March 28, 2006

Pro-life apologetics 102

As though to underscore what I had said yesterday about pro-life apologists capturing and holding the intellectual high ground in the abortion debate, today ProudToBeCanadian notes two recent stories on LifeSiteNews.com describing recent outbreaks of pro-abortion neanderthalism in southwestern Ontario.

On March 21, Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, spoke against abortion at King's College at UWO. Police and security were brought to the scene to handle expected disruption from abortion advocates. 130 people attended the talk, about half were vehemently against Gray. Several spoke out of turn throughout the presentation. One student was so disruptive security told him to leave. He refused but remained silent for the remainder of the presentation.

Gray was protected that evening by an undercover police officer. Before the presentation started, she was given a security briefing which included having a uniformed police officer in the next room, ready to whisk her to a police car if violence broke out.

That evacuation plan was not required but many of the abortion supporters were unruly. "Their intolerance was appalling," said Gray. "In my four years of giving presentations and debates at university campuses across North America I have never encountered such a rude and disruptive audience. Abortion supporters 'talk' tolerance but these ones sure don't 'walk' it."

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Here's the part of the story I found particularly ironic.

Throughout the presentation, random audience members stood up and faced their backs to Gray. Others placed pieces of tape on their mouths with "choice" written on them.

Hold the phone. Doesn't the tape across the mouth usually represent "censorship"? Don't the "choice" brownshirts recognize the incongruity between signalling that their side has been silenced, while simultaneously shouting down the opposition? (If I point this out to one of them, should I expect more than a glassy-eyed stare in response?)

The article closes:

Another student complained, "This isn't a debate!" Gray responded that she was willing to debate but many abortion supporters declined the opportunity. In fact, Henry Morgentaler was recently asked to debate Gray at McMaster University in Hamilton. His assistant declined on his behalf.

Well, that's understandable. The pro-abortionists are fond of telling pro-life men like Scott Klusendorf that since they can't get pregnant, they should shut up and keep out of the debate. So Dr. Morgantaler probably just realized that his views on abortion are equally irrelevant. Right?

Meanwhile, just up the 401 in Guelph (Gesundheit!), more university-educated luddites were doing their thing:

Two pro-life advertisements on city buses in Guelph, Ontario were vandalized last week. The ads, depicting a 19-week-old fetus with the caption "this is a child not a choice" and offering the phone number of a local crisis pregnancy centre, were defaced with black spray-paint. The phone number was blotted out and the word "CHOICE" was sprawled over the ad. . . .

[Guelph and Area Right to Life association president Jakki] Jeffs told LifeSiteNews.com that a pro-abortion group from the University of Guelph attempted to stop the pro-life group from being allowed to advertise on public buses some years ago.

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"Choice" is a weird thing. Apparently it means "choice to do what we tell you, but not to hear both sides." George Orwell would have had a field day with these dolts. If you can't answer it, try to "disappear" it, or throw it down the memory hole.

(H/T: ProudToBeCanadian.)