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I feel like I shouldn't even need to explain this.

On their website the Family Research Council recently posted an article about how they're marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with the headline Life Begins At 40. I glanced at the piece:

For four decades, families have traveled over miles of wintry highways in the hope that their trips to Washington, D.C. will someday end--and with it, one of the darkest periods of... Okay, yeah, whatever, crazy people with the carnage posters. But your message here is not getting across. Because "Life Begins At 40" doesn't sound like a slogan. It sounds like a really serious policy change. It sounds like instead of trying to meet the feminists of America halfway, you've just leapfrogged over them and run straight into some morally dark territory. I was thinking it was maybe some intern's error. Someone would catch it. And then the president of the FRC, Tony Perkins, tweeted it. So I had to reply.

"Killing a 39 year-old is still homicide in my book," I tweeted at him. He hasn't gotten back yet.

Dear FRC: Here's why you're capable of saying and writing unfortunate things like this. It's because you're not really listening to yourself. You're not hearing how awful you come across sometimes. Like when you refer to demonstrations against same-sex couples in France as a "new French resistance," portraying gay people who want to get married as Nazis. Or when you produce this pamphlet on how to argue against abortion in cases of rape and incest. Or when you equate Planned Parenthood with slave owners in the South. When you do this you reveal that you don't care if there's any connection whatsoever between your rhetoric and the terrible policies you want to inflict on the powerless in our society.

You say whatever you think will work.

Sometimes the results are - and I really mean this - wonderful.


(NOTE: You've heard about the GOP vote-rigging, but did you know about the connection to Big Coal? I started following the money and wrote about it here.)

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  •  The freakin' FRC is too loathsome for words (0+ / 0-)

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:43:29 AM PST

  •  There is some cognitive disconnect in the (2+ / 0-)
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    binary brains of the Cons. They perceive reality in pairs, two by two, but the parts are antagonistic and never merge to become one. They are self-centered and their whole environment is permanently antagonistic towards them. So, they feel, they have to defend themselves.
    I almost wonder if they experienced the womb as a prison from which they barely escaped alive and this accounts for their resentment of that space.
    If we were to research it, perhaps we'd find that most of the people consumed by angst when it comes to reproductive issues were what we call "difficult births" whose mothers never let them forget the desperate straits she went through to give them life.

    Children sometimes have funny ideas. Our second child used to think he was unwanted because he was born fourteen months after his sister. I had to tell him that, if he hadn't been wanted, he wouldn't have been born. I'm not sure that was entirely satisfactory, but it's the truth.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:04:27 AM PST

  •  We need to stop arguing about abortion (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously. You will never change anyone's mind. Ever. People are sternly divided into two discreet camps: you believe life begins at conception or you believe life begins at birth. There is no overlap. There is no arguing. If you believe life begins at conception, then killing a 6 week old child is the same as killing a 40 year old man. This view is demonized by many as being insane, but truthfully it is, and has been upheld by classical argument authors as, the more logically consistent of the two positions (note that logically consistent doesn't necessarily mean correct).

    So here's what I propose: instead of trying to convince pro-lifers that abortions are great, try and convince them that it's none of the federal or state government's business to know what kind of potentially life-saving operation a doctor performs on a woman. We should not be in the business of outlawing medicine. Keep in mind, most pro-lifers these days are self-proclaimed "libertarians". Watch them twist up and have to justify their two positions that are at odds.

    You have a much better chance of progress with this angle, trust me. I'm pro-life to the core. I believe life starts at conception. But abortions are sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother. It's an unfortunate reality of life. Having state laws on the books that restrict access to abortions makes the life-saving medical procedures more difficult to perform.

    I also accept that some people disagree with me and that it is a potential gray area. Just because I personally would never want my wife to have an abortion does not mean I think I'm infallible and that no woman should have an abortion ever under any circumstances.

    It is possible to be pro-life and support women's reproductive rights. My belief's prove it.

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