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'I Have Had an Abortion,' Mag Asks Women to Declare
CNSNews.com ^ | 08/01/2006 | Alison Espach

Posted on 08/01/2006 12:27:21 PM PDT by superpedro

(CNSNews.com) - Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion."

The petition targets the recent South Dakota abortion ban, which has been stayed until voters in the state decide on the November ballot whether they want to overturn the ban.

"Whatever happens in South Dakota, 17 states now have trigger laws or pre-Roe bans that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade," Ms. Magazine warns.

The South Dakota case is the likeliest avenue for Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, to eventually be challenged in the nation's highest court.

The Ms. Magazine petition asks females to "publicly join the millions of women in the United States who have had an abortion in demanding a repeal of laws that restrict women's reproductive freedom." Then the magazine asks for money.

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, told Cybercast News Service that the pitch from Ms. Magazine takes "absurdity to a new level with a campaign bragging about their past abortions."

"These women are celebrating an act of violence that has proven traumatic for millions of mothers and deadly for their innocent pre-born children," Brown stated. "We know from all the research that's been done that most woman who have aborted their children are number one, not proud of what they did, and number two, are not going to come out and publicly say that they are," she said.

But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is "a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S." and promises to send all of the petition signatures it collects to the Bush White House.

According to Ms. Magazine, illegal abortions in the 1970s caused untold suffering in the United States, "especially for poor women who had to resort to unsafe self-induced or back-alley abortions."

The magazine also claims that in developing nations each year, "approximately 70,000 women and girls die from botched and unsafe abortions and another 500,000 maternal deaths occur," although it does not cite the source of those statistics.

The petition states that the Bush administration's international family planning policies, including the funding of abstinence-only education, contribute to the death toll because the policies do not provide comprehensive information and resources.

Brown cited post-abortion research conducted by the Springfield, Ill., based Elliot Institute. The Institute reported in 1997 on its survey of women eight weeks after they had undergone an abortion. Forty-four percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent said they experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent said they regretted their decision and 11 percent admitted that they had been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their family doctor.

"Of course, it is in the best interest of the feminist movement to make sure the women don't have a guilty conscience or negative feelings towards their abortion," Brown added.

The Ms. Magazine campaign, Brown said is fueled by fears of the growing "pro-life" movement.

"The biggest reason why they are doing this is because they are petrified," said Brown. "The pro life movement has made tremendous advances in Congress, in the state legislatures and it continues to move forward. And I think that some of this is to frighten the complacent woman who has had an abortion into thinking that if they don't do something they will lose their 'right to abortion.'"

Feminist Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1971 and served as its aggressive spokeswoman for many years. But since 2001 the magazine has been owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation, whose president is Eleanor Smeal.

In 2006 Steinem's name doesn't appear until the 12th paragraph of a "HerStory" section on the magazine's website.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: babykillers; bloodlust; liberalmedia; moralabsolutes; msmagazine; postabortivewomen; proaborts; radicalfeminists
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1 posted on 08/01/2006 12:27:23 PM PDT by superpedro
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To: superpedro
Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion killed my child."

There we go. Much more accurate.

2 posted on 08/01/2006 12:31:09 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: superpedro

That's like "Pyschology Today" urging readers to write in if they've had a lobotomy.


3 posted on 08/01/2006 12:32:18 PM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." - Douglas MacArthur)
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To: superpedro
"Whatever happens in South Dakota, 17 states now have trigger laws or pre-Roe bans that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade," Ms. Magazine warns."

Translation: Hey girls! Hurry up and get yer bones jumped now and kill yer unborn child, while it's still legal!
4 posted on 08/01/2006 12:35:39 PM PDT by jdm (Tagline locked due to extensive sidebar abuse.)
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To: RexBeach
"That's like "Pyschology Today" urging readers to write in if they've had a lobotomy."

They'd be in a hole lot of trouble if they asked that.
5 posted on 08/01/2006 12:36:44 PM PDT by jdm (Tagline locked due to extensive sidebar abuse.)
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To: superpedro

They should just wear a tshirt that says it instead.
My guess is they're looking for women who are proud of killing their babies. I doubt they'll get very many real names. Maybe some should submit the name Bebe Killa.


6 posted on 08/01/2006 12:36:45 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: jdm

"Translation: Hey girls! Hurry up and get yer bones jumped now and kill yer unborn child, while it's still legal!"

Get it while the gettin's good!


7 posted on 08/01/2006 12:37:18 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: superpedro
Half of the people who have undergone an abortion should raise a banner saying "My Mama killed me".

Oh, wait, they can 't.

8 posted on 08/01/2006 12:37:35 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Trillian

Bebe Killa, isn't that a rapper?


9 posted on 08/01/2006 12:37:54 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: superpedro

They should have a blank page and say that's where the aborted children signed.


10 posted on 08/01/2006 12:38:00 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: RexBeach
That's like "Pyschology Today" urging readers to write in if they've had a lobotomy.

No, it's more like NAMBLA urging members to say "I've molested a child". Way more evil than a lobotomy.

