Trojan Donkey
moiv printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 03:07:54 AM EST
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDemocrats for Life of America is celebrating. After more than a year's delay, its 95-10 Initiative has finally found a sponsor in Congress.

The 95-10 Initiative is becoming legislation in the U.S. House!

Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN) introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act on Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 am.  

We now have a comprehensive measure that will support pregnant women who don't want to have abortions by ensuring health care, child care, support to stay in school, and other important support for pregnant women and their families.

Gee, that all sounds just great, doesn't it?  What's not to like?  Why should such a compassionate program have had to wait so long for a sponsor?

Maybe it's because 95-10 calls for preventing pregnancy, but mentions contraception only in regard to failure rates -- anti-choice dog whistle code for "abstinence-only."  Maybe it's because 95-10 also calls for the imposition of repressive legislation upon every physician in the country. Maybe it's because 95-10 mandates federal funding for a nationwide network to funnel unsuspecting women seeking information about abortion into crisis pregnancy center "ministries."

Maybe it's because most Democrats have scruples about crawling into bed with Concerned Women for America, Priests for Life, the March for Life, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Lutherans for Life, CareNet, Heartbeat International, Project Rachel, the "abortion is genocide" Abortion in Black America, Life Issues Institute, LifeSite, Joe Scheidler's Pro-Life Action League, Americans United for Life, the American Life League's Stop Planned Parenthood International, Human Life International, Feminists for Life, National Right to Life, and the same Life Dynamics that lists every provider of abortion care in the country as "American Death Camps" -- all of them directly linked from the DFLA site.  

Maybe it's because DFLA opposes embryonic stem cell research. Maybe it's because DFLA is still spreading the discredited lie that abortion causes breast cancer. Maybe it's because DFLA officers publicly refused to support the Democratic presidential ticket in 2004, calling John Kerry the "Hitler of the Unborn."  

Yes, maybe those are some of the reasons -- the same reasons that DFLA is a Trojan donkey.

Nevertheless, in an election season distinguished by the efforts of even some Rove-spooked Democratic politicians to "out-Jesus" each other, 95-10 has finally found a Democrat willing to attach his name to it in public, and a Democratic site to promote it.

The 95-10 Initiative

A comprehensive plan that will reduce the number of abortions by 95% in the next 10 years by promoting abstinence, personal responsibility, adoptions and support for women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancy.
:::
Much attention has been given to ending abortion or keeping it legal. We believe that we must do more to reduce the abortion rate by helping and supporting pregnant women.

Preventing pregnancy is an important part of reducing the abortion rate in America. There are several ways to address prevention, but there is no clear consensus because of ethical, religious or personal reasons. ... We cannot deny that abstinence is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy, but we also cannot turn our heads and pretend that our children are not engaging in risky behavior or the fact that contraception is not 100 percent effective.
:::
Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Pro-life Democrats in Congress who share this same commitment will introduce the Pregnant Women Support Act, a comprehensive bill to provide support for pregnant women who want to carry their child to term. Some of the programs included are: establishing a toll-free number to direct women to places that will provide support and Pregnancy Counseling and Childcare on University Campuses, requiring doctors to provide accurate information to patients receiving a positive results from prenatal testing and counseling in maternity group homes, making the Adoption Tax Credits Permanent and Increase Tax Credit The legislation would eliminate pregnancy as a pre-existing condition, supports Informed Consent for Abortion Services, increases Funding for Domestic Violence Programs, requires the SCHIP to cover pregnant women and unborn children.

DFLA refuses to support the recently introduced "Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act" -- a bill sponsored by a longtime DFLA champion, Rep. Tim Ryan -- because it provides access to contraception for low-income women, focusing on preventing unintended pregnancies through federal support for sex education, family planning and contraception. But the DFLA leadership maintains that the "contraceptive mentality" causes an increase in the abortion rate. That's right: just like Frank Pavone and his buddy Joe Scheidler, DFLA claims to believe that birth control actually causes abortion.

