There has long been a debate within the pro-life community whether graphic displays of the reality of abortion are powerful tools to make people realize the awful reality of “a woman’s right to choose,” or excessive displays that turn off more people than they attract. I’ve long leaned towards the former, having seen a handful of people change their stance on abortion after being shown just what a baby at, say, 12 weeks gestation looks like (a tiny baby, instead of a blob of cells), and just what abortion does to their perfect, tiny bodies. But I know a good number of people who disagree, mostly because they feel these displays just turn too many people off.
Live Action has shown what might amount to a third way. They have produced some videos that use animation to demonstrate the reality of abortion. By using animation, the reality can be conveyed, while the horrifying reality of abortion can be somewhat sanitized through the unreality of animation.
The video below is one of those. It shows a typical “D&E” abortion on a 2nd trimester child. The baby is literally ripped limb from limb, before being pulled apart through the birth canal. The video is graphic and will be disturbing for some, but the reality is so important I think it should be shared:
I guess Live Action produced a whole series of these videos during the time I was away from the blog. They can all be found on their Youtube channel.
The interesting aspect to me was the reaction of a number of pro-aborts when shown the reality of abortion. Live Action maintains that 1/3 of the pro-aborts who witnessed the video above changed their position on abortion on the spot. Who knows how many may change their position later? I pray these “conversions,” so to speak, are permanent, at any rate:
Unfortunately, these “conversions” may not be lasting. These folks were on the spot, with people coming from an obvious pro-life viewpoint asking them to justify the unjustifiable. I pray they don’t revert to their previous blithe support for this horror later.
I mentioned in another post that Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been conducting a tour of US college campuses seeking to challenge the leftist repression of free speech and anti-left viewpoints so prevalent in American academia, had a rough ride at DePaul last night. I don’t think I’ll have a chance to get into the details of how he was assaulted and interrupted (as were many of his supporters), you can check out his channel for that, but I did find this interview below meaningful, as it demonstrates how an admittedly powerful personality can completely cow and over-awe a committed baby murder supporter through command of the facts and relentless argumentation. The relevant part is from 16:15 – 17:45, but the entire thing is worth listening to, if you can excuse the occasional foul language:
Perhaps overawe was the wrong term. Complete crushing, from the standpoint of argumentation and totally silencing the opponent, is perhaps more apt. Not sure her mind was changed, but at least the silence that resulted was blissful.
The point being, don’t be afraid to argue with these people face to face. Another rather unquestioned tenet of the pro-life movement of the past several decades is that confrontation is bad, that we should be kind and courteous and accepting and stay far away from judgment. I’m not sure that tactic has served the pro-life movement well. Yes, there have been many (mostly small) pro-life successes on the state and local level in terms of limitations opposed on abortion, but at the end of the day, abortion is just as legal as it ever was and just about as many abortions are being performed today as were being performed 30 years ago. We haven’t got a great deal to show for our niceness.
I’m not advocating that we stand there screaming insults at prospective baby murderers, but I do think we can be more aggressive in our use of facts and communication of the hideous reality of abortion to pro-aborts everywhere, be they outside a mill or not. I’d like to think there is room for both approaches, but many sidewalk counselors have been trained by various CLPCs and other pro-life groups that confrontation is very, very bad. I’m not certain I believe that, as I believe I’ve seen about as many positive results (walkaways, saves) from confrontation as I have from the more passive, supportive approach. I think it depends a great deal on the individual you’re dealing with.
So the Filipinos have elected a new president, it seems, a man who has made numerous virulently anti-Catholic statements, and who promises to institute a “3 child policy” (I don’t believe he has specified what penalties will occur if families “violate” the policy), divorce on demand and government-funded contraception.
Apparently, his hostility to the Faith did not prevent a plurality of nominally Catholic Filipinos (where roughly 80% of the population today claims the name Catholic, down from over 95% about 20 years ago) from voting for him. As in so many countries, so-called Catholics vote in their own persecutors – assuming, of course, these self-described Catholics even view these anti-Catholic policies and tirades as being opposed to the Faith, which, of course, they don’t (my emphasis and comments):
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision course with the bishops a day after he called them “sons of whores”……..
……..Duterte’s often outrageous comments have won him huge support and his tirades about killing criminals and a joke about a murdered rape victim do not appear to have dented his popularity in the largely Catholic country.
