, this idiot decided it would be a good idea to ask if a woman could swallow a camera to find out “something” about an unborn child she might be carrying. I apologize for pointing out this stupidity, but it is sadly just one in a long list of stupid things said or asked by conservative men in government hoping to pass legislation that will control what women do with their bodies. Yes, I am using the liberal terminology here for a very good reason. When “stupid” is all that the conservative side has to offer, it should face the liberal ridicule it deserves.

When it comes to the pro-life movement, there are piles of examples like this and, for a conservative woman that is ambivalent at best on the issue, it’s painful. Throw in the fact that this conservative woman spent the better part of 20 years crafting messages for politicians, and it’s downright excruciating. First of all, any legislator on either the state or federal level who wants to tackle this issue needs to be sure to have done some real research before they speak publicly. When you make a fool of yourself by not knowing the answers before the questions are asked, you hurt not only your own credibility, but also the movement. Recall how Wendy Davis rocketed to fame: fighting a law that protects women in Texas from ending up with someone like Kermit Gosnell treating them. How is that “pro-woman”?

Old Dogs and New Tricks

 

shutterstock_159402392We kids were born to old parents: a mother in her forties, a father in his sixties. Our father had already lived a full life — full in all senses, including tragedy — before we were born. Despite his relative age, Dad long remained healthier than the rest of us. Sure, he worried plenty about dying of a heart attack or cancer. He threatened to have an ulcer whenever something upset him. And he took several drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. But, aside from a yearly bout of man flu, his health remained almost miraculously untroubled, especially compared to the rest of his family’s.

Nonetheless, Dad feared death. I never knew another person who feared death the way Dad did. Perhaps it was because of the tragedies in his past. He worried about life-threatening illness constantly. Yet he could not bear to hear about death. He could not bear to hear family members acknowledge their own (or his) mortality. He especially could not bear to hear anyone he cared about mention that — in some circumstances — it might be better to die than live.

Then a strange things happened. Dad’s kidneys began to fail. Perhaps it was because of the combination of cardiovascular drugs he took, nicknamed “the triple whammy” by kidney doctors. Perhaps it was for some other reason. Though he had been a hard-drinking, salt-loving man all his life, he meekly obeyed the low-sodium, low-alcohol diet he was put on. No salt. No salt substitute. One glass of white wine allowed per day. This clearly was the behavior of a man who did not want to die.

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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. Preview Open

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I must say I cringe every time I hear or read the statement “Abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape or incest“. This seems to be the public stance of the pro life movement, but to my thinking is either logically or morally inconsistent. Sarah Palin had it right with her stance, though few others […]

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