Of course, DFLA supports the defiantly unconstitutional South Dakota abortion ban that refuses exceptions even for rape survivors or for women whose health is jeopardized by pregnancy.

DFLA's director, Kristen Day, on occasion owns up to 95-10's goal of eliminating all elective abortions within ten years, while regretting that it's "realistic" to expect that outlawing those procedures performed for medically necessary reasons -- such the threat to a woman's life or severe fetal abnormality -- will take a little longer.

But that's not what Day said as one of the inaugural featured writers at Faithful Democrats.

I applaud the Faithful Democrats for providing a forum for upfront and honest discussion on critically important issues facing our nation.  The forum is one that will foster cooperation and help to find real solutions and common ground on difficult topics.  The discourse and actions prompted by Reducing Abortion Week demonstrates the importance and necessity of thoughtful discussion.  
:::
Congressman Lincoln Davis has introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act (PWSA) also stemmed from the 95-10 Initiative. ... By ensuring help to those who need it the most, the PWSA offers a new hope for our society.  When women are given the support they need to raise their children, there is no other choice but life.  In eliminating the need for abortion, we unite our country by solving the highest moral question of our time.

That post is just a little vague on detail, isn't it? That's no accident, so let's take a look at some 95-10 provisions [pdf link] that DFLA is less than "upfront and honest" about in its current press releases.

These are some of the ways in which DFLA claims that "[t]he 95-10 Initiative will: Empower Women."

Federal Funding for Toll-Free Number/National Public Awareness Program

Enact an advertising campaign in each state to provide a toll free number that will direct a woman to organizations that provide support services for pregnant women who want to carry their children to term and/or direct women to adoption centers.

Organizations that qualify for the referral from the toll-free hotline must be nonprofit, tax exempt organizations that do not provide abortion referral services.

For the uninitiated, that means instituting federal funding for nationwide expansion of a program already underway in Florida, which was explored here at Talk to Action last February in Pregnant? Need help? Call 1-800-PROPAGANDA.  Public funding of crisis pregnancy center ministries, with a toll-free hotline network to funnel unsuspecting women inside their doors to be exposed to shock graphics, is seen as a vital element of abortion prevention by folks who believe that lying for Jesus -- as exposed in Crisis Pregnancy Centers Unplugged -- is the Christian thing to do.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
CareNet interns working with Democrats for Life
[Photo: DFLA]

Provide Ultrasound Equipment

Provide grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services. This equipment will be operated by licensed
professionals.

This ultrasound equipment is not intended for medical purposes. As revealed in CPCs Unplugged, Part 2: Free Ultrasound, But At What Cost?, there are plenty of "licensed professionals" who believe that repeatedly irradiating developing fetuses with any amount of potentially harmful ultrasound energy is perfectly ethical, as long as it helps to influence an "abortion-minded" woman or increase the take at a fund-raising banquet.

Conduct a National Study & Update Abortion Data

The Centers for Disease Control will collect accurate data on why women choose abortions. Within five years of enactment, the CDC will present its findings to Congress.

Although the plan ostensibly calls for the collection of such highly personal information to be voluntary, legislation was introduced in Texas last year that would have denied a woman an abortion unless she provided the state with such information as her previous pregnancy history, number of previous abortions, her method of payment for the abortion, and personal information about the man involved in her pregnancy.  With a federal mandate for government intrusion into the intimate details of a woman's life, it is beyond absurd to presume that anti-choice legislators in this state or any other would restrain themselves.  

Women's Right to Know

Any women's health center or clinic that provides pregnancy counseling or abortion services must provide accurate information on abortion and the adverse side effects to a woman's health.

This provision imposes TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) on every physician in the country. In addition to requiring doctors to provide women with misleading and exaggerated information about the risks of abortion, Women's Right to Know laws impose arbitrary waiting periods that delay women's access to care and deter physicians from providing abortion care at all.

