Abortion: The euphemism imperative

Abortion: The euphemism imperative

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Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 6, 2013
There's a word conspicuously absent from Big Abortion's lexicon these days: abortion. Planned Parenthood doesn't mention it, President Obama scrupulously avoided using it in a speech to Planned Parenthood, and abortion supporters are loathe to utter it in public.

Small wonder. The public is wising up to the reality of the carnage.

by Rich Lowry -- 5/2/13 -- http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/the-eup...

... Imagine if he [President Obama in his speech to Planned Parenthood] had been similarly frank about the rest of Planned Parenthood’s work:“In 2011, according to your annual report, your clinics or affiliates performed 330,000 abortions. That’s a lot of abortion. Over 10 years more than 3 million. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. Think of all those women who wanted to terminate their pregnancies and you were there for them. That’s what you do. That’s what you are about. And that’s what this country is about.”

Before that crowd, he might have gotten rousing applause, but talking in such honest terms would have been a gross faux pas. Planned Parenthood’s image is dependent on averting eyes from its central purpose. According to a poll commissioned by the National Right to Life Committee, fifty-five percent of people don’t realize that Planned Parenthood performs abortions. In the past, Obama has said Planned Parenthood does mammograms, when it doesn’t.

The unwritten rule is that when the left discusses abortion it is never called “abortion,” but always referred to as “health” or, more specifically “reproductive health”— although abortion is the opposite of reproduction and for one party involved, the opposite of health. The former National Abortion Rights Action League, and then the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, finally settled on the name NARAL Pro-Choice America, effacing all reference to the procedure that it holds in such high esteem.

This is a strange reticence. The National Rifle Association doesn’t get defensive when it is pointed out that it protects the right to bear arms which allows people to buy guns. Charlton Heston, in the famous photo-op, didn’t hesitate to lift a musket over his head. The organization isn’t about to remove the word “rifle” from its name. The NRA conducts courses on how to handle guns safely, but Wayne LaPierre doesn’t try to pass himself off as concerned only with “munitions safety.”

... In a story about the Gosnell case, The New York Times referred to the newborns killed by Gosnell as “fetuses.” The definition of a fetus according to Merriam-Webster is “an unborn or unhatched vertebrate.” By definition, the newborns weren’t fetuses; they weren’t unborn. But the Times couldn’t bring itself to use the word “baby,” which has so many positive connotations and problematic implications.

This is the crux of the matter: If it is a baby outside the womb, why not inside the womb? If a procedure to end its life is wrong outside the womb, why isn’t it wrong inside the womb? Or conversely, if it is acceptable in the womb, why not outside?

Two “bio-ethicists” took the latter position in an article last year in the Journal of Medical Ethics aptly titled,“After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?” So did Planned Parenthood official Alisa LaPolt Snow in recent legislative testimony in Florida in which she said even a baby surviving a late-term abortion should receive no medical care if his or her mother so chooses. And so did Barack Obama when he opposed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois state Legislature.

The essence of abortion is that there are two lives when you start and one when you finish. If it were your business to perform them and fight all restrictions on them, no matter how slight, you wouldn’t want to be forthright and honest about it, either.
Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 8, 2013
The PR battle is going so badly for Planned Barrenhood, it has even given up using its own self-chosen euphemism: "pro-choice." George Orwell, call your office.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/ ...-- PLANNED PARENTHOOD THROWING OUT 'PRO-CHOICE' LABEL

"... It took years for Planned Parenthood to realize that "pro-choice' wasn't holding water for the majority of Americans because in the vast majority of cases, those advocating the "pro-choice" position showed disdain for those "choosing" NOT to have an abortion and they did nothing to encourage that choice. They appear only to advocate for and promote one "choice" so it's hard not to see through the hypocrisy of the label and see abortion advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood for what they are: pro-abortion."

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#3 May 8, 2013
At the second presidential debate, President Barack Obama said that women “rely on” Planned Parenthood for mammograms. Actually, mammograms are not performed at the clinics; Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses conduct breast exams and refer patients to other facilities for mammograms. Individual clinics sometimes provide more than referrals, arranging for mobile mammography vans.

Obama said:“When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care. They rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings.”

Obama used a similar line again on Oct. 18, telling a Manchester, N.H., crowd:“Governor Romney said he’d end funding for Planned Parenthood, despite all the work it does to provide women with mammograms and breast cancer screenings.”

Women can’t walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and get a mammogram on the spot. The clinics don’t have mammography equipment. Planned Parenthood performs gynecological exams, including breast exams, and refers women to other facilities to have mammograms performed, much like women are referred to radiological centers by their gynecologists or primary care physicians.

