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How to debate abortion around the Thanksgiving table: Planned Parenthood tweets advice
Once again, this year Planned Parenthood has tweeted out a link to their article “Talking Turkey,” which provides their fans with “8 Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table.”
It’s a pretty nauseating read, not least because of the fact that Planned Parenthood apparently can’t think of anything other than abortion and contraception in conjunction with Thanksgiving.
But probably the most revealing part of the whole article is this little gem of advice: “Debating when life begins or whether or not abortion is federally funded may get you nowhere.”
Instead of debating when life begins, Planned Parenthood suggests you explain “how you believe everyone should be able to afford to go to the doctor, or how the decision about when and whether to become a parent is a personal one.”
In other words, ignore facts and information and science, and talk about your feelings.
In fact, this is the theme that runs throughout their Thanksgiving article. The article repeatedly suggests that pro-choicers steer clear of actual debates on real issues in favor of fuzzy statements about how the pro-choicer “feels” about abortion and contraception.
“In so many of these political disagreements, when things get heated we revert back to bumper sticker slogans instead of really talking about an issue. Instead, take a few deep breaths and try personalizing the issue, or evoking empathy,” the article suggests.
Instead of debating about whether abortion is actually right or wrong, or when life begins, the article suggests making statements like, “We can try to imagine the heartbreak of a family when they get the news that a test has shown there is something wrong with their baby,” and “I can accept someone’s decision to end a pregnancy, even if I wouldn’t make the same decision myself.”
It’s rather revealing that Planned Parenthood’s advice about having a debate is to not debate - and instead trade statements about personal feelings. After all, facts are pretty scary to pro-aborts these days, what with the ultrasound and everything else we know about the unborn child. Hey, now there’s something we can be thankful for today.
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