Kristen Walker Hatten

Pro-abortion ‘crunchy moms’: an anti-life subculture that will make your head explode

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By Kristen Walker Hatten

February 27, 2013 (LiveActionNews.org) - If you are against abortion, you are expected to take all sorts of other positions that have nothing to do with abortion, or risk being called a hypocrite. You’re supposed to be against capital punishment, a total pacifist who abhors firearms and violence of any kind. You’re supposed to want a welfare state, or you don’t care about women and children.

But the hypocrisy of abortion advocates will blow your McMind.

Let me take you on a journey into the heart of crazy: I had surgery last week to make my ovaries less problematic. As I’ve mentioned, my husband and I are trying to conceive, and we’re going to need at least a little help from big, bad Western medicine to make that happen. I have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, which is the leading cause of infertility in women. It’s also very treatable, but treatment isn’t always successful.

In other words, it kinda sucks. So while I was recovering from surgery, I joined an online support group. I don’t post much so far, but I read a lot. It helps to know that other women are going through the same things.

But as is often the case with internet forums, people sometimes get off on a tangent about various aspects of pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and even, occasionally, abortion. And some of those people make me want to throw my computer across the room.

On this particular thread in which the issue of abortion came up, the women who were the most fervently pro-choice were the ones who are also strictly and vocally anti-bottle, anti-epidural, and anti-hospital birth.

Unless you have read blogs or participated in forums where people talk about “mommy” stuff, you wouldn’t believe how cruel women can be to each other. There were three women in particular on this forum who jump on any chance to insinuate that a mother who didn’t have a natural home birth, practice “attachment parenting,” and breastfeed exclusively was basically guilty of child abuse. “It honestly makes me question how much love a mother has for her baby,” said one of these women in a post about sleep-training that made my brain hurt.

That’s right, ladies: if you train your baby to sleep alone on a schedule, it’s not because you are going to punch yourself if you don’t get some sleep. It’s because you don’t love your baby. Boom. Bet you didn’t know that.

These same three women were the most vocally pro-choice on the thread that turned to the issue of abortion. See, they are from a place called Crazy Land, where feeding your baby with a bottle is child abuse, but killing your baby before she’s born is “a woman’s choice.”

And it’s not just these three. I had a friend years ago who had an  abortion because she’d decided she didn’t love her husband and therefore didn’t want his babies. But her older daughter from a previous relationship had been breastfed, and she felt that anyone who didn’t breastfeed didn’t truly love her child.

I have one or two acquaintances who are seriously earnest ”crunchy moms.” They believe in baby-wearing. They believe that not only “breast is best,” but breast is essential. They believe in co-sleeping, organic homemade baby food, eating their own placentas, cloth diapers, and all-natural, drug-free, midwife-and-doula-assisted at-home water-hypno-birth. Formula is evil, Gerber is evil, epidurals are really evil, vaccines are maybe the devil…

And abortion is fine.

Of course, not all “crunchy moms” are pro-choice. Some of them are great, super-cool pro-life people. In fact, I think things like breastfeeding and cloth diapering and baby-wearing are fantastic. But the women who are both anti-choice about certain aspects of parenting and totally pro-choice on abortion… How does that work?

If you want to give birth in a tub in front of your fireplace with your vegan boyfriend cradling you and your priestess waving burning sage around and your doula reciting Sylvia Plath poems, get after it, girl. But how are you gonna give people dirty looks for feeding their baby with a bottle (I have seen this; head-shaking and eye-rolling included) because they obviously don’t care about their baby, and then turn around and support the right of any mother anywhere to kill her baby before it’s born for any reason whatsoever?

Epidurals, formula feeding, sleep-training: these are all choices that many women make for their babies for various reasons. They are most decidedly not forms of child abuse.

Abortion, on the other hand, is the ultimate form of child abuse.

Sometimes I get the feeling I live in Bizarro World. I’m supposed to be pro-choice on abortion but have nothing but disdain for baby formula. I’m supposed to feel that the partial-birth abortion ban is dangerous anti-woman legislation but cry at the Sarah McLachlan commercial with the wounded puppies.

I’m supposed to believe in a woman’s right to choose any grisly fate for her baby before it’s born, but not in a woman’s right to choose how to feed her own baby after it’s born?

Somebody beam me up.

