Of Woodpeckers and Wooden Heads

Last year, the U.S. Corps of Engineers began a 320 million dollar project that would provide water to farmers in Arkansas.  Now, after having already spent 80 million dollars, a federal judge has ordered the project shut down.  Judge William R. Wilson ruled that noise from the proposed water pumping station might cause stress in nearby woodpeckers. 

Interestingly, the species of woodpecker he is so concerned about is one that was thought to be extinct until 2004 when some kayaker going down the White River claimed to have seen one.  Wilson must have reason to believe that this particular species of woodpecker has exceptional hearing, given that the water project is 14 miles from where it was supposedly spotted.

In any event, no evidence has yet been found to confirm the kayaker’s sighting.  In fact, the last confirmed sighting was in 1944.  In other words, Wilson is holding up a 320 million dollar water project that taxpayers have already spent 80 million dollars on, to keep from stressing out some phantom woodpecker that may or may not be extinct, and may or may not be in Arkansas even if it does exist. 

In his ruling, the judge said that he chose to just assume that the woodpecker exists.  He went on to say that, “When an endangered species is allegedly jeopardized, the balance of hardships and public interests tips in favor of the protected species.” 

The question is why federal judges – including Judge Wilson – don't apply this standard to the unborn human.  If you haven't guessed by now, Wilson is a rabid pro-abort who was appointed to the bench by none other than Slick Willie Clinton.  In 1994 Wilson even struck down an Amendment to the Arkansas State Constitution that limited taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions.

Of course, there is a bright side to all this.  The next time Planned Parenthood breaks ground for a new death camp, all we have to do is say that we saw a woodpecker in the area.  Surely, Judge Wilson will jump in and stop construction.

A Perfect Solution

Now that several states are moving to protect the unborn once Roe vs. Wade is overturned, abortion enthusiasts are again trotting out that tired old back-alley/coat-hanger abortion myth. 

They do this despite knowing that virtually every study ever done on this subject – even those conducted by people on their side of this issue – has found that, by 1973, deaths and injuries due to illegal abortion were rare and that the overwhelming majority of illegal abortions were actually done by licensed doctors who were simply breaking the law.  However, the real question is why the pro-life movement should be held responsible for the women who die from illegal abortions. 

Think about it.  Pro-lifers don’t do abortions!  If abortion were outlawed, and illegal abortionists started springing up, every one would be someone who is pro-choice.  In fact, every single woman who was ever killed or maimed during an abortion – legal or illegal – was killed or maimed by someone who was pro-choice.  So when one of these people says, “If abortion is made illegal, women will die,” what they’re actually saying is, “If you stop us from killing babies, we’re going to start killing women.”    

Obviously, once abortion is again illegal, the perfect way to eliminate back-alley abortions is for the pro-choice gang not to do them.  They could also help us pass legislation requiring that (a) people who perform illegal abortions are to be prosecuted under the same homicide statutes that apply to any other hired killer, and (b) anyone who coerces a woman to have an illegal abortion, or helps to arrange an illegal abortion, is to be charged as an accessory to homicide. 

Of course, the choice mafia is never going to agree to this because they’ve always known that the blood from dirty coat-hangers is on their hands, not ours.  This back-alley abortion rhetoric is just a scam to make it look like we are responsible for the pregnant women they are threatening to kill.    

The other thing is, if the real motivation for legalized abortion is to save the lives of women, why don’t we legalize rape?  After all, it is not uncommon for a woman to be killed by a rapist to keep her from identifying him to the authorities.  Making rape legal would save women’s lives by taking away the motivation for rapists to kill them.  We might even consider opening up rape “clinics” where rapists could take their victims. 

These places could offer clean rooms, condom machines, emergency contraception and perhaps even doctors on staff in case the rapist injures his victim.  In addition, we could require that all rapists must be licensed and periodically tested for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in order to remain licensed. 

Remember, the pro-choice arguments are that women are going to have abortions regardless of what the law says, and that keeping abortion legal will make sure they occur in a clean and safe environment.  The same dynamics also apply to rape.  Since we know that making rape illegal has not stopped rapes from occurring, why not at least try to protect women against back-alley rapes?  As preposterous as it is, if the goal is to save women’s lives, legalized rape makes as much sense as legalized abortion.

And Now, Plan C

By any reasonable measure, this is truly the golden age for men who prey on underage girls for sex. Instead of referring to abortion as "a womans right to choose," it would be more accurate to label it "the pedophiles get-out-of-jail-free card."

The first evidence of this was a Life Dynamics undercover investigation into Americas growing epidemic of underage girls being sexually exploited by adult men. The results documented that family planning clinics associated with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are operating a nationwide pedophile protection ring. (Read the complete report at ChildPredators.com or call 1-800-800-LIFE for a free printed version.)

Since that report was made public, Life Dynamics has also found that the majority of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in America are refusing to enforce the mandatory reporting laws that are being openly flaunted by these Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities.

Amazingly, the Bush administration continues to hand over hundreds-of-millions in federal dollars to Planned Parenthood every year despite that organizations participation in this pedophile protection racket. In fact, taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is actually higher under Bush than it was under Clinton.

Meanwhile, Congressional pro-aborts are aggressively blocking federal legislation that would prohibit minors from being taken across state lines for abortions. The Life Dynamics undercover investigation proved that in states with parental involvement statutes, men who impregnate minors are taking their victims to states that have no such laws and that Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics are not only willing participants in this scandal, they encourage it. The investigation also proved that judicial bypass provisions in these parental involvement statutes are being routinely promoted by these same organizations as a way to circumvent state mandatory reporting laws.

