Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on January 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities.

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“The front lines of defending those rights are really in the state capitols, while there’s a bit of a stalemate on reproductive issues at the federal level,” said Anna Scholl, director of ProgressVA, which opposed Virginia’s widely publicized new law requiring women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasound exams. “The states are where the decisions that affect women, the soccer moms in the suburbs, are really happening.”…

While the antiabortion bills passed in Virginia grabbed the biggest headlines in 2012, 18 states restricted access to abortion services last year, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Arizona led the charge with seven antiabortion bills, while Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin each enacted at least three measures.

In a sign that NARAL Pro-Choice America may be taking a more aggressive stance, the national abortion-rights group recently announced that its new president will be Ilyse Hogue, a former leader of MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group known for in-your-face tactics. “This is a critical moment to engage a new general of young people in the conversation about what choice means in a modern age,” Hogue said in a written statement.

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The pro-choice movement has good reason for pessimism. These articles show that pro-lifers have developed some legislative strategies that have been quietly effective at lowering the incidence of abortion. More important, pro-choice groups are publicly admitting that they are having trouble engaging young people. When NARAL president Nancy Keenan announced her resignation in May 2012, she expressed concern about an “intensity gap” among young people. Indeed, NARAL’s own survey data indicated that young pro-lifers seemed to see the abortion issue as more important than young supporters of legal abortion. Other survey data supports this: The General Social Survey (GSS) has been asking the same battery of question on the legality of abortion since the early 1970s. During the 1970s and 1980s, young adults were significantly more “pro-choice” than average. However, surveys taken between 2000 and 2006 show that the Millenials are actually the most pro-life demographic cohort. An additional survey taken by the Polling Company this summer found that young people often feel more comfortable restricting abortion in certain circumstances than older Americans do…

Of course, the 2012 election was a disappointment. However, as I often remind pro-lifers, electoral politics is important, but it is not the only game in town. The pro-life movement has become increasingly entrepreneurial, strategic, and innovative. And we have to work harder and smarter than our opponents. After all, the government does not pay us to protect unborn children. Similarly, we have little support from elite institutions in academia, the media, and the entertainment industry. Older initiatives such as sidewalk counseling, local pro-life chapters and crisis pregnancy centers continue to do invaluable work. However, newer outreach efforts including Students for Life of America (SFLA), the Silent No More Campaign, 40 Days for Life, and LiveAction films have already produced very impressive short-term results. Overall, it should come as no surprise that our opponents are concerned. And I have every confidence if we stay the course, victory will someday be ours.

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Florida senator Marco Rubio marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with the following statement:

Today marks the tragic anniversary of one of America’s most blatant instances of judicial activism that paved the way for the destruction of innocent unborn life. Since this decision, tens of millions of our nation’s unborn babies have been denied the chance to celebrate a birthday, begin kindergarten or go on to contribute their God-given talents to our world.

As a U.S. senator, I am privileged to serve in a position that allows me to fight for the lives of the unborn. I will continue to fulfill my duty to fight to reduce the number of abortions. As with many of our nation’s most important debates, the battlefield of this issue is in the hearts and minds of the American electorate, and I pray that we can one day live in a society that fully cherishes every life from conception until death.”

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Members of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus on Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by highlighting the stories of women who regret their abortions.

“Women who have been so hurt by abortion [are] truly the untold story that needs to be told on Capitol Hill and everywhere else in the United States,” said the co-chair of the caucus, New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith, who called the years since Roe v. Wade “40 years of government-sanctioned violence against women.”…

“Future generations will look back on America and wonder how and why such a seemingly enlightened society — so blessed and endowed with education, advanced science, information, wealth and opportunity — could have failed to protect the innocent and inconvenient,” Smith said. “They will wonder how and why a Nobel Peace Prize-winning president could have also simultaneously have been the abortion president.”

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The hypocrisy of it all, however, is that while the President publicly acknowledges the value of “even one life” when it advances his own political agenda, he fails to acknowledge as much when it comes to protecting the lives of children soon to be born. In that same speech, he proclaimed that “when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now.” Well, who is more vulnerable than those who find themselves at the mercy of others to honor their existence and receive them into our world? Are these—the truly vulnerable—not worthy of the protection of which the President speaks? Why is it that their cause is never the subject of one of his lofty addresses to the nation? Has he ever even mentioned the March for Life that takes place in his own back yard and ought to be worthy of at least a scant mention? If indeed we have an obligation to save “even one life,” when will we hear our President rally Americans to stand alongside women who find themselves in these less than ideal circumstances to offer the support they need, to encourage parents to choose life, and to promote the option of adoption? Instead, he has committed himself to the most liberal of abortion agendas—so much so that as a Senator he couldn’t even bring himself to support the Born Alive Act that would save the lives of babies ALREADY BORN and needing medical aid. Further, he believes taxpayers should betray their consciences by paying for his abortion agenda. This same President has stated he didn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby,” and remarked that it was “above my pay grade” to answer a pastor’s question: “At what point does a baby get human rights?” Yet now we are to somehow believe that children are the priority in his current aggressive campaign against the Second Amendment?

