Oh I don't disagree with that. But as I said, it's a big can of worms. (Who pays for all the effort to keep that one baby alive, how many others die because resources are spent keeping that one alive that could have been spread out to others, etc., etc.) I'm not saying we shouldn't do it, I'm just saying it's a big topic.
And I don't think the people were mad at either of the two things you mentioned. I think they were mad at the false pretext under which she was introduced - Cerebral Palsy - when the true motive was the Planned Parenthood angle. If I were in that audience, I could feel both joy at having heard her sing, and joy at hearing her story of accomplishments and survival, AND anger at the person for "duping" the audience with the false introduction. I just don't see why there had to be any "duping" at all. Why the false pretext? Why not just bring the woman in and say, by the way, here's the other side of the Planned Parenthood story. So I think that's where the anger was, and that's why I agreed with the first person who posted that comment. (False pretext isn't exactly "Christian-like.")
posted on 06/28/2006 10:25:25 PM PDT
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Why not just bring the woman in and say, by the way, here's the other side of the Planned Parenthood story. So I think that's where the anger was, and that's why I agreed with the first person who posted that comment. (False pretext isn't exactly "Christian-like.")
I'm not sure "false pretext" is quite the right word, here. Everything Harvey said about her was true. Her story was deemed worthy enough to let her open the session. Everyone was upset only because Harvey went on to reveal another "inconvenient truth" about this woman, by discussing her prologue. Should she have been prevented from opening the session because she was an abortion survivor? If that was known, WOULD she have been?
Before you say that "not revealing everything up front isn't exactly Christian-like" - remember, even Jesus was known to hold back certain truths from many people, until just the right moment. (It's not like he started off by telling everyone "I'm the Son of God".)
I'm amused that everyone seems hung up on the lack of "full disclosure" in this case. That's a trait that hasn't always been Planned Parenthood's strong suit. It's hard for me to be upset that someone found a clever way to rain on their parade.
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