“I only want three children for every family,” Duterte said on Sunday in Davao City. “I’m a Christian, but I’m a realist so we have to do something with our overpopulation. I will defy the opinion or the belief of the Church.”……[Not clear on if this “Christian” Duterte claims to be a Catholic or protestant. Indications are that it is the latter, which, surprise! A protestant advocating for draconian governmental interference into the most intimate of spheres, the size of family and relations between husband and wife]
…….On Saturday, he criticized the Church as the “most hypocritical institution”, meddling in government policies and said some bishops were enriching themselves at the expense of the poor. [So, opposition to your evil policies = “meddling in government policies?” How many other tyrants have said similarly over the years?]
“You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask so many favors, even from me,” Duterte said in an interview broadcast by TV station GMA.
Monsignor Oliver Mendoza, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Lingayen, whose head is the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Church respected Duterte’s opinion [is that how you respond when someone calls your mother a whore? You “respect their opinion?” That’s not an opinion but an insult, and unworthy of respect. This is a major problem, an indication of leadership far too willing to bow to the secular authority, and its certainly not limited to the Philippines] but that it would continue to speak against government policies that are contrary to Church teaching. [But even after you have done your duty, say, we are unprofitable servants, for we have only done what was required of us]
…..Political analysts said they were not surprised at Duterte’s statements because some bishops spoke out against him during the election campaign. [Only some. Shocking, I know. And thus his successful election? So where does uber-progressive and Francis confidante Cardinal Tagle stand on this?]
“Like most liberal, secular politicians, Duterte is a deist,” said Joselito Zulueta of the University of Santo Tomas. “This in itself is a self-serving position conceived out of human conceit. He will do as he pleases except when he’s stopped by public criticism.” [Well, someone knows the truth! And a Catholic university professor, of all people! I need my fainting couch!]
He said Duterte’s government was expected to clash more with the Catholic Church not only on population issues, but on the restoration of death penalty, legalization of divorce and planned distribution of contraceptives. [Which, if it occurs, means legalizing abortion within a few years, to deal with the “problem” of contraceptive failure (which failures are guaranteed and frequent). Legalized abortion is also necessary to insure a “3 child policy.” You can see where this diabolical plot is headed]
And once again we see bishops expending their limited and dwindling political capital on matters like the death penalty, on which the Church has spoken clearly until the last 40 years or so. The state has always had the right of the sword, according to the Church, and while there may be prudential reasons to oppose the application of the death penalty in a given country either generally or on specific occasions, proclaiming it to be an intrinsic evil, as is generally done by Church leadership today, is simply not reconcilable with the Doctrine of the Faith.
That may sound like picking nits, but it’s not. For as many people as a particular bishop, or even Francis, may turn on by making prudential matters into dogmatic ones, or elevating the progressive political platform into a pretended doctrine, they turn at least that many more off. Even more, the confusion this causes undermines the Church’s moral authority in ALL spheres and can be a precipitating factor in souls falling away.
Which gets down to the root question: is this a feature or bug of the post-conciliar paradigm?
I’ve been pretty hard on Oklahoma, and especially Oklahoma City, over the past couple of years because of that city’s manifest failure to oppose, even slightly, the promotion of grave evil in the form of several satanic atrocities. Contra the City of Dallas in opposing an immoral “sexxxpo” at the city-owned convention center, Oklahoma City has meekly rolled over to satanists in opening up city property to black masses and other despicable acts. They’ve even provided police protection to satanists desecrating statues of Our Blessed Lady on public streets. I can’t help but feel at least some of the motivation for this inexplicable cooperation with evil stems from a latent anti-Catholic bias among the overwhelming evangelical majority that exists there.
But, nonetheless, Oklahoma, or its legislature, has done something quite good, even amazing, in the present context: they have passed a bill that criminalizes all abortion except in cases where the life of the mother is ostensibly in jeopardy (which cases are exceedingly rare, constituting less than 1% of abortions performed in the US). It remains to be seen whether the governor will pass the bill into law or veto, but it seems she’s likely to do the former. There will of course be instant court challenges, but it’s a hopeful step nonetheless:
The Oklahoma state legislature has passed a bill that would criminalize abortion procedures in the state. According to the language of the bill, anyone who is found to have performed an abortion — except in instances to save the life of the mother — will be found guilty of a felony and can receive up to three years in prison.
The bill now is on its way to Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, for final approval.
