Abortion

Abortion Foes Should Emulate Anti-Smoking Ads (graphic photo)

| by Jill Stanek

RH Reality Check has launched a new "common ground" site, inviting pro-life and pro-abortion thinkers to explore areas where we can work together.

Of course, the upper echelon of the abortion movement has no intention of finding common ground, which Obama himself recognized in his Notre Dame speech as ultimately "irreconcilable," as The Guardian headline from that date indicated.

The tag on that headline reveals why the push for "common ground" by Obama and his minions: They're losing the PR battle. As I've said before, only those losing appeal for compromise. Winners don't have to and shouldn't. At any rate, pro-lifers never will.

Nevertheless, I have a "common ground" suggestion, inspired by New York City's planned anti-smoking campaign. Obama said yesterday in a meeting with Catholic reporters...

I don't know any circumstance in which abortion is a happy circumstance or decision, and to the extent that we can help women avoid being confronted with a circumstance in which that's even a consideration, I think that's a good thing.

It sounds an awful lot to me as if Obama thinks there is something wrong with abortion, much like NYC officials think there is something wrong with smoking. Here is their plan, according to AOL News, July 1:

Blackened lung tissue. Amputated finger tips. Tracheotomy scars. Sound appetizing?


These images could be part of a new antismoking campaign.... A proposal from [NYC's] Dept. of Mental Health and Hygiene suggests prominently displaying antismoking signs near the cash registers of all cigarette retailers.

The legislation would be the first of its kind in the U.S. And while Canada, New Zealand and Australia currently have sign requirements, NY would be the first to include graphics....

The graphic nature of the graphics has drawn some complaints. Though gruesome visuals have been the most effective way of inciting New Yorkers to pursue quitting... forcing people to look at them while they shop may be controversial.

The measure is for the collective good...
Commissioner Thomas Farley [said].

Here are the salient points, from the New York Times:

"It's really about getting them at the point-of-sale moment," said Sarah Perl, the health department's assistant commissioner for tobacco control....

"We want them to also think about the consequences about what it will do to them," Ms. Perl said....

"This type of signage which communicates purely factual information about a commercial transaction is legal," she said.


This sounds completely translatable to a common ground anti-abortion campaign. Newsday added:

Perl... says it can be effective to display gruesome health effects such as amputations and throat cancer.

If we all agree abortion is something be "avoid[ed]," as Obama said, then we could easily launch the same sort of anti-abortion campaign, using "factual information about a commercial transaction" at the "point-of-sale moment," as Perl stated, of signs showing abortion at abortion mills, since it "can be effective to display gruesome health effects...."

Can we all agree on this "common ground" approach to lower the need for abortion, something all sides appear to agree is a goal?