Thoughts on the Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

I normally don’t cover such controversial topics on this blog, but I want this to serve as a demonstration on how NOT to fight for a cause.

While doing some reading on Carly Fiorina’s comments regarding one of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, I stumbled on an article titled ‘Carly Fiorina Calls Out ‘Mainstream Media’ for Defending Planned Parenthood‘ on  The site describes itself as “a project of the Media Research Center (MRC), America’s leading media watchdog in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.” Even without knowing anything about MRC, the fact that the site specifically targets ‘liberal media bias’ tells me immediately that this is heavily right leaning and inherently biased site. An organization that truly wanted to combat bias would be open to neutralizing ALL media bias. But I digress, that isn’t what this post is about.

The article itself contained nothing surprising, so I began reading the comments which quickly solidified the fact that I was on an extreme right wing website. Rather than leaving a general comment that would most likely be lost in the noise, I decided to respond to an already popular comment left by one of the moderators of the site. In her comment she leads the charge in fighting abortion advocates by stating the following (emphasis added):

But the media, per usual, is trying to do the “Look a shiny object!” bait-and-switch. Thereby taking everybody’s attention off of the REAL crime here. Legalized murder of the most defenseless humans on the planet.

Keep fighting. Bookmark excellent cites, keep them handy, and destroy these abortion advocates with facts. We can and will win if we all work together to eliminate the funding for Planned Parenthood. That would be an excellent first step.

Rather than attempting to debate abortion itself, which I knew would be an impossible battle, I chose to question the motivations behind defunding Planned Parenthood because I truly believe that many of the pro-life advocates haven’t actually considered the consequences. They simply want to remove funding from an organization they see as evil. This discussion goes on for a LONG time, so here are some of the more interesting bits. I start with this…

…De-funding Planned Parenthood would likely lead to a higher rate of unwanted pregnancies which in turn would lead to even more abortions. With no safe place to get an abortion, this would lead to even more late term and/or illegal abortions, plus you have the the loss of all of the other services they provide which account for a large majority of their business and all of their federal funding.

So, will someone please tell me what you expect to accomplish by defunding this organization? I’m ready to be destroyed by your facts.

This was the first response that I received…
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Spring 2015 Update

Anyone who regularly (or wishes to regularly) read this blog may be disappointed with my lack of recent updates. My work schedule and new found love for classical guitar has taken up just about all of my free time and forced me to almost completely abandon my writing here, but I am still around.

All pending comments left over the last few months were stuck in my moderation queue until today because notifications of new comments keep failing to make it to my inbox. I promise to at least log in and approve comments on a more regular basis.

Reader comments are truly what keep me from giving up on this blog altogether. I read every one of them and respond whenever possible, so please keep them coming.

Following this post will be one of my usual spurts of updates most likely followed by some more silence. Rinse, repeat.

I also plan on doing some more visual tweaks to the site. The current theme has some behind the scenes technical issues and may need to change. Stay tuned…


New Host, New Look Coming Soon…

I have not been happy with the speed of my site lately and my hosting account was up for renewal so I thought it was time for a change. When this post is visible that means the migration to my new host is complete.

Hopefully this change will mean a much faster experience for my readers.

I’m sticking with my old theme for now while I work out some issues with the new design. Stay tuned for a much more modern, brighter and mobile friendly theme…


One Million Moms Attacks JCPenney Over Ad With Lesbian Mothers

While not a topic I normally write about, I felt that this story needed to be shared. Jenny Block of the Huffington Post did a great job of summing up the main issues in a few short paragraphs.

Ultimately, what’s missing here is thought. OMM is not thinking about the effect of their hatefulness on their children or the world. They are not thinking about how little sense it makes to use a loving God as an excuse for hating people. When they waste their time on issues like this, they are not thinking about the fact that there are starving children to feed and homeless families to house and impoverished countries to provide clean water for. I just wish they’d use their powers for good instead of evil.

This is about ignorance. It’s about ignorance about the LGBTQ community. It’s about ignorance about God’s love for everyone. It’s even about ignorance of simple commerce. “If they want our business, then we will not be ignored!” OMM argues. What OMM is too ignorant to see is that JCPenney wants everyone’s business; that’s why they advertise to everyone. But being a responsible corporate citizen means not giving in to bigots and not giving up on their commitment to equality. In the end, it has to be people over profit.