According to Planned Parenthood, its medical staff performed 747,607 “breast exams/breast care” in 2010, the most recent statistics available. As for cervical cancer screenings, as the president mentioned, it performed 769,769 Pap tests.

In addition to mammogram referrals, the group says it helps low-income patients find grants and assistance to pay for mammograms, such as through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is for women at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania also has a Breast Health Care Fund, which helps patients obtain mammograms. Individual clinics also may occasionally sponsor no-cost mammogram events — for instance, on Oct. 19, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, N.Y., plans to sponsor free mammograms at a mammography van at the health center. In south-central New York, a state program parks its mobile van outside two Planned Parenthood clinics.

In a statement sent to FactCheck.org , Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, said that “Planned Parenthood does help women nationwide get access to mammograms,” as part of the health care services it provides to nearly 3 million persons each year.“Women rely on Planned Parenthood for referrals for and financial help with mammograms and specialized diagnostic follow-up tests (like ultrasounds and biopsies) when indicated by age, history and/or clinical breast exam.”

Nucatola said that “for many women,” Planned Parenthood is their only health care provider and “thus the only way they will get a referral for a mammogram.”

The president said that “millions” of women rely on Planned Parenthood “for not just contraceptive care.” Contraception is one of the group’s largest categories of services provided — 33.5 percent of services in 2010. But that means Planned Parenthood provides other services, too. The largest category is testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (38 percent). Cancer screening and prevention services — which would include breast exams — made up 14.5 percent of all medical services. Abortion made up 3 percent, with 329,445 abortion procedures in 2010.

Planned Parenthood says it served about 3 million people in 2010. That would mean about 25 percent of its clients received a breast exam or breast care, or about 1 in 4. About 11 percent of clients, or 1 in 9, received abortion services. Contraception services and STD testing and treatment totaled well over 3 million for each category.

http://factcheck.org/2012/10/planned-parentho...

Tell us how you feel about contraceptives???

catholic = anti contraceptives

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#4 May 8, 2013
Got anymore BS you hope the weak minded will pay attention to??

On Wednesday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus published an editorial lambasting the mainstream media for “covering up” Planned Parenthood’s “support for infanticide.” According to Priebus, the national women’s health organization — in addition to providing contraceptive services, STD testing, cancer screenings, and reproductive care for millions of women across the country — is also in the business of murdering live babies. He claims that a recent committee hearing in Florida proves that Planned Parenthood officials support “the right to post-birth abortion.”
What’s “post-birth abortion”? What exactly happened in Florida? And how did this controversy explode in the right-wing media?
To understand the root of the current smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, it’s important to understand the context of the committee hearing that Priebus is referencing. That hearing was a debate over HB 1129, a politically-motivated piece of legislation seeking to ensure that any infant born alive “during or immediately after an attempted abortion” is entitled to all of the same rights “as any other child born alive in course of natural birth.” The “Infant Born Alive” measure rests upon the fundamentally flawed assumption that this type of situation is a real risk for women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. In fact, Florida does not perform abortions after the fetus has reached viability, so the situation that HB 1129 intends to address is incredibly unlikely.
And the original version of the legislation went even further. In this hypothetical medical situation, where an infant is “born alive” after an incredibly late-term induced abortion, the woman would have also been stripped of all parental rights. The Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates opposed HB 1129 because of this particular provision, which they believe is simply intended to intimidate and shame women. Planned Parenthood officials pointed out that the implicit assumption is that women who choose abortion can’t possibly be fit to care for a child — and that’s not something that should be codified into state law.
Last week, a lobbyist representing Planned Parenthood, Alisa LaPolt Snow, testified about the organization’s opposition to that aspect of HB 1129. During the hearing, she was questioned by a panel of anti-abortion state lawmakers who demanded that she respond to questions about this highly unlikely hypothetical situation. According to sources from the organization, the Republican lawmaker who sponsored HB 1129 repeatedly insinuated that women who choose abortions cannot be trusted, defending the provision revoking parental rights because “there is at least suspicion that that biological mother may not have the best interest of that born infant in mind.” When posed with a hypothetical scenario in which “a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion,” Snow attempted to make the point that legislators don’t need to get in the middle of medical situations.“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” Snow said.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#5 May 8, 2013
That was enough for the right-wing media to proclaim that Planned Parenthood endorses “infanticide.” After the Weekly Standard posted a video of that portion of the exchange, it spread throughout conservative outlets — eventually inspiring Priebus’ breathless editorial suggesting that any politician who supports Planned Parenthood may also support infanticide.
Aside from the fact that Planned Parenthood was essentially backed into a corner by Florida Republicans — forced to testify against an unnecessary provision within a misleading piece of legislation, and then forced to respond to an imaginary “botched abortion” procedure that’s already against the law in the state — the organization’s position on caring for infants is already quite clear. Planned Parenthood has a long history of providing professional medical care to women and their children. Abortion opponents often attempt to misconstrue Planned Parenthood as an irresponsible organization that doesn’t adhere to medical standards, but its clinics already provide high-quality primary care and preventative services to millions of people across the country.
The organization responded to the manufactured controversy to clarify this point.“As a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood strongly condemns any physician who does not follow the law or endangers a woman’s or child’s health,” a Planned Parenthood representative testified before the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday.“And while HB 1129 addresses a situation that is extremely unlikely and highly unusual, if the scenario presented by the legislation should happen, of course a Planned Parenthood doctor would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.”
Perhaps the ultimate irony of the right-wing’s imagined controversy is that — even in states where it’s not against the law to perform late-term induced abortions — Planned Parenthood clinics don’t provide that type of service. Many Planned Parenthood affiliates only perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy, when women can either take a pill or have a less-invasive surgical procedure. It’s actually the women who don’t have access to Planned Parenthood clinics, which are under attack across the country as GOP-controlled legislatures do their best to shut them down, who are forced to resort to dangerous, illegal, late-term abortion services like the ones described at the Florida hearing.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/04/18...
Dan

