Yesterday, the Center for Medical Progress released another video, a series of clips highlighting conversations with abortionists as they describe their trade. By the end of the day, YouTube had pulled the video down, and the Washington Post reports that a San Francisco judge has ordered David Daleiden and his attorneys, Steve Cooley and Brentford J. Ferreira to attend a hearing where he will consider holding them in contempt of court. The judge had previously blocked the release of any video footage shot at the National Abortion Federation conference, although hours of raw footage was leaked online a year and a half ago (I downloaded and reviewed the leaked footage when it came out.)
Earlier this year, Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Roe vs Wade case passed away. She had spent decades, in her own words, “dedicated to undoing the law that bears my name”. However, abortion campaigners immediately began to misrepresent her involvement in the case which had legalised abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Maria Horan took them to task in this open letter to the Abortion Rights Campaign.
Pro-lifers uncomfortable with most forms of educational outreach often pinpoint their discomfort very specifically on one thing: Abortion victim photography makes people upset. There are a variety of responses to this, of course—images of abortion victims should make us upset, because little human beings are being physically torn limb from limb. But often, I point out the fact that regardless of whether we choose to use photographs of abortion victims in our outreach, people will always get upset, and they will always accuse pro-lifers of being extreme. It is the truth that we bring that upsets people, not the method we use to bring it. That’s why pro-lifers have been attacked at Life Chain, while sidewalk chalking, and virtually any other form of outreach you can think of.
A September 2016 deficiency report recently released by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reveals that Planned Parenthood of Birmingham is still failing to offer legitimate healthcare to the women of Alabama, even after replacing several staff in 2014. In 2014, Planned Parenthood was shut down for nearly a year after employees were caught illegally selling abortion drugs out of the parking lot. Even worse, in what can only be seen as an attempt to hide the situation from the public, Planned Parenthood failed to notify ADPH for months after an initial decision to “temporarily close.”
It is common knowledge in the pro-life movement that the “pro-choice” media is, for the most part, “pro-abortion.” This is not an attempt to demonize their motives, but simply the only rational conclusion that observation can produce. Consistently, the media and their abortion industry allies portray legislation that would give women more information—informed consent, information concerning the baby’s development in the womb, ultrasounds—as “anti-choice,” when in in fact these policies simply allow women to make their irreversible, permanent decision with more facts. That those facts often prove persuasive in swaying women to choose life is evidence that providing them with these facts is not only useful, but should be, if “pro-choice” meant anything at all, imperative.
Like most of you, I’m still trying to make sense of what happened last night. As Marco Rubio said during his concession speech, only Trump saw the tsunami coming, and now he’s ridden the wave right into the White House. What does that mean? We can’t possibly know that yet. The catharsis that many beleaguered non-liberals feel at the stunning, shoving repudiation given to an establishment that informed a huge segment of the American population that they were racist—even if they didn’t realize it—that they were transphobic—even if they hadn’t heard the term before–along with a slew of other unflattering and recently invented epithets may not last. America voted against the elite establishment, and for the wild card. It may be a wild ride.
Ms. McElhinney lives and works in California (with her husband and fellow filmmaker Phelim McAleer) but returned to Ireland to discuss her latest project – the groundbreaking new film “Gosnell.” She also had a powerful opinion piece in the Irish Times on how writing and filming this movie, which explores the story of Kermit Gosnell, one of America’s most infamous abortionists, opened her eyes to the reality of abortion in America, where more than 50 million have taken place since it legalization.
At the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, we work to confront the culture with the truth about abortion every single day. We have large banners to reach commuters, hand-held educational displays to reach high school students and pedestrians, campus displays to reach university students, and postcards to reach everyone in possession of a mailbox. But for some time, we’ve been working on a new way of reaching people that we’d never tried before: door-knocking, the pro-life fusion of conversational apologetics and political canvassing.
It was a couple years ago, at a conference of anti-abortion activists in California. I gave a speech on the history of social reform, on how those exposing the reality of abortion were following in the footsteps of the abolitionists, the National Child Labor Committee, and so many other activists who had fought to bring evidence of what was being inflicted on victims before the eyes of the public.
Shoot the messenger. It’s the oldest trick in the book. For abortion activists, this is sweet, sweet revenge. They spent 2015 making sweaty, panicked press statements insisting that they did not sell baby parts, they did not do anything illegal, and they would be cleared. Then they admitted that they did sell baby parts, but not illegally. The news that a Houston grand jury has decided to indict David Daleidan, the undercover journalist in charge of the Center for Medical Progress, along with his colleague Sandra Merritt, has Planned Parenthood and the “progressive” media cackling hoarsely with relief.
After almost a dozen Planned Parenthood videos, it seemed like some of the legal debris the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood were frantically flinging at the spokes of the Center for Medical Progress had finally succeeded in slowing down the torrential outpouring of revelations that was leaving the abortion crowd gasping.
The columns dissecting Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau’s landslide victory last Monday are already coming in fast and furious. I’ve even written one or two myself. But for the pro-life movement, Trudeau’s victory demands some introspection on what we can do moving forward. I think four things are essential to consider.