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Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

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March 30, 2015 (NewsBusters.org) -- Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter]

A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even murder — and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic hate speech. Despite his extremism, vulgarity, and unabashed encouragement of dangerous sexual practices, Disney ABC is moving forward with this show, disgustingly titled “Family of the Year.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell reacts:

“Disney ABC’s decision to effectively advance Dan Savage’s calls for violence against conservatives and his extremist attacks against people of faith, particularly evangelicals and Catholics, is appalling and outrageous. If hate speech were a crime, this man would be charged with a felony. Disney ABC giving Dan Savage a platform for his anti-religious bigotry is mind-boggling and their silence is deafening.

“By creating a pilot based on the life of this hatemonger and bringing him on as a producer, Disney ABC is sending a signal that they endorse Dan Savage’s wish that a man be murdered. He has stated, ‘Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.’ ABC knows this. We told them explicitly.

“If the production of ‘Family of the Year’ is allowed to continue, not just Christians but all people of goodwill can only surmise that the company Walt Disney created is endorsing violence.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacts:

“Does ABC really want to produce a pilot show based on a vile bully like Dan Savage?  Do Dan Savage’s over-the top-obscenity, intimidation of teenagers and even violent rhetoric reflect the values of Disney?  Partnering with Dan Savage and endorsing his x-rated message will be abandoning the wholesome values that have attracted millions of families to Walt Disney.”

Dan Savage has made numerous comments about conservatives, evangelicals, and Catholics that offend basic standards of decency. They include:

  • Proclaiming that he sometimes thinks about “f****ing the shit out of” Senator Rick Santorum

  • Calling for Christians at a high school conference to “ignore the bull**** in the Bible”

  • Saying that “the only thing that stands between my d*** and Brad Pitt’s mouth is a piece of paper” when expressing his feelings on Pope Benedict’s opposition to gay marriage

  • Promoting marital infidelity

  • Saying “Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.”

  • Telling Bill Maher that he wished Republicans “were all f***ing dead”

  • Telling Dr. Ben Carson to “suck my d***. Name the time and place and I’ll bring my d*** and a camera crew and you can s*** me off and win the argument.”

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Ending the end-of-life impasse: Texas is poised to ban doctor-imposed death by starvation

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By Jacqueline Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas, March 30, 2015 (TexasInsider.org)  After five consecutive sessions of bitter battles over end-of-life bills, the Texas Legislature is finally poised to pass the first reform to the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) in 12 years. An issue that created uncanny adversaries out of natural allies, and equally odd bedfellows, has finally found common ground in H.B. 3074 by State Rep. Drew Springer.  

H.B. 3074 simply prohibits doctor-imposed euthanasia by starvation and dehydration.

Since H.B. 3074 includes only those provisions and language that all major organizations are on record as having deemed acceptable in previous legislative sessions, there is finally hope of ending the end-of-life impasse in the Texas Capitol.

Many would be surprised to learn that Texas law allows physicians to forcibly remove a feeding tube against the will of the patient and their family. In fact, there is a greater legal penalty for failing to feed or water an animal than for a hospital to deny a human being food and water through a tube.

This is because there is no penalty whatsoever for a healthcare provider who wishes to deny artificially-administered nutrition and hydration (AANH). According to Texas Health and Safety Code, “every living dumb creature” is legally entitled access to suitable food and water.

Denying an animal food and water, like in this January case in San Antonio, is punishable by civil fines up to $10,000 and criminal penalties up to two years in jail per offense. Yet Texas law allows health care providers to forcibly deny food and water from human beings – what they would not be able to legally do to their housecat. And healthcare providers are immune from civil and criminal penalties for denial of food and water to human beings as long as they follow the current statutory process which is sorely lacking in safeguards.

Therefore, while it is surprising that Texas has the only state law that explicitly mentions food and water delivered artificially for the purpose of completely permitting its forced denial (the other six states mention AANH explicitly for the opposite purpose, to limit or prohibit its refusal), it is not at all surprising that the issue of protecting a patient’s right to food and water is perhaps the one point of consensus across all major stakeholders.

H.B. 3074 is the first TADA reform bill to include only this provision that is agreed upon across all major players in previous legislative sessions.

There are irreconcilable ideological differences between two major right-to-life organizations that should supposedly be like-minded: Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life. Each faction (along with their respective allies) have previously sponsored broad and ambitious bills to either preserve but reform the current law (Texas Alliance for Life’s position) or overturn it altogether as Texas Right to Life aims to do.