Omaha, NE

#6 May 13, 2013
Lowry is 100% right on in this column.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#7 May 13, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
The president said that “millions” of women rely on Planned Parenthood “for not just contraceptive care.” Contraception is one of the group’s largest categories of services provided — 33.5 percent of services in 2010. But that means Planned Parenthood provides other services, too. The largest category is testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (38 percent). Cancer screening and prevention services — which would include breast exams — made up 14.5 percent of all medical services. Abortion made up 3 percent, with 329,445 abortion procedures in 2010.
Planned Parenthood says it served about 3 million people in 2010. That would mean about 25 percent of its clients received a breast exam or breast care, or about 1 in 4. About 11 percent of clients, or 1 in 9, received abortion services. Contraception services and STD testing and treatment totaled well over 3 million for each category.
http://factcheck.org/2012/10/planned-parentho...
Tell us how you feel about contraceptives???
catholic = anti contraceptives
PP performs 330K abortions starting at $300 apiece.

Burger King sells salads too, but they're still a burger place.
Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#8 May 13, 2013
Dan wrote:
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PP performs 330K abortions starting at $300 apiece.
Burger King sells salads too, but they're still a burger place.


But taxpayers are on the hook for 45 percent of PP's burgers. Without government bailouts, PP would be out of business faster than you can say "Margaret Sanger."

For pro-aborts, there's no spinning the numbers below; they're straight out of Planned Parenthood's own annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/ann...

** During fiscal year 2011-2012, Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding consists of 45%3 of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue.

** In 2011, Planned Parenthood performed a record high 333,964 abortions.

** In 2011, abortions made up 92% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 7%(28,674) and 0.6%(2,300), respectively. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 145 abortions.

** Cancer screening & prevention services and contraceptive services provided by Planned Parenthood continue to drop. Contraceptive services have dropped by 12% since 2009, and cancer screening & prevention services have dropped by 29%.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#9 May 13, 2013
Demystifying liberal myth wrote:
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But taxpayers are on the hook for 45 percent of PP's burgers. Without government bailouts, PP would be out of business faster than you can say "Margaret Sanger."
For pro-aborts, there's no spinning the numbers below; they're straight out of Planned Parenthood's own annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/ann...
** During fiscal year 2011-2012, Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding consists of 45%3 of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue.
** In 2011, Planned Parenthood performed a record high 333,964 abortions.
** In 2011, abortions made up 92% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 7%(28,674) and 0.6%(2,300), respectively. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 145 abortions.
** Cancer screening & prevention services and contraceptive services provided by Planned Parenthood continue to drop. Contraceptive services have dropped by 12% since 2009, and cancer screening & prevention services have dropped by 29%.
Yeah just like taxpayers are on the books with bullshit faith based initiatives. The both of you are catholics and anti contraceptives and that is your REAL bitch. Recently in Ireland your asinine religion let a pregnant woman die who could have been saved. but hell...she was just a knocked up woman who could not produce the goods so the BOYS thought it best she die.
If you think your religion is going to dictate womens health in this country...think again.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#10 May 14, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
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Yeah just like taxpayers are on the books with bullshit faith based initiatives. The both of you are catholics and anti contraceptives and that is your REAL bitch. Recently in Ireland your asinine religion let a pregnant woman die who could have been saved. but hell...she was just a knocked up woman who could not produce the goods so the BOYS thought it best she die.
If you think your religion is going to dictate womens health in this country...think again.
I don't recall 'demystifying' nor me having mentioned Catholicism nor contraception.

