Lynn Beisner pens what may stand as the worst article you’ll ever lay your eyes upon, arguing a pro-abortion stance by wishing her mother had aborted her.
The piece, titled I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me, approaches the topic of being pro-choice from an almost infantile-like mindset, littered with the ‘oh, woe is me’ nonsense you’d expect from a suicidal teenager.
The sub-headline argues that it won’t be what it ultimately becomes:
This is no ‘I wish I’d never been born’ howl of angst. I love my mother, and having an abortion would have given her a better life.
But it is precisely this, as Beisner sings the blues about her mother’s “bone-crushing poverty” and “childhood trauma”. Interestingly, she refers to her mother as “love-starved” without ever acknowledging the possibility that the arrival of a child could have helped curb that hunger.
The article doesn’t simply address how an abortion would have been better for the mother, it also argues that it would have been better for the author:
Abortion would have been a better option for me. If you believe what reproductive scientists tell us, that I was nothing more than a conglomeration of cells, then there was nothing lost.
Nothing lost is written without the slightest hint of irony – the catch 22 that, Beisner would not be able to write such a column had her wish come true. She would not be a writer. She would not be pro-choice. She would not be – period.
The whining grows stronger as the piece moves on:
It is true that in the past 12 years, I have been able to rise above the circumstances of my birth and build a life that I truly love. But no one should have to make such a Herculean struggle for simple normalcy. Even given the happiness and success I now enjoy, if I could go back in time and make the choice for my mother, it would be abortion.
The world would not be a darker or poorer place without me. Actually, in terms of contributions to the world, I am a net loss. Everything that I have done – including parenting, teaching, researching, and being a loving partner – could have been done as well, if not better by other people. Any positive contributions that I have made are completely offset by what it has cost society to help me overcome the disadvantages and injuries of my childhood to become a functional and contributing member of society.
Because the road was long and difficult in Beisner’s eyes, no one should have to travel such a road. You can not, with any sense of conviction state that you have become truly happy and love life, while simultaneously wishing you could go back in time and terminate your own life.
Brendan O’Neill of the Telegraph writes:
Campaigning for abortion on the basis that it can solve the alleged population crisis or reduce the number of depressed teenagers or make it easier for people like Ms Beisner to live with themselves (or not, as the case may be) takes us perilously close to eugenics territory. It takes us towards a situation where abortion is treated as a tool of political and social goals. Such cynical politicking and outright narcissism represent a profound warping of the pro-choice principle.
In the end, Beisner is making a passionate argument for abortion, while wishing she was never able to make such a passionate argument. She is the M.C. Escher of the pro-abortion lobby.
Now where have we heard of this before? Oh yes, communist China.
A recently released video from a group called Live Action shows a Planned Parenthood staffer encouraging a pregnant woman to have an abortion if it is determined that the baby she is carrying is a girl. The woman’s preference is for a baby boy.
The practice is known as a sex-selection abortion, and denegrates the miracle of childbirth down to the level of a drive-thru order.
Further, the employee also encourages the woman to get on Medicaid, so she can have the ultrasound that will provide the knowledge necessary to determine whether to continue the pregnancy (if it’s a boy) or terminate the baby (if it’s a girl).
The Daily Caller reports:
Live Action says Planned Parenthood and other U.S. abortion providers are willing to assist in the termination of baby girls for pregnant women who choose abortion because they want to have baby boys. And the pro-life abortion watchdog says its video series and a new website will expose it all…
The first in what Live Action says is a series of videotaped incidents exposing American abortion facilities’ willingness to assist in sex-selection abortions took place at a South Austin, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic. In the footage, a Planned Parenthood counselor appears to readily assist and advise a Live Action actor who said she was trying to obtain an abortion if her baby is female.
“In this video, what is astounding is that Rebecca, the Planned Parenthood counselor, starts arranging with the actor about how to get a late-term abortion,” Rose said. “To wait until her pregnancy is so developed that — and using Medicaid for this, using the state to pay for the ultrasound to determine the gender, and then to do a late term abortion if it was a little girl.”
Remember when ultrasounds were used to figure out if the nursery needed blue or pink paint? Now it is being used to abort later term babies and try again until you have your preferred choice.
So who is conducting the real War on Women here – conservatives or pro-abortion liberals?
A newly released Gallup poll shows that the number of Americans identifying themselves as pro-choice has dropped to 41% – a new record low. At the same time, those identifying as pro-life have risen to 50%.
The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.
And it isn’t just one particular section of America, as the poll clearly indicates that all three major political groups – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – are trending in the pro-life direction.
Gallup says the decline in Americans’ self-identification as “pro-choice” is seen across the three U.S. political groups — with Republicans increasingly becoming pro-life.
“Since 2001, the majority of Republicans have consistently taken the pro-life position, but by a gradually increasing margin over “pro-choice.” That gap expanded further this year, with the percentage of Republicans identifying as pro-life increasing to 72% from 68% last May, and those identifying as pro-choice dropping to 22% from 28%,” Gallup noted.
Independent voters are also trending pro-life, with Gallup pointing out that the percentage of political independents identifying as pro-choice is 10 points lower today than in May 2011, while the percentage pro-life is up by six points. As a result, pro-lifers now outnumber pro-choicers among this important swing political group for only the second time since 2001, with the first occurring in 2009.
