By Dave Andrusko
Pro-abortionists, depending on the context, either announce that pro-lifers are essentially powerless (as the Texans say, all hat and no cattle), or incredibly influential largely because we supposedly are so underhanded. (Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!)
The latest from pro-abortion scribe Amanda Marcotte announces that she’s discovered “How the anti-abortion movement helped invent fake news,” sub-headed, “Anti-abortion activists trained the right to accept and perpetuate lies. Now the problem has metastasized.”
This is the same Amanda Marcotte who in 2015 (referencing singer Nicki Minaj) urged us to see that pregnancy is like “when you break your leg” and abortion is the “cast.” Or who in the same year declared that “Actual biologists, for what it’s worth, argue that life is continuous and that a fertilized egg is no more or less alive than a sperm or an unfertilized egg.” (Of course, as Paul Stark astutely observed, this “is to confuse ‘life’ in the sense of all life everywhere on the planet going back to the beginning with the life of an individual human being.”)
Or who this year announced that “legitimate scientists say that the earliest possibility that unborn babies can feel pain is around 29 weeks.”
Twenty-nine weeks? Please.
And those are just three of many bizarre examples.
So what is she argued (again) in her latest Salon.com post? It is almost embarrassing to go through her “argument,” but at its simplest (and it is all simple), it’s that the pro-life movement is really rooted in the old “Righteous Right” and that opposition to abortion is really cover for “hostility to women’s equality and sexual liberation.”
Never mind that this is not even marginally true or that the Movement’s origins are far more complex and even more so today when there is a vast variety of new groups many of which are avowedly secular. Or that the Movement’s leadership has always been predominately female.
So with that dismal start, Marcotte rolls out some of the usual usuals and others so old that even pro-abortionists are reluctant to dust them off.
By definition, we’re told, that there can be no after-effects from abortion, which is absurd on its face. And of course “fetuses” can’t feel pain in the second trimester. To be clear, the assertion, which is backed with plenty of direct and indirect evidence, is that the unborn child is capable of experiencing excruciating pain at 20 week.
There are other half-baked allegations, the slipshod kind that blame pro-lifers collectively for the action of one man who has been ruled legally incompetent, a man who ranted “about doomsday prophecies and claims that he was the target of a decades-long conspiracy involving federal law enforcement agents,” and who believed President Obama “was the Anti-Christ,” according to the Denver Post.
But if the goal is to smear, who cares? Throw enough mud and, she hopes, some will stick.
Talk about purveyors of Fake News.
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