Many states already have passed this discriminatory legislation. Although TRAP statutes such as this one are often painted as a "reasonable restriction" of abortion rights, they are harmful to both women and their physicians in a number of ways.

First, by treating abortion differently from all other comparable medical procedures and subjecting it to a unique level of micro-management and governmental oversight, TRAP laws segregate abortion providers and patients from the rest of medical practice and relegate abortion services to a status below other health care.

Second, by subjecting abortion providers to criminal and civil penalties, exposing them to harassment, and intruding significantly into their practice of medicine, TRAP laws deter physicians from becoming or remaining abortion providers. Thus, TRAP laws threaten to reduce the number of abortion providers, particularly in private practices, resulting in less access for women to abortion services.

Third, by imposing requirements that significantly raise the cost of providing abortions, TRAP laws increase abortion prices, causing some women to delay or even forego desired abortions.

Fourth, by imposing medically unnecessary, and at times inappropriate, requirements on abortion provision, TRAP laws interfere with physicians' ability to exercise their medical judgment in the best interests of their patients.

Innocuous-sounding Women's Right to Know laws are the hidden TRAP behind "Safe, Legal and Rare."

Courtesy of Priests for Life, headed by Randall Terry's bosom friend, Frank Pavone, DFLA's first president, Lois Kerschner, explains why Democrats for Life will do whatever it takes to criminalize abortion care.

On Judgment Day you will not be asked if you are a follower of the Democratic platform, but if you were a follower of the word of God. A little political power is not worth becoming an accomplice to the murder of millions of babies.

That was in back in 1997, but DFLA has improved its political game in the intervening years.  

When the fastest path to the political power DFLA wanted was to March for Life with the most radical elements of the Religious Right in America, they not only got happy feet, but hosted a breakfast for Frank Pavone's favorite "abortion is genocide" guest star, Alveda King.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting
[Photos: DFLA]

In its search for political allies, DFLA has gravitated into the orbit of groups such as Concerned Women for America -- which promotes Bush administration policies directly contributing to the deaths of untold numbers of women and their children around the world. But DFLA has joined the Religious Right with a smile.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

DFLA's Kristen Day (left) joins Kate O'Beirne, Ramesh Ponnuru and Concerned Women for America president Wendy Wright in a press conference calling for increased anti-choice legislation. [Photo: Concerned Women for America]

If you follow this Concerned Women for America link to click on this photo ...

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

... the sound you will hear is the bray of a Trojan donkey.




Display:
some of us need to open our eyes and read the fine print, not just DFLA's press releases.

by moiv on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 03:26:10 AM EST

the Democratic Party has some house-cleaning to do.  

Comparing Sen. John Kerry...  to Hitler?  

(Of course, we have to wonder why  they want to be in the same party with Hitler in the first place? But I digress.)

Prochoice groups have been fiercely criticized for not supporting prolife Democratic candidates. The argument is that a Democratic majority will protect abortion rights better than a Christian Right GOP with a smattering of prochoice Republicans.  Fair enough argument.  

But I have not heard any of the critics of the prochoice groups extend the same scrutiny to Democrats for Life, which evidently had little to no history of party loyalty, and are explicity aligned with the Christian right.

by Frederick Clarkson on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 03:32:02 AM EST

When it comes to criticism of DFL and its alliance with some of the most hardline elements of the Christian right, there's nothing out there but the sound of crickets chirping.

That's what happens when any criticism of a religious group's activities is seen as tantamount to enlisting in the so-called "War on Christianity." And far too many politicians from both parties are too cowardly to risk a full-scale counterattack from the powerhouse organizations of the religious right.

by moiv on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 04:13:08 AM EST
Parent

I'd looked over DFLA's links in some detail early last Spring and had decided that the group was a bit of a trojan donkey too but I didn't have enough background to inhabit the story nearly as fully as you've done.

