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Abortion Advocates Misrepresent American Pro-Life Movement After Tiller Shooting
Life News ^ | 6/5/09 | Maria Vitale

Posted on 06/07/2009 9:28:27 AM PDT by wagglebee

LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an editorial opinion columnist for LifeNews.com. She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

The pro-life movement I've seen and heard portrayed in the mainstream media and in the "abortion rights" blogosphere bears no resemblance to the pro-life movement that I work in everyday.

I've seen the movement branded with accusations ranging from violence to harassment to hate speech. Some particularly slanderous accounts have tried to label pro-life advocates as accessories to murder, even though organizations such as National Right to Life were swift to condemn the murder of late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller in Wichita.

Those who I work beside in the pro-life movement tend to be humble types—not the kind to trumpet their own accomplishments. They are the image of compassion and caring, yet they don't devote time to fashioning their public image.

The great untold story in news coverage about the abortion issue involves the achievements of the pro-life movement. And there are many, even though you are unlikely to hear about them on evening television and radio broadcasts. When you examine the record of the movement, rather than simply listening to the rhetoric of the pro-abortion lobby, you find:

The creation of a safety net for pregnant women and their families.

America’s pregnancy resource centers offer both material and moral support to women facing challenging pregnancies. These centers provide free assistance to women, from the first pregnancy test to their baby’s first words, and beyond. The centers do not simply dispense diapers—they offer everything from life skill classes to daycare referrals to “mentor moms” who can provide support to women at crucial points in their lives. During tough economic times, this safety net becomes all the more critical.

The establishment of services for post-abortive women.

Retreats such as Rachel’s Vineyard offer hope and emotional healing to women who mourn children lost to abortion. There is somewhere to go for women who are having difficulty dealing with the aftermath of their abortions, and the pro-life movement has provided that place of solace. Those women who regret their abortions can also find their collective voice through groups such as the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which recognize the tragic effects of abortion and hold that women deserve better than abortion.

Adoptive families for children—including special needs children.

A number of couples have made good on their pro-life commitment by welcoming adopted children into their families. Some of these families have taken on the special challenge of raising children with physical and/or mental disabilities. Where would our nation’s children be without these loving families?

Crisis intervention for victims of abuse.

Research indicates that more than 60 percent of abortions are coerced, meaning that most women are having abortions they don't even want. In some cases, violence or the threat of violence by a boyfriend, husband, or other family member plays a role. Pregnancy resource centers become the first line of defense against family violence and work regularly with at-risk women to give them the assistance they need to safeguard their personal safety and that of their babies.

The safeguarding of taxpayer dollars.

From the beginning, the pro-life movement has fought to prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortion. The legendary Hyde Amendment, named for the late Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions through Medicaid, except to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. In addition to saving money, the Hyde Amendment saves lives. Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director for National Right to Life, estimates there are at least one million Americans alive today because of the Hyde Amendment.

Everyday, the pro-life movement is empowering women, protecting families, and rebuilding lives torn apart by violence and abuse. America owes a profound debt to this movement of mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, students and medical professionals who are restoring dignity and compassion to our culture and enhancing the quality of life in our country.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; prolife; tiller
The great untold story in news coverage about the abortion issue involves the achievements of the pro-life movement. And there are many, even though you are unlikely to hear about them on evening television and radio broadcasts.

The culture of death simply wants to label us all as terrorists.

1 posted on 06/07/2009 9:28:27 AM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 06/07/2009 9:28:52 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 06/07/2009 9:29:30 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

What idiot in the anti-abortion movement thought up the term “pro-life”? As a firm believer in capital punishment, I am not now, nor have I ever been, “pro-life.”


4 posted on 06/07/2009 9:37:57 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: Roccus

Most in the pro-life movement have always accepted the legitimacy of capital punishment.


5 posted on 06/07/2009 9:50:21 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Roccus
You're talking about apples and oranges. The term Pro-life is speaking of babies and their right to continue to live their lives.

Pro-life has nothing what so ever to do with criminals who have killed and by their own actions have given up their right to continue to live their lives.


6 posted on 06/07/2009 9:56:22 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane/_/World+Peace?autostart)
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To: wagglebee
...which is why I have always objected to that term.

It all goes back to the "touchy/feely" notion that saying "anti-abortion" sounds negative......Oh, the horror!

7 posted on 06/07/2009 9:56:57 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: GloriaJane

Whatever floats yer boat.


