Texas Rainmaker

It’s finally come to this.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit organization has unveiled a series of electronic greeting cards that concerned friends and relatives can send to a woman after she chooses to have an abortion.
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One card expresses sympathy, offering the gentle reminder that, “As you grieve, remember that you are loved.” Another provides encouragement for someone who “did the right thing.” Yet another strikes a religious tone with the thought that “God will never leave you or forsake you.”

But as Allah notes, they’re all so glum. So he’s offered a sample of an “upbeat card“… you know for those “abortion is morally good” folks.

I agree they’re a bit gloomy. They almost reflect a sadness over something cherished that’s been taken away… rather than that empowered feeling of having just rid yourself of a nuisance that was hindering your career…

Maybe we can also design some Death Announcements, with a cute little picture of the medical waste bag and all… you know, for the scrapbook.

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Showing their support for an organization that proudly boasts a quarter of a million abortions per year, Sprint is now offering “Planned Parenthood Wireless“, billed as “The Right Choice that Supports Choice”.

Planned Parenthood Wireless is powered by Working Assets, the progressive phone company that delivers quality phone service using the all-digital nationwide Sprint® network*. Since 1985, Working Assets has raised more than $50 million for progressive nonprofits, including $1.6 million for Planned Parenthood alone. You get great cell phone service, exceptional customer service, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to a worthy cause.

Unfortunately, you’ll find terminating your service is harder than terminating your pregnancy.

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So I took a field trip into liberal utopia and wanted to document the experience for you to show you what it’s like. Caution, you may want to grab some anti-bacterial wipes for this one.

By now you’ve probably heard of Amanda Marcotte. She’s the disgraced liberal blogger whose tenure as John Edwards’ official campaign blogger was shorter than Britney Spears’ first marriage.

Thanks to Mark at B4B, I came across Amanda’s latest rantings about how wonderful abortion is and how those who perform abortions ought to be regarded as heroes. Yes… heroes!

I think that abortion is not only a good thing, but I’d like to posit that it seems to me that in the vast majority of abortions, the choice made was the most moral choice for that woman.
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If I got pregnant, I wouldn’t even have to suffer much mental strain to realize that abortion would be the best choice for myself, my family, and my relationship. Abortion, not just the right to abortion but the actual procedure, is a moral good that helps women and families and should be honored as such. Women who get abortions should be recognized as people who can accurately weigh their choices and make the most moral one.
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Meanwhile, other anti-choicers are running around claiming that being an abortionist is like this super great career that people only indulge in for the money. This is horseshit and pro-choicers need to push back and remind everyone that abortionists are heroes, who put up with all sorts of abuse because they want to help women.

If I didn’t know the source of these comments, I would’ve brushed them off as satire, assuming nobody in their right mind would actually think this way. I scrolled through some of the comments and saw a few others who agreed, even cheered, Amanda’s views.

So I thought I’d take a moment to post a comment on the article. Here’s the exchange…

My comment:

“Women who get abortions should be recognized as people who can accurately weigh their choices and make the most moral one.”

No, the moral choice would be that if you’re not prepared to raise a child, you should not engage in sex. Weighing the choices AFTER you’ve become pregnant is neither moral nor responsible, it’s selfish and immature. Otherwise, why not just extend your high praise to women like Andrea Yates for having the moral fortitude to kill her five children and get on with the rest of her life? Afterall, she, too waited until after conceiving to decide to kill her kids… she just waited a few years after conception instead of a few months…

A response by “bluefish A”

dear TexasRainmaker-

please brush up on your reading comprehension skills. if you had come to the discussion prepared, you would have seen that we’ve already been through the having sex doesn’t mean consent to pregnancy discussion about 200 comments ago. see, sometimes contraception fails and unwanted pregnancies do result from that sad fact. also, following your logic wouldn’t andrea yates’ kids have been better off if they had never been born at all- if say she and her husband had used reliable contraception or if she had miscarried or if she had aborted?

