Another horror story about abortion. The provocative email subject line is : 35 bodies found in a freezer.
Recently I wrote about Virginia Cobb and her Virginia based group, The Family Foundation. The previous post was about her group praising pastors who showed up or mentioned their rally-for-marriage event. Predictably, a rally for marriage had nothing to say about divorce.
Maybe they got succored by Shaunti Feldhahn.
That they lathered up about gay marriage and didn’t mention divorce is sleep inducing, predictable. But 35 bodies in a freezer can hardly be the subject of an article likely to be called predictable or sleep inducing.
The Family Foundation has busted another house of horrors abortion clinic. This is objectively a good thing. It is a good thing regardless the extra-horrific activity that is alleged to have happened in this clinic vs. other clinics (I am not going into details). Cobb is making hay with the story. the home page of TFF site is loaded with stories about the abortion clinic. Their email blast is stuffed with links asking for donations to help produce the video mentioned in this ad:
Something that should be obvious to everyone is off. Like the Monty Python skit said, “one of the flay rods has gone out of skew on the treadle”. I know the answer but ask anyway, why are we more outraged when we see stories like this than when we hear the number of abortions per year and related statistics? Because this appeals to a different nature within us than mere abortion. The nature(s) this appeals to in people is/are not necessarily virtuous. There is the twisted nature some have. There is the bandwagon. The grief and empathy as porn nature that creates piles of flowers and teddy bears and weeping strangers explaining that their 5th cousin once ordered an Ipod Touch on Ebay that came from a guy whose brother once drove through the area where the atrocity took place so don’t you know how this hurts MEEEEEEE? Like that. And no one seems to realize that to gnash teeth at this horror and stay silent on the other 99% of abortions is to actually take comfort, assuage guilt, using a sort of NAAALT (not all abortions are like that).
This gets worse. The email blast sets the tone early with this blindingly stupid and painfully obvious obfuscation of the genesis of the vast majority of abortions:
Already the abortionist owner, Steven Brigham, has been charged with murder because of botched abortions that have harmed women and killed innocent human babies.[emphasis in original]
Steve Brigham, charged with murder, killed
35 babies murdered by mothers, mothers suffer harmful after effect
Near the end of the email she adds:
We know that it’s not just pro-lifers like you and me who want to stop the atrocities against women and unborn babies by the hands of this Gosnell-like monster. [emphasis mine]
To encourage donations she shares a success metric:
In the last four years, our policy work and the work of campaigns like this has resulted in 8,000 saved lives here in our Commonwealth.
How did they do that? Did they close clinics? Did that leave pregnant women seeking abortion inconvenienced? Do they speak to women, trying to convince them that what they are doing is wrong?
They list their pro-life successes on the site:
- Required Parental Consent for Abortion
- Appropriate Health and Safety Standards for Abortion Centers
- Require opportunity for women to view ultrasound prior to abortion
- Wrongful death for unborn
- Informed Consent for Abortion
- Fetal Homicide Law (Conner’s Law)
- Prohibited Partial Birth Infanticide
- Passed Prenatal Protection
- “Established Choose Life” License Plate with Proceeds to Crisis Pregnancy Centers
- Eliminated State Taxpayer Funding of Low-Income Elective Abortion
- Outlaw Elective Abortion in Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges
This list of initiatives is standard fare for pro-life groups. Legal advocacy, appeals to women, publicity campaigns like license plates, so forth. Only a few of them do not focus on changing a woman’s mind, limiting her access, or offering her other options. It is clear even TFF sees women as one focal point for pro-life advocacy.
So why, if women can decide to go to an abortion clinic or not and can decide to follow through with killing their child or not, why, when the babies murdered by the doctor that the women visited expressly for that purpose, of their own volition , why are these women victims of atrocities, harmed by the doctor, and then exploited as an empathy trigger by TFF to attract donations, and the babies tortured and killed owe only the doctor blame for their life being extinguished?
I have been amazed at ostensibly pro-family groups supporting divorce, directly or indirectly. Now one of those groups exonerates women completely for killing their children, establishing the default position for good conservative reader’s comfort…victim.
Women can’t be an accessory. Louis Vuitton IS an accessory, but he was born…a man.