Of course there has been instant hue and cry from the pro-aborts. Hardly surprising, given what a threat a law like this would represent to their blood for money schemes. While a quite promising move, without taking action against contraception and the contraceptive mentality, abortion will remain around in substantial numbers.
This does bring up an interesting point, one perhaps inadvertently raised by Donald Trump earlier this year: should the mothers who procure abortion not also face some kind of criminal penalty? The pro-life industry has always tried to portray mothers who have their children killed as being innocent victims, but anyone who has spent some time outside mills and spent some of the callow, hard-hearted women who are going in for their 5th or 6th abortion knows that is not always the case.
Logically speaking, if I were to hire someone to murder, say, my boss, I would be held just as liable for the crime as if I had done the foul deed myself. In most states I could face the same first degree murder charge as the hit man. There is no substantive difference between cases such as that, and women who pay someone to kill their child.
Of course, from a standpoint of political expedience, such measures can certainly be deferred, as it would be almost certain political poison to start advocating for the arrest of mothers who procure abortions.
However, perhaps the pro-life industry should start reconsidering its reflexive habit of giving mothers who procure abortions a near-total moral pass, while often casting aspersions at the fathers involved (even though we tend to know almost nothing of the situations surrounding almost all abortions – there could be many cases where the dad desperately wants the child and the mother just obstinately gets an abortion anyway. To hear the major pro-life groups tell it, abortion is almost always the man’s fault).
It is interesting to contemplate just how much of the radical feminist rhetoric even pro-life groups have absorbed in the painting of the dads as reprehensible and the moms as innocent victims. Why do they do so? Is it a sort of moral convenience, seeking to befriend women and turn them away from abortion in that manner, and so never (or rarely) emphasizing the evil of the act?
Or is it more a form of moral cowardice and ease, seeking to avoid confrontation, perhaps finding it easier to yield massive ground to feminist presuppostions regarding the supposed motivations for abortion (it were da man what made her did it!) than to give women the “moral agency” feminists supposedly crave and hold them just as accountable for their role in abortion as the man, doctor, or mom and dad, or whomever?
I’m certainly not trying to say abortions are all women’s fault with no culpability for anyone else, I’m just suggesting the pro-life strategy of excusing women’s role in the murder of children may have been a failed one, and helped contribute to the evil pro-lifers are committed to ending. A few thoughts for consideration, anyway.
I wonder, did the bishops of Oklahoma do much to help this get passed?
Start Novena to the Annunciation today! March 17, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
arely made it in time! Posted almost at midnight!
This is an ununusual year in that Easter and the Inc. nation of Christ fall on the same day. I know some folks are doing some special Novenas focused on praying Rosaries to avail of the graces available on this great dual feast. Noting Christ’s Incarnation and death together certainly have some powerful pro-life implications. This Novena can be really mighty against abortion and the whole culture of death.
The Novena, which I found beautiful, is below, courtesy EWTN:
I greet you, Ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!
Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:
(mention your request).
Obtain for me also, Queen of heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.
Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen. (more…)
St. Luke Productions Story of a Soul March 5 in Richardson February 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Saints, Virtue.
You know St. Luke Productions from their films on numerous Saints, acted out in many cases by Leonardo De Filipis. If you’re like our family, you probably have at least a few of their movies on DVD.
St. Luke Productions will be putting on three performances of their moving “Therese: The Story of a Soul” on Saturday, March 8 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Show times are 2 and 8. This is a fundraiser for the Birth Choice crisis pregnancy center. Tickets are $30 or $125 to have VIP seats at the 8pm showing with a 5:30 dinner. Tickets can be purchased through the Eisemann Center website (click on the calendar, go to the date, find the time you want, and then buy from there).
This is completely safe entertainment the entire family can enjoy. Or take your wife out for a date night. Perhaps you’ll see me there. If it’s prudent to do so given my unemployed status.
Speaking of, if you are saying prayers for my job situation, you might pray especially tomorrow afternoon. I will have a preliminary discussion with a very attractive employer at that time. Thank you for all your continued support. Best readers around, no question about it.
I was interested to learn that the Harris County prosecutor who filed charges against David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) for, get this, using a fake ID (and pushed for the maximum felony charge carrying a 20 year sentence) has been very eager to try to get Daleiden to take a plea deal. The intent from the start on the prosecutor/Planned Barrenhood side seems to have been intimidation, the sending of a clear message that if you embarrass Planned Butcherhood you’ll have to contend with the full force of the law.
