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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Well, that explains it

Thus far our experience working that the Oregon Right to Life booth at the fair has been a delight. People from all walks of life have stopped by and voiced their support; asked questions; and many have thanked us for being there to counter the Planned Parenthood booth which is at the opposite side of the exhibition all from us, but ironically, right next door to the Republican Party booth.

We did have one of the Planned Parenthood workers come down to our booth and try to raise a fuss. I wasn't working at the time, but two people that were relayed the story to me. It seems this twenty-something young lady felt she was armed with the best argument as to why women should get abortions. Her theory is that our prisons are full of men who were once unwanted babies. Had their mothers had the good sense to abort them before they were born, our society would be far better off. So by telling women to not get abortions, we are in fact increasing our prison population.

Now our policy at the booth is not to get into debates with people. There are kids around and getting into heated discussions detracts from the positive atmosphere we're trying to maintain; so our volunteers politely listened to this person. When she had finished her monologue our folks in the booth were silent for a pregnant pause then they burst out in laughter at such a rediculous proposition, which only made this woman angry and she stomped away. It probably wasn't the most polite response for our side to make, but I find it hard to fault them.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, would have been proud of this person's logic which fits very neatly into Sanger's own view of eugenics. In 1932 Sanger wrote that what was needed was "A stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring." Small wonder that some have suggested a link between Sanger and Adolf Hitler, whose own eugenics program seemed to model ones advocated by her.

This mindset continues today in our country more subtle ways. Over half of the children with Downs Syndrom who are diagnosed in utero are aborted. Equally tragic and perhaps even more evil are the couples who abort the child for no other reason than it is the wrong sex.

If anyone wants to see what a healthy baby really looks like from 7 to 12 weeks, the age when most abortions happen, you can click here, and go to the website sponsored by Priests for Life. Today, Planned Parenthood still counsels women that a child in the first trimester is little more than a blob of cells and likens the child to a parasite. These photos tell a far different story.

(Please be advised that the webpage I refer here also has a link to more graphic, horrific, photos of what an abortion looks like. )

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