At the zenith of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Time magazine's White House reporter Nina Burleigh famously said of President Bill Clinton, "I'd be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal." If that strikes you as conduct unbecoming, or even as a politically damaging admission, you don't understand what's really behind the movement for abortion-on-demand. To make the point yet clearer, check out the current feature -- again, from the pen of a pro-abortion advocate -- in Seattle's The Stranger:
This Thursday, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington hosts its annual Chocolate for Choice fundraiser -- a huge, dissipated extravaganza that features 13 celebrity judges, including Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, actor Tom Skerritt, musician Reggie Watts, and KEXP's John Richards (the big names are all men). Around 400 pro-choice activists and Democratic heavyweights will show up at Safeco Field, stuff themselves silly with chocolate cakes, icings, and confections donated by local restaurants and pastry chefs, and in the process raise around $30,000 for NARAL.
This year, just like last year and the year before that, a small handful of picketers outside the premises will hoist grisly photographs of aborted fetuses. NARAL's website calls the event an "evening of utter decadence all supporting a woman's right to choose."
It pretty much speaks for itself. Thanks to Jeremy Lott of GetReligion for the heads up.
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Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Feb. 28, 2005 11:46 PM ET USA
The photographs of aborted fetuses are "grisly" because they are photographs of aborted fetuses (aka, "babies"). The offense occurred in the act of their being aborted, not in the display of their carcasses for all the world to see. Who can forget the first time they saw the images of thousands of dead bodies piled up like cord wood at Nazi concentration camps? Those images did more to confirm our belief in the rightness of the struggle against Nazism than any politician's speech!
Posted by: Psalms -
Feb. 28, 2005 5:20 PM ET USA
In the "olden days" the only way an ordinary actress with little or no talent could make it to the top or staring role was to hand out sexual favors, "couch casting" - what ever it took. Politics have become even more like Hollywood than we like to think. Sometimes the more you demean yourself the higher you will rise and then join in the laughter of what you did to get there. You either laugh with them or be laughed at; but in your quiet moments you cry at what it cost you.
Posted by: Vincit omnia amor -
Feb. 28, 2005 1:47 PM ET USA
Her full quote was apparently: "I would be happy to give him a b***j** just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs." Ain't it good to see "American women" so well represented?