Saturday, May 28, 2016

Where The Anti-Abortion Fever Was Borne

...or how to start a flame war on Facebook. It's hard to have a reasoned conversation with people so sanctiminous in general (they remind me Bernouts) but if it were possible, I'd point out that, once again,  they have been programed. I'll probably add snippets to this post later.

The Not-So-Lofty Origins of the Evangelical Pro-Life Movement | Religion Dispatches:

...In other words, as Randall Balmer has succinctly put it: “the religious right of the late twentieth century organized to perpetuate racial discrimination...”

No it wasn't a spontaneous arousing of the human heart after Roe v. Wade. From
...In 1971, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, passed a resolution encouraging “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” The convention, hardly a redoubt of liberal values, reaffirmed that position in 1974, one year after Roe, and again in 1976...
And from a feminist position:  
Over several centuries and in different cultures, there is a rich history of women helping each other to abort. Until the late 1800s, women healers in Western Europe and the U.S. provided abortions and trained other women to do so, without legal prohibitions.... (

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