Jonathon Van Maren

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The astonishing self-righteousness of abortion groups after school shootings

Are they upset students are being killed by gunman and not abortionists?
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Jonathon Van Maren By Jonathon Van Maren

May 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Last week at the Santa Fe High School outside Houston, Texas, a teenager in a trench coat opened fire with a shotgun and revolver, killing at least ten people. After the mass killing of high school students in Florida in February, this is another ugly reminder that there is something sad and sick about American youth culture today. The shouting from both sides has already commenced, with much heat being produced and very little light.

And of course, the vultures began to land at the sight and smell of fresh blood. It’s fairly typical for Second Amendment defenders and gun control advocates to face off in the wake of tragedy, debating what the true cause of gun violence is and what the appropriate solution would be. But lately, abortion activists have decided to wear their hypocrisy loudly and proudly and join the discussion with richly unwarranted self-righteousness.

The reason for this is simple: The abortion industry realized some time ago that simply defending feticide all the time was not a good look, and that people were generally too uncomfortable with grisly details of what their services entailed to want to hear from them incessantly. And so they harnessed their wagon to various other so-called progressive causes, in order to dilute the baby blood they brought to the table and present themselves as part of a larger movement for social justice. Cecile Richards in particular became very skilled at presenting the world’s largest abortion provider as a warm and fuzzy healthcare provider that was allied with social justice warriors everywhere.

And so NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League, responded to the death of students at the hand of one of their peers with this sickening tweet:

Our hearts and thoughts are with the Santa Fe community today. No parent should have to send their children to school fearing for their safety. This IS an issue of reproductive freedom. We must act.

There you have it. The abortion industry is openly trying to hijack a tragedy for an entirely unrelated service they provide. How, exactly, is a school shooting an “issue of reproductive freedom,” by which they mean abortion? Because maybe those students could have grown up to purchase abortions? Because Planned Parenthood lost potential customers? Because NARAL is upset that young people were killed by a gunman rather than an abortionist?

The abortion industry is utterly shameless—not to mention eager to highlight and hijack situations where for once, it is not they who have blood on their hands. In order to distract people from the fact that their entire bloody and scandal-ridden business is dedicated to the destruction of innocent human life developing in the womb, they insert themselves into discussions where innocents have been killed with much outrage, attempting to present themselves as the defenders of innocent life and actually saying that there is some commonality between the right to rid yourself of a fetus and the right not to be shot by a gunman while attending high school classes.

This strategy is truly nauseating, but it is also effective. Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups like NARAL and Emily’s List moved quickly after Trump’s election to gain leadership positions in the so-called “Resistance,” casting their cause as one similar to everything from racial reconciliation to economic equality. In reality, of course, they make a fortune physically removing tiny human beings from the wombs of their mothers, and make some additional cash by occasionally pillaging the small corpses for human body parts to sell to researchers.

Organizations dedicated to abortion are distracting from their kill count by condemning someone else’s. George Orwell (who was pro-life) would be truly sickened.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.