Catholic Culture Solidarity
Catholic Culture Solidarity

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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 28, 2008

An exasperated Michelle Malkin vents her disgust at the way abortion providers have put in place an asymmetrical "culture of callousness" that amplifies the voices of hedonism and blacks-out dissent:

It's not just jaded abortion providers and medical assistants, AWOL counselors, and MIA parents who need to look in the mirror. We have tolerated a culture of callousness and nurtured an entitlement to convenience for decades. Feminists shush women with post-abortion regrets. Population-control zealots and Planned Parenthood drum it into the heads of young women around the world: "The fewer, the merrier" and "Why carry more burdens?" their T-shirts and bumper stickers proclaim.


And who gets premium op-ed space in America's newspaper of record to talk about abortion? Idiots like University of Iowa adjunct assistant writing professor Brian Goedde, who shared his festive thoughts surrounding the New Year's Eve before his girlfriend's abortion in an essay a few months ago in the New York Times. "The abortion is scheduled for two days from now, and we're holing up," he reminisced. "We do the dishes ... brush our teeth, climb into bed and have unprotected sex. 'I'm not going to get more pregnant,' Emily says. 'I've never felt pleasure more guiltily.'"

Goedde's a real prince of a guy, as a reading of his essay makes clear. Joseph Sobran might have been describing Goedde when he wrote [tip to John Zmirak] "To one kind of man, a pregnant woman is a broken toy, and the abortionist the toymaker who fixes her up again." Clearly Goedde -- with the NYT's nihil obstat -- wants to minimize his toy's down-time.

Regarding the other side of the coin, by which objections to the abortion culture are muffled by its guardians, it's interesting to read blogger Alicia Torres's experience of passing out leaflets at Loyola University. Torres was questioning the value of the V Monologues in contributing to the ennoblement of women.

After handing the leaflets to a few students, I approached a group of African American ladies. They were excited to receive information from me, and one was particularly interested in my button, "Planned Parenthood Lies to You." They asked me about it, and I discussed the medical facility violations, parental notification issues, the covering up of rape and incest, etc. They were very interested. We went on to discuss the failure rate of condoms, etc.

Soon a young white woman approached and asked for one of the sheets; turns out she was their teacher. She stood there glaring at me as I chatted with the students, so I finally extended my hand and introduced who I was. She weakly took my hand with her left hand, and did not offer her name.

Then her student, who had informed me that a lady from Planned Parenthood comes to talk to their health class every Friday, asked the teacher, "Can she (meaning me) come speak to our class?" The teacher responded "No". The student then asked, "Why can't we hear both sides of the story?"

Were you to hear both sides, my daughter, doubts about the authorized version might enter your pretty little head. Loyola is staging the V Monologues for your benefit; doesn't that tell you all you need to know about your betters' concern for you?

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