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Abortion-rights Groups Are Confused

Pro-choice advocates are up in arms about Gov. Tim Kaine’s decision to sign a Virginia bill into law:

Tim Kaine, the Virginia governor and President Barack Obama’s hand-picked choice as the head of the Democratic National Committee, infuriated abortion-rights groups Monday by signing legislation that gives abortion foes a long-sought victory.

Kaine brushed off intense lobbying by abortion rights supporters in Richmond to sign a bill that allows Virginia motorists to advertise their anti-abortion views by sporting “Choose Life” specialty license plates.

The revenue from the specialty plates would go to crisis-pregnancy centers, which many abortion-rights backers believe proslyetize against abortion and encourage women to keep unwanted children.

Do these people even know what they stand for? Their mantra is that whether or not to have a child is a choice of the mother, not to be intruded upon by the state. But in order for it to be a choice, doesn’t one of the options have to be to have the child? So then, why would they be bothered by anyone encouraging women to pick one of the choices, as long as it is left up to the mother to decide? Are they really just pro-abortion advocates (keep the choice)?

Isn't this one of the choices?

Isn't this one of the choices?


Moreover, why would they care if crisis-pregnancy centers encourage birth over abortion? Again, if the choice is legally left up to the mother, then there shouldn’t be an issue. Advocates for choosing life over abortion have just as much right to say their spiel don’t they?

Apparently, these pro-choice folks are upset not just at the message on the license plate, nor that some of the revenue raised will go to crisis-pregnancy centers, but that Kaine took this action while also serving as head of the DNC, which leads to the second bit of confusion (my emphasis):

“It is surprising that Governor Kaine would do this, but it’s all the more surprising that he would do it as chair of the DNC,” said Paulette McElwain, the president of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.

McElwain exchanged numerous calls with the governor’s office over the license plates and organized a grass roots effort that logged more than 2,000 calls to the governor’s staff.

“We provided him with abundant information,” she said. “We’re terribly disappointed that he decided to sign it.”

In Washington, NARAL/Pro-Choice America channeled more than 17,000 emails and 200 calls to the DNC urging Kaine to veto the bill.

“It is unfortunate that, even after receiving thousands of messages from Virginians and pro-choice activists across the country, Gov. Kaine has opted to sign a bill that advances a divisive political ideology at the expense of women’s health,” NARAL/Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan said in a statement.

First of all, Kaine didn’t sign the bill “as chair of the DNC” because the chair of the DNC doesn’t have that power, the Governor of Virginia does. It was in that capacity, representing the people of the Commonwealth, that Kaine signed the bill.

Secondly, what difference does it make to the Governor of Virginia what people from outside the state think about what’s on our license plates? Especially when it’s something as innocuous as “Choose Life” (would they rather it said “Choose Death”?). Seriously, why do any of their opinions matter here?

The sad truth is that it seems these protesters really are just pro-abortion. Otherwise, I just can’t understand why they’re so exercised over what should be a non-issue.

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12 Responses to Abortion-rights Groups Are Confused

  • Who’d thought that world peace might be achieved by a license plate ?
    Not me.

  • live free or die
    love to see that plate in my rear view mirror as i’m driving back to boston
    sales tax free.thanks nh/

  • This proves two old adages: “Never speak about facts with a liberal; it only confuses them” and “There are two types of liberals – Those who make no sense, and those who have no sense.”

  • “Secondly, what difference does it make to the Governor of Virginia what people from outside the state think about what’s on our license plates? Especially when it’s something as innocuous as “Choose Life” (would they rather it said “Choose Death”?). Seriously, why do any of their opinions matter here?”

    Their opinion matters because we’ve allowed them, for a generation now, to stigmatize anyone who would rightly point them out for who and what they are.  
    Marxist’s don’t recognize state boundaries, or for that matter, private property. They’re convinced their freedom lies in being able to tell everyone else how to think and live.

  • “It is surprising that Governor Kaine would do this, but it’s all the more surprising that he would do it as chair of the DNC,” said Paulette McElwain, the president of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.”

    Planned Parenthood?  

    Hmmmmmm….

    Am I the only one to savor the irony of the McElwain being president of this organization.  Should someone lobby to change the name to Virginia league to Plan_on_Abortion

  • They are against any kind of freedom of speech, period.   Am I the only one to laugh when journolist gets exposed for coordinating Democratic talking points after nearly decade of bumpf about a "vast right wing conspiracy?"

    You’re free to have any opinion you wish, as long as it’s approved by the authorities. 

  • Here’s part of Nancy’s bio:

    As president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan is a nationally recognized progressive leader who works in partnership with allies in Washington, D.C. and in the states, as well as the organization’s one-million member activists, to protect the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy.

    Hypocrisy as thick as sludge.

  • Good on Gov. Kaine.

    Kaine defended the move by pointing out that Virginia has a “long-standing program” allowing customized license plates and said that if Planned Parenthood applied for a plate he would grant it.

    “I sign this legislation today in keeping with the Commonwealth’s longtime practice of approving specialty plates with all manner of political and social messages,” Kaine said in a statement.

    “Furthermore, if Planned Parenthood—an organization that is already a recipient of state budget funds—or another similar organization ever chooses to seek a specialty license plate in Virginia, I believe the Constitution would require the state to approve that plate to protect against any viewpoint discrimination.”
    Virginia joined 23 other states that offer similar license plates.

    “I think he knew that it is a really extreme position to oppose these plates,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia. “Certainly there was pressure from the base of the Democratic party.”
     
    Another headline could read,
    Democratic Governor Bucks Intense Lobbying from Lefty Special Interest Group in Favor of Free Speech
     
    A bit wordy, I know.  But maybe a more experienced blogger could whittle that down a bit.
     
    Cheers.

    • Dem. Gov. To Shrill Harpies:Go Screw
                  Refers Them To 1St Amend.

  • Some tribes favor female circumcision as a rite  of passage,  the NARAL tribe favors abortion as a right of passage. Heckuva choice.

  • There’s a very simple solution to this, Fairness Doctrine style.  Propose a bill that allows for the creation of TWO specialty license plates.  One would be the aforementioned “Choose Life” plate.  The other would bear a picture of a dismembered fetus and the words “Choose Abortion”, with the proceeds going to some sort of charity that provides free abortions for women.

    There! Problem solved.

  • No, no, not “Choose Abortion”,  “Choose Death”. 

    No matter if that’s just some kind of cancerous lump that miraculously becomes a child after approximately 9 months, or a person from conception, it’s still ‘death’ for the lump when they choose abortion.