If you are not already reading RH Reality Check, you should be. Amanda must have a stomach of steel, because she actually read Justice For All’s 113-page training manual and lived to tell the tale. Justice For All is an anti-choice organization that targets college campuses and the naughty, nubile young harlots who congregate there.
I don’t remember coming into contact with anti-choice protesters as a college student. Granted, Boston University is not really a traditional college campus; maybe that’s why. Or maybe the anti-choicers figure the BU student body is beyond hope. I’m sure some of you have had delightful experiences of your own, however. I imagine most students simply ignore the activists and their giant fetus posters, or yell obscenities. But this manual aims to prepare Jihadists for Jesus for those times when they’ve convinced pro-choicers to engage them in conversation.
Some PDF scans from “Abortion: From Debate To Dialogue” are available at the link provided (my computer dislikes the dishonesty and wouldn’t let me download it). As you’d expect, it’s full of lies. To wit, the section entitled “What If The Mother’s Life Is In Danger” claims ectopic pregnancy is the only instance wherein a pregnancy can threaten a woman’s life – and thus, is the only valid reason for abortion, ever. Other risks such as eclampsia and placenta previa are dismissed as myths used to get away with abortions.
But, as Amanda details, it’s also full of instructions on how to appear compassionate to women. The section “Sound Bites For Showing Concern” explains how to soften a person up before comparing an elective abortion to shooting a toddler. They recognize that open hostility towards pregnant women turns people off, so they attempt to hide it.
The manual is designed to address common pro-choice accusations against the anti-choice movement, with titles like “Why Don’t You Pass Out Condoms and Promote Birth Control?” and “Abortion Isn’t Genocide!” Read further and you’ll learn how to evade the first question and defend the claim that yes, abortion is performed by doctors who simply hate fetuses (and love money).
Gee, I wonder where that sort of rhetoric might lead…