Trojan Donkey indeed.

by Bruce Wilson on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 06:49:06 AM EST
Parent




DFLA's "religion" links section features many groups - some associated with the Institute On Religion and Democracy - that are working to undermine the mainstream religious denominations in America. These groups tned to feature similar positions - Biblical inerrancy, opposition to gay rights and same sex marriage, opposition to abortion rights (and in some cases contraception as well). It's striking to find those three issues so central to the groups DFLA sees fit to link to from its website given that those three issues ( or issue-clusters ) have become central  definitional for the Christian right.

Indeed, the some of the "Democrats Pro-Life" of DLA would likely have been quite at home at the recent hard Christian right "2006 Values Voters Summit" I attended in Washington D.C.

Presbyterians Pro-Life ( ACR member )

Conservative Congregational Christian Conference ( cccusa statement of belief )

Good News ( "Good News" is published by the chairman of the "Association For Church Renewal" , James V. Heidinger II.

Lutherans For Life ( Lutherans For Life : Who We Are )

National Episcopalians For Life ( NOEL )

TUMAS ( more about TUMAS. )

Then, there's Priests For Life : Frank Pavone, head of Priests For Life, gave the invocation at the Family Research Council's recent Values Voters Summit


by Bruce Wilson on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 02:54:47 PM EST


Great job! You guys perform great blog, and still have some great posts. Sustain the good do the job. How to make bubble bath

by mania0007 on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:13:42 PM EST


WWW Talk To Action


The Author of Loathing Lincoln Explains Why Some on the Christian Right Loathe Lincoln
One under-reported result of the 2014 elections was the rise of Neo-Confederate politics in the U.S. This included the election of unabashed apologist for......
By Frank Cocozzelli (2 comments)
A Catholic Theocracy Grows in Florida
Catholic Right pizza mogul Tom Monaghan and his Ave Maria School of Law are back in the news.  Journalist Eleanor Bader has a new......
By Frederick Clarkson (6 comments)
Mississippi Madness: Group Wants To Designate An Official Religion
A group in Mississippi is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to change the state constitution in several ways.The proposal put forth by the......
By Rob Boston (5 comments)
I Stand Sunday Part 2
I Stand Sunday took place in Houston, Nov. 2, 2014, motivated by the cities' mayor who subpoenaed sermons from local pastors.  The host church......
By wilkyjr (1 comment)
I Stand Sunday Part 2
I Stand Sunday took place in Houston, Nov. 2, 2014, motivated by the city's mayor who subpoenaed sermons from local pastors.  The host church......
By wilkyjr (0 comments)
Houston's I Stand Sunday
In response to Houston's gay mayor's solicitation of church sermons, on Nov. 2, 2014, Houston Texas will host an I Stand Sunday.  The event,......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)
Real Religious Liberty is Not Oppression
This is a reposting of an op-ed I recently published at LGBTQ Nation -- FC Real Religious Liberty is not Oppression FREDERICK CLARKSON Senior......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Houston Mayor Ignites Fervor of Religious Right
The best take on Houston Mayor Annise Parker vs. the churches in her city is the story written by Marv Knox in the Baptist......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)
Four Stories
LGBTQ Nation   In my first bi-weekly column on religious liberty, I discuss how  "Religious liberty is a progressive and liberatory value, over which......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
Christian Right Voter Mobilization -- The Season Finale
One of the secrets of the success of the Christian Right over the years has been that opponents have taken the movement with insufficient......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Sins Of Omission: When Religious Right Leaders Speak, The Whole Truth Is Often Left Behind
When an individual doesn't feel like being absolutely truthful, there are a couple of things he or she can do. One is to simply......
By Rob Boston (2 comments)
Bishop Finn Under Vatican Investigation
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri has long been a symbol of the ongoing institutional intransigence in addressing......
By Frank Cocozzelli (4 comments)
"The $1-Billion-a-Year [Religious] Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven't Heard Of"
In honor of the 2014 incarnation of the event known as The Gathering, I've given an interview with Jay Michaelson, writing for the Daily......
By Bruce Wilson (5 comments)
(Un)Fantastic Five: A Remembrance Of Values Voter Summits Past
The Religious Right's annual "Values Voter Summit" (VVS) takes place this weekend. Americans United staffers Simon Brown, Sarah Jones and I will be there.......
By Rob Boston (7 comments)
The Christian Right's Voter Mobilization Strategy for 2014
My latest post at Political Research Associates is about how this weekend's Values Voter Summit fits into the Christian Right's wider electoral strategy for......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)

