Jill Stanek reported this week that the pro-choice blog RH Reality Check has decided to scrap “On Common Ground,” its attempt to “bridge the divide” between the two sides in the abortion debate less than a year after its launch. Calls for “common ground” like those issued by RH Reality Check are always doomed to fail, because predictably, one of the first proposals is an increased push for contraception â€” which is a non-starter. Not long after learning of RH Reality Check’s decision to abort “On Common Ground”, I learned (via Pro-Life Florida) that Orlando abortionist Randall Whitney had been arrested earlier this year for slapping one of his patients as he was preparing her for an abortion. (See Whitney’s booking photo at left.) If the “pro-choice” movement were truly interested in finding “common ground,” they might start here: Denouncing creepy abortionists like Whitney would surely be something that both sides in the abortion debate can agree on. Right?
“Pro-Choice” = Pro-Woman?
After all, if the major “pro-choice” organizations really cared about women, wouldn’t we expect them to lead the charge condemning Whitney’s act of slapping a woman he was preparing for an abortion? In a word: No. As of this writing, there is not a word about Randall Whitney on the websites of NOW, NARAL, or Planned Parenthood. For one other example, remember the Philadelphia abortion facility run by Kermit Gosnell, where a woman died following an abortion last fall? A few months later, following an investigation into Gosnell’s facility, state authorities suspended his license and ordered his facility closed after they discovered “deplorable and unsanitary conditions” there. As of this writing, there is no mention of Gosnell’s name on any of the Big Three “pro-choice” organizations’ websites either. Calling out the thugs and hacks in the abortion industry should be something both pro-life and “pro-choice” organizations can agree on. Yet “pro-choice” organizations have no interest. So much for their being pro-woman. And so much for “common ground”. [Cross-posted at Pro-Life Action League]