Peter Singer: sanctity of life view will “collapse”

Philosopher Peter Singer, who supports killing disabled infants on the grounds that they are not yet “people.”

“During the next 35 years, the traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse….only a rump of hardcore, know-nothing religious fundamentalists will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct.”

Peter Singer “The Sanctity of Life” Foreign Policy Aug 30, 2005

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“Women as a constituency” weren’t active in the early pro-choice movement

The first pro-abortion reformers were men. It was pro-choice men that originally lobbied for abortion to be legalized. Kristin Luker, historian said:

“The reaction of state legislators of the 1960s, when asked what role women had played in securing passage of the Beilenson bill [which legalized abortion in California before Roe V Wade], could best be epitomized as a blank stare. All of them could name individual women who had been active in the reform group California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion (CCTA), but none of them believed that women as a constituency were central to the issue.”

Kristin Luker Abortion in the Politics of Motherhood (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984) 93 [emphasis in original]

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Pro-choice activist talks about “dangers” of relying on science

A pro-abortion activist talked about how pro-choice people should not rely on science in order to defend abortion. This may be a tacit admission that all the legitimate science is on the side of the pro-lifers:

“Sally Sheldon points to the dangers that pro-choice campaigners can face if they rely on framing their arguments within the terms of medical science. The attraction is that such arguments are often perceived as “objective” and part of an approach that cites incontrovertible facts rather than opinions. But abortion is not simply a medical or scientific issue; it is political and personal. Science does not confer bodily autonomy on women. The right to have access to abortion and birth control has had to be fought for and defended in wider society.”

Judith Orr Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017) 94

Read about what science says on when life begins.

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Pro-life demonstrator recalls being pelted with eggs

Randy Alcorn wrote about what happened when he was demonstrating with some pro-lifers at an abortion facility:

“At the last [rescue] clinic personnel poured water on us from above. A few girls kept circling the block in their car, pulling over to scream obscenities at us. They shouted incredible accusations, like, “The only reason you want to save these children is so you can rape them.” When their voices got hoarse and they ran out of dirty words (which took a long time), they came back with a carton of eggs and pelted us.”

Randy C. Alcorn Is Rescuing Right? (Downers Grove, Illinois, Inter-Varsity Press, 1990) 142

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Pro-Choice woman becomes irate when pro-lifer mentions abortion

Author Misty McBeth describes what happened when she talked about abortion to a co-worker. McBeth had been arguing the pro-life side:

“Perhaps topics like this should be left out of the workplace,” I thought as I argued my view of the debate. Too late, the guns had been loaded and ready to aim. Unfortunately they were aimed at me, or so I thought. This coworker roared at me like a fierce lion protecting her cubs, firing every shot she could at me. Oh, and did I mention this was at six in the morning and I had just signed into my phone to receive inbound calls? Lucky for me, the first few minutes of her rampage the phone was silent, no calls. I tried to politely interrupt her and let her know I was signed in to work but to no avail, the bullets kept flying. Her face was beet red and her arms were flaying and pointing in my direction. Then a call came in. I answered with my usual customer greeting, fully aware that the customer could probably hear the ruckus in front of me. When the customer questioned what the background noise was I simply asked if I could put them on brief hold. How was I going to defuse this bomb that had gone off? Nothing I said or did mattered, she was visibly upset and was taking it out on me. Finally after what seemed like hours my coworker grabbed her stuff and huffed off. I then was able to deal with the customer and finish the call. It wasn’t until years later that I realized that I may have been the first to fire a shot and perhaps the bullet went a little too deep.”

Misty McBeth Anti Abortions: Behind the Signs (Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2013)

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Pro-Abortion feminist screams at pro-lifer

In a book by a pro-choice author, pro-life activist Fred Niles says:

“During a pro-life vigil outside Parliament House, I was attacked by hard–faced, pro–abortion feminists. One of these angry feminists even tried to scratch my face and screamed at me, “There is nothing in an abortion, I’ve had seven.”

