Morning Roundup: Anti-abortion Group Disparaging Rep. Giffords


Earthquake that has not happened yet is pre-blamed on gay marriage, Lifesite.com wastes no time in calling Congresswoman Giffords a “pro-abort,” male circumcision may reduce spread of HPV, teen pregnancy in DC, a “gay hot potato,” and a beautiful tribute to the work of Planned Parenthood from an unlikely patient.

  • No need to look to seismologists to predict the next earthquake. (Science? Pish posh!) Christian “dominionists” are predicting an 8.0 earthquake for California because of Prop 8. This time it will apparently just be the fault of the gays, so the feminists, abortionists, pagans and ACLU (blamed for September 11 by Jerry Falwell) can take a step back.
  • Lifesite.com is using the tragic shooting rampage in Arizona as an opportunity to call Rep. Giffords a “pro-abort” and vilify the National Organization for Women, disparaging NOW’s president Terry O’Neill for the following e-mail to supporters, “conservatives cannot have it both ways, screaming sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at legislators as they vote for health care reform, putting legislators on a violence-inciting ‘Targets’ list, and then simply saying how sorry they are when someone explodes into murder.”
  • A new study is showing that male circumcision may reduce the transmission of HPV from male-to-female partners. HPV can lead to genital warts, cervical cancer, or reproductive health problems such as infertility. (And, in case you missed it in your calendar, January is cervical cancer awareness month.)
  • Washington Post columnist Colbert King discussed teen pregnancy in a recent column, quoting the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy as saying the condition is a “one-way ticket to persistent poverty.”
  • As a review of the issues facing the gay community in the new year, this is a great roundup, but I have to say that I chose it also for it’s fabulous title: New Year Brings Us The Same Ol’ Gay Hot Potato: Marriage.
  • In case you missed it, the New York Times printed a beautiful narrative of a Mormon woman’s trip to Planned Parenthood, a place she never thought she’d visit.

    Oddly, my trip to Planned Parenthood provided much that the church had not in recent years. During my exam, the clinician explained every move before she made it, asked permission to touch me during the most routine procedures. I was mystified: by her compassion, by the level of attention paid to my body — as if it were fragile, or sacred. Only then did it occur to me how many terrified and abused women Planned Parenthood must treat every day.

    And that brought me to tears, sorrowful for the ways in which we all suffer, in whatever ways we do, and grateful for the unlikely refuge of this place. Grateful also for the safety granted my own tears, prompted by the delicate weight of a hand on my shoulder, the warmth of her palm against my back.

    How unprepared I was to experience tenderness in the place I had been warned so vehemently against. How unprepared for the flood of relief, the bud of hope, after a life devoted to keeping myself separate from my body. Here was a path, an opening; here was empathy.

Jan 7

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  • crowepps

    Lifesite.com is using the tragic shooting rampage in Arizona as an opportunity to call Rep. Giffords a “pro-abort” and vilify the National Organization for Women

    So Lifesite is implying that it’s understandable, perhaps even excusable, if people who are ‘pro-aborts’ get shot?  What’s their position on whether it’s understandable that 9-year olds in the same general vicinity get shot as well?  Acceptable collateral damage?

  • cc

    Jill Stanek, who usually is full of exhortations about praying for this, that, and the other thing, hasn’t said boo about the shootings. If this had been an anti-choice politician, I suspect that she would be conducting a vigil at the hospital. But so far, nada. I posted a comment on her blog about this and all I got was this is her blog and she has a right to comment on whatever she wants. And I thought that Jill was full of Christian love. I guess if you’re pro-choice, your life means nothing. I sus[ect that they think “she got what she deserved.”

  • cc

    This, from Stanek’s website:

     

    “Gabrielle Giffords is not a “pro-choice” “Jew”.  She is a member of the Hebrew community who has abandoned Judaism by violating its laws and fundamental moral principles.  In July 2009, she along with many other members of the House voted to allow the Washington, DC city government to use taxpayers money to kill unborn human beings in our nation’s capital”

     

    Words fail me.

  • crowepps

    As soon as somebody starts distinguishing between Jews and Hebrews, my ignert bigot alarm goes off.

  • hugh7

    Over the last 150 years circumcision has been credited with preventing or curing masturbation, urinary tract infection, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy, penile cancer, hernia and many others (http://www.circumstitions.com/Stitions&refs.html#medical )- so why not cervical cancer and genital warts as well?

    Actually, the cervical cancer claim has been made and refuted several times – whatever these agenda-driven studies may find, it doesn’t work out in the real world. This study did not even look at cervical cancer, and for a good reason – they would not have detected any difference.

    Beware of “reduces the risk” From what, to what? A big percentage difference in a rare disease can magnify an unimportant real difference. HPV is a common virus that the body readily clears. To be sexually active is to have it at some time or another.

  • ack

    I’ve decided to try to stop pointing fingers. But you know how people crack a tasteless joke about a recent tragedy and then ask, “Too soon?”

     

    It’s too soon, Jill. It will probably always be “too soon” for you to attack Gabby’s politics. If you’re going to take a stand, take the one that avoids labeling politicians as murderers. Cuz that’s what you just did. YOU ARE NOT HELPING THE CLIMATE.

  • arekushieru

    Considering that Judaism TEACHES that abortion is permissible, if Hebrews are people that had ‘abandoned’ Judaism, they would be… *anti-choice*.

  • arekushieru

    How unprepared I was to experience tenderness in the place I had been warned so vehemently against. How unprepared for the flood of relief, the bud of hope, after a life devoted to keeping myself separate from my body. Here was a path, an opening; here was empathy.

    Can I just say how ‘on-target’ I found this particular paragraph to be, specifically, this phrase: after a life devoted to keeping myself separate from my body; how much it hit me right to the core?  What else is left for a woman when all those around her try to use her body against her?  What else can she do but succumb to the pressure of being ‘spiritual’ yet sexually receptive at the same time?

  • beenthere72

    She thinks she can speak on behalf of the Jewish people now too?