Skip to comments.Behold Salon’s craziest pro-abortion essay yet
Posted on 06/27/2015 6:51:07 PM PDT by Morgana
There are many ways to spot a fanatic, but a particularly damning one is when, on the rare instance where one admits to acting fanatical, its still somehow the victims fault. This was on full display in a recent Salon column by Catherine Landis, a Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee board member and Knoxville Advocates of Reproductive Rights community action team leader.
In a piece that stunningly alternates between confessions of abominably unjustified incivility and suggesting it was totally justified, Landis recounts an encounter with a pro-lifer at Tennessee early voting station last November in which she didnt mean to scream, but could not stop, as if inside me some hidden beast was waking up, wounded and stirring.
As if preemptively trying to compensate for how badly she comes across in her own account of the incident itself, she starts out by complaining that in the South it doesnt feel safe to stand alone if youre going to publicly come out as pro-choice, because Six years ago, a man walked into a local Unitarian Church with a gun hidden in a guitar case because he wanted to kill some liberals.
Yeah, and six years ago a pro-abort shot and killed a man in Michigan because he didnt like his pro-life signs. Three years ago a man walked into the Family Research Council and opened fire because he wanted to kill as many people as possible for their conservative views. In recent years, other unhinged pro-aborts have committed numerous violent acts against pro-lifers, such as a rock threw into a window of a home and demonstrators threatened with a knife and a Molotov cocktail. And Human Life International has been documenting many more.
Yet pro-aborts endlessly claim a monopoly on the victim card, as if the rare fringe anti-abortion nut means they have to constantly live in terror but the pro-abortion ones should mean nothing to us. Somehow, I doubt Id get much sympathy from the other side (or even my own) if I threw a similar tantrum at a pro-choicer and tried to blame it on frayed nerves that the next Harlan James Drake might be just around the corner.
Speaking of which, back to the tantrum in question:
[S]omething, my dumbfounded brain, my outraged tongue, that uninvited beast inside, took over. The women claimed I was screaming, as in, You dont have to scream!
But yes, I did. I can scream all I want to! I will scream bloody murder if I want to, I will scream and scream and scream some more because you are trying to take away my rights!
Or something like that. I cant remember exactly everything I said, although I wont deny my outburst may have included I dont give a damn what you think and many other things that might or might not have been prudent. Blinding rage is not conducive to prudence or a reliable memory. The more interesting question to me is not what I said, but why. What caused such a raging, overwhelming, immature, unapologetic, visceral and primal reaction?
Wow! The pro-lifer must have been a real jerk to provoke such a reaction. What was her crime? Landis writes that the woman was friendly as she invited us to explain why we were against the amendment, but disliked the way her voice was silky with feigned cordiality but behind it was the cocksure certainty of people who know theyre right and youre wrong because God is on their side. (Apparently thats why the folks at Jezebel and RH Reality Check dont bother faking cordiality to begin with. At least pro-aborts are never arrogant!) But what ultimately got the beast stirring was are you ready for this?
You may want to be sitting down. The lady had a flier. The flier said it said
it said informed consent.
VIDEO ON LINK
Seriously, thats it. If youre as stumped as I am why that should reduce a rational human being to blind, sputtering rage, Landis explains:
It does not mean telling patients what they need to know about the procedure. Abortion providers in the state of Tennessee are required to be physicians with active hospital privileges and they already do that. They do that in the same way gastroenterologists inform patients about colonoscopies. Informed consent is what doctors do. Only in the context of abortion does informed consent mean legally requiring physicians to read a script written by non-medically trained politicians telling patients all kinds of factually challenged scary stories designed to induce second thoughts.
So you see, in those two little words, this poor, unassuming Planned Parenthood leader was overwhelmed by the audacity, the disingenuousness, the callous pretense written in black and white of pro-lifers lying to get their way.
Theres just one problem, Ms. Landis: you know what the difference is between informed consent in gastroenterology and informed consent in abortion. In the former, there is no vested interest in widespread deception about one of its key facts, upon which the practices very existence depends. In abortion there is: the destruction of a separate, innocent human being, which must be denied in order to make abortion not sound monstrously evil.
You ought to know this as well as anyone, Ms. Landis, considering you hold a substantial position with an organization dedicated to perpetuating it and other lies. So might I suggest an alternate explanation for your anger: some subconscious awareness that you couldnt actually debate the logic of informed-consent laws without confronting your own role in why theyre needed in the first place?
