Abortion Nutjobs Take A Hit

Special thanks to my friend John at http://usanow.blogspot.com for his article on this topic. (Which also happened to be the source where I found out about this)

Some of you may remember Operation Rescue. I certainly do, because my family (including me) was heavily involved in Pro Life causes throughout the 1980s. We would go to protests nearly every Saturday. We picketed Planned Parenthood, medical plazas that did abortions, even KU medical center (where at one end they have a premier NICU and at the other end they used to do late term abortions). We even picketed at abortionist’s homes and at the leasing company that leased clinic space to abortionists.

We put the leasing company out of business. People just didn’t want to deal with the stigma of constantly having protesters hanging around.

99% of the protests were completely peaceful, on public ground (like sidewalks) and were completely silent. You always here about shouting matches and pro-life protesters trying to make women feel bad as they entered the clinics. Not true. I was there. If you weren’t there, then shut your mouth. We would stand in silence on the sidewalk holding signs.

There was also Operation Rescue. Operation Rescue was much more aggressive in it’s actions. They would do “Sit-Ins” where they would chain themselves together in front of clinic doors. This was highly effective, and people were all of course arrested. Although it was silent and was peaceful, it was still trespassing. Yes, I understand that trespassing is illegal. Hippies and liberals have been protesting in exactly the same way since the 60s.

I read somewhere that in America we have the right to peaceably assemble… the right to free speech. Oh, now I remember… it’s in the Constitution.

Well, NOW (National Organization of Womyn) and Planned Barrenhood didn’t like the bad press of having protestors holding signs that referred to abortion as murder. Which it is.

They decided their best bet was to go after Operation Rescue, because trespassing is illegal and Operation Rescue was organizing the protests. So they took Randall Terry to court… I’m NOT making this up… on RICO laws. In other words, for protesting and voicing his opinions, they were saying that we was a mob boss. That’s about the size of it.

Well, I hope you are all gasping at the mere thought. Do you want to live in a country without free speech? How about with selective free speech? In order for free speech to exist, it has to exist for everyone. The KKK has it. The NAACP has it. Ted Kennedy has it. Why shouldn’t pro-lifers have it?

Did you know that it’s now illegal for me to stand less than 200 yards from a clinic on PUBLIC property with a sign? I can stand on the sidewalk in front of any other business of any kind and it’s perfectly legal.

NOW and Planned Barrenhood were SO off their nut, that guess who helped defend Randall Terry? You’ll never ever guess in a million years.

The ACLU. Even the ACLU could see that it was an infringement… the first step in the erosion of free speech.

And guess what, the Supreme Pizza Court just voted unanimously AGAINST NOW and Planned Barrenhood. I guess even in this screwed up world, there are a few basic rights that even they can’t deny.

Incredipete

  20 comments for “Abortion Nutjobs Take A Hit

  1. March 23, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah it’s always a pleasure to be minding your own business and going into a clinic to get birth control only to have to see a bunch of fanatics standing around holding signs and abusing MY rights while claiming their own. What I do with my body, whether it’s birth control, medical treatment, or abortion, is MY damn business. Take care of your own body and leave mine the hell alone. And while you’re at it, how about respecting my privacy while I go about my confidential medical errands?

    😛

  2. March 23, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    So you think that free speech should be limited to those people that you personally agree with? Protesters aren’t infringing on your right to go to the clinic and do whatever you like… they’re just making you uncomfortable. (not a crime)

    ALSO, I object to your implication that the baby is “part of your body.” Your body is your body, and the baby’s body is the baby’s body. So let’s not forget about HER right to life, while we’re at it.

  3. March 23, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    No, I think that I should be entitled to visit the doctor without having somebody else’s politics violating my privacy.

  4. March 23, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    By the way, it’s about bloody time for a new survey dontcha think? >>>>>

  5. March 23, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Noone has the right NOT to be made uncomfortable. And thats all that is about. It astounds me that pro-choice groups, get up in arms at the idea that someone would even consider the possibility that sucking the brains out of a fetus is murder to the point that they would go to court to prohibit that opinion. While constantly harping on the whole “Its a womans right”.

    Its as much a womens right to have an abortion as it is a mothers right to slam a vaccumm cleaner hose in the skull of a newborne child and kill him/her, simply because the child is an inconvenience in the womens life or that it reminds her of some horrible past drama.

    This whole thing isn’t about stopping pro-life people from causing physical harm to the women, doctors or nurses involved in abortion, it’s about stopping people from being “uneasy” about working or walking into a freaking clinic.

    Get over it.

  6. March 23, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    The Constitution doesn’t guarantee a “Right to Privacy.” Actually, it’s never mentioned in the Constitution at all. If you are in public, you don’t have a right to even the “expectation of privacy.” Once you go inside the clinic, you are protected by doctor patient priviledge… which is different than saying you have a “right to privacy.”

  7. March 23, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Tell you what, when you MEN are capable of being pregnant THEN and ONLY then do you have a vote. Otherwise, go get a vasectomy so you don’t stand a chance of causing a pregnancy that you do not have to physically be responsible for. Or maybe we women should be able to mandate when you should have a vasectomy. After all, you are trying to dictate to us when we can or cannot be pregnant… REGARDLESS of how we were impregnated. Let’s violate my privacy one step further, shall we? I was raped when I was 13 and got pregnant as a result. For medical reasons childbirth would have killed me. Do you really believe I had no right to an abortion? Not that I care what anyone else thinks. My body, my choice. This is not a sci-fi film, I am not an incubator, I am a person with choices as to my health and welfare.

