September 08, 2008
Mandatory Abortion?

Let’s see you argue with this, from Eye of the Storm:

i’m going to say this one time, and then i’m going to shut up. re: bristol palin. the american liberal is, — seriously, literally — pro-abortion and anti-choice, believes essentially in mandatory abortion. what does the average liberal mom do when her 16-year-old daughter shows up pregnant? drags her immediately to the abortion clinic, whatever the daughter’s (or the babydad’s, of course) misgivings.

the american left thinks that bristol palin having her baby is, actually, morally wrong. and more to the point, it shows something terrible about her mom, who had a moral obligation to make her daughter have an abortion. and one reason for this is that if you have a baby when you’re 16, you will likely slip out of our class. you’ll go live with joey, the kid who wants to be a mechanic. you’ll take classes at the community college instead of heading off to a decent school. you’ll end up in a housecoat with a houseful of wailing babies, listening to faith hill.

what haunts the imagination of the american liberal: my family, in the next generation, will be white trash. maybe it would be more interesting to look at these sorts of motivations than to try to figure out “when human life begins.”

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 08, 2008 09:26 AM
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What's so annoying is that these people just don't get it. Bristol Palin might not have "shown up pregnant" if she had something more than abstinence only classes in school. Also, the fact of the matter is, Bristol and her mom (with her baby) had a choice to have these babies but they would deny other women that choice.

Posted by: Lenora on September 8, 2008 11:46 AM

So why are there still any liberals left?

Posted by: Peter on September 8, 2008 11:55 AM

Who is this "average liberal mom"? She appears to be made of straw.

Posted by: Mahakal on September 8, 2008 12:22 PM

I understand why the term "white trash" is used, but I think she should perhaps tone down her language a little. The Jim Webb's of the world can get these folks to vote differently. But talking down to rednecks is just the wrong approach.

Even the words are perhaps true in a literal sense. But the previous post was a much better way to approach this subject.

And besides, these folks have more abortions than the rest of us. They just don't tell anybody. Digby has done a good many posts on the subject.

Joe Bageant has "them" (which I would include me too) down pat. We're rednecks.

But we've got to get education back as a first priority. Maybe we're too far gone to make it happen.

I actually knew very well a Southern redneck who was an instrument control technician at the Savannah River Site that made tritium gas before he got laid off when they quit production there. (perhaps I should call him Homer)

He actually said that he had made sure his daughters went to tech school and not college because college would make them snotty. Right in front of me, who he knew had two degrees.

Most of these folks are hostile to getting more educated and they pass it down to their offspring. And that's the problem.

Well, they've got Joe worried too:

http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2008/09/why-rednecks-ma.html#more

Posted by: Buck on September 8, 2008 3:57 PM

If Bristol Palin had more control over her own life -- more sense of belonging to herself -- she wouldn't have let any man or boy get her pregnant so young. Unfortunately, it sounds like she's one more female brainwashed into feeling loved only when serving others. She's in grave danger of spending her life cleaning up bodily fluids. Which is the existence Sarah Palin wishes on every female other than herself.

The worse part of the quoted material is the pretense that allowing a choice is the same as requiring it. It's like the claim that allowing gay weddings will break up straight couples. Note the assumption that in liberal households as in conservative ones, the decision whether to abort belongs to a pregnant teen's parents. Conservatives think members of a family are the property of the head of household. They can understand the head of household ordering an abortion or not ordering an abortion. What they find unthinkable is that the young woman might choose for herself.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on September 9, 2008 3:23 AM
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