Five Ft. Three

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

Disingenous has a name: pro-choice

on November 15, 2005

I finally had the chance to watch a show I taped last week on PBS (yes, PBS) called Frontline, and the topic of the day was “The Last Abortion Clinic”. Basically, it showed how pro-life groups have turned to legal restrictions in order to chip away at Roe v Wade, using Mississippi as an example because the state has been reduced to only one abortion clinic in the whole state.

Two things about the show gave me pause. The first thing was where they showed how women in Mississippi who wanted abortions had “undue burdens” placed on them because they had to travel to get an abortion. Choicers in the state cry foul at any restrction placed on abortions. But what about the whole choice mantra to have abortion be “legal and rare”? Seems like the choicers don’t really mean that if they want it so damn easy to get an abortion!

Secondly, the sad thing about Mississippi was that poor women in rural areas who could not afford to travel to get an abortion usually ended up having the baby, causing them undue burdens again. This is where I think the Planned Parenthood/Pro-choice crowd just loses all credibilty. If they really cared about these women and not about making money or making a statement, then they would go out of their way to reach these poor women who it would appear need them the most. So, where are they? Why don’t they raise money and be brave enough to work within the Mississippi laws so they can actually help women?? Because that’s not what they are all about. They’ll help as long as it is easy to do so.

Meanwhile, in Mississippi and across this country, pregnancy crisis centers staff volunteers and raise funds through donations to actually try to help women during their time of need.

So, who really cares about women? The choicers? Nope. Unless it is convenient and serves their own interest.

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