  8. March 23, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    One more thought and then I’m putting you all back on ignore while I do something productive … Why is it that you pro-life males have all either had a child of your own or plan to produce your own offspring? Not a one of you has full-time custody of a child and yet you are experts on “inconvenient lifestyle”. I don’t see any of you rushing out to adopt a black crack-addict’s baby and raising it as a single parent. Don’t you think that would be the pro-life thing to do??? Shouldn’t it be mandatory that you pro-lifers adopt before you reproduce?

  9. March 23, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, that was pretty hostile.

    The point of my article was this: People in America have a right to any opinion they jolly well please. It doesn’t matter if they’re the only person on Earth with that opinion, they are entitled to have it and to express it.

    On the topic of abortion… I believe that an unborn child is a human being, that life begins at conception, and that killing it is murder. The Bible backs me up on this, and since it’s my right to take the Bible seriously, I will continue to have my beliefs. You have a right to disagree that it is a baby. However, if you believe it’s a baby and you still think it’s a “choice” you can make to kill it, then may God have mercy on us all.

    As to your accusation that I don’t have an adopted child… yes, this is true. My grandparents were foster parents for 35 years and took in over 500 abused and neglected children. I knew almost all of them, and they had a tough life. But not one of them would rather be dead. There are ways to help children who don’t have a home in ways other than adopting them. And, you’re also implying that someone can’t have an opinion unless they have personally done something about it. I think rape is wrong, yet I’ve never gone around hunting rapists and shooting them down like the dogs they are. Does that mean I can’t believe that rape is wrong?

    I think not.

  10. March 23, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Inconvenience is never a justification for murder.

  11. March 23, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    I should say to give further perspective: I don’t believe that a 13 year old can even possibly know what to do in those circumstances, and it’s up to the adults in her life to help her do what needs to be done. If I had a 13 year old daughter who was raped and became pregnant and then had life-threatening complications, I would be trapped in an unbelievably difficult ethical dillemma, and to be honest, I have no idea what I would do. Probably pray. A lot.

    I know and care about many women who have had abortions, and I know that almost without exception they regret it terribly. It’s impossible to change what’s happened in the past, but it’s not impossible to overcome the denial that certainly must be the reason so many people cling to the idea that a baby is just a piece of meat, like a spleen.

  12. Livieloo
    March 23, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    My God, what is this world coming to? I remember those Saturdays of protesting. I still remember what the sign I held said. I love what you write.
    Liv

  13. March 23, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    And, men, although they might be a biological father, have no right to tell the woman not to have an abortion. Doesn’t the father have a biological, moral, and emotional say in the matter? Women don’t even have to notify the father.

  14. March 23, 2006 at 4:09 pm
  15. March 23, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    No hostility intended or implied … just at word to the wise: When opening a can of worms of this magnitude, there is always the chance there may be a rattlesnake inside. You knew when you posted this article that you were inviting inflammatory responses.

    Explain something to me, would you … if it is the Christian belief that murder is wrong no matter what … then how do you justify the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holy Wars, and today’s legal executions under the oh-so-very-Christian government?

  16. March 23, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    (I’m just padding out your comments section by starting a new one now) … as for Planned Parenthood, they are truly an amazing organisation. They have provided education, birth control, and medical services for both men and women as a non-profit corporation. Without their help, there would have been millions more abortions. Performing abortions is a tiny fraction of what they do. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe for a moment that abortion should be used as a method of after-the-fact birth control. I also don’t believe that 99.9% of men have to deal with the full-time consequences of an accidental pregnancy.

  17. March 23, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    Yes, reading the article again, I can see that I focused on the abortion aspect more than I intended to. It was supposed to be an article about free speech.

    As to your question about crusades, et. al., I can only say that all of the killing and whatnot done in God’s name then was also wrong.

    I justify my belief in the death penalty in this way: A “fetus” has not committed a crime. A murderer has committed a crime. I’m pro-victim, and the Bible supports that way of thinking. Do I have justification beyond my religious beliefs and moral convictions? No… I can certainly make logical justifications for my beliefs, but it’s a case of chicken and the egg…

  18. RDC
    March 23, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Re: the article Jenna posted – bit hypocritical that this pro-life message was posed on an animal killed for it’s skin, don’t you think?

    What I think is incredibly unfair is to be called a murderer – screamed at – when you are, in actuality, at the clinic for a gynocological issue unrelated to abortion.

  19. March 24, 2006 at 9:30 am

    My two cents because hey who doesn’t what to hear my line of Bullshit.

    1) If you are Pro-life then you NEED to be anti death sentence. You eithe rbelieve in Death or you do not believe in Death. There is no way situation ethics comes into play. If you need to justify killing you do it accross the board. NOT just when you feel like it.

    2) Women- if the pregnancy is accidental, and YOU decide to keep the baby even if the father doesn’t want it. You are NOT entitled to his money. That descion was made by ONE person and one Person alone so you should hold the financial burden alone too. I applaud those men and women who procreate and raise the kid together.

    3) Protesters need a better Job. The reason you only see the wack jobs out there is because most people have to work. If you have time to protest more than likely you have a union job and are the root of the problems in America and you need to find something else to fucking do.

    4) People Who quote the bible as truth and law are just as dumb as the people who follow L Ron Hubbard, and Dianiatics, and now thanks to the electronic age his bullshit will last longer than the dead sea scrolls.

    5)Most organized religion was founded to keep the masses under some sort of tyrannical rule and have nothing to do with living your life as a good person. I personally believe that there should be mandator abortions. If you are too stupid to work a condom wrapper you shouldn’t be allowed to have a baby. Insted of Birth control pills and developing new forms of birthcontrol I think they should develop a pill that makes seaman taste like chocolate…pregnancy and over population solved in one fell swoop.

    Now shut the fuck up and go back to work you whiney loud mouths dorks.

  20. March 24, 2006 at 10:04 am

    I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.

    ~George Carlin

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