Even Democrats, who support abortion, are trending in the pro-life direction, according to the survey.
“Democrats’ views on abortion have changed the least over the past 12 years, with roughly 60% calling themselves pro-choice and about a third pro-life. Democrats’ identification as pro-choice was above this range in May 2011, but has returned to about 60% in the current poll,” Gallup noted.
Kirsten Gillibrand: What Better Way to Celebrate Mother’s Day Than to Help Make Sure Others Don’t Become One?
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has been featured on a Mother’s Day-themed fundraising e-mail for EMILY’s list, a political action group that supports abortion.
The letter reads in part (emphasis mine):
This Mother’s Day, I can’t think of a better way to honor all the mothers in the country — past and present — than with a contribution to EMILY’s List. They’re the ones working tirelessly to elect the pro-choice Democratic women who are making sure that our freedoms are protected for generations to come.
So, this year, join me in commemorating Mother’s Day with a contribution to EMILY’s List to help elect the Democratic women who will continue to secure our rights.
On Mother’s Day, let’s get women involved and make sure they know who is truly fighting for them – the pro-choice Democratic women EMILY’s List is working each day to elect to office.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
We’re sure the irony is lost on Ms. Gillibrand, especially when she opens the letter with this sentiment:
I’ve said it before: as the mother of two young boys, finding the right balance between work and family isn’t easy. But we do it, we figure it out, because it’s our children — our nation’s future — that we’re all fighting for every single day.
Except apparently for our unborn children.
On a side note, here’s an interesting reminder about EMILY’s list, especially with the President’s recent gay marriage remarks. In 2008, the group funded a congressional campaign in Tennessee for Nikki Tinker. The Tinker camp refused to condemn or repudiate fliers that circulated about her opponent – a promoter of gay rights. The fliers were distributed by a group that “detest(s) the alignment of African-Americans with homosexuals and lesbians as being equal.” The fliers themselves were laced with anti-Semitic and racist statements.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote:
What does Nikki Tinker think about anti-Semitic literature being circulated that might help her unseat 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary next August?
A fair question, which Tinker declined to answer this week after a flier stating that “Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus” began circulating in Memphis.
The question goes to the character of the woman who wants to represent the 9th District, and 9th District voters deserve an answer. But Tinker declined to return a phone call about the flier.
So EMILY’s List had no problem funding a smear campaign that featured anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic literature – as long as the candidate they backed supported the right to terminate the life of a child.
And now they’re using Mother’s Day to support that same right.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that pro-abortion groups have used Mother’s Day as a fundraising tool.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is already jumping on the Mother’s Day bandwagon — days before families celebrate their mothers this weekend — with fundraising appeals seeking donations to further its pro-abortion agenda.
Planned Parenthood has exploited Mother’s Day in the past for donation appeals and, this year, the donation requests are centered on furthering Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda globally.
“We are proud to be taking the Planned Parenthood mission global in supporting partner organizations that share our goals,” the abortion business says in an online donation appeal. “Since 1971, Planned Parenthood has expanded its work globally to promote the reproductive health and rights of women and their families in some of the poorest places in the world. When women are able to exercise their rights and access health care, they are able to make informed decisions — free of discrimination, coercion, and violence.”
Planned Parenthood, of course, ignores the violence abortion causes women and children.
What is with the far-left and their War on Children? Does Gillibrand recognize the fact that one cannot celebrate Mother’s Day – if that woman did not choose life?
Dear Garry Trudeau,
If one has to explain the difference between a sonogram and rape to you, then perhaps this topic isn’t your strongest point.
That is all.
Only in the mind of a liberal can it possibly make sense to describe a procedure which provides images and sounds of a child’s heartbeat, as rape. But the succeeding procedure, in which a doctor reaches into the mother’s womb, either with a surgical instrument or a poison and deliberately kills the child, is called a woman’s reproductive right.
In an interview published by The Washington Post on Friday, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of “Doonesbury,” likened the pre-abortion sonogram required by a new Texas law to rape.
“You tell me the difference,” Trudeau said.
The Texas law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry, requires that abortionists administer a sonogram to a pregnant woman 24 hours before aborting her baby.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the law in January, describing its requirements as follows: “The amendments require the physician ‘who is to perform an abortion’ to perform and display a sonogram of the fetus, make audible the heart auscultation of the fetus for the woman to hear, and explain to her the results of each procedure and to wait 24 hours, in most cases, between these disclosures and performing the abortion. A woman may decline to view the images or hear the heartbeat, but she may decline to receive an explanation of the sonogram images only on certification that her pregnancy falls into one of three statutory exceptions.”
The court said that under the law “the physician’s unconditional obligations are merely to display images so they may be viewed, to provide anunderstandable explanation, and to make audible the auscultation.” The law, the court said, “specifically does not require the physician to ensure the woman views the images, that she understands the explanation, or that she listens to the auscultation.”
In a six-day story line that will appear in his cartoon this week, Trudeau attempts to lampoon Gov. Perry and other Texas lawmakers who backed the sonogram law by depicting the visit of a woman seeking to abort her child to the doctor who will perform the deed.
Universal UClick, Trudeau’s syndicate, is offering an alternative Doonesbury cartoon series this week to newspapers that are purchasers of the comic strip but do not want to run Trudeau’s attack on the sonogram law.