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January 21, 2011

Abortion Opponents See Political Openings

Abortion-related news is heating up just before tomorrow's 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The political mood this year is quite different from 2009 after President Obama's inauguration and in 2010 close to Scott Roeder's conviction of killing late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller, the Associated Press reports.

Republican governors who oppose abortion were elected in Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Just after its repeal of the health care law, House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the No Tax-Payer Funding for Abortion Act on Thursday, Politico reports.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania doctor was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran stories of women who were left scarred by their experiences in the clinic.

In 2001, Davida Johnson changed her mind about aborting her 6-month fetus after seeing Gosnell's dazed, bloodied patients in his recovery room, she said. But in the treatment room, Gosnell's staffers ignored her protests, smacked her, tied her arms down and sedated her into unconsciousness, she said. She awoke no longer pregnant.

Weeks later, she said, she was diagnosed with a venereal disease that she believes she contracted from unsterilized equipment Gosnell used. Now, she can't carry a baby to term and said she has miscarried four times since her abortion.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) is in the spotlight for remarks in made in an interview with Christian News Service. He said, "The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person, human life is not a person, then, I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'" He stood by his remarks in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren.

CT previously covered some strategies to watch in 2011. President of Americans United for Life Charmaine Yoest said in a statement that state-based approaches are “changing the momentum towards life at the state level. We are seeing a cultural shift toward protecting life and rolling back the tide of unrestricted abortions that Roe v. Wade produced.”

Politico's Sarah Kliff reports that Republicans are placing a high legislative priority on the abortion issue.

“This is a very serious threat,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told POLITICO in a Thursday morning interview. “These folks have just taken office and this is what they’re focusing on…Based on what we’re seeing, just few days after the start of Congress, we’re absolutely ready for a very serious fight.”

AUL released a ranking of how states deal with abortion, euthanasia and other issues. The top five states were 1: Oklahoma, 2: Louisiana, 3: Pennsylvania, 4: Arkansas and 5: Texas. Sitting at the bottom were New Jersey, Vermont, Hawaii, California, and Washington.


Michigan Governor Snyder is wrongly described as pro-life--he has taken no public stances regarding abortion and other soio-political issues.

How many of the Roe folks, when they're pushing for an end to abortion, will also push the Republicans to provide more services for people who bear children they can't afford or don't want (i.e., due to rape)? The Republicans scream about the importance of life, but they hate the mothers so much that they would rather watch them die starving on a street corner than extend any help to them. Curse the men who would force a teenaged rape victim to give birth, then deny her the basic care needed for herself and the child.

Christians provide far more aid to expectant mothers both during pregnancy and after than any secular organization. This is demonstrably provable. The accusations that TSJ make are absolutely baseless.

But don't think the demonstrable falsity of TSJ's assertions will stop him/her. These just spout out as if by magic.

REB -- If that is all you see, you are blind. I do not doubt or deny that there is misogyny within Christian organizations. But the "Christ" within Christianity can be demonstrated in the protection of vulnerable human life.

TSJ -- Most Republicans see the charitable work of helping those women in need as not the government's role. Instead, it would be the role of private non-profits, namely church and parachurch organizations. And, indeed, they do a *lot* -- but this is often denied by Democrats/Liberals/pro-choice movement because the aid isn't coming through government options.

Within Christianity, the debate as to whether or not government has a role in these charitable efforts continues. On the "government should indeed have safety neets and be an active part of social justice" side you have Jim Wallis and Sojourners. On the other side is Focus on the Family etc. But both are generally in favor of protecting life in the womb.

A warning to the extremists on both sides -- if you refuse to listen and understand one another, everyone will suffer: women and the unborn. Pro-choice folks, don't dare deny the horror of what happens in the actual abortion procedure. Don't hide behind the language of rights. Pro-life folks, drop the pride and save the righteous indignation for the true enemy (Satan), not employees and supporters of Planned Parenthood. And deeply consider the very issue these pro-choice folks accuse us of: misogyny and denial of rights. From a one-on-one basis, we must be willing to have long conversations and consider what is meant by these slogans, sound bites, and hurled insults.

I think abortion is wrong, but that it should be allowed ONLY if the mother or baby's life is in great danger! I would rather see the baby born premature than aborted, and with the great advancements in the care for premature births, the chances of the baby having a normal life is greater than 10 or 15 years ago! If the baby needs special care there are some government programs available to help. BUT it should be up to the Pro lifers to help more than the government! Having para church and para denomiaational organizations would help, but there is only money spent in trying to prevent abortions instead of helping others, and I think that is very UNCHRISTIAN like.

Doug, many Pro-Life supporters regularly donate monies to [u]Crisis Pregnancy Centers[\u]. They operate in most towns of any size. They also provide pregnancy testing and help out with maternity clothes before the baby comes and diapers, formula, baby car seats etc. after the baby is born.

Lots of Christian radio stations take the Roe v Wade anniversary to partner with their local CPC's and help them raise funds/donations during this time of the year.