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It’s natural to focus on events that have happened instead of those that haven’t, and on people we have interacted with as opposed to those we’ve never met. But today it seems worth reflecting on some of those people we haven’t met: the 54 million who have died in abortions in the past four decades.

It’s hard to mourn them because we know virtually nothing about them, except they once existed. So much of them remained potential. We don’t know how many of them would have been eager and well-behaved, and how many would been hellions, and how many would have been, like most of us as children, a mixture of earnest affection and efforts and tantrums. We don’t who of them would have been the clowns, mugging it up behind a teacher’s back. We don’t who of them would have been quiet dreamers, spending long hours staring at the clouds and thinking. We don’t know who of them would have been able to hit home runs, and who would have been able to do math equations in their head in the blink of an eye…

It’s curious to notice who isn’t there. But it’s even stranger that we spend so little time wondering who they – and we – would have been if they were still with us.

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Via Mediaite.


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Let me try my hand at this…

Scrumpy is full of life
Fights through our countries daily strife
Her soul is bright,shines through the night
England lost a star
She is ours now
Red,White and Blue
is our Scrumpadoo.

I do not write..forgive me scrump..:)

I heart u! God Bless, my sister!

PS-the truth is rarely flowery.

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 8:29 AM

No poetry. All poets will be thrown in chummed waters off the Great Barrier Reef.

Bishop on January 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Ask them straight out-

Do you support letting a live baby die in a closet?
Do you support abortions by gender?
If we find a gay gene which can be detected in amnio, would you support aborting gay babies?

Ect Ect..not hard.

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

But it isn’t that simple either. The left has done a very good job of making it appear that every single “procedure” performed at the abortion factories of Planned Parenthood are due to rape, incest, or the health of the mother. And it is really hard to get beyond these issues because they are the thornier parts of the debate not gender selection.

Where the right does not help itself is when they let the left turn total morons like Todd Akin or Mike Huckabee into spokesmen for the right’s position on abortion. It is always a tough sell for a male to speak on the issue but throw in truly absurd ideas and it will never turn out well. The right has a perfectly defensible case for the limited use of abortion as a moral issue. Unfortunately, they leave making that case up to the wrong people.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Ya Know …
If you combine ObamaCare with Affirmative Action and just make abortions free to “urbanites”, there would be a lot less confusion in Detroit on Father’s Day.
Just a Thawt
*grin*
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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Hannity had a reasonable Democratic stratetist (Penny Lee?) on his show last night to assess that black guy’s celebration ad. She reamed it in a manner that I’d expect from someone like Michelle Bachman. What were those dopes thinking? It’s one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.

BTW: How about this for a pro-life slogan?

Abortion on Demand: The Left’s version of the Final Solution.

That would cast the left in a pretty bad light.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Maybe, but my understanding is that they still need a minimum of illegitimate births to keep the welfare checks coming. So abortions don’t eliminate all the confusion.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Happy No,

I agree with your points.
They are still doing a poor job.

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Happy No,

I agree with your points.
They are still doing a poor job.

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Rut roh..
Axe and Jackie
are clinging to the coral
on the great barrier reef..
That’s were they went!

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Maybe, but my understanding is that they still need a minimum of illegitimate births to keep the welfare checks coming. So abortions don’t eliminate all the confusion.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

You may have a point. As a Michigander though, I am sick and tired of supporting the morbidly obese baby machines in Detroit and every other “urban” area.
Psssssst The pro-life crowd says that no children are “illegitimate”. It aint PC for them.
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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I don’t think this is going to be believed even if the military hero comes forward with video. As to Mr. Garrow being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, I am sure the press will be all to willing to remind everyone that Rush Limbaugh was nominate also. But more importantly, look at who has actually won it.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Rush was never nominated (I don’t know if Garrow ever was, either, nor do I care). There is a criteria that must be met:

According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, a nomination is considered valid if it is submitted by a person who falls within one of the following categories:

• Members of national assemblies and governments of states

• Members of international courts

• University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes

• Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

• Board members of organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

• Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1)

• Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Landmark Legal Foundation/Mark Levin is none of these.

Dante on January 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

bazil9 on January 23, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I hope that you are feeling better Baz!! That was a great effort!

I shall perhaps see you later on QOTD! :-)

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities.

Really? Then why did you just take away their right to make their most basic Health Care decision, whether or not to have insurance, away with Obamacare?

Theophile on January 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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