But the prosecution and Planned Parenthood seem to have missed a salient point. That may be exactly what Daleiden/CMP want. By going to trial, they can subpoena Planned Barrenhood’s internal records, and they can put PB officials on record, in a court of law, testifying as to their baby-butchering and parts-selling practices:
Harris County prosecutors offered David Daleiden a plea deal. He didn’t take it. Bravo.
You see, now that felony charges were brought against Daleiden for altering government records*, and a misdemeanor involving the purchase of human body parts, the death merchants have realized that it’s not a good idea to put the Center for Medical Progress investigator in front of a jury.
So they threw him a plea deal for a misdemeanor after Daleiden posted bail today. For his part, Daleiden stuck to his guns, asking prosecutors for an apology instead of a deal.
“I think we all know that every day that goes by that the Texas authorities do not prosecute Planned Parenthood for their illegal trade in baby parts, they are sending a message to the entire country,” Daleiden told supporters outside the courthouse. “The state of Texas right now is open for business in baby body parts.”
If Daleiden were to go to trial, the videos he made along with Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts operation would certainly enter into evidence. And they’d be found to be truthful. And Planned Parenthood officials would be subpoenaed to testify at the trial. And they’d be found to be lying.
And oh, BTW, about that prosecutor:
With her top campaign contributor representing a prominent abortion practitioner and a Planned Parenthood board member working in her office, the attorney for pro-lifer investigator Susan Merritt said it’s no wonder that Devon Anderson indicted the pro-life investigators as opposed to Planned Parenthood.
I’m shocked, shocked to find evidence of collusion – or at least strong bias – involving a supposedly Republican DA and a radical promoter of abortion. That’s never, ever happened before.
The response from the prosecutor and PB will likely now be to draw out the pre-trial proceedings for as long as possible, in the hope of exhausting CMP’s financial resources. It will be interesting to see how this develops. This case has several aspects. Planned Barrenhood and their allies in the Harris County prosecutor’s office obviously intended to persecute CMP for embarrassing them. Even if CMP escapes these charges, the left-wing media will forever paint them as “accused felons” in future. The goal is to destroy their credibility, and all it required was an accomplice to their baby-killing agenda in a prosecutor’s office. This kind of thing is happening more and more, and has caused many to fear that conservatives are now more or less defenseless before the progressive minions abusing their positions of power at all levels of government.
There’s another interesting point raised below: how long are we going to silently, meekly allow the powers that be to exercise that power in such a biased and plainly unjust manner:
I should also note that David Daleiden is apparently prepared to go to jail over this. If that bothers you – if you don’t like the fact that a jury could put a man in jail for twenty years because he used a fake ID in one of the few ways that society finds acceptable and even moral* – then, well, that’s why people do civil disobedience. REAL civil disobedience, not the petulant, look-at-me garbage that the Activist Left revels in.
Anyone know if there have been any protests outside the Harris County courthouse or DA’s office? I guess there were a a number of people there when he turned himself in. But how about some old school civil disobedience like the pro-life movement used in its early days? I am told that was found to be counterproductive? Or was it just uncomfortable?
Commercial runs featuring ultrasound of baby, pro-aborts lose minds February 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, family, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
The one good thing I have seen come out of this flap over the tacky Doritos commercial below is that a number of secular-leaning reporters/writers have awakened to the realization that these people are not “pro-choice,” they are pro-abortion. They desire as few babies being born as possible, and, quite possibly, zero births.
So Doritos ran an add that showed a baby, in utero, jonesing for some of their chips. Here’s the ad, which ends in a tacky and sort of gross way:
Dumb, right? A baby chasing after a Dorito via cheesy CGI? And of course dads are stupid, slovenly, and oblivious.
Well, even that was too much for the misanthropes at NARAL, who promptly tweeted out their disgust at this terrible “humanizing” of fetuses. Even more, NARAL in Ohio found the NFL ads noting a statistical jump in births 9 months after Super Bowls (and praising that as a good thing) as being something calling for more birth control, especially IUDs, which have the tendency to go haywire and render women permanently sterile. Feature or bug? You decide.
NARAL lambasted Frito-Lay for using “anti-choice” tactics. But what if someone’s choice is to have a bunch of babies? Isn’t that a choice, too? Not for you. Get an IUD, or, better yet, an abortion. Then they can sell the parts for a bunch of profit.
Additional commentary from the National Review:
The trouble for NARAL and other pro-choice advocates is that technological advances like ultrasounds have become some of the most powerful arguments on the pro-life side.
