That refers to dead women.
The quote is the response I received from a member of Fordham’s “Respect for Life” club today after I asked, for the third time, why the club didn’t set up a cross to honor the women who die of illegal abortions. Or all abortions, if they’d prefer. But they would NOT prefer thankyouverymuch because that’s not what they’re passionate about!!
In case you missed it, Respect for Life boldly displayed their passion today all over Alpha House lawn. They staked some 4,000 white flags in the ground in the shape of a cross, bringing to our attention the number of cell clusters that are ruthlessly killed every day. These and other statistics were displayed on the surrounding fence, and guarding the whole thing was a handful of Respect for Life members. They stood proudly, inviting questions and comments from both sinners and the saved.
I decided to strike up a conversation, inquiring as to whether they were the Respect for Unborn Life club or the Respect for—
“No— all life,” came the reply.
So I asked my question about their lack of respect for dead women. They dodged my question, twice, by saying some really educated things about how women are forced into abortions and not given a choice (HA!…ha…uhhhwhaaa?). They cited four women who had come to speak about how much they regretted their abortions.
“They represent all women who have had abortions?” I pointedly asked.
“No, but, a lot of women feel they don’t have a choice. They don’t know that—”
“Really? Women don’t know they don’t have to have abortions? Don’t you think that’s a little condescending towards women?” I asked the strapping young gentleman I was conversing with. The rest of our discussion can be roughly summed-up as, “go fuck yourself.” I was bitter and unyielding, and they were sighing and snickering and bullshitting about how so many women die from legal abortions.
So I rephrased my question: “OK, why don’t you guys honor the women who die of abortions?”
And the answer, we now know, is because they just don’t care about that.
In sum: Fordham Respect for Life respects all life, but isn’t ‘passionate’ about dead women. There are two possible conclusions to be drawn from these seemingly contradictory facts: Fordham Respect for Life is a bunch of liars and hypocrites, and/or (but probably and) Fordham Respect for Life doesn’t consider women ‘life.’
And THAT is why you should talk to people you disagree with; it can be so enlightening!
To enlighten yourself, for real, keep reading, but be warned that the following contains graphic images:
*In the United States, where abortion is legal, 89% of all abortions are performed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and 61% of all abortions are performed before 9 weeks of pregnancy.
*Worldwide, the average number of abortions is 29 per 1000 women. This is the approximate average for individual countries’ populations as well, which means that the rate of abortion is not affected by its legality. In fact, abortions rates are slightly lower in Europe, where abortion is legalized, than in Africa, where it is mostly illegal.
*Worldwide, 5,000,000 (5 million) women are hospitalized every year due to complications from unsafe (read: unprofessional, ‘back-alley’) abortions, and 67,000 women die. Nearly all of these deaths occur in developing countries.
This is a picture of a fetus at nine weeks, which is after most abortions occur in our country. The legality of abortion does not affect how many fetuses, like the one below, are not aborted.
For those of you who may be curious, here is a picture of an American woman who died of a botched abortion before Roe v. Wade passed. The legality of abortion DOES affect how many women die of abortion.
But Respect for Life does not care, because, well, they are just so much more passionate about the fetus than the woman.
(Info is from the Guttmacher Institute, a non-partisan organization. Check out their abortion info at: http://www.guttmacher.org/sections/abortion.php)