“It’s important to build community in a culture that wants to silence pro-life women and their beliefs.” — Melissa Ohden.

Challenge accepted.

In a time of handmaids who don’t want to see Planned Parenthood privatized and states that want to gag pro-life documentarians, there’s more pro-life work going on than will ever be documented by trending hashtags. Good to know, when encouragement can seem hard to come by.

I just returned from Orlando and the second annual Pro-Life Women’s Conference. The conference is the brainchild of Abby Johnson, a woman who puts the “active” in activist: former Planned Parenthood manager, now pro-life, and founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry to abortion workers who want to leave the industry.

She and her team gathered a unique array of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to inform and challenge the women who came from all over the country to attend the conference. People whose work doesn’t get much coverage in conventional media told their stories. Women whose choices aren’t celebrated by today’s “progressives” (sic) were there to encourage other women who may yet face something like an adverse prenatal diagnosis.

This wasn’t a political event, yet it was unmistakably a boost to anyone like me who’s an advocate for pro-life public policy. The atmosphere was dynamic, not defensive. The women I met there were positive without being saccharine. The things they’re doing, quietly and under the radar, are making people’s lives better. St. John Paul II would call it building a culture of life.

And there was some attitude in the room. Call it joyful and defiant determination. Heady stuff.

Here are a few observations and links from the conference, when you’re ready to turn away from everyday headlines for awhile. There’s good news out there.

  • The women who took the stage first had all heard the same thing from doctors during their pregnancies: something’s wrong with your pregnancy; it’s OK to abort. Some of the diagnoses proved to be accurate, others not. These mothers talked about where they found support, and where they didn’t. Some brought their children with them, so we could see what an “adverse diagnosis” looks like: a person, not a concept or a sentence. Lacey Buchanan: “I get the privilege of raising an exception.”
  • And speaking of exceptions and the right to life, I love Rebecca Kiessling. I’d heard her speak before, but she’s absolutely worth hearing again. Hear her, and you’ll never look at rape-and-incest exceptions the same way again. She’s one of those exceptions.
  • Exhibitors included Democrats for Life (yes!), Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, and Secular Pro-Life. You never know when someone will share your commitment to defending human dignity. Secular Pro-Life can take credit for one of the best stickers in sight: Call Me an Extremist, But I Think Dismemberment is Wrong.
  • Are there pro-life doctors, who won’t do abortions, or refer for them? Yes, and I saw three of them in one place at the conference. Asked if she worked in a hostile environment, one of the physicians answered, “Not since moving to a pro-life practice.” May their number increase. Check out the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs site, just because it’s good to know they’re out there.

I could go on, and I probably will, on other sites. You get the idea, though: dynamic and committed women, without a handmaid in sight. That’s life beyond the hashtags.

Continuing on my quest to ignore politics – provoked in great part by the media’s recklessness on Russia – I’ve been reading about John McEnroe’s comments about Serena Williams,

Garcia-Navarro: We’re talking about male players but there is of course wonderful female players. Let’s talk about Serena Williams. You say she is the best female player in the world in the book.

McEnroe: Best female player ever — no question.

Garcia-Navarro: Some wouldn’t qualify it, some would say she’s the best player in the world. Why qualify it?

McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she’s not, you mean, the best player in the world, period?

Garcia-Navarro: Yeah, the best tennis player in the world. You know, why say female player?

McEnroe: Well because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.

Garcia-Navarro: You think so?

McEnroe: Yeah. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.

I stopped playing tennis when I was very young since even back then my knee was complaining, which was about the same time when McEnroe was at his prime. I’ve never been a McEnroe fan (Rafa is more my type), but McEnroe is right.

For starters, men’s four grand slam – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open – are best-of-five sets matches, while women (and men in other tournaments) play best-of-three sets. When you consider that someone like Nadal is lasting for five sets while doing 110 mph serves consistently enough to win the French Open ten times, you can see McEnroe’s point.

We can spend all day chewing the fat over tennis, or over gender differences or whatnot, but here comes the best part: we’re the ones being played.

Brian John Thomas did some digging,

John McEnroe said something controversial about Serena Williams and women’s tennis. Oh shock.

Guess what people, it’s a stage managed outrage to sell some books. Both share the same book agent, obviously.

Sure enough,

It’s all a game after all.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

The last time I talked to James O’Keefe was at CPAC 2017 I did a walking interview with him about his latest undercover video concerning CNN which he labeled #cnnleaks

His reporting of insider video at CNN that you can find here and here followed the usual path of a Project Veritas leak, bloggers like myself reported on what was going on and the MSM completely downplayed it as “totally overrated” video by an activist guilty of “selective editing“. This piece at Politico was typical:

For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O’Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.

Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could be embarrassing for the network. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video recordings, though questions over deceptive editing and concerns about the questionable tactics used to obtain those recordings have plagued some of his prior work. Before releasing the tapes Thursday, O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he previewed their release.

Instead, what O’Keefe released on Thursday landed with a dull thud in the media world.

This was and has been the united narrative of the MSM concerning all of O’Keefe’s and Project Veritas’ undercover releases for the last couple of years, and this narrative exists for three critical purposes