Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Is the tide turning in the American culture war?

I don't usually post other messages on my blog site, but thought this was sufficiently significant to warrant this post. Go to thechristians.com for daily updates on contemporary Christianity. This piece was posted in their daily email, May 6, 2013

A sequence of surprising recent reversals have knocked the pro-choice cause

By Link Byfield May 6, 2013

When the most militantly pro-abortion president in American history cruised to his re-election victory last November, rueful pro-life Christians had no comfort beyond Paul’s advice to the Galatians: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Pro-lifers did not give up, and today, a mere six months later, the situation is starting to look quite different.

Somehow the pro-choice steamroller – juggernaut – call it what you will – has lost momentum. They expected Obama’s victory to mark their final triumph in the culture war. It has proved to be far from that.

Unforeseen problem one for pro-choicers is Obama himself. He has stalled. He is not exactly unpopular, but even his Congressional allies now admit he can’t seem to get anything done right or done at all. As veteran pundit Peggy Noonan put it, it’s too soon to say he’s a lame duck; he’s just lame.

He did manage to push through his “Obamacare” health care insurance plan, forcing Americans to pay for abortions through their health insurance premiums. However, the massive public insurance initiative is turning out to be such a costly and complex legal and administrative fiasco that it may have to be in large measure dismantled.

Unforeseen problem two for pro-choicers two is Kermit Gosnell, the now-notorious Philadelphia abortionist. Bad enough, from the pro-choice perspective, that the friendly mainstream media were shamed into belatedly covering the Gosnell trial. (Update: after three days of deliberation the jury was sent home for the weekend.) Now pro-lifers are showing that Gosnell’s alleged infanticidal activities may not be all that rare.

Unforeseen problem three for pro-choice is Lila Rose and her group Live Action. Since Gosnell hit the headlines, Live Action has released three video interviews secretly recorded by women in their third trimester asking workers at Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics whether they provide late-term abortions (the clear response is yes), and if the child is born alive, will they try to save its life (the clear answer is no, even though it would then be a legal person under U.S. law).

Rose, a UCLA history graduate from San Jose who is now age 24, founded Live Action when she was 15 and is seen by many as the most effective new voice in the culture war. Adept at bypassing mainstream media through social media, Live Action has amassed considerable evidence that abortion clinics, especially those affiliated with or belonging to Planned Parenthood, are flagrantly tolerant of sexual abuse, racism, gender selection, sex trafficking, deliberate disinformation, infanticide, and medical incompetence and malpractice.

Rose has reduced abortion industry spokesmen and their media allies to spluttering incoherency – as for instance the lawyer for an exposed abortionist in D.C. protesting that Live Action’s video-sting constituted an “outrageous intrusion” on doctor-patient privacy.

Unforeseen pro-choice problem four is their slow defeat at the U.N. As far back as the Cairo Conference in 1994 pro-choice activists have invested massive covert funding and political capital in making legalized abortion the centre-piece of “women’s health” world-wide. Their strategy was to link “overpopulation” to global recognition of “reproductive rights.”

But as Wendy Wright reported last week from New York, U.N. depopulation officials are now admitting that in two decades they have made no political progress. Babatunde Osotimehin, U.N. population fund director, told an on-site Planned Parenthood gathering on May 2 that his organization still “gets push-back from just about every part of the world: Africa, Asia, Central America, Latin America and Europe.” In short, all attempts of the past generation to make abortion a universal human right tied to health care have failed so often that member nations are reaching the point of refusing to debate it.

Just as the Live Action videos were hitting the Internet last month, Planned Parenthood trumpeted on Tuesday, April 23, that two evenings hence, on Thursday, April 25, President Obama would deliver the keynote to their annual gala. He would be the first U.S. president ever to address the organization. Payback time, apparently: non-profit Planned Parenthood contributed $15 million to his last campaign. But on Wednesday, April 24, the White House announced that the president would not be delivering the keynote address. Due to a scheduling conflict he would deliver a brief message on Friday, April 25 instead. Opinion was divided as to which side looked more foolish from this snafu.

Obama spoke for 12 minutes, never mentioned the word “abortion,” told them he was on their side, and asked God to bless them.

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