Even at the earliest stages of a pregnancy, it is clearly evident that the image an ultrasound shows is a tiny little human, and countless parents have watched that screen in amazement, overjoyed to see their baby for the first time and hear its heart beating.
By showing a “fetus” as not a “clump of cells” but a tiny human being, Doritos exposed the weakness of the pro-abortion worldview: The commitment to denying the humanity of the unborn child is in conflict with basic common sense. Those who prefer to describe their side as “pro-choice” cannot tolerate any evidence that shows the human life that “choice” could be ending. [It’s never been about choice. It’s always been about control. If you can convince a mother to kill her own child, what can you not convince her of?]
Melissa Conway, Texas Right to Life’s director of external relations, praised the ad for “clearly capturing the human emotions and reactions of the preborn child.” In this ad, continued Conway, “Doritos acknowledges the awareness, feelings, and humanity each tiny life possesses.”
Texas state senator Konni Burton, a strong pro-life advocate who won the district formerly held by Wendy Davis (infamous for her 2013 pink-sneakered filibuster against a bill banning late-term abortions) agreed. “This ad shows the reason we fight so hard for the pro-life cause,” Burton told National Review. “The unborn child is human, unmistakably so.”
Pro-aborts, of course, have to deny that obvious fact. If too many people start comprehending the humanity of the unborn child, the inevitable result is that abortion will be finally, mercifully banned. And pro-aborts cannot have that. So they have to pretend that a baby is not human, and resort to more and more ludicrous distinctions as to what constitutes life, in effect denying the free will they claim to cherish, and instead making the baby’s life something totally at the whim of the mother. Unethicists like Pete Singer have taken this line of thinking to its logical conclusion, noting that if a mother can kill a fully human child in utero on a whim, then why not a 2 year old, or a five year old?
And the sick thing is, a not inconsiderable number of people agree with them. Child hatred is a growing phenomenon in this culture of ours, which I’m sure any number of you have experienced.
What does the NRA have, that other conservative groups do not January 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership.
I say that especially with regard to socially conservative groups. With the exception of the pro-life movement, which has some level of small success, conservatives have been singularly ineffective in defending the moral order and seeing their agenda enacted. All, that is, except for the NRA and the gun rights groups. I saw this article on the surrender of democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on his number one campaign promise – moves against gun rights – last night and what struck me was the fear of God the NRA can strike even in the hearts of liberal stalwarts. We have nothing similar in the social conservative movement:
Virginia’s Governor Tery McAuliffe has retreated on his Administration’s decision to sever concealed carry reciprocity with 25 states after a firestorm of criticism…….
……It’s interesting to see the Washington Post attempt to call the permanent protective order a “major concession” in order to save face for McAuliffe. It was very much a minor concession in line with what most Republicans support. no one wants an violent abuser to have access to firearms.
You can tell just how much the reversal stung gun control supporters by the screams of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Outside extremely liberal enclaves like New York, Chicago, Washington DC, etc., the pro-gun agenda tends to hold sway. Even the most anti-gun president in history has been able to do very little to limit access to firearms by law-abiding citizens in his terms of office. Not for lack of trying. But even many democrat congressman are terrified of crossing the NRA.
Why is that? Why is the NRA/gun rights movement so successful, when almost every other social conservative enterprise has failed so spectacularly over the past 40 years or so?
Well, one thing…….the NRA has money, and lots of it. They have significantly more resources than other social conservative groups. But how do they get that money? They get it through fundraising and constantly beating the bushes for more (they do also have some wealthy benefactors).
But it’s not just money that makes the NRA effective. It’s also voting. Gun “fanatics” vote. They are often single-issue voters. A politician who crosses the gun rights movement is, to all intents and purposes, dead to them, forever. We are not nearly so consistent on the pro-life or pro-traditional morality side. We do not have the strong track record of turning out of office politician after politician who votes/supports measures against our interest. Yes, there were exceptions, particularly in 2010 after the Obamacare debacle, but, for the most part, there either aren’t enough of us, or we don’t vote consistently enough, to be a major electoral factor for a lot of socially liberal politicians.
Now, political power flows from numbers. But a majority of Americans do not own guns. While the number of firearms in circulation has dramatically increased in the last decade, the actual number of firearms owners has slightly decreased. How, then, has the political power of the gun rights lobby seemingly increased?
