EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Coat Hangers, Hysteria, and Hyperbole in the Cult of Death
A few weeks ago, State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas tried to filibuster legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks in Texas and require facilities wanting to perform the medical procedure to adhere to standards for outpatient medical facilities.
Her filibuster failed and liberal activists disrupted the final minutes of the Texas legislature’s special session.
Governor Rick Perry called back the Texas House and Senate to re-pass the legislation.
This time abortion rights advocates came back. Carrying coat hangers, tampons, jars of feces and urine, and protest signs, they chanted “Hail Satan“, “F**k the Church,” and all sorts of other vulgarities. They shouted down smaller pro-life groups, made death threats on the lives of Texas legislators, and did their best to disrupt the democratic process.
To be clear — the law only covered late term abortions and required facilities performing abortions to meet basic ambulatory care standards.
The hysteria and hyperbole has been outrageous. Claiming this would lead to back alley abortions, activists carted around coat hangers. Claiming it was an attack on women’s rights, they carried signs demanding legislators stay out of their uteruses. In the sickest irony, they brought children to carry signs to defend a procedure that would end the lives of those very children.
Pro-life activists responded with prayers, hymns, and children who were born after 20 weeks of pregnancy as living testament that those children could survive.
After all their hysteria and hyperbole, I posted a tweet with a link to a coat hanger wholesaler mocking their ridiculous claims. You will not be surprised to learn that the very Cult of Death that believes it can disrupt democracy with jars of feces and thrown tampons interpreted that tweet as suggesting I advocated they do get coat hanger abortions. The rage that has ensued in my twitter feed has been impressive in its constancy and irrationality.
Some of tweets wished my son to be raped, others my daughter. Many wished my mother had aborted me or killed herself in a back alley abortion. Some have questioned how I could claim to be a Christian. Most of the tweets have been profane. Virtually all have been filled with the inane hysteria of people who really believe conservatives want to possess their bodies and all have been driven by liberal activists who’ve chosen to ignore the mocking and claim, for their own purposes, that it was advocacy.
These people have indoctrinated an entire generation of young feminists into believing the horrors of back alley abortions, which is more legend than reality.
The number of women who died from illegal “back-alley” abortions was often said to be in the thousands. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics, there were only 39 women who died from illegal abortions in 1972.
To describe illegal abortion providers as unqualified is hardly accurate. Former medical director of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Mary Calderone, described in a 1960 American Journal of Health article that a study in 1958 showed that 84% to 87% of all illegal abortions were performed by licensed physicians in good standing. Dr. Calderone concluded that “90% of all illegal abortions are presently done by physicians.” So it seems that the “back-alley butchers” of January 21, 1973, became “caring doctors who believe in a woman’s right to choose” on January 22, 1973.
In 1978, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology stated the legalization of abortion “has had no major impact on the number of women dying from abortion” since the results of a study they completed showed that over 90% of all illegal abortions were performed by licensed physicians.
It is deeply saddening to see so many people in mass hysteria who think there should be no problem with killing a child who could survive outside the womb. Using many of the same arguments about property that slave holders used prior to the Civil War, these people are convinced it is about their property right and control of their body and not about another life. There is no common ground between saving a child and someone who marches in the streets with a sign that reads “Give me my Uterus or give me death.”
Again — Texas’s focus, like that of many other states, is about late term abortions that a majority of Americans believe should be prohibited because the child can, in fact, survive.
The sound and fury of the activists within the Cult of Death is disconnected from reality and from the will of a majority of Americans. Pro-life activists and legislators should not be intimidated, but emboldened. The Cult of Death cannot win on this issue with facts so they must ensure the media avoids covering the Kermit Gosnells of the world while throwing tampons, shouting down their opponents, threatening the lives of others, and harassing political opponents on twitter.
A mild example:
@EWErickson The Christian god you worship is a moral monster and travesty…worshiping him has made you hate women and the poor
— Noah Mann-Engel (@byronNME) July 15, 2013
They are worth mocking and laughing at as they increase the volume of their fury against the growing number of people who realize life is worth protecting.
Thousands of years before Christ, the Cult of Death lept up from Abel’s blood. It has taken many forms over the millennia, but its chief sacrament remains the same. While Christians take of the body and blood of Christ in their sacrament, the Cult of Death claims a property right in the sacramental sacrifice of a child. For now, at least, Texas has told the Cult of Death it can sit down.
God bless Texas.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14 (ESV)
I subsequently deleted the tweet when it appeared the left-wing activists were not just polluting my twitter feed, but also harassing the company selling coat hangers.