Prior to H.B. 3074, bills filed by major advocacy organizations have often included AANH, but also a host of other provisions that were so contentious and unacceptable to other organizations that each bill ultimately died, and this mutually-agreed-upon and vital reform always died along with it.

2011 & 2013 Legislative Sessions present prime example

This 2011 media report shows the clear consensus on need for legislation to simply address the need to protect patients’ rights to food and water:

“Hughes [bill sponsor for Texas Right to Life] has widespread support for one of his bill’s goals: making food and water a necessary part of treatment and not something that can be discontinued, unless providing it would harm the patient.”

Nonetheless, in 2013, both organizations and their allies filed complicated, contentious opposing bills, both of which would have protected a patient’s right to food and water but each bill also included provisions the rival group saw as contrary to their goals. Both bills were ultimately defeated and neither group was able to achieve protections for patients at risk of forced starvation and dehydration – a mutual goal that could have been met through a third, narrow bill like H.B. 3074.

H.B. 3074 finally focuses on what unites the organizations involved rather than what divides them, since these differences have resulted in a 12 year standoff with no progress whatsoever.

H.B. 3074 is progress that is pre-negotiated and pre-approved.

It is not a fertile springboard for negotiations on an area of mutual agreement. Rather it is the culmination of years of previous negotiations on bills that all came too late, either due to the complexnature of rival bills, the controversy involved, or even both.

On the contrary, H.B. 3074 is not just simply an area of agreement; moreover, it is has already been negotiated. It should not be stymied by disagreements on language, since Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life (along with their allies) were able to agree on language in 2007 with C.S.S.B. 439. C.S.S.B. 439 reads that, unlike the status quo that places no legal conditions on when food and water may be withdrawn, it would be permitted for those in a terminal condition if,

“reasonable medical evidence indicates the provision of artificial nutrition and hydration may hasten the patient’s death or seriously exacerbate other major medical problems and the risk of serious medical pain or discomfort that cannot be alleviated based on reasonable medical judgment outweighs the benefit of continued artificial nutrition and hydration.”

This language is strikingly similar to H.B. 3074 which states, “except that artificially administered nutrition and hydration must be provided unless, based on reasonable medical judgment, providingartificially administered nutrition and hydration would:

  1. Hasten the patient’s death;
  2. Seriously exacerbate other major medical problems not outweighed by the benefit of the provision of the treatment;
  3. Result in substantial irremediable physical pain, suffering, or discomfort not outweighed by the benefit of the provision of the treatment;
  4. Be medically ineffective; or
  5. Be contrary to the patient’s clearly stated desire not to receive artificially administered nutrition or hydration.”

With minimal exceptions (the explicit mention of the word terminal, the issue of medical effectiveness and the patient’s right to refuse), the language is virtually identical, and in 2007 Texas Right to Life affirmed this language as clarifying that “ANH can only be withdrawn if the risk of providing ANH is greater than the benefit of continuing it.”

Texas Right to Life would support the language in H.B. 3074 that already has Texas Alliance for Life’s endorsement. Any reconciliation on the minor differences in language would therefore be minimal and could be made by either side, but ultimately, both sides and their allies would gain a huge victory – the first victory in 12 years on this vital issue.

It seems that the Texas Advance Directive Act, even among its sympathizers, has something for everyone to oppose.

The passage of H.B. 3074 and the legal restoration of rights to feeding tubes for Texas patients will not begin to satisfy critics of the Texas Advance Directives Act who desire much greater changes to the law and will assuredly continue to pursue them. H.B. 3074 in no way marks the end for healthcare reform, but perhaps a shift from the belief that anything short of sweeping changes is an endorsement of the status quo.

Rather, we can look at H.B. 3074 as breaking a barrier and indicating larger changes are possible.

And if nothing else, by passing H.B. 3074 introduced by State Rep. Drew Springer, we afford human beings in Texas the same legal access to food and water that we give to our horses. What is cruel to do to an animal remains legal to do to humans in Texas if organizations continue to insist on the whole of their agenda rather than agreeing to smaller bills like H.B. 3074.

The question is, can twelve years of bad blood and bickering be set aside for even this most noble of causes?

Reprinted from TexasInsider.org with the author's permission. 

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