And do gun rights advocates outnumber social conservatives, generally? Don’t the two groups largely overlap? Perhaps not. I don’t have data, but I know a lot of pro-gun people who are fairly liberal on a host of social issues. They are more libertarian than conservative.
I doubt there are more strident firearms advocates than there are pro-lifers, at least, not enough to make a huge difference, politically. So, my question remains.
I really don’t have an answer. I talked with my wife about this last night and we didn’t really come up with any brilliant solution. About the only thing I could conclude is that gun rights types vote more consistently and organize much, much better. I do think that is one thing – the gun rights groups are tightly mobilized and tend to be quite disciplined. The social conservatives are divided among themselves, and only a relative few are conservative across the whole spectrum on social issues (abortion, contraception, redefinition of marriage, sodomy, body mutilation/transgenderism, etc., etc).
I’m kind of out of time, but thought that might make an interesting topic for discussion.
YHGBSM: Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Pro-Life Investigators in Planned Barrenhood Organ Sale Expose’ January 26, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
We are well beyond through the looking glass. In the only indictment handed down so far related to the string of videos released last year regarding Planned Barrenhood’s obvious lawbreaking in the sale of aborted baby organs, it was not the abortion giant, but the muckraking pro-life journalists of the Center For Medical Progress that were indicted! I knew prosecutors could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, but this is ridiculous. The elites are really showing us who they are – self-interested liberals who really, really like abortion.
The Texas grand jury selection system is horribly broken. Grand juries are put together often by judges consisting of groups of their own like-minded friends. This has led to hideous abuses like the indictment of former House Speaker Tom DeLay – which led to his ouster from office, even though later evidence indicated the charges against him were baseless – and the still pending FELONY charges against former Governor Rick Perry because he vetoed legislation the Travis County District Attorney did not like. This is lawfare of the worst kind and we are witnessing a rapidly developing, and massive, double standard in the application of the law, depending on whether one is conservative or liberal. This cannot persist for long without dire repercussions.
But first, the basics:
Months after the release of undercover videos detailing Planned Parenthood’s scheme to traffic aborted baby body parts, a grand jury has finally brought brought criminal charges. Not against Planned Parenthood, but against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist behind the undercover sting videos.
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, returned two charges on Monday afternoon against Daleiden, the activist who planned and organized the undercover sting videos. Although the grand jury allegedly investigated Planned Parenthood, no charges were brought against the nation’s largest abortion provider, whose executives were shown in multiple videos attempting to sell trafficked organs and other body parts harvested from aborted babies. One Planned Parenthood executive, while haggling over the prices of aborted baby organs, noted that she needed to get the right price because, “I want to buy a Lamborghini.”
According to a press release from the office of Harris County district attorney’s office which was provided to The Federalist, Daleiden was charged with the purchase and sale of human organs, a misdemeanor, and with tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Sandra Merritt, one of Daleiden’s associates, was also charged with tampering with a governmental record.
“For more than two months, the 232nd Grand Jury extensively reviewed the joint investigation into allegations of misconduct by PPGC,” stated the press release. “This grand jury cleared PPGC of breaking the law. However, the grand jury did hand down indictments for two individuals who were involved in making the allegations against PPGC public via covert recordings made in April 2015.”
Lauren Reeder, one of the prosecutors in the Harris County district attorney’s office, revealed last August that she was a member of the board of directors for the Planned Parenthood affiliate that was targeted by Daleiden.
Now, I want to answer several left-liberal objections to some of the coverage above, and the pro-life reaction to it.
- Yes this the Harris County DA says this Reeder was recused from this case but we’ve heard that before and it’s not always proven true.
- It is possible to form extremely biased grand juries in this state under present law and, literally, to get them to indict anything. The reaction nationwide to this news has been shock and horror, save from the progressive camp, which is dang near orgiastic in glee. Even among most moderates this is seen as a shocking turn of events and there is a great deal of suspicion that a miscarriage of justice has occurred
- Texas DAs in liberal locales have abused the law and the grand jury process as noted above
- Harris County is not conservative, especially not in the governing class
- The assistant DA who brought the indictment is self-described as a Republican but there are many questions regarding his stance on abortion and his conservative credentials, at least as I can tell after an hour’s search
- Even if he is a Republican, Lord knows most of our Republican party leadership is as pro-abort as all get out, and will go to enormous lengths to protect Planned Butcherhood.
