"Just Tell Them...

I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."

Susan B. Anthony

Sunday, May 17, 2009

How To Lose The Pro-Choice PR Battle: Lessons From Notre Dame

Gallup would seem to suggest that the country is lurching to the Right on the Pro-Life issue.

Is it any wonder, really? I mean... when I see this:

it is no mystery to me whatsoever why Pro-Choicers are losing the PR battle.

H/T to PUMA blogger, Texas Darlin' who called my attention to this video. She apparently agrees that this kind of action is going waaaayyyyy too far.

Look, I am Pro-Choice. But I am also Pro-Free-Speech, and Pro-Freedom of Religion. I don't condone hauling 80 year old priests off of the property of their own schools and churches in handcuffs.

Abortion is a complex issue. Personally, I support a ban on late term abortions. As a nurse, I have seen what bordered on an LTA. You can tell me that wasn't murder, until you are blue in the face. I know what it looked like. And how it felt. It is not something I can allow myself to be part of again. Ever.

I believe in amnesty for doctors and nurses who object, out of conscience, to ANYTHING. That includes abortion and circumcision. I think there should be a process by which they can become C.O.s. Just as young pacifists who cannot serve, out of conscience, in the military do. I am sick to death of being bludgeoned by my sisters in the Pro-Choice movement, who tell me that by merit of my license, I should be required to participate in ANY procedure that ANY individual patient requests. No matter how heinous.

There I said it!

A few years ago... I would have simply said "I am Pro-Choice." No qualifiers.

I don't know if Pro-Choice advocates are planning to lose this round. Or if they really are just this out of touch? But, I can say this.... after fighting for thirty years, for a woman's right to choose ... many of their positions seem preposterous to me at this moment.

Can anyone here enlighten me as to what my sister's in the movement are thinking? (And don't feed me that "Slippery Slope" B.S. I am way beyond that, and simply do not buy it.)



  1. In response to one of my favorite blogs: http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com , I'll add this:

    Notre Dame is apparently doing a good job if only 18 protesters were arrested. I do believe, from the footage I have seen, these were people who intended to participate in civil disobedience.They knew they would be arrested.

    No students were involved, and there was no violence that I could see.

    Again, kudos to Notre Dame!

  2. Anonymous12:21 PM


    Good post. Today my blog also tackled the whole abortion issue. I remain pro-choice despite being a Republican. I feel that it is a privacy issue. The Notre Dame situation however in my view is somewhat understandable. Obama should not be given a degree. He can speak but the school's rules do say that he should not receive an honorary degree if he is pro-choice.

  3. good post like it
    “The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation --must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.”