Let’s Talk Anti-Choice

From:  Aurora police probe incident near Planned Parenthood clinic — chicagotribune.com

Authorities are seeking a woman accused of harassing and grabbing an employee of an Aurora clinic that offers abortions and has been the site of protests and conflict.

Aurora police are investigating the months-old incident as a comparatively minor charge of misdemeanor battery, but it highlights the uneasy standoff between the protesters and the clinic, which offers family planning services, including abortions.

He alleged incident happened nearly one year after the opening of the clinic, on Oct. 2, 2007, and occurred during a 40-day protest by the Pro-Life Action League.

Eric Scheidler, spokesman for the Pro-Life Action League, said he first heard of the alleged incident Monday, but he doesn’t believe his group’s volunteers would physically harass Planned Parenthood employees.

I am going to refrain from using a large brush here; however, there are a number of documented instances of people being harassed at Abortion Clinics.   Mr. Scheidler should at least have the courage to say, “If this occurred, we are sorry.  We plan on cooperating with the police on this matter.”

He won’t.  Despite seeing this as a “holy crusade” to save babies, I honestly don’t think a many anti-choicers ever stand up and take responsibility for their actions.  They JUSTIFY their actions, saying that they need to defend fetuses; however, do they actually go to the mat for their beliefs?

If you are going to take a stand for something, then you take the stand all the way.  You do the deed and suffer the societal consequences:  Even if those consequences mean you go into hiding and forgo a normal life.

The only thing these so-called Pro-Lifers have in their favor is their rhetoric.  They’re prolife.  Peel the layer of “pro-life” and you find individuals who are , in fact, just Anti-Abortion.  Pro-life isn’t just about zygotes and fetuses.  Pro-life means Anti-Death penalty.  Pro-Life means a standard of living for all of God’s Children.  Pro Life means taking stances for ALL Life–not just the proto-human inside someone’s uterus.  How do I know this?  Once upon a time, I was a practicing catholic.  The church’s stance on what is Pro-Life is pretty well spelled out (emphasis mine).

The Church’s mission to defend human life applies over the entire course of life, from conception to natural death. And so the Catholic Church has been a strong supporter of the civil rights movement and a leader in international relief and development efforts. Catholic hospitals and other health-care facilities form the largest network of private, not-for-profit health care providers in the United States. Catholic Charities USA — one of a number of Catholic charitable groups — is currently the single largest provider of social services to all Americans, regardless of race, creed or national origin.

Being Anti-Abortion means you are Anti-Choice.  This philosophy removes a significant option from a woman’s right to chose what is to happen to her zygote or fetus.  Pro-Life is a bullshit term conjured to make some unsympathetic protesters palatable.   Pushing, pulling and yelling at women who are going through a difficult situation.  That is a deplorable method of achieving one’s ends.

The wonderful thing about this, in order to justify or take responsibility for their actions, most AntiChoicers have to take a position held by the Radical Saul Alinksy:  “The question is not do the ends justify the means.  The question is do these particular ends justify these particular means.”  Granted, he is not the originator of such a sentiment–but it is a sentiment popularized by a left winger.

So, for the last time, we as a nation should stop framing the Debate as Pro-Choice or Pro-life.  It is pro-choice and anti-choice.  Get it straight.

update 1:  Currently, an Anti-Choice organization was picked this article and not cited me.  I wrote them a polite letter and asked to have my content removed from their site.  I’m giving them 24 hours before I change the nature of this post.

Update 2:  Plan #1 wouldn’t work for two reasons: First, the changes would only appear to those who load the page. Second, and pointed out by my consiglari, the proposed changes would go against the tone I wanted for discussion.  Therefore, I need to think about Plan #2.