Charles Taze Russell and John Hagee
No doubt exists that Texas mega-church Pastor John Hagee would be loathe to be associated with the theology of Pastor C.T. Russell (wrongly credited with founding the Jehovah's Witnesses) but their theological orbits, while......
COinMS (0 comments)
A death among the common people ... imagination.
Or maybe my title would better fit as “Laws, Books, where to find, and the people who trust them.”What a society we've become!The wise ones tell us over and over how the more things......
Arthur Ruger (0 comments)
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part VI
This is part 6 of a series by guest front pager Mahanoy, originally dated November 15, 2007 which I had to delete and repost for technical reasons. It is referred to in this post,......
Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Republican infighting in Mississippi
After a bruising GOP runoff election for U.S. Senator, current MS Senator Thad Cochran has retained his position and will face Travis Childers (Democrat) in the next senate election. The MS GOP is fractured......
COinMS (2 comments)
America's Most Convenient Bank® refuses to serve Christians
Representatives of a well known faith-based charitable organization were refused a New Jersey bank’s notarization service by an atheist employee. After inquiring about the nature of the non-profit organization and the documents requiring......
Jody Lane (3 comments)
John Benefiel takes credit for GOP takeover of Oklahoma
Many of you know that Oklahoma has turned an unrecognizable shade of red in recent years.  Yesterday, one of the leading members of the New Apostolic Reformation all but declared that he was responsible......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
John Benefiel thinks America is under curse because Egyptians dedicated North America to Baal
You may remember that Rick Perry put together his "Response" prayer rallies with the help of a slew of NAR figures.  One of them was John Benefiel, an Oklahoma City-based "apostle."  He heads up......
Christian Dem in NC (4 comments)
Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Yes, that's right. We have totally lost our religious freedom in Mississippi and it must be restored by our legislators. ......
COinMS (1 comment)
Bill Gothard accused of harassing women and failing to report child abuse
Surprised no one's mentioned this, but one of the longest-standing leaders of the religious right is in a world of trouble.  Bill Gothard has been active in the fundie movement for over half......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
Eugene Delgaudio may lose his day job as Virginia county supervisor
Surprised no one's noticed this, but one of the nation's most virulent homophobes is in a fight to keep his day job.  Eugene Delgaudio is best known as the head of Public Advocate......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
This caught me by surprise. I guess times are a changin in Dixieland. ------------------------------------- Cross posted from the HRC blog. Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents January 21,......
COinMS (0 comments)
Robert Knight: Running against evolution could potentially be a winner for the GOP
In one of the starkest instances yet of how far gone the religious right is, one of its leading activists thinks that he's found another potential wedge issue that could drive more people into......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
First Catholic official convicted in child sex abuse scandal has conviction overturned
Last year, Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's secretary for clergy, was convicted of reassigning a priest whom he knew had molested a young boy to a parish that had a school attached......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
Quotes From Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas" Book v. Quotes From 1920s Anti-Jewish Propaganda
The point of this comparison is not to cast Sarah Palin as a Nazi. Rather, my intent is to underline uncomfortable similarities between contemporary "war on Christmas" talking points propagated by elements of the......
Bruce Wilson (0 comments)
Francis sets up commission on how to deal with pedophile priests
Late yesterday Pope Francis announced--apparently after some prodding--that he will set up a panel to advise him on how to deal with child abuse by priests. The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.