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Not helping matters at all.

On my way to the post office during lunch I was greeted by the sight of a truck with an ad on its side bearing the URL of an outfit I'd never heard of before, abortionNO.org. (I'm not providing a link because I'm damn sure not supporting these people.) I didn't recognize what the ad was showing at first, but after I second I realized that it was showing the bloody remains of an aborted child - and that there was at least one other truck with these ads circulating through downtown Minneapolis.

Now, I've never been pro-abortion in any way shape or form, but this is a perfect example of the kind of thing digex meant when he said "The abortion debate is being carried on by the 10% on the extreme ends of the political spectrum, and the other 80% of us wish they'd shut up about it." This kind of in-your-face advertising grosses people out (I'm fairly inured to blood and gore, and I find it disgusting) and is on a par with screaming at people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics that they're gonna go to Hell. It not only doesn't work, it's counterproductive and undoes the good work done by outfits like ProLife Minnesota, which reminds people that the abortionists are killing children, not helping people make bloodless "choices" - but without sticking a big billboard full of body parts in peoples' faces.

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tokenfanboy
Jul. 12th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
Instead of these shock-tactics they ought to be encouraging adoption and working to reform the adoption system so people can get through the process easier. I think the poor image that adoption and orphanages had years ago helped set the stage for making abortion legal in the first place. Some people probably still think that killing the child is better than putting it in an orphanage, when really adoption is the far more preferable solution. There are literally millions of couples in the US that can't have children for one reason or another. Many of them have to turn to foreign countries to adopt because there either aren't enough American children available or the process in the US is too difficult. You know I never really thought about it until now, but even US children are being replaced by foreign competition. :) Just kidding. I know several people who are either adopted or have adopted children, including family members.
wombat_socho
Jul. 13th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
I agree completely - encouraging and facilitating adoption is far more effective than the kind of tactics these idiots are practicing. As far as I'm concerned, they're in the same pew as Fred Phelps and his "God Hates Fags" nonsense.
tokenfanboy
Jul. 13th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I've always maintained that I hate the extremists from both ends of the poltical spectrum.
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