Thats my bet, but Landis throws out a couple more post-hoc rationalizations for her behavior: talking to that woman felt physically threatening, like the emotional equivalent of being hauled off to a cell for a crime I did not commitsolely because of a line on a flier about abortionists having to provide pertinent information theyd rather hideand it just feels so hard to be a liberal in the South who feel[s] like you dont have a voice because of a subtle sense that this is a government hating, gun-loving, God-fearing, kind-of-racist, kind-of-sexist, kind-of-homophobic, big-car-driving, live-free-or-die kind of a place. I dont know about you, but to me, I had to scream at that pro-lifer because Im bigoted against my fellow Tennesseans makes things worse, not better.
Landis spends another few thousand words attempting to at least look like she made up for her intolerance by wondering if its even possible anymore to sit down and talk with somebody from the other side and recounting how she sought out a respectful dialogue with someone from the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform whom she refers to as Sue. Her account is full of creative spins on pro-life views, but her key takeaway? We need to call the pro-life movement what it is: a cult:
Because like a cult, its members manage to use the exact same talking points with no deviation. Facts contradicting their stated beliefs are tossed aside. There is no room for nuanced thinking.
Proving that Landis has little to no sense of irony, this accusation came in the midst of her:
* Categorically dismissing, sight unseen, any and all studies Sue had backing up her position because You name it, you can find a study to prove it, * Concluding Sue must be disingenuous solely for maintaining that a fertilized egg is a human being isnt a religious belief, even though thats a 100% true scientific fact scores of Landiss own colleagues dont even deny anymore, * Admitting that Sue was a much better debater than she, but whining that it was only because Sue was a professional advocate and a Board of Directors member of a Planned Parenthood affiliate is somehow just an ordinary person, * Writing, I dont even want to talk about abortion anymore, not in the sense of whether it should be legal or not and certainly not in the sense of whether a fetus is a person. It isnt, and * Ultimately concluding that her temper tantrum was okay after all: on the issue of abortion, I see no room for common ground and Im not going to stop screaming.
ultrasounds (Picture on link) Above: religious beliefs. Apparently sonograms can detect those now.
So the pro-abort openly ignores evidence, denies science, rejects discussion, and endorses screaming at people she disagrees with yet the pro-lifer is the cultist?
Were through the looking glass here; in fact, we stopped being able to see the looking glass in the rearview mirror about fifty miles ago. The hypocrisy and delusion is so far beyond parody that finding more words to say about it seems pointless compared to letting Landiss words just hang there in all their deranged glory (Salons editors really do make this job too easy sometimes).
Particularly since the War on Women narrative began, the pro-abortion movement seems to be in the middle of a perpetual collective meltdown. Thats good for ginning up the faithful, but like with any cult, theres only so far you can go before overreach begins jolting some of the less certain back to reality.
These are the people that will have no problem putting freepers in “re-education” camps
“These are the people that will have no problem putting freepers in re-education camps”
Yea but who will drive who crazy? In this place you have to stay sane inside insanity. I come back to see what happens next, because it does.
There are liberals out there that would have no problem with Stalin-style wholesale murder of people they disagree with.
Anyone does this to me and I’ll break their jaw.
I’ve had it.
It hasn’t occurred to the proabortionists that if simply declaring a baby nonhuman makes it socially acceptable to kill, what could happen if they were declared nonhuman?
Odd choice of words considering she is calling FOR bloody murder of innocent children and sometimes adult women.
Like those factually challenged scary stories about coat hangers in back alleys that are the main point of order when the debate is on to eliminate abortion?
Interesting, partiularly the various terms.
An embryo or fetus is indisputably a human organism.
“Human being” is an ill-defined term with religious overtones. It’s a matter of opinion, I guess, whether an embryo or fetus is one.
“Person” is a term with legal implications. If an organism is a person various constitutional rights apply. Roe v Wade decided, and I have difficulty disputing their arguments, that an embryo or fetus is not a person in the meaning of the original Constitution.
A baby is considered “subhuman” just as slaves were once considered “subhuman” by the legal system.
By that argument, the studies "proving" man is causing global warming should be dismissed without any review at all.
Scoundrels at Salon probably live like Chris Matthews in 95% white communities, gated in some cases.
And they want to double the funding for abortion because only half of all black babies are aborted. So doubling the funding could get them to their goal!
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