I honestly don’t mean to keep writing about abortion. The last few months have simply brought about a series of news stories worthy of commenting on.
Just in the last couple of weeks:
- Unedited video from National Abortion Federation’s annual banquet was released featuring video of the room belly laughing over a story of a doctor struggling through an abortion where an eye ball fell in her lap. That part is at 7:14 in the linked clip.
- A series of abortion ads are so controversial that YouTube, Google, and even Jezebel refuse to air them.
This week, Lena Dunham, who appears to be addicted to attention, made a shocking announcement, via her new publication the Lenny Letter, about her Halloween costume plans:
“The most successful Halloween costumes are classic but topical, sexy but funny, not too ugly and not too obscure, perfect conversation starters and ideal photo-ops… Still, I want to be accepted and to WIN BIG! And this year, I think I may have finally nailed it. I’m going as something newsy, sexy, and cool: a Planned Parenthood doctor!”
This comment was, of course, accompanied by a picture.
Whatever Happened to Respectful & Productive Disagreement?
At the core the abortion discussion is a legitimate conflict:
- The rights of the unborn
- The rights of the women
There is a legitimate discussion to be had about when we bestow the rights of life to person.
- Does personhood begin at conception?
- Does personhood begin at birth?
- Does personhood begin somewhere in the middle?
The religious tend to believe that life begins at conception, and the non-religious tend to push for a later date. However, very few people actually believe that the unborn aren’t human until they’re born. That’s a position which is far more extreme, radical, and unpopular than the idea that life begins at conception.
Therefore, the topic of abortion is an incredibly heated debate.
There’s a key element which everyone that is pro-choice probably understands intellectually, but they don’t seem to grasp conversationally:
People that are pro-life actually believe that unborn human babies are being killed!
That isn’t just a talking point. That isn’t just an argument to control women’s bodies. They believe that those clumps of cells which have human DNA, human blood, and will eventually grow into a human, are humans. All of the talk about the “edited” Planned Parenthood videos don’t appall us because they were talking about illegal activity. They are grotesque because they are talking about dead babies being parted out.
Therefore, when someone that is pro-choice talks with us and acknowledges that they don’t like abortion, and they want fewer abortions, we have a place of commonality to discuss important issues. When someone that is pro-choice talk to us about the number of unwanted babies who will go unfed and contrast this with how most who are pro-life tend to want to cut social programs, they’re pointing out a legitimate flaw in the pro-life stance.
However, the most recent discussions about abortion have taken a very different and dark turn. The message isn’t that we all want fewer abortions, but that is a decision a woman should make for herself. The message is far more blunt and ideological.
The banned advertisements I mentioned above use the tag line, “Let’s end the pretending.” The ad boils down to, “Abortion is legal. Stop pretending it’s not.” The purpose of the ads is to remove the stigma attached to abortion. Or, if you aren’t pro-abortion, you’re living in pretend world.
Lena Dunham’s Halloween costume just emphasizes this point even more. She’s so pro-Planned Parenthood that, in the wake of a stream of videos being released showing the reality (whether legal or not) of late term abortion practices, she says she wants to dress as a “sexy” Planned Parenthood doctor because it’s “cool.”
Reverse The Situation | Sexy Planned Parenthood Bomber
Can you imagine what would happen if a famous Republican posted a picture of themselves dressed as a Planned Parenthood bomber? Can you imagine the uproar over a picture of a girl wearing a v-neck tank top wrapped in dynamite with the caption, “Sexy Planned Parenthood Bomber?”
If that were to happen, the picture would be torn to shreds by the left and the right. No one would come to the defense of a picture like that.
Imagine if a pro-life talk show host quipped, “I don’t want to control women’s bodies. If I did I’d force way more women to get a gastric bypass surgery and a boob job.” EVERYONE would be offended. No one would come to their defense. Making such an offensive joke would be appalling to all sides.
So why is anyone coming to Lena Dunham’s defense?
Why can you find all kinds of people declaring Lena Dunham a hero for dressing as a sexy Planned Parenthood doctor (“Pretty great costume” from Huffington Post, others called it a, “Win“)? Why is treating a sensitive issue like a big joke okay?
Lena Dunham Loves Controversy
And this isn’t just a lapse in judgment on Lena Dunham’s part. She’s built a career on controversy:
- She’s famous for the excessive amount of nudity she writes for herself on her show, “Girls.”
- During Obama’s 2012 campaign she created an ad called “Your First Time” which equated losing her virginity with her first time voting for Obama.
- In her book she compared her behavior towards her sister to that of a sexual predator (and the context was about her playing with her sister’s genitals and her own). She literally compared herself to a sexual predator, but she was appalled when people suggested that something was seriously wrong with that comparison.
Still, she’s a media darling. She’s beloved by the left. In fact, Hilary Clinton did an interview with her just a couple of weeks ago.
Error on the Side of Compassion
I can respectfully disagree with someone who I believe genuinely believes in something selflessly. I can respect someone who legitimately is struggling with the conflict between the rights of the unborn versus the rights of the mother. That’s a good discussion to be had.
The current on-going discussion in our country isn’t about that discussion. It’s sides demonizing the other side, projecting motives and, at times, being blatantly offensive.
Certainly my own bias makes it difficult for me to fully understand the pr0-choice side. With that said, I truly can’t understand someone so utterly lacking compassion and grace for those that they disagree with that they would think a sexy Planned Parenthood doctor was “cool” or a “great costume.”
We actually believe that Planned Parenthood doctors stand for the genocide of millions of babies. We really believe that, and not because we’re wackos. The unborn share our DNA.
Can you not treat this like a game?