- No the videos were not “doctored,” edited versions were released but the full footage has always been available on the CMP website and has been for months
- The fact that several investigations have not yet led to charges against Planned Barrenhood is not necessarily evidence of their compliance with the law or that their actions are even remotely acceptable from a moral standpoint. What it means is that laws regarding the sale of human baby body parts are woefully inadequate and need reforming. It also means that even far too many self-described conservatives are afraid to go against the abortion giant, which has successfully escaped so many scandals it convinces one of diabolical intervention, and even more, that far too many “conservatives” are infected with the culture of death and may not find the idea of using baby parts for “medical research” intended to possibly prolong their own lives something not too objectionable.
I could go on at length, I saw a whole bunch of really dumb leftist objections to the righteous indignation of pro-lifers.
I am aware of my own bias, but trying to discount for that, I am still shocked at this development. It seems incredible that not only does Planned Barrenhood face absolutely no legal sanction for their wanton sale of baby parts, but that this has turned into a persecution of those who exposed PB’s wanton immorality, if not actual lawbreaking.
I am having a very hard time not seeing this as one of a continuing series of the use of the governmental power against political expression on the conservative side. There have been numerous examples of this in the past two years of increasing frequency and severity. This effort to not just totally disenfranchise 30+% of the population, but to use the government to actively persecute them, cannot end well. I am having great difficulty not seeing this as just a continuance of this trend. A very strong signal is being sent here, just as it was sent in the wake of the Komen de-funding of 3 years ago – go against Planned Barrenhood, and the organs of the state-media complex will be ranged against you. I think we can tell just how effective Center for Medical Progress’ expose’s were by the severity of the response.
What does a people do when it feels that they have no recourse to, and can have little or no trust in, their government? What does a people do when they feel that the government is not just totally unresponsive to their concerns, but will use strong repressive measures against them? There are historical precedents to be sure, and they are generally not happy ones. But this nation’s government has proved unusually durable.
Interesting times, if by interesting, one means terrifying.
More people dying than being born in Europa January 20, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
The lights are going out all over Europe, again, and this time not due to fascism or communism, but hedonistic sexular paganism that has so enervated hundreds of millions of souls they cannot even bother to reproduce. Were the births to muslims excluded from the total fertility rate of most European countries, the numbers would look even worse:
More people in Europe are dying than are being born, according to a new report co-authored by a Texas A&M University demographer. In contrast, births exceed deaths, by significant margins, in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S., with few exceptions.
Texas A&M Professor of Sociology Dudley Poston, along with Professor Kenneth Johnson, University of New Hampshire, and Professor Layton Field, Mount St. Mary’s University, published their findings in Population and Development Review this month.
The researchers find that 17 European nations have more people dying in them than are being born (natural decrease), including three of Europe’s more populous nations: Russia, Germany and Italy. In contrast, in the U.S. and in the state of Texas, births exceed deaths by a substantial margin.
“In 2013 in Texas, for example, there were over 387,000 births compared to just over 179,000 deaths,” says Poston. “The only two states in the U.S. with more deaths than births are the coal mining state of West Virginia and the forest product state of Maine.” [Yeah but even here without the massive Hispanic population the fertility numbers would not look nearly so good]
………Findings reveal that 58 percent of the 1,391 counties of Europe had more deaths than births compared to just 28 percent of the 3,141 counties of the U.S……..
…….Natural decrease is much more common in Europe than in the U.S because its population is older, fertility rates are lower and there are fewer women of child-bearing age,” Poston and his colleagues explain. “Natural decrease is a major policy concern because it drains the demographic resilience from a region diminishing its economic viability and competitiveness.”
Save for an emptying out of the High Plains, northern Appalachia, and parts of the Midwest, most of the US experiences steady growth, as shown below.
In both Europe and the US, take abortion away and these numbers would look far better. But that’s not gonna happen anytime soon, barring a miracle of biblical proportions.
Absent that, Europe is going to become increasingly muslim, with many regions becoming majority or near-majority within the next several decades. At the very least, come 2050 or so, Europe is going to look very different, and probably a far more dangerous place. I also expect to see mass migration of non-muslims to areas with little or no muslim presence. Europe will be Balkanized, and in the worst possible way.
Europe’s had a holiday from history for about 70 years. But history must be paid either now, or later, and by enjoying this phantasmal “holiday” the comeuppance is going to be hard and fast. I pray that as a result of this very unhappy process, however, that Europe finds it’s faith again. If it doesn’t, Europe as we have known it will cease to exist.