Fred Niles “Every Life Is Precious” New Woman April 1996

Quoted in Leslie Cannold The Abortion Myth (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1998)

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Governor opposes the death penalty, supports abortion on demand

In this newspaper editorial, a reporter praises Mario Cuomo for fighting against any limits on abortion and opposing the death penalty:

“If the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Missouri’s restrictions on abortion signals an all-out attack on a woman’s right to have an abortion, at least Governor Mario Cuomo has his priorities straight.

The state will not go down the same slippery slope that the court has, Cuomo said this week, promising that he would reject any legislation that limited abortion the way the Missouri statute did. “Nothing in [the decision on the Missouri law] changes my opinion about the right to abortion or the right of poor people to receive funding.”…

This is Cuomo at his best. Under enormous political pressure, he has refused to cave in to the proponents of the death penalty. Now he has pledged himself to stand by the liberal abortion law enacted by the legislature in 1970…”

Newsday, July 8, 1989 Quoted in Oliver Trager Abortion: Choice & Conflict (New York: Facts on File, 1993) 20

Below; death penalty as inflicted on preborn baby

From an abortion at 10 weeks
From an abortion at 10 weeks
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Pro-Abortion lawyer Sarah Weddington describes pro-life actions

In her book A Question of Choice, where she gives an account of arguing Roe Vs. Wade, Sarah Weddington describes the pro-life movement’s string of victories after Roe was decided, and how the pro-choice movement diminished in power:

“… Generally our energy and contributions sagged, and we seemed only to plod forward. We were forever trying to increase NARAL membership, raise the funds necessary to keep the organization afloat, respond to press requests, and maintain and build our public support… The opposition was fighting a battle of attrition, keeping the pressure on in so many different arenas hoping that eventually our resources would collapse, and in fact that was happening.…

We began to lose on matters of access. The opposition mustered the votes and passed measures that denied government funding for almost all Medicaid recipients, even though the government would then provide prenatal and delivery services at greater cost to those same women. Antiabortionists lobbied and passed measures to cut off insurance funding for abortion for federal employees, and made it almost impossible for people in the military and their dependents to obtain abortions. Even when we could collect the votes to defeat one of their anti-funding measures, the opponents of abortion would roar right back with another.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 199 – 200

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Some politicians support abortion to limit minorities

Pro-Life author Mary Meehan wrote:

“Many white voters believe abortion is a solution for the welfare problem and a way to slow the growth of the black population. I worked two years for a liberal, pro-life candidate who was appalled by the number of anti-black comments he found when discussing the issue. And Representative Robert Dorman of California, a conservative pro-life leader, once told his colleagues in the House, “I have heard many rock-ribbed Republicans brag about how fiscally conservative they are and then tell me that I was an idiot on the abortion issue.” When he asked why, said Dorman, they whispered, “Because we have to hold them down, we have to stop the population growth.” Dorman elaborated: “To them, population growth means Blacks, Puerto Ricans, or other Latinas,” or anyone who “should not be having more than a polite one or two “burdens on society.”

Mary Meehan “The Left Has Betrayed the Sanctity of Life: Consistency Demands Concern for the Unborn” in Rachael McNair and Stephen Zunes, eds. Consistently Opposing Killing (Bloomington, Indiana: Author’s Choice Press, 2008, 2011) 22 – 23

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Lawyer who argued Roe thought abortion issue was “settled”

Sarah Weddington, one of the women who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, believed that the Roe ruling would settle the abortion debate. She had not anticipated the rise of the pro-life movement.

“Initially I joined others in thinking that the basic question had been settled: abortion was and would continue to be legal. In a few years, I thought, the decision would be accepted, abortion would become a part of routine medical practice, and the opposition would go away. Until that time, we just needed to protect what we had won.”

Later in the book, she says:

“If someone had told me in 1969 that I would still be talking about abortion 40 years later, I would have thought that preposterous.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 195, 276

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