Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Huge Abortion Mill Opens in Houston

The City of Houston now has the dubious distinction of having an "abortion super center". The 78,000 square foot center will occupy the premises of as former bank and will offer late term abortions. CNS News reports as follows on the upcoming opening of the death centre for the unborn.

"A coalition of pro-life advocates and religious leaders plan to gather in Houston on Jan. 18 to oppose what is expected to be the largest abortion clinic in the country.

Planned Parenthood is renovating a former bank, turning it into a 78,000 square foot facility that will include a surgical wing equipped to provide late-term abortions.

“It’s an abortion super center,” Lou Engle, founder of the pro-life group The Call to Conscience, which is organizing the rally, told"

There are uncommon cases where a pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Doctors should be and are trained in addressing such situations. There are more frequent situations when contraception is desirable for psychological and for other reasons. But we have moved to the point where a death sentence is passed upon an unborn child for no reason at all except for whim.

It is truly sad that abortion has become the litmus test for being a feminist today. It was not always so. The original women's suffragist movement was ardently pro life. Consider the following quotes, provided by Feminists For Life on their web site.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."
Letter to Julia Ward Howe, October 16, 1873, recorded in Howe's diary at Harvard University Library
"There must be a remedy even for such a crying evil as this. But where shall it be found, at least where begin, if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of women?"
The Revolution, 1(10):146-7 March 12, 1868

Emma Goldman

"The custom of procuring abortions has reached such appalling proportions in America as to be beyond belief...So great is the misery of the working classes that seventeen abortions are committed in every one hundred pregnancies."
Mother Earth, 1911

Victoria Woodhull
The first female presidential candidate was a strong opponent of abortion.

"The rights of children as individuals begin while yet they remain the foetus."
Woodhull's and Claflin's Weekly 2(6):4 December 24, 1870

"Every woman knows that if she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child, nor think of murdering one before its birth."
Wheeling, West Virginia Evening Standard, November 17, 1875

The above quotations are not exceptions to a general trend. They do not incorporate anachronistic values. To the contrary, they affirm the humanity of the unborn and their right to be wanted and cared for. The women who spoke them looked at the whole human experience from cradle to grave and did not use antiseptic talk of "choice" to dress up death in pretty clothes.

What is not discussed in modern "progressive" circles is the fact that abortion does not change the balance of power in a relationship at all. There are numerous cases when a woman in an abusive relationship is strong armed into aborting her child. Legal abortion does not empower a woman but simply throws the life of an unborn child into the mix.

Economic despair and family embarassment remain powerful incentives to abort a child. The cost of a living wage is far less when there are only one or two children. The Chinese, probably the most ruthless capitalists on the planet have discovered the "joys" of one child families who provide cheap labour for capitalists abroad. They have also discovered that the feminist sacrament of abortion has created a shortage of females. In China, it's not even about choice. Illegal pregnancies are forcibly terminated.

European countries are finding that their birth rate has shrunk below replacement levels. This is creating an imbalance in the retirement and social welfare safety net as the number of young workers supporting retirees falls below projected levels.

A dirty secret of the family planning movement is theblatant racism of its founder, Margaret Sanger, who openly admitted to speaking at a Ku Klux Klan Rally.

"I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

Consider the following quotations, which are more suitable to the science of dog breeding than that of educating and raising children to be decent human beings.

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."
Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives."
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As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation....
On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.

Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics."
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism ... [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."
Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

"The undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind."
Margaret Sanger, quoted in Charles Valenza. "Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?" Family Planning Perspectives, January-February 1985, page 44.

"The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."
Margaret Sanger. Speech quoted in Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do. The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference. Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City, November 11-12, 1921. Published by the Birth Control Review, Gothic Press, pages 172 and 174.

"The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order..."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children..."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

The last time I checked, education and parenting play a critical role in human development. Those who believe that nurture is more critical than nature would not find Margaret Sanger to be a fellow traveler. The idea that there are "inferior races" begs to be challenged. The idea of a divinely given moral code is a time sanctioned antidote to the noxious idea that we are prisoners of our genetic makeup.

It is time for those who consider themselves to be "progressive" and "pro labour" to stop making abortion a litmus test of being "progressive". In reality, the value of abortion is that it makes the working class "low maintenance." Those who choose the single lifestyle of childlessness require less money to sustain their lifestyle than families with children. Ultimately, family values involve living wages for workers.

Women and girls are half the population of our planet. Any political agenda should include their welfare as being of paramount importance. But it is time to look at other interpretations of feminism that do not devalue human life. When we reduce human life to something that can be terminated at will, we diminish ourselves.

The huge abortion mill opening in Houston is a misfortune for that city. I hope that it is protested, and that a centre for alternatives to abortion opens across the street. Those who support the culture of death are on the march. Those who oppose them should be as well. Sphere: Related Content

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