American Life League Revves Up for 2010 Activism Week & Personhood Conference

The American Life League’s (ALL) Training & Activism Week is all set for January 20-23, 2010! Yay!

From the event’s Facebook page:

This year we are bringing together an amazing group of pro-life
activists and speakers who will entertain, inspire and equip you with
the tools you need to ensure that all human beings are respected and
protected by law from the beginning of their biological development.

The promo video promises "No compromises!" as it demands "Personhood Now!" Whose personhood, you ask? Silly you. It’s clearly unrelated to the "personhood" of women. It’s not even about the "personhood" of a zygote, embryo or fetus growing inside of a woman. It’s about the "personhood" of a religious movement that will stop at nothing less than the utter co-opting of women’s bodies and lives.

Is it strange that most of the video sports black and white visuals? Seems a fitting theme for a movement that can’t help but see everything in those terms, anyway. 

Finally, you’ve got to love a movement that isn’t even able to acknowledge that abortion is legal. Nope. Instead, the video screams, we’ve had 37 years of "decriminalized abortion!" According to the anti-choice movement, abortion isn’t legal, it’s simply de-criminalized. Small distinction? Not really. Abortion, under specific conditions, is a sanctioned and legally valid option in this country – it is not simply that we have removed penalties for abortion. It is that we have authorized abortion care, legally. 

Nice try though!

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  • crowepps

    The obsession of conservative groups with trying to use the law to punish people because they don’t behave “the way they SHOULD want to” and their total lack of understanding that people never were that way in the past, don’t want to be that way now, and are unlikely to ever be that way in the future is just totally mind-boggling. It’s approaches the status of collective hallucination.


    If homosexuality is criminalized they will all go back in the closet and we can all pretend they don’t exist. The suicides can easily be covered up.


    If abortion is criminalized women will keep them secret and we can all continue to pretend that women have sex for no other reason than because they want children. The suicides can easily be covered up.


    If divorce is repealed and women can no longer escape from bad marriages, we can all pretend that men are all excellent husbands and all women are in happy marriages. The suicides can easily be covered up.


    It would just be pathetic if they didn’t want to forceably blind those of us who actually perceive reality, but many people refuse to join them in being stupid and hypocritical. They can continue to fool themselves that because they’re smugly happy as paterfamilias and they ruthlessly repress complaints, then patriarchy must be the best of all possible social systems. It can’t be that great for the rest of us when people are willing to literally die to escape.

  • crowepps

    Here’s some human beings who need advocates to ensure that they are “respected and protected”:

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Poverty has forced at least 225,000 children in Haiti’s cities into slavery as unpaid household servants, far more than previously thought, a report said Tuesday.


    The Pan American Development Foundation’s report also said some of those children — mostly young girls — suffer sexual, psychological and physical abuse while toiling in extreme hardship.


    The report recommends Haiti’s government and international donors focus efforts on educating the poor and expanding social services such as shelters for girls, who make up an estimated two-thirds of the child servant population.


    …Researchers said the practice is so common that almost half of 257 children interviewed in the sprawling Port-au-Prince shantytown of Cite Soleil were household slaves.


    Most are sent by parents who cannot afford to care for them to families just slightly better off. …
    Despite growing attention to the problem, researchers said their sources were unaware of any prosecutions of cases involving trafficking children or using them as unpaid servants in this deeply poor nation of more than 9 million people.