To which I responded:

“having sex doesn’t mean consent to pregnancy”

Assumption of risk. I may not consent to drowning when I go swimming in the ocean, but I understand the risk is there. The time to weigh the risk is before I undertake the task, not when a rip current is pulling me under.

“following your logic wouldn’t andrea yates’ kids have been better off if they had never been born at all- if say she and her husband had used reliable contraception or if she had miscarried or if she had aborted?”

Been better off if they’d been aborted? Um, no. They’d still be dead.

“bluefish A” responds:

well in that case, i guess no one should ever swim. or have sex. or go outside. or get pregnant. or eat sushi. or make eye-contact with a stranger.

and then he/she adds:

there’s a difference between a toddler than a blastocyst. kind of like the difference between infanticide and abortion. that, too, was covered 200 or so comments ago.

no more. i won’t feed the troll.

I’m kind of disappointed that he/she was only able to muster two response and a snark before calling me a troll and surrendering. Oh well.

Then “history_mom” weighs in:

It’s sad when people cannot understand the difference between what one woman did in the throes of postpartum psychosis and what many women have done when they have determined that continuing a pregnancy would not be the right thing. Andrea Yates was not a rational agent, able to weigh her options, and therefore her “decision” to kill her children has less than nothing to do with whether other women are capable of determining whether abortion is the best moral choice for them.

But see, I think you already know that but figured you could throw out something you thought would yield an emotional horror response. I guess you missed the memo that squickiness is not an argument for being opposed to abortion.

To which I replied:

“Andrea Yates was not a rational agent, able to weigh her options, and therefore her “decision” to kill her children has less than nothing to do with whether other women are capable of determining whether abortion is the best moral choice for them.”

The comparison is not to focus on the mental state of the mother, it’s to show the inconsistency of promoting the killing of a child in one situation and being outraged about it in another. If a baby can survive, through medical technology or nature, as early as 23 weeks, then how can you say an abortion performed at 24 weeks post-conception is anything different than killing the same child at 3 years post-conception?

And finally “Dianne” tried to toss in a little snark, presumably to be comic relief:

I may not consent to drowning when I go swimming in the ocean, but I understand the risk is there.

Therefore we shouldn’t try to save you from drowning if you start to go under because you knew the risks and decided to swim anyway?

I humored her with a response:

“Therefore we shouldn’t try to save you from drowning if you start to go under because you knew the risks and decided to swim anyway?”

If, by virtue of my taking the risk, I’ve involuntarily dragged another human being into the situation, I’m obligated to aid them - not kill them simply because their presence is now inconvenient to me.

I think the premise of Amanda’s original post and all the comments applauding her goes to show the difference that forms the foundation of the abortion debate… The Left views the situation as that of a single person making a choice, while the Right views the situation as involving at least two people - mother and child. But the Left won’t have the intellectual honesty to admit that, because it would lead to the essential question: “When does life begin?” Without firm evidence of the “magic moment”, it’s hard to rationally argue that an abortion performed at an arbitrary point during a pregnancy is not the killing of another human being.

Honestly, I still think that if modern science were able to definitively prove tomorrow that life does begin at conception, the pro-abortion movement would remain strong relying on the selfish beliefs that a mother should be able to kill at will to accomodate convenience.

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More responses:

Diane:

Therefore we shouldn’t try to save you from drowning if you start to go under because you knew the risks and decided to swim anyway?

Not only that, he shouldn’t try to help himself, nor ask someone to help him.

I’m not worrying about TR; he’s clearly not rational about the subject; he thinks fetuses start at 24 weeks of development. (Or, he thinks talking about a 24 week old fetus allows him to generalize to all states of pregnancy. Doesn’t matter, both positions are stone stupid, unsupported by fact.)

You know I couldn’t help but respond:

“Not only that, he shouldn’t try to help himself, nor ask someone to help him.”