Now, with the stated support of President Bush, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved over-the-counter non-prescription sales of Plan B, also known as "emergency contraception" or the "morning-after" pill. Since March, radical pro-abortion senators, Hilary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been holding up the confirmation of Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach to head the Food and Drug Administration and they vowed to continue blocking his appointment until Bush allowed Plan B to be sold without a prescription.

Obviously, the Bush administration would never admit that they caved to this pressure or that a back-room deal was cut. Those of us in the great unwashed masses are expected to believe its just a coincidence that Clinton and Murray withdrew their hold on the nomination on the same day over-the-counter sales of Plan B were approved.

In an effort to placate those who said that easy access to this abortion inducing drug would give pedophiles a way to help conceal their crimes, the FDA prohibited non-prescription purchases to girls under eighteen. But that was meaningless since the FDA also ruled that sales to men would be allowed. In other words, any statutory rapist can now just stroll into the closest drug store and anonymously buy the chemical abortion he needs to hide the fact that he is raping a child. The odd part of this is that a spokesperson for the drugs manufacturer, Barr Laboratories, said that the company never requested that over-the-counter sales be extended to males since the drug is not taken by men.

Reacting to the concerns of conservative organizations about the potential association between pedophiles and Plan B, an FDA official, Dr. Steven Galson, said that the agency would monitor how Plan B is used and note any "prescription patterns" that emerge. He went on to assure the public that if changes are needed they will be made. Of course, Galson didnt bother to explain how the FDA is going to identify these "prescription patterns" given that there wont be any prescriptions.

In any event, while we wait for that mystery to be unraveled, lets consider the things we already know. For example, we know that among girls 15 and younger who get pregnant at least 60 percent are impregnated by adults. We also know that the highest STD rate in America is among girls 15 to 19 and that most of these girls get their STDs from older men.

So it does not seem like a big stretch to predict that statutory rapists are going to be a prime market for Plan B, and that there will be a measurable increase in STDs among underage girls. As for this assurance that the FDA is going to monitor the sales and use of Plan B, if these predictions become reality it would be more rational to believe in the tooth fairy than to believe that either Barr Laboratories or the FDA is going to reveal it to the public or do anything to stop it.

Another interesting aspect of the Plan B approval is how the abortion lobby has reacted to it. For years, these people pushed over-the-counter sales of Plan B as the holy grail for reducing Americas staggering teen pregnancy and abortion rates. Of course, this sales pitch ignores the fact that Plan B is itself an abortion, but well let that slide for the moment.

Right up to the day non-prescription sales of Plan B were approved, Planned Parenthood was saying that allowing such sales would prevent 1.5 million unplanned pregnancies and 800,000 abortions every year. However, on the day after FDA approval was secured, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson was quoted in an Associated Press article that Plan B "will not reach that potential." She attributed Planned Parenthoods new lower expectations on the fact that girls under 18 were not going to be allowed to obtain the drug without a prescription.

The problem with that explanation is that according to statistics released in June of 2006 by Planned Parenthoods research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, about 19 percent of all abortions are done on teenagers. (This includes 19-year-olds, but we wont quibble over that.)

What this means is that the FDAs age restriction cannot impact Planned Parenthoods original projections by more than 19 percent. Applying that formula, Planned Parenthood should now be crowing that Plan B is going to reduce unplanned pregnancies by 1,215,000 and abortions by 648,000 per year.

Of course, Planned Parenthood is making no such claim. After all, once Plan B was approved for non-prescription sales, their need to deceive the public no longer existed. Now their goal is to lower expectations so it wont be so obvious that they were lying the whole time.

Naturally, other "reproductive health care experts" are following Planned Parenthoods lead. Since the FDAs approval, the most common reaction from this crowd has been that the impact on public health, pregnancy and abortion from non-prescription sales of Plan B will be virtually nothing. James Trussell, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, described it as being like a cork floating in the ocean. He said that the impact "... will be hard to measure because it will be so small."

Even the media is doing their part. In the previously mentioned Associated Press article, the reporter said that the effects of Plan B "could be negligible." He even cited a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that increased access to emergency contraception had "no significant effect" on pregnancy rates. Not surprisingly, neither the media nor any of these "reproductive health care experts" were saying these sort of things during the debate over whether to allow non-prescription sales of Plan B. It is now clear that they knew Planned Parenthood was lying, but like good little soldiers they kept quiet. In legal terms, its called "deception by silence."

It is also interesting that while the "experts" and the media are now saying that the results of selling Plan B over-the-counter will be almost invisible, most seem to agree that its sales volume will be high. Call me cynical, but that certainly sounds like a confession that financial profit was the engine driving this train right from the start.

Some will counter that by claiming that Planned Parenthood has no financial dog in this fight since Plan B is only going to be sold at pharmacies. That is, of course, nonsense. You can bet the family farm that Planned Parenthood has already developed an aggressive political, legal, and marketing strategy for taking over the distribution of Plan B. Getting FDA approval for over-the-counter sales was just a necessary first step. Now that its out of the way, phase two has begun and we dont need a crystal ball to know whats coming next. All we have to do is review the strategies Planned Parenthood used for the previous abortion pill, RU486.

As for today, Planned Parenthood has once again been caught lying through their blood-stained teeth, and their own actions prove it. They told one story to get Plan B approved for non-prescription sales, and the moment that approval became a reality they came up with a completely different story in an effort to cover their tracks. They also knew they could get away with it since their flunkeys and fellow travelers in the media never holds the abortion lobby answerable for anything they do or any lie they tell.

So as it always does, that job falls to the pro-life movement. The death merchants and pill pushers have now launched Plan C the cover-up for Plan B and our responsibility is to expose it.

Saddle up.

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics