“Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Your Lost Child”

Béatrice Fedor of 400 Words for Women posted this a year ago. It’s worth re-visiting, as a reflection from a woman who is post-abortive and has something to say to other women with the same experience.

I’m praying for healing, I’m praying for peace. I’m praying for a world where no woman is made to feel that she *has* to choose legal violence to solve her problems.

Read her full post: https://400wordsforwomen.com/2016/07/06/aborted-childrens-birthdays/

The French aversion to pro-life speech intensifies

The French government is doing its best to muzzle pro-life speech, apparently under the assumption that women are too delicate to hear it.

Recall news from a few weeks back: the French Conseil d’Etat (State Council) gave its blessing to a decision by a French broadcasting service not to show a video with the message that people with Down Syndrome can have happy lives. The video implied that abortion need not be the result of a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic problem. The Council concluded that such a message might be “inappropriate” since it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”. I wrote about that over at DaTechGuy Blog

Now, Béatrice Fedor at 400 Words for Women draws our attention to a recent expansion of a French law that forbids anyone from interfering with a woman’s decision to abort her child.

This new law is an extension of a 1993 law that forbids anyone to try to keep a woman from entering an abortion facility, talk to her, carry a sign, pass her a pamphlet, make any kind of contact with her in order to dissuade her from having an abortion including offering help. Now this law has been extended to any digital means but note that the text has been changed from ‘digital’ to ‘any means’. It could be about any website (or perhaps books or videos) contents that is considered as lies, misguiding, making women feel guilty, morally and psychologically pressuring them to keep their child, like telling them about possible consequences of abortion and such.

Fedor lives in the United States but is French by birth. She became pro-life after having had an abortion herself some time ago. She takes the newly-expanded French law personally. She talks about it in a video recorded in French, with an English translation provided on her blog.

My…question is about women who have aborted and suffer from abortion. Will we have the right to speak? Will we be allowed, from now on, to write our stories, to share our stories on the internet or maybe by publishing a book, maybe by making a video just like I’m doing now?

Read more of her questions about the French law. Think about how the land of her birth got to this position. How much (or how little) prolife activity will it take to trigger enforcement of the law? Will prosecutions ensue?

It’s worth working to keep the same kind of law from gaining a foothold here. Start with peaceful and persistent exercise of the First Amendment in defense of the right to life. Respond to any challenges with a vigorous legal defense. Make sure the French law is merely a cautionary tale, not a bellwether of what’s ahead for the USA.

See 400 Words for Women for a translation of Béatrice Fedor’s video, shown below. 


Weekend reading: making excuses for Sanger

I have but one suggestion for you for weekend reading. Béatrice Fedor recently outdid herself on 400 Words for Women.  I’m sending you over to her blog.

A bit of background: a few weeks back, an abortion advocacy outfit called ReproAction had a webinar on how it’s impossible [sic] to be a pro-life feminist. Among the speakers was one who bent over backwards to explain the racist views held by Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.

I’ll let Béatrice take it from here. “Truth is truth whether it fits our agenda or not.” Read her full post. 

The Letters

Weekend reading, 5/6/16: Smith, Roarty, Fedor

Here’s a week’s-end selection of my three favorite recent posts from other blogs, to be sampled after you’re caught up on Leaven for the Loaf.

Wesley Smith: Declare total non-cooperation with assisted suicide (firstthings.com)

Wesley Smith (Discovery Institute photo)
Wesley Smith (Discovery Institute photo)

“What should opponents of the culture of death do if they—like I, a native Californian—live in a jurisdiction that legalizes assisted suicide? I suggest a policy of total and unequivocal non-cooperation with the suicide agenda.” Read the rest of the post.

Alex Roarty: EMILY’s List strategy questioned after big losses (rollcall.com)

“[Last Tuesday] Katie McGinty won Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary last week thanks in part to a major investment from EMILY’s List, which spent nearly $2 million to help her overcome a difficult opponent. It was the only good news on an otherwise dreadful night for EMILY’s List which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights — the group also lost a quartet of races that has Democratic strategists questioning if its political operation requires a strategic reassessment.” Read the rest of the post.

Béatrice Fedor: “Judging a soul is God’s business, not yours. Your business is to be compassionate and to offer help.” (400wordsforwomen.com)

“… if you want to save the babies while looking down on the mothers, I seriously don’t know what you are doing in the Pro-Life movement.” Read the rest of the post.

Weekend Reading, 4/8/16

Every Friday, I’ll offer you links to three posts of the week from other blogs and news sources to take you into the weekend. My favorite writers, a fresh take on a familiar topic, or just plain interesting stuff: look for the cream of the week’s crop right here (after you read Leaven’s posts, of course). 

Kathryn Lopez, “Healing After Abortion”

“This is the side of the pro-life movement that isn’t usually in the headlines. Abortion seldom makes the front pages — not unless, say,  a major presidential candidate puts his foot in his mouth. And so it was when Donald Trump answered a very typical question from Chris Matthews. The MSNBC host was asking about the mainstream caricature of those who oppose abortion. And Trump, betraying a total unfamiliarity with the ministries and attitudes and heart of the movement, bought into and fed the caricature. It would do him good to meet the community of women religious… founded [by Cardinal O’Connor] 25 years ago. The cardinal had pledged that anyone who was pregnant and needed help could come to the Church in New York and find it. The Sisters would be at the heart of that help.” Read the rest of the post… 

Steve MacDonald, “Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Lies (Updated)” (granitegrok.com)

“So you will be instituting the buffer-zones immediately? You know, to protect women from the ‘violence, harassment, or threats’ to which you claim they have been subjected. That would be the right thing to do.

“But what does it say if you don’t? Every day you wait aren’t you subjecting women to this treatment you insist exists? What does that say about your commitment to safe, legal healthcare for these women? What does it say about you?

“It says you really don’t care, doesn’t it? It says that you are a liar. That this is all just a game to you.

“So get those buffer-zones in place, then we can find out if this law is as constitutional as you claim.” Read the rest of the post...

Béatrice Fedor: “Abortion pictures on the street: Why Not?” (400wordsforwomen.com)

“Abortion images don’t exactly say: ‘I care about you. Come to me if you are pregnant and scared.’ On the contrary, an abortion-minded woman would most likely run faster to the abortion clinic.

“Also, trying to confront post-abortive women with a graphic depiction of their sin doesn’t say: ‘I understand that you are hurting. You can confide in me and I can refer you to an abortion recovery program’. Instead, it says: ‘I’m judging you for what you have done. There is a huge, irreconcilable difference between me and people like you.’ Read the rest of the post…