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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:22 AM
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Anti-abortion groups jolted by election defeats
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Anti-abortion groups jolted by election defeats

Their tactics might refocus on street protests, grass-roots activism

NEW YORK - Despite election setbacks on many fronts, anti-abortion leaders sound more defiant than deflated as they brace for a future with fewer friends in high places.

With Democrats soon to be in full control in Washington, tactics for anti-abortion groups are likely to refocus on street protests, grass-roots activism and state legislation. One major three-day protest is scheduled to start in the nation's capital on Jan. 21, a day after Barack Obama's inauguration as president.

"The election forces the pro-life movement to go back to what we do best local grass-roots organizing," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "We will not go silently into the night."

At almost every level, last week's election was a stinging defeat for the anti-abortion movement, starting with Obama's presidential victory. Priests for Life said voters "made a grave mistake," while Mahoney's group, in a refrain shared by many conservatives, contended that Obama will be "the most radical pro-abortion president" in U.S. history.

Gains in the House and the Senate

In Congress, supporters of abortion rights now hold 17 more seats in the House and at least four more in the Senate, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America. And at the state level, voters in Colorado, South Dakota and California defeated ballot measures that would have banned or restricted abortions.

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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 09:47 AM
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1. "tactics might refocus on street protests"
oh great, more "sidewalk counseling" and picture of illegally aborted fetus parts

:eyes:

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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 12:32 PM
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2. Right. More harassment for women, more traumatizing images
Edited on Wed Nov-12-08 12:36 PM by Ilsa
for teens and kids for brainwashing.

A little more:

Reducing unintended pregnancies
One of those issues is contraception. Under a Democratic-led government, abortion-rights supporters will call on conservatives to join in an effort to reduce abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies. Anti-abortion leaders say they are unwilling to do this if it means abandoning their abstinence-only approach and supporting greater access to birth control for unmarried women.

"We have a totally different view from other side in how we look at sexuality," said Pavone. "That's where there's no common ground."

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They are really scary people. And the result would be more teens like Bristol Palin, pregnant at 17 fathered by an 18 y.o.

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ismnotwasm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-12-08 03:39 PM
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3. "Pro-life"
What bullshit. As is "Pro-abortion". These people are crazy.

If they could understand the "Choice" part of pro-choice, their neurons would fire a lot more effectively.

They believe they are advocating for "life" in some nebulous, moralistic fashion. They ignore the dynamic life that already exists, and think forcing a "life"-- that is nothing than potential-- on the existing life, threatening that very life with injury and death is a just cause. And logical. Ugh.

I hope, and pray, that there will be are clinic bombings, no murders of physicians and nurses and other advocates, but when these people say, "grassroots" anti-life Violence inevitably happens.
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bliss_eternal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 12:49 AM
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4. Makes me miss the times when their "protests" were illegal...
...when clinics could press charges, and have the people harssing women arrested. But we have reagan to thank for "their right" to protest. :eyes:

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