As unbelievable as it may seem, some grandmas are advocating for the deaths of their own grandchildren through abortion.
This fall, Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, or GRR!, is celebrating the fact that Maine taxpayers now are being forced to pay for them, too.
The Colby Echo reports the Maine pro-abortion group is becoming widely-known for its state lobbying efforts and bright yellow T-shirts. Founded in 2013, the group promotes abortion on college campuses and at farmers markets across Maine, writes letters to the editor and urges state lawmakers to support abortion on demand, according to the report.
Member Elayne Richard, of Fairfield, bragged to the Echo that her group is one of the reasons why the state now forces taxpayers to fund elective abortions through the state Medicaid program. The legislation passed in May. State taxpayers will pay an estimated $375,000 for abortions annually under the law, WABI TV reports.
“Now, we’re able to have MaineCare pay for abortions; [it is] why we’re able to have other medical providers provide abortions as long as it’s in its scope of practice,” Richard said.
She said her group of grandmothers often show up at the Maine State House in their bright yellow T-shirts to lobby for abortion.
Here’s more from the report:
This recognizable presence serves a more important purpose than just visual recognition: “For laws that are being discussed and debated that are really tough, like MaineCare covering abortion, it’s really important to our supporters there to have us there having their backs. That’s where we sit, right behind them, and that’s what gives them the strength to do what they need to do.”
When asked why GRR! adopted yellow as its signature color, Richard responded, “I think it’s because it’s bold but it’s cheery at the same time. That’s kind of a grandma, bold and cheery.”
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There is nothing cheery about advocating for the deaths of one’s own grandchildren, but that is exactly what the group is doing.
Richard said they want abortion advocates to start talking more about abortion, too. GRR! is urging people to bring up abortion at the Thanksgiving table this year, according to the report.
Encouraging abortion activist to try to find common ground with pro-life family members, Richards said: “If we can start from that, ok we’re not always agreeing on this but when people can see that they have a lot more in common than they don’t have in common, you start seeing people just a little bit different. Also, I think if you’re really passionate and believe in reproductive justice [then] the core of that, that everyone has a right to have children, everyone has a right to not have children, and everyone has a right to raise the children that they chose to have in safe and sustainable communities, that’s pretty hard to argue about.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights has roots in eugenics.
Founder Julia Kahrl grew up in a rich, privileged household. Her father, Clarence Gamble, was a doctor who worked with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, according to The Bangor Daily News. Both Sanger and Gamble were active in prominent eugenics groups that believed that some human beings are less worthy of basic human rights than others.
Gamble began an international organization called Pathfinder Fund to push abortions and birth control as population control measures in developing countries. It was through her work with Pathfinder that Kahrl decided to begin her grannies abortion advocacy group in Maine, according to the Bangor Daily News.