Before Thanksgiving, Planned Parenthood had put on its Twitter page still another tasteless rip-off of a cherished American holiday.
Among other memes, I saw the one reproduced below from Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota:
- Even if Your Voice Shakes
- How to Talk About Reproductive Rights
There is a link to a Facebook post. You learn there is an event next week about which Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota leads with this tease:
We’ve all been there. You’re chatting away with your neighbor or uncle and abortion comes up. You’re left frozen, or worse, in a heated argument. Don’t you wish you could have experts from Planned Parenthood there to coach you through these tough conversations?
Not to worry. Just come to this winery and cider house in Minneapolis (which happens to be located about six blocks from where I grew up) and
Bring your most cringe-worthy, blood-boiling memories from those conversations where you wish you could go back in time and say just the right thing. Together, we’ll work through these moments so that next time we can stand a little bit taller and feel a little more confident in our response.
Let’s see. I wonder what advice—what “coaching”—could PPFA “experts” provide? Well….
- Abortion is health care. “Health care”? Yes, it is. A bit tough on the second party but just ignore anything from your old uncle who might say something like what if his sister had practiced this “health care” on you?
- Abortion is removing the contents of the uterus. These “contents” resemble uterine fibroids. Granted, uterine fibroids don’t have fingers and toes nor in the first trimester do more than 90 percent of body parts emerge and begin to function. But you get the point.
- Abortion is essential to autonomy (aka, controlling her own body). If your neighbor observes that more than half of the babies (er, “uterine contents”) are female and they don’t get to exercise any autonomy, just move on to the talking point. If she says something along the lines of that in her experience, the bodily dynamic between an unborn child and her mother is unique and that the autonomy argument turns common sense and justice upside down, just clear your throat and plow ahead.
- Abortion later in pregnancy is even more justified than aborting earlier. Pardon? Well, in almost all cases, the mother has learned that the child has fatal anomalies or continuing the pregnancy could cause the mother’s death.
If your aunt asks where did you get that information, say “everybody knows that.” Ironically, the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion industry’s in-house think tank, has (reluctantly) exposed that lie.
Most women who have abortions after 20 weeks fall into five profiles:
1) Single mothers with other children.
2) Depression or substance abuse.
3) Relationship issues or domestic violence.
4) Trouble deciding earlier in the pregnancy.
5) Young and without children.
- Abortions after 20 weeks are not intrinsically awful. It’s just pro-lifers exploiting the situation with misleading and inflammatory language. The kid (er, uterine contents)feels nothing, and besides, dead is dead. If your own Mom looks at you in disbelief, tell her you’re either in or you’re out. You either need a reason or you don’t. And if your voice begins to shake, shake it off. You’re doing it for the Sisterhood.
From that point going forward, the wise PPFA “expert” will tell the pro-choice advocate the best strategy is to deny, minimize, and change the topic. Because someone is bound to bring up fetal pain, babies being torn apart limb from limb and bleeding to death, the use of tools that remind you of a mini-slaughterhouse, and the like.
But, lucky for them, next Wednesday these pro-choice student activists will be at a winery and cider house. They can do their best to envelope their consciences in a blurry haze.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.