8 posted on 06/07/2009 9:58:20 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: GloriaJane

People who shoot abort doctors do all on our side a great disservice. Now that kook has made a hero out of a scumbag abortionist and we all look like a bunch of gun toting extremists.
I didnt like the thing that “man” did, but it is legal in the country. Until that changes, we cant go around doing this as it will put us on the same level as ELF and ALF types. God will be his judge, and the punishment that God will hand out will be 100 time worse.


9 posted on 06/07/2009 10:10:33 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: Roccus
Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are slogans. The issue is legal abortion, which you either oppose or defend. I have no problem being counted as Pro-Life, but I do have my response ready when anyone challenges my support for capital punishment: “Show me a fetus guilty of first degree murder, who is given vigorous (and free) legal representation, found guilty, and who can be executed without pain; and I'll be pro-abortion/anti-life in that case.”
10 posted on 06/07/2009 10:22:18 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: wagglebee
If they can define pro-life speech as "hate speech", they can have laws written against pro-life speech.

This is why the Right to Life movement must insist that Republican politicians not vote for "hate speech" legislation at all ever.

11 posted on 06/07/2009 10:37:27 AM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: Yorlik803
"I didnt like the thing that “man” did, but it is legal in the country. Until that changes, we cant go around doing this as it will put us on the same level as ELF and ALF types. God will be his judge, and the punishment that God will hand out will be 100 time worse."

No one condones that abortion dr.s murder. The only people happy about it seem to be in the press, abortion advocates and those who make money off the killing of innocent unborn babies. It gives them a weapon to use against those who speak out against abortion.

And you totally lost me when you said: "Until that changes, we cant go around doing this as it will put us on the same level as ELF and ALF types."

What? Doing what? Speaking out against abortion? What?

12 posted on 06/07/2009 10:38:47 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane/_/World+Peace?autostart)
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To: Roccus
"Pro-life" is a great term.

It is taken as a given that "pro-life" means standing for the protection of innocent human life in specific.

13 posted on 06/07/2009 10:39:27 AM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: utahagen

Your response is perfectly brilliant.


14 posted on 06/07/2009 10:43:23 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane/_/World+Peace?autostart)
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To: wagglebee
"The pro-life movement I've seen and heard portrayed in the mainstream media and in the "abortion rights" blogosphere bears no resemblance to the pro-life movement that I work in everyday. I've seen the movement branded with accusations ranging from violence to harassment to hate speech"

The definition of "hate speech" according to the Left is any that resists their complete domination.

President Obortion is their poster child.

In the end his seductive words and megalomaniacal actions will fail because they are built upon a faulty foundation.

No structure, no matter how ornate or tall, can stand the test of time on a faulty foundation.

ONE CANNOT CLAIM TO BE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND NOT STAND FIRMLY FOR SANCTITY OF LIFE.

PERIOD.

15 posted on 06/07/2009 10:49:52 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: GloriaJane

ELF and Alf burn down Car dealerships, Condo sites and medical research labs. They believe that they are doing the right thing and not breaking the law.
The point I was making is that protests must be lawful or we sink into anarchy.


16 posted on 06/07/2009 10:51:53 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: Yorlik803

No one wants violence against anyone. Maybe there are a few loose cannons out there in the world but you can’t lay their insanity at the feet of everyone in the Pro-life movement.


17 posted on 06/07/2009 11:10:54 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane/_/World+Peace?autostart)
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To: wagglebee

Those who advocate for the lives of unborn human beings have nothing to hide or feel ashamed about.


18 posted on 06/07/2009 11:26:01 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: GloriaJane

We can see you cant do that because we are rational. The left operates on hate and they feel the actions of one refexs on the group and this is really true when it comes to abortion which they see as a sacred cow that must not be trifled with unless you want to incure the wrath of them.


19 posted on 06/07/2009 11:47:20 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: GloriaJane

Thanks very much!


20 posted on 06/07/2009 12:12:06 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Roccus
As a firm believer in capital punishment, I am not now, nor have I ever been, “pro-life.”

I understand what you mean. I prefer to think of myself as anti-abortion instead of pro-life.

I'm exactly like you on the death penalty.

Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.

Oh, dear...


21 posted on 06/07/2009 2:48:59 PM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: wagglebee

This was the purpose of the Tiller murder, to achieve just exactly this effect. Remember that it came right after a Gallup Poll (Gallup lean left) showed that a majority of Aemricans are pro-life, 51-42.


22 posted on 06/07/2009 3:10:58 PM PDT by TBP
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To: wagglebee

No worries. Nobody believes that crap anymore.


23 posted on 06/07/2009 4:12:33 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Death to Databases.)
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To: wagglebee

Any surprise here?


24 posted on 06/07/2009 4:14:07 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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