We’re not talking about saving the mother’s life here, we’re talking about abortion-on-demand for convenience (remember, amanda’s point that the “choice” is a moral good?)

“I’m not worrying about TR; he’s clearly not rational about the subject; he thinks fetuses start at 24 weeks of development. (Or, he thinks talking about a 24 week old fetus allows him to generalize to all states of pregnancy. Doesn’t matter, both positions are stone stupid, unsupported by fact.)

Yeah, I’m fully off my rocker.

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While one group of liberals is out fighting to make sure that charitable organizations don’t receive federal funding to help those in need

Next week, the group started by Gaylor and her mother in the 1970s to take on the religious right will fight its most high-profile battle when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on its lawsuit against President Bush’s faith-based initiative.

The court will decide whether taxpayers can sue over federal funding that the foundation believes promotes religion. It could be a major ruling for groups that fight to keep church and state separate.

Another group is out working to secure those federal funds to kill unborn children (hat tip: Black Shards)…

In 2003, Planned Parenthood provided 244,628 surgical abortions, the largest of any abortion provider in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood receives almost a third of its money in government grants and contracts ($265.2 million in FY 2004).

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Truly amazing.

Her minuscule feet poking pathetically through a doctor’s fingers, few believed that she could possibly live.

Born only 21 weeks and six days after conception, Amillia Taylor weighed just under 10oz and was only 91/2 inches long.

And now, four months later and weighing 4lb, she has been allowed home – the world’s most premature baby to have survived.

This story is important on several levels. Not only is it truly the story of a miracle, but the last paragraph sums up another significant relevancy to this plot:

Babies can still be aborted for non-medical reasons at up to 24 weeks. Recent evidence shows that, of those born at 25 weeks, half of them manage to live.

So here we have a crossroads. Baby Amillia has shown that a baby can survive outside the mother as early as 22 weeks post-conception, yet the law still allows mothers to kill babies up to 24 weeks post-conception. Either the killing of another human being is murder or it isn’t. So when does one magically turn into a human being? This story shows the gaps in the pro-choice argument.

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The Body Count
January 22nd, 2007 3:29 pm

It’s the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and since the Left is so fond of body counts, try this one on for size: 46,000,000 per year

That’s the estimated number of abortions that occur each year around the world. That’s roughly 126,000 per day. A little over 5,000 every hour… or 87 per minute. 1.45 every second.

In the time it takes me to post this, another 500 lives will be terminated.

If that perspective isn’t enough for you “body count” lovers, compare these numbers to the following:

17,000,000 - Americans that die from Heart Disease each year
7,000,000 - Americans that die from Cancer each year
1,100,000 - American casualties in the 5 deadliest U.S. wars
40,000 - Americans die in car accidents annually
30,000 - Americans commit suicide each year
17,000 - Homicides committed each year

Add them all together and the total is still only about half the number of lives terminated through abortion each year. It’s amazing that we spend so much time, effort and money researching cures for those things that terminate life… while an entire segment of the population rallies against a known cure for one thing that ends more lives than most anything else on earth.

Of course, it’s worth noting that every single person that rallies in support of abortion… is someone who’s never been a victim of it.

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Proud to be a Murderer
October 3rd, 2006 1:59 pm

From the AP:

At a pivotal time in the abortion debate, Ms. magazine is releasing its fall issue next week with a cover story titled “We Had Abortions,” accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration.

Is that really something to be all that proud of?

Tyffine Jones, 27, of Jackson, Miss., said she had no hesitation about signing _ although she lives in a state where restrictions on abortion are tough and all but one abortion clinic has been closed.

Jones said she got an abortion 10 years ago _ enduring harassment from protesters when she entered the clinic _ in order to finish high school. She went on to become the first member of her family to graduate from college, and hopes at some point to attend law school.

“I wanted to do something bigger with myself _ I didn’t want to be stopped by anything,” she said in a telephone interview.

You could’ve forgone the sex, then.

Are we supposed to be proud of you for “making something of yourself” at the expense of a dead baby? Count me out.

