The Church Lady Speaks
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Judie Brown of American Life League says, "It's not easy being stupid, arrogant and a tool of Satan" -- but you have to give her credit for trying. Day after week after month after year, she wages a tireless crusade against the forces of reason and enlightenment that have transformed the lives of women and children across America and around the world.

Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. And the recent FDA ruling that adult women have the right to unrestricted access to emergency contraception in the form of Plan B isn't giving ALL's head church lady the best week she's ever had.

Over the counter Plan B approval ensures deaths

President Bush most likely helped to speed this approval with his recent comments suggesting that prescription sales were only necessary for women under 18. Unfortunately, the responsibility for the deaths of an untold number of preborn children rests on the shoulders of our federal government.
It is no secret that Plan B is a deadly drug ... If the FDA, the president or anyone who supported this decision truly cared about the health and wellbeing of women, they would have demanded that the drug be pulled from the market at once.
Thanks to this reckless decision on Plan B, preborn children and young women are in peril. The federal government is supposed to protect those at risk of losing their lives - not make that process more expedient.

This hyperbolic tirade against a drug demonstrated to be safer than aspirin might prompt persons of reasonable mind to chuckle before dismissing its author as a harmless crank.  But that would be a mistake, a serious miscalculation, because in some circles, this church lady speaks with the authority of Holy Writ.

Judie Brown is president and co-founder of American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization.

She is currently serving her second five-year term as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome. Daily Catholic cited her as one of the top 100 Catholics of the 20th century.

Judie has appeared on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Mother Angelica Live, The O'Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Today, Oprah, and Larry King Live, as well as hundreds of other television and radio talk shows. Her comments regularly appear in major print media nationwide, and she has written numerous editorial pieces for magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today.

When this church lady talks, plenty of people listen. She and her Religious Right friends feed their faithful plenty of whoppers about Plan B and all other forms of contraception, let alone abortion -- although to Judie Brown, they are exactly the same thing, a perversion of God's plan for women's lives.  

I feel sorrow for any woman who pines away because she would do anything to become a mother but has not been able to do so. [A] woman whose life is not consecrated to God is a woman who longs to be a mother.

I feel sorrow as well for the mother who, in her haste to placate her desires, finds escape from her child by relinquishing his life on the cold, hard table of an abortionist's office, or perhaps by ingesting the pill that will kill her child silently and without as much blood.
As long as the ego is satisfied, the lust placated or the desire fulfilled, everything is hunky dory. Well, not really.
I may be a bit old fashioned, but I do recall a time when little girls learned that women were created by God to be mothers because they have special instincts, special powers and unique bodily features that make them perfect for the nurture and care of children. That is why, we were taught, women want to be cared for and loved by a man within the context of a marriage ordained and blessed by God.

The woman who pines for a child in her mid-fifties or the woman who despises a child in her late teens or early twenties is a woman who has never absorbed that valuable lesson about why God created women.

What do women want? It's a complex question for a world saturated in sex. But I think there is a cure for all this.

That cure is the absolute denial of reality, for according to the head church lady of the American Life League, the cure is most definitely not to be found in our poisonous "contraceptive culture."  This is her credo, in conformity with the official view of the Vatican: "We ... oppose all forms of birth control because they are inherently evil."

Just as evil as a woman's indulgence of her "urges."

During the recent Plan B hype, we have heard arguments by the score in favor of giving high-dose prescription drugs to any young woman who feels the urge.
Ever since this contraceptive bandwagon started rolling along more than 40 years ago, the sales pitch has always been the same. America is told that women need to take charge of their lives. Women need to wear the pants in the family and put their careers ahead of everything. Women need to be on a pill regimen or use some kind of device so they can be free ... from pregnancy.
Headlines tell us that 12-year-old children should be vaccinated to protect them from sexually transmitted disease. Experts explain that the vast majority of young people are going to engage in sex before they graduate from high school, so we need to help them get on with their lives by providing sex instruction and birth control. ...
As a result, lives continue to be destroyed, hearts continue to be broken, psychological well-being continues to be twisted into one psychosis or another, and life goes on.

How do you suppose this tragic trend will end? Judging by a news report I just finished reading, it could be at the expense of more lives than all the Middle East conflicts combined.
What with infertility, rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer and cervical cancer, plus increased risk of premature death from pulmonary embolism and stroke (known to be side effects of the pill), it's quite possible that this coming generation of adults could resemble the barren waste of a desert; dry, cracking and decaying.

This is the universe of Judie Brown. Sexual expression destroys the lives of all who are not married -- in a marriage blessed and ordained by God -- and prepared for any sexual act to result in the birth of a child. Sex outside of marriage and the use of contraception will destroy the American way of life unless the current "tragic trend" is reversed. That's a typical example of Judie Brown's moral reasoning, which bemoans the dangers of cervical cancer while condemning the vaccine that can prevent it.  

The same oblivious mentality inspires her to fugues from sanity such as this one: "[W]e have been treated to a panoply of new words to describe children such as unwanted, unplanned, unable to survive until birth and affected with tragic conditions that are incompatible with life" -- all terms that Judie calls "word games employed to achieve the end result."

The end result of willfully ignoring reality to enforce conformity with the rigid religious doctrines of people like Judie Brown is compulsory childbearing, as mandated by South Dakota's draconian ban of abortion care, and by other religiously-inspired legislation currently in process at both the state and federal levels. But still, Judie Brown calls "tragic conditions that are incompatible with life" a word game.

While most pregnancies develop normally, no exceptions means exactly that: no exceptions. There are complicated words for what that would mean in the real world unacknowledged in the simplistic universe of Judie Brown, words like [links will display graphic images] gastroschisis, omphalocele and sirenomelia -- and they are not a game, but a tragedy more common than most of us have ever imagined, a tragedy that no family should be forced to suffer in a Christian nation or in any other.  

Any other tragic personal circumstances that might cause a woman to consider an abortion merit even less compassion, because logic and reason wield no power in the universe of Judie Brown, where the only discernible forces are of those of God and ... could it be ... Satan?

There might be a very good reason that you've never seen Judie Brown and that other Church Lady in the same photograph. But before you dismiss her influence, ask yourself how long it's been since you got a phone call from 20/20, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, Oprah, Larry King or the Vatican.  

Think about it.

and as usual, she's holding the line.


Posted: Saturday August 26, 2006 at 10:08 am EST by Judie Brown

I have to point out that not only is the media getting the message on the morning after pill wrong, but so are far too many pro-life groups. Get this from the Detroit News:

Michigan Right to Life did not oppose the approval because it recognizes the drug as contraception. It does not take positions on contraceptives, spokeswoman Pamela Sherstad said.

Well blow me down! One would have thought a line like this would come from Planned Parenthood, not a right to life group.

Just for the record, again: morning-after pills can kill embryonic children prior to implantation.

by moiv on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 03:22:20 AM EST

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