11 posted on 08/01/2006 12:39:31 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (More and more churches are nada scriptura.)
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To: superpedro; All

I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. It was relayed as a tortured and terrible decisions which they all regretted at some level.

This is the ultimate in support group stupidity. How about an ad so axe murderers can declare pride and self worth. Perhaps "pulled the plug on a loved ones life support pride parade"?



12 posted on 08/01/2006 12:39:47 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: superpedro

This campaign is very similar to the one years ago in France, which was partly responsible for liberalizing laws there. Women from all walks of life were included, and the largest "John Hancock" at the top of the list was Catherine Deneuve's.


13 posted on 08/01/2006 12:40:42 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: superpedro

***Hey, look at me! I killed my unborn child!!! I AM A MURDERER!***


MMMMmmm. Not very bright are they? I thought this was "private" decision. Guess not.


14 posted on 08/01/2006 12:41:40 PM PDT by tioga
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To: superpedro

Ms. Magazine editor (editrix?): I am a botched abortion


15 posted on 08/01/2006 12:42:15 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: FourtySeven
Under every single one of these stories should be a disclaimer:

"Her aborted child could not be reached for comment."

16 posted on 08/01/2006 12:47:09 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: superpedro

They are looking for women who are proud of being monsters.

It has always seemed to me that, in order to perform an abortion, you have to kill more than the developing child. You also have to kill that part of a woman which, more than anything else, wants to protect her children. This "maternal instinct" is hard-wired into normal women. You have to make a woman abnormal -- something less than a woman -- to persuade her to have an abortion. Either that, or you will have a woman with enormous emotional problems later on.


17 posted on 08/01/2006 12:48:04 PM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: superpedro

Look out for a supportive "I have had an abortion" bracelet, to be worn like a badge of honor.

I'd assume the bracelet, much like the overworn yellow bracelet worn by John Kerry for Lance Armstrong, will be appropriately RED. For blood.

They could even put the words on the bracelet.

I'd not sugarcoat it though. Should be "I paid someone to murder my unborn infant" is more accurate.


18 posted on 08/01/2006 12:48:09 PM PDT by sandbar
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To: superpedro

Better yet, start having public abortions - right there in the storefront on Main Street USA. Let's let everyone see how great this "procedure" is.

And while we're at it, let's have the gays show us what "gay sex" really means. Show us all what you do to each other in the "privacy of your bedroom."


19 posted on 08/01/2006 12:48:10 PM PDT by GianniV
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To: longtermmemmory

>>>I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. It was relayed as a tortured and terrible decisions which they all regretted at some level. >>>

Even the rabid pro-abortion women who have been honest have admitted that if they have had one.


20 posted on 08/01/2006 12:49:17 PM PDT by sandbar
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To: lady lawyer

"They are looking for women who are proud of being monsters."

My guess is that they're just trying to show how common it is. And it is.


21 posted on 08/01/2006 12:49:30 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: superpedro

"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."

- Mother Teresa, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 3, 1994.


22 posted on 08/01/2006 12:53:04 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: linda_22003
Oh, you mean they're taking the old "everyone does it, therefore it's right" tack? Funny, I thought that argument stopped being persuasive around age 12.

But wait, I thought Bill Clinton said abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare". What happened?

23 posted on 08/01/2006 12:54:40 PM PDT by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Campion

Apparently the numbers are going down, but I agree that it's hardly reached the "rare" stage.


24 posted on 08/01/2006 12:55:31 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: superpedro
The need TV commercials using the theme song "celebration" showing sad women with big bellies going in and happy, dancing women coming out.

That will get their message out the proper way.

25 posted on 08/01/2006 12:56:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975)
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To: superpedro

I like this tee shirt:

"Why wasn't Hillary Aborted?"


26 posted on 08/01/2006 12:56:48 PM PDT by GianniV
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To: longtermmemmory

"I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. "

Over the years I've know two gals well enough for that subject to come up and for them to relay their feelings on the matter. Short version: deep, bone crushing REGRET despite the event being many many years prior. You won't get that from Planned Parenthood.


27 posted on 08/01/2006 12:58:11 PM PDT by mad puppy ( The Southern border is THE issue)
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To: lady lawyer

Trust me on this, many women who are otherwise normal do NOT have a maternal instinct hard wired into them.

Signed,

The guy who wakes up in the middle of the night with his child because the child's mother won't.


28 posted on 08/01/2006 12:58:12 PM PDT by Utahrd
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To: GianniV

Possibly because her parents wanted her or...possibly because abortion was illegal. A case of be careful what you wish for? :)


29 posted on 08/01/2006 12:58:45 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
My guess is that they're just trying to show how common it is. And it is.

So is domestic violence. I don't see too many guys out there wearing "Proud Wifebeater" tee-shirts.
30 posted on 08/01/2006 1:00:02 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: Utahrd

A lot of us don't. I never did, so I never had any. Lots of people on FR have enjoyed telling me how "unnatural" I am for that, but I think it's the right decision when you know you have absolutely no interest in it.


