Smith, you are right on! I would like to further your point about the idiocy of the article in the Independent. Not only is the author off base, but somewhat hypocritical.
Supposedly CSFL is part of this vast right wing conspiracy to destroy the parapets of academic freedom and is backed by millions of dollars. In truth, the success of CSFL recently is due to the merit of our case and the ability of our President to articulate its merit to others in the academic community. It is the hard work of a busy college junior, not people like David Horowitz that won this victory. That is precisely why foundations like the Pope Center have been founded; to tap into the passion and ability of groups like ours. But anyway, on to the case of hypocrisy.
Open up The Daily Tar Heel any day of the week and you will see an ad from planned parenthood saying something like "I know one day I'll want a family, but not yet" or "What would you do for a second chance."
Both ads are of course manipulative, but today a full page ad was printed that shows a picture of Bush and other political figures standing around a table while he signs the partial birth abortion ban. Underneath the picture, the question is posed, "Should these guys be in charge of your reproductive rights?"
Quite a manipulative ad, implying once again that "big bad men" are trying to control women by taking away their "reproductive rights." But more importantly, this ad probably cost a thousand dollars. Planned Parenthood spends thousands of dollars a year at UNC alone to encourage young women to get abortions. And pro-death activists accuse our small group of having millions of dollars at its disposal.
I wish that were true. Then maybe we could run ads that showed the bodies of mutilated babies or the tortured expressions of young women who regret having had an abortion. But oh yeah, I forgot, they probably wouldn't print the ads anyway. Playboy ads and Planned Parenthood ads are an example of free speech, but assertions about the immorality of abortion are "close minded." Someone would accuse us of being "choice-phobic" or "freedom-phobic." But maybe they are correct, call me bigotous but I'm definitely "murder-phobic."
God Bless America, God Bless all the children who have died and will continue to die