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Murder must not advertise

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 22, 2003

The "teaser" on page 2 of today's New York Times tells the whole story:

Kate Michelman said she would step down as president of Naral Pro-Choice America, after 18 years heading teh group, which advocates abortion as a right for women.
Take careful note of that last phrase. Why does the Times find it necessary to tell readers what "Naral Pro-Choice America" does? Obviously it's because the organization's title tells you nothing about its role. When you read about the National Rifle Association or Americans for Tax Reform, the organization's name gives you a reasonably clear idea of their purpose. But "Naral Pro-Choice America" tells you nothing. Michelman's group abandoned its old name-- the National Abortion Rights Action League-- because the explicit mention of "abortion" was recognized as bad PR strategy. The abortion lobby is fighting very hard. But it doesn't want people to know what it's fighting for.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2003 8:53 AM ET USA

    Hope Bush says " Hey Kate Abortion Aborts a Life " after he signs the Ban on PBA. He might add, " so does the RU 486 pill " When he finishes his Press Conference he could acknowledge that banning partial birth abortion is like getting a 1st down in football. " Kate we're looking for a big win" Then he could say "God Bless the PRO-LIFE Senators, Congress Men & Women, Chief Justice Rhenquist, former Justice Whizzer White and continue to Bless America". She may want to forfit.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 22, 2003 11:41 PM ET USA

    I like the talk show hosts that ask "Are you in favor of choice" and then interpret the answer as referring to school choice and not abortion -- amusing confusion follows.