Nice impression of Pavlov's dog, though.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#11 May 14, 2013
Dan wrote:
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I don't recall 'demystifying' nor me having mentioned Catholicism nor contraception.
Nice impression of Pavlov's dog, though.
You don't have to.....I got your numbers. You are both catholic and catholics are anti women having any control. That is why they are not allowed in the male hierarchy of the church. I pay attention Dan...don't ya just hate that?
Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 14, 2013
Dan wrote:
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I don't recall 'demystifying' nor me having mentioned Catholicism nor contraception.
Nice impression of Pavlov's dog, though.
No we didn't. I cited facts from Planned Parenthood's annual report, which Joanie One Note predictably ignored.

Bottom line, according to PP's own report: Abortions are up every year. Adoption services, prenatal care, cancer screening, prevention services, and contraceptive services are dramatically down.

No wonder pro-aborts ignore these damning, abortion industry-provided facts to trot out their inevitable parade of off-topic non sequiturs.

“Women are people, not objects.”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#13 May 15, 2013
I've noticed the spammer always rates his own posts up immediately after posting them, yet so many get buried like the garbage they are.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#14 May 15, 2013
Leonine wrote:
I've noticed the spammer always rates his own posts up immediately after posting them, yet so many get buried like the garbage they are.
DementedLying is doing "the men in Rome's work"......bothering women.

The history channel had a segment on the CC ran and engaged in prostitution for a number of years, made big money! Why was I not surprised?

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#15 May 15, 2013
Demystifying liberal myth wrote:
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No we didn't. I cited facts from Planned Parenthood's annual report, which Joanie One Note predictably ignored.
Bottom line, according to PP's own report: Abortions are up every year. Adoption services, prenatal care, cancer screening, prevention services, and contraceptive services are dramatically down.
No wonder pro-aborts ignore these damning, abortion industry-provided facts to trot out their inevitable parade of off-topic non sequiturs.
The golden egg for catholics is BC......they simply hate it and categorize it as abortifacient. Women having control of THIER reproduction just will not do! That is the job of "god" a.k.a. "men".

The dirty little secret they don't want to draw attention to......but here I am drawing attention to it!!
Libertarian

London, UK

#16 May 15, 2013
I'm not scared of the word.
Abortion has allowed women to control their own bodies and lives. Its a wonderful thing.

Obama maybe doesn't use the word because he knows american are so ignorant and have such knee-jerk reactions (nearly always because of religioun) that it would become about others beliefs not about the human rights of the woman.

If you think women should be forced to have kids you're living in the wrong century and frankly you're a danger to half the populations quality of life.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#17 May 15, 2013
Libertarian wrote:
I'm not scared of the word.
Abortion has allowed women to control their own bodies and lives. Its a wonderful thing.
Obama maybe doesn't use the word because he knows american are so ignorant and have such knee-jerk reactions (nearly always because of religioun) that it would become about others beliefs not about the human rights of the woman.
If you think women should be forced to have kids you're living in the wrong century and frankly you're a danger to half the populations quality of life.
Quality of life for women is not a problem to them.

Ever notice how they rag on this subject and are SO impassioned? Meanwhile a majority of women and children across the globe live in dire poverty. Makes you wonder how much money the churches make on this issue.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#18 May 15, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
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Quality of life for women is not a problem to them.
Ever notice how they rag on this subject and are SO impassioned? Meanwhile a majority of women and children across the globe live in dire poverty. Makes you wonder how much money the churches make on this issue.
The amorphus "quality of life" standard produced the Kermit Gosnell situation.

That's a problem.

Deflecting won't make that go away.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#19 May 15, 2013
Dan wrote:
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The amorphus "quality of life" standard produced the Kermit Gosnell situation.
That's a problem.
Deflecting won't make that go away.
Using Kermit to defend your issue is deflecting.

Kermit broke the law. The law is RvW...you should read it sometime.

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#20 May 15, 2013
Morgana 9 wrote:
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Quality of life for women is not a problem to them.
Ever notice how they rag on this subject and are SO impassioned? Meanwhile a majority of women and children across the globe live in dire poverty. Makes you wonder how much money the churches make on this issue.
Obamacare will eliminate the need for "clinics" like PP because all women will have insurance.

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