If I were Bristol Palin, I’d be googling myself (though it may not be the wisest thing, since there are people out there saying terrible things about her family).
I wanted to offer my thoughts on the whole situation (for those not familiar with “the situation,” vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, is 5 months pregnant out of wedlock).I think Bristol’s bravery to even get to the point of telling her parents that she was pregnant shows a lot of courage. I know what it’s like to be in a family that is watched all the time; Bristol would have known the implications of admitting her pregnancy instead of secretly getting an abortion. She would have known that her mom would have to make a public statement and that people would all of the sudden want her picture and be crawling the internet for careless statements.
No, I don’t condone sex out of wedlock or abortion. But why chew up and spit out a young couple who are trying to make their mistake right? I think Bristol is beautiful and has the kind of courage some could only dream of. More power to her.
Though this article is slanted with a pro-Obama pro-choice viewpoint, hearing a frustrated Democrat claim John McCain is getting pro-choice votes because he “looks like a maverick” is encouraging to this pro-life Republican. Lithwick sounds like she’s shaking in her boots that McCain might steal some — albeit, much needed — votes from Barack Obama.
Sorry to allow my passion for politics to seep through on this blog, but even just in regards to the pro-life movement, this article is encouraging. (Though I’m sure that was Lithwick’s last intention!)
I’m going to diverge from my normal prayer room banter for this post and talk about another topic. In my teen years, I was very active in pro-life work with an organization called SOHLNet. I am still avidly pro-life and I couldn’t resist this news before it got stale.
On Monday July 28, Sioux Falls’ Planned Parenthood was closed for the day. Why? Because their preliminary injunction to stop execution of the 2005 informed consent law expired. I had been one of many who prayed over this law and now I can thank God it is finally in effect. It is so effective, actually, that Planned Parenthood would rather shut itself down than comply with it!
So what could be so extreme in this law as to cause PP to shut down? Among other things, the following:
Abortion doctors must advise pregnant mothers in writing that the abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
Requires the doctor to inform the pregnant mother that the pregnant mother and the second human being have an existing relationship that enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States, and that the procedure terminates that relationship and the rights associated with it.The Law also requires disclosure of medical risks, including the risk of depression and “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”
Penalties for non-compliance could include imprisonment, loss of medical license, and even civil prosecution.
Now, the only question is, how can we get a version of this law passed in California?