“Trust Women” Is An Inadequate Response to Abortion

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On Monday, outspoken abortion advocate Amanda Marcotte published a column at Salon. The post encourages people to, when it comes to abortion, “trust women” to make the decisions that are in their own best interests. She says that “women know what they are doing” when it comes to abortion, and we should leave them alone because they alone know how to choose the best course of action for their lives. But is “trust women” a slogan worth embracing? Or are there times when “trust him” or “trust her” really isn’t the best response to a situation. I wrote a column for the Federalist attempting to establish two premises. The first is that there are some times where men and women engage in behaviors that are destructive, and that instead of “trust her” or “trust him”, a personal intervention is the most appropriate response. The second is that sometimes a personal intervention is not enough, and a legal intervention is warranted. Given those two premises, where does abortion fit?

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What This Year’s March For Life Tells Us About the Pro-Life Movement

This past Friday, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in Washington D.C. to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v Wade and to protest legal abortion. The yearly event is the largest annual human rights demonstration in the history of the world, and brings in pro-life marchers from around the entire United States. The March for Life always features a rally, and gives the stage to various pro-life politicians and personalities who say a few words and, when it comes to the politicians, boast of their pro-life credentials. The theme for this year’s march was “Love Saves Lives”, and many of the various speakers chose to focus their speeches on some of the different ways that the pro-life movement saves lives through love. In doing so, they highlighted some of the reasons that the pro-life movement is so amazing and so beautiful. In addition, they also chose to highlight some of the reasons that the pro-life movement is growing and gaining momentum. The reasons are simple, but incredibly important.

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Turning the Darkest Tragedy Into Something Beautiful

Last month, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published the qualitative results of a survey that sought to increase understanding of the emotional toll of abortion. The survey was unique in that it attempted to study the post-abortion experience on a more qualitative level than any previously conducted studies. By asking open-ended questions and then categorizing responses, Dr. Coleman allowed the respondents to openly discuss their experience after abortion in a way that was not limited by quantitative outcome measures and in a way that allowed them to describe their experience in their own words. While the participants in the survey did not constitute a representative sample of post-abortive women, there were a wide variety of ages, races, and demographics represented among the respondents. The survey gives us an accurate profile of those women who experience negative emotional reactions after choosing abortion. This is quite valuable, and despite the lack of a representative sample, there are some noteworthy takeaways from the survey as well as ideas that are reinforced by the categorized results. I wrote a post for Crisis Magazine discussing a few of these takeaways.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Here’s the show from this past weekend. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week for the case Masterpiece Cake Shop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case centers on Jack Phillips – a cake decorator who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. He was accused of discrimination, but is holding that his first amendment rights allow him to refuse participation in an event he finds morally repugnant (which it does – it also allows him the right to refuse to engage in activities which violate free exercise of his religion).

This case has the power to shape the future of this country – and I don’t say that lightly. We should all be praying that the Supreme Court sides with liberty in this case and not coercion. Highly recommend taking a listen: