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Choice?

Katie McDonough writes on Salon.com (a liberal website):

"It is no secret that crisis pregnancy centers lie to women. But what many Americans may not know is that, in 34 states across the country, these antiabortion centers are able to stay in business thanks to funding from taxpayers.

Yes. And unless these crisis pregnancy centers are completely secular, this violates church-state separation.

"...one thing remains consistent: 34 state governments across the country are using taxpayer dollars to support groups that use lies and medical misinformation to keep women from obtaining safe abortion care."

--Katie McDonough

Yes, she's correct: crisis pregnancy centers shouldn't resort to lies and medical minsinformation to protect the unborn.

At a pro-life demonstration years ago, when Father Frank Pavone of Priests For Life asked Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King if the pro-life demonstrations were comparable to the civil rights movement, she replied, "Father, this IS the civil rights movement!"

If protecting unborn children is a noble cause and calling, a just and religious cause, like the civil rights movement, why should pro-lifers have to resort to lies and deception?

The Ten Commandments warn against bearing false witness.

Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, said: "Let your word 'yes' be yes and your 'no,' no. Anything beyond this is from the evil one."

(Isn't Satan known as a deceiver?)

Even the apostle Paul, who taught a completely different theology than that of Jesus, condemned dishonesty (Colossians 3:13).

Boy, they "believe"!

"...some states funnel family planning funds directly to these centers... Some states, like Virginia, sell 'Choose Life' license plate frames and send the proceeds directly to these antiabortion groups..."

--Katie McDonough

Yes, but to be fair, it must be pointed out that on the Democrats For Life email list over decade ago, Louis Shapiro ("Shapiro" is a Jewish name, but he's Catholic) asked: why do abortion-rights advocates, who prefer to call themselves "pro-choice" rather than "pro-abortion," object to "Choose Life" license plate frames, when the slogan capitulates to the other side by inferring "Choice" ?!

I've pointed out before that religious pro-lifers dictate to those outside of their faith... but react with disbelief ("God!") when told it's wrong to kill animals.

If their interpretation of Christianity "exempts" these Christians from protecting animals, are pro-choice Christians similarly exempt from protecting the unborn?

If you carry pro-life Christian sectarianism to its logical conclusion, religious pro-lifers (resisting animal rights on sectarian or religious grounds) can't oppose abortion, either, if someone else's religion permits it!

Similarly: if you carry the abortion-rights philosophy of "Choice" to its logical conclusion, then pro-choicers, claiming to believe in "Choice," are hardly in a position to object to crisis pregnancy centers offering girls and women facing an unplanned pregnancy an alternative (a choice!) other than abortion!

If Planned Parenthood believes in "Choice," they must similarly allow their contributors a choice as to whether or not they want their donations to fund abortions, or merely health related services, contraception, sex education, etc.

(Perhaps if Planned Parenthood allowed donors a choice on abortion, their funding for abortion would quickly dry up!)

And if the Democratic Party believes in "Choice," they must offer their constituents a choice of whether to become pro-life Democrats or pro-choice Democrats.

Democrats For Life of America, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, South Building, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 220-3066

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