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This week the Pro-Life Action League published an article highlighting the latest tendency among abortion advocates to portray abortion not merely something to be tolerated, but as something “good” — or even “great.”
This new trend is due in part to a new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, in which author Katha Pollitt laments what she calls the “awfulization” of abortion.
In a review of Pollitt’s book published earlier this week at Slate, Hanna Rosin writes:
We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now.
The reason we’re not, according to Pollitt, is that we have all essentially been brainwashed by a small minority of pro-life activists. Only 7 to 20 percent of Americans tell pollsters they want to totally ban abortion, but that loud minority has beaten the rest of us into submission with their fetus posters and their absolutism and their infiltration of American politics. They have landed us in the era of the “awfulization” of abortion, Pollitt writes, where even pro-choicers are “falling all over themselves” to use words like “thorny,” “vexed,” “complex,” and “difficult” instead of doing what they should be doing, which is saying out loud that abortion is a positive social good.
Did you catch that line about “fetus posters” (otherwise known as pictures of abortion victims)? The loudest cheerleaders for abortion can’t stand them precisely because they can’t deny how utterly powerful they are. [Continue reading ...]
Abortion ≠ “great”
Recently on the website In These Times, writer Sady Doyle comes right out and says it: “I like abortion.”
Lest anyone think Doyle is being taken out of context, consider that the title of her article is, “Abortion Isn’t a Necessary Evil. It’s Great,” and the subtitle is, “Progressives should admit it: We like abortion.”
This comes on the heels of Janet Harris’ widely shared Washington Post column, “Stop Calling Abortion a Difficult Decision.”
To no one’s surprise, Slate (“My Year As an Abortion Doula”) and HuffPo have also recently had their own Let’s-present-abortion-as-sympathetically-as-we-possibly-can articles. And, very revealingly, America’s leading How to Get Used by a Man Manual—namely, Cosmo—has really been ratcheting up its cheerleading for abortion in 2014.
High school students see the truth about abortion on Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Day Sept. 24 [Photo by John Jansen]
A crack team of pro-life activists came to Chicago’s western suburbs September 24 to take part in a Pro-Life Action League sponsored “Face the Truth” Day.
Joining some of our longtime stalwart volunteers were two first-timers, including one fellow from Texas who was visiting family in central Illinois and drove over 100 miles to be there!
Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of North Avenue and First Avenue in Melrose Park, which allowed us to show the victims of abortion to thousands of passing motorists.
We then moved on to the even busier intersection of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park/Maywood. At one corner of this intersection is a park managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), and when we last visited this site during this year’s weeklong summer Truth Tour, we were threatened with arrest by a forest preserve police officer, who told us that demonstrations are not allowed on forest preserve property. [Continue reading ...]
Facing unseasonably chilly weather for August, a group of committed pro-life activists from northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin joined us August 12 for the 11th annual “Face the Truth” Day in Rockford, Illinois.
As is the case with most days when we show pictures of abortion victims, the reactions from passersby varied considerably, ranging from sincere gratitude and praise to unhinged opposition and even violence.
Nearing the conclusion of the 90-minute stint at our first site at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and Alpine Road, a woman pulled over her car, flagged me down, and said she wanted to thank us for being there.
She said that on one of the occasions when we had visited Rockford years ago, her best friend’s daughter—then a teenager—had seen our abortion victim signs. When she got pregnant a few years later, she said there was no way she could have an abortion, because having seen our signs years before, she knew how awful abortion was, and she made up her mind that she was not going to let that happen to her baby. [Continue reading ...]
Pro-life activists take part in the 2013 Face the Truth day in Rockford, Illinois [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
In early 2011, Northern Illinois Women’s Center, the notoriously creepy abortion center in Rockford, Illinois, closed its doors for good after the state found deplorable health conditions inside.
The local pro-life community was overjoyed at the victory God had granted them after many years of hard work, but even now, they’re not about to rest on their laurels.
In addition to praying and sidewalk counseling at other abortion facilities in northern Illinois, the pro-lifers in Illinois’ third largest city are continuing their longstanding tradition of a summer Face the Truth day, which the Pro-Life Action League will sponsor on Tuesday, August 12.
The Tour will visit three sites over the course of the day: [Continue reading ...]
On July 11, 2014, the Pro-Life Action League set out on our 15th annual “Face the Truth” Tour, bringing images of the victims of abortion to 24 major intersections across northeast Illinois to expose the brutal reality of this barbaric practice.
In addition to the full-time League staff, we were pleased to have four of National Director Joe Scheidler’s 22 grandchildren on this year’s Tour staff: Nate, Sam and Liza Scheidler and Aaron Miller were an indispensable part of the team.
This year’s tour reached hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists with the truth about abortion, and we distributed over 12,000 pieces of pro-life literature to passersby! [Continue reading ...]
On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting this Friday.
But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable—and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.
Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.
But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.
As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading ...]
Next Friday, July 11, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 15th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a huge swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with pictures of abortion victims to show the public the truth about what is all too often characterized merely as a “choice.”
Abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012, and has performed over 15,000 abortions in her career.
On June 18, the Pro-Life Action League visited both of her Chicago abortion facilities to expose the truth about her deadly business.
Our first stop was at All Women’s Health, an abortion clinic operated by Gittler in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. Right from the get-go, by the time we started deploying sign holders, Chicago Police were already on site.
Pro-Life Action League staffer Matt Yonke positioned himself with a Malachi sign a few feet from the entrance to All Women’s, and within minutes, two officers approached and told him he was not allowed to stand within 50 feet of the entrance. [Continue reading ...]
Abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012.
And in the deposition [PDF] she gave as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, Gittler admitted that she has performed nearly 15,000 abortions since 1998.
In her deposition, she also explicitly stated that a Planned Parenthood nurse called 911 to get help for Tonya on the day she died. But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the City of Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League found that no 911 calls were made from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center on the day Tonya Reaves died.
Not only are unborn babies not safe around Mandy Gittler, but neither are their mothers. [Continue reading ...]