31 posted on 08/01/2006 1:00:38 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: superpedro

Women won't have true reproductive freedom until men are removed from the reproductive process.


32 posted on 08/01/2006 1:00:54 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: superpedro
A better idea would be for someone who has been involved with an abortion to contact the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing at 1-800-5WE-CARE.
33 posted on 08/01/2006 1:00:58 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (Give me Liberty or give me the ACLU)
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To: linda_22003
Ms. magazine takes an idea from Penthouse and begins a special forum for the "wonderful" and "intriguing" stories of women and their abortions.

It has the same effect on the far left as the Penthouse Forums.

34 posted on 08/01/2006 1:01:11 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975)
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To: superpedro

I actually think this is a great idea. I predict a very low response. The editors of this magazine are under the impression that the millions of women who have had this procedure done are more than happy and proud to tell about it. When in fact, I don't think any of them are very proud to tell about it.

They will ignore all the responses from the women who regret what they did, because it doesn't fit their agenda. But I bet those responses will outweigh the very small number (if any) who say "yes I did it, and I'd do it again tomorrow."

Very few of the activists who campaign on the pro-abortion side have had this procedure done. In fact, I can't think of any. It is a very feminine, a very womanizing feeling to bear and have a baby. To reject this is to reject nature and everything that is good and right. It more than likely leads to depression, feeling unfeminine, and de-womanized.

And as for the magazine's quote: "But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is 'a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S.'"

Common?? So much for safe, legal, and RARE, huh gals?


35 posted on 08/01/2006 1:03:17 PM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: Antoninus

I'm just making a guess at the motivation. A lot of guys do make the fashion mistake of wearing wifebeater t-shirts, whether they're proud or not I don't know.


36 posted on 08/01/2006 1:03:20 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: Utahrd
Trust me on this, many women who are otherwise normal do NOT have a maternal instinct hard wired into them.

Of course not. After the last 40 years of brainwashing from birth to schools to television and movies there ain't very many 'normal' people left.

37 posted on 08/01/2006 1:04:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975)
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To: GeronL

Oh, you mean all those made up letters that say, "I never thought it would happen to me...."?


38 posted on 08/01/2006 1:05:28 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003
This campaign is very similar to the one years ago in France, which was partly responsible for liberalizing laws there. Women from all walks of life were included, and the largest "John Hancock" at the top of the list was Catherine Deneuve's.

Oooh. How noble of them to mount a PR campaign to convince society that child killing should be legal. It takes a special breed of wickedness to commit and evil act and then proclaim it proudly and unrepentantly to the world.
39 posted on 08/01/2006 1:06:28 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: BaBaStooey

CHOICE comes BEFORE pregnancy, not afterwards.


40 posted on 08/01/2006 1:06:39 PM PDT by Carolinamom (Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue. ---Barry Goldwater)
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To: superpedro

This is so hypocritical. Wasn't the whole "basis" for Roe v Wade because of the right to privacy. Now woman want to scream it to the world. Like AnnCoulter said, its a sacrament of the religion of the left.


41 posted on 08/01/2006 1:07:00 PM PDT by thepatriot1 (...brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue)
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To: linda_22003

Common or not, women who would respond to this solicitation are monsters.


42 posted on 08/01/2006 1:08:58 PM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Carolinamom

I always make the point that I am not against choice, I am against abortion. There is a difference.


43 posted on 08/01/2006 1:09:49 PM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: Utahrd

Your comment contains its own response. Such women are only "otherwise normal."


44 posted on 08/01/2006 1:10:28 PM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: linda_22003
Lots of people on FR have enjoyed telling me how "unnatural" I am for that, but I think it's the right decision when you know you have absolutely no interest in it.

You should know by now that the martyr routine doesn't play well here. You show up on every thread where these issues arise and have the exact same song to sing on every one--all the while claiming to be "anti-abortion"--in exactly the same way Mario Cuomo was.
45 posted on 08/01/2006 1:12:25 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: superpedro

Ms Mag did this before, and ran a full page ad in the NY Times. Women who had an abortion ( or two or three ) contributed and signed the petition.


46 posted on 08/01/2006 1:12:40 PM PDT by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO WANT TO TAKE OVER YOUR COUNTRY !)
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To: superpedro

It never ceases to amaze me when otherwise intelligent people willingly embrace evil, even defend it. Congratulations, Ms Magazine, on making this kind of evil look fashionable.


47 posted on 08/01/2006 1:13:21 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: jdm
Translation: Hey girls! Hurry up and get yer bones jumped now and kill yer unborn child, while it's still legal!

If she doesn't make her mandatory sacrifice to Gaia before age 21, she'll be left out of the Sisterhood. ;)

48 posted on 08/01/2006 1:15:00 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Antoninus

Then stop reading my posts if you've seen them before. :) If you see martyrdom in my posts, you haven't comprehended them no matter HOW many times you've seen them.


49 posted on 08/01/2006 1:15:41 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: linda_22003

If the point is to proclaim it proudly they should do the TV spot I described further up this page.


50 posted on 08/01/2006 1:15:51 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975)
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