I designed a shirt a while back that sums up this whole sorry story:


Pick one up today and send it to your favorite Hollywood murderer.

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About that Pro-”Choice” Movement…
August 22nd, 2006 11:56 am

Talk about your law of unintended consequences:

Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They’re not having enough of them, they haven’t for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That’s a “fertility gap” of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%–explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today.

How long before we see liberals moving to allow aborted babies to vote to recitfy the situation?

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Here we go again. This time from a free-speech hating liberal professor at the Northern Kentucky University (hat tip: Michelle):

“A professor at Northern Kentucky University said she invited students in one of her classes to destroy an anti-abortion display on campus Wednesday evening.

Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU’s literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes.

“I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to,” Jacobsen said.

Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, “I have no comment.”

She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a “slap in the face” to women who might be making “the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion.’”

So apparently, to the Left, being mad trumps the right to free speech. I must’ve missed that caveat in the Constitution. The professor said:

“Pulling up the crosses was similar to citizens taking down Nazi displays on Fountain Square, she said.”

No, Ms. Jacobsen, restricting the free speech of others because you disagree with it is similar to Nazi actions. Get it straight.

I’ll give you 3 guesses on which side the ACLU will defend in this… and the first 2 guesses don’t count.

Here’s her University website, in case you’d like to exercise your free speech to tell Professor Jacobsen what you think about her actions.

This isn’t the first time lefties have used this little known Constitutional caveat. It was used by the thugs that vandalized a 9/11 memorial a couple of years ago as well:

LA HABRA — Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and have maintained ever since.

I guess only those who can exercise the free speech right… is the left.

Update: Now we see what she meant by “no comment”:

Media Credit: Sarah Loman: Dr. Sally Jacobsen tears the
Media Credit: Sarah Loman:
Dr. Sally Jacobsen tears the “Cemetery of Innocents”
sign on Wednesday evening.

Update 2: According to The Northerner Online (The Independent Student Publication of Northern Kentucky University) - “NKU officials and university police are currently investigating the vandalism. Police reports list damages at $600; group members stated they paid $1.50 for each cross.”

The NKU Policy Manual says:

C 7.4

Misconduct

A staff member who conducts himself in a manner that reflects unfavorably upon the University, the department, and himself will be subject to immediate discharge, without advance notice and without further pay…

I think admitted vandalism and criminal destruction of other’s property by a professor would “reflect unfavorably upon the University”.

I certainly hope, at the very least, students will step up and file a grievance against her.

Of course, if she gets fired over this misconduct, I’m suspecting she’ll try to fall back on a claim to the very same free speech rights she’s denied others.

Update 3: Commenter “Brian” at ExposetheLeft sums it up well:

Well, look at the Symbolism.

The Lifers create, while the Aborters destroy.

Rather telling, eh?

Update 4: Instapundit has a letter from NKU’s President Votruba:


Professor Jacobsen has been removed from her remaining classes and placed on leave from the University. She will retire from the University at the end of this semester. The Faculty Senate, representing more than 1,000 NKU faculty members, has taken strong action today that affirms the importance of free expression as a defining quality of the University. Our campus has spoken with a strong and unified voice. Further action may occur once a full investigation has been completed.

Although I had heard she had already planned to retire this semester, this disgraceful exit will cast a huge shadow over her long career at NKU… and rightfully so.

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Men’s Reproductive Rights
March 8th, 2006 11:01 pm

Looks like the topic is surfacing again as a men’s rights group is launching a legal campaign under the equal protection clause. I wrote a paper about this in law school (and reposted it on this blog in October) and laid out the case under ethical aspects, legal aspects and religious aspects.If the pro-abortion lobby is going to argue it’s just a case of “a woman’s body” in lieu of recognzing the separate life within that body, then maybe it’s time men enjoyed the pro-choice life when it comes to any financial support for raising the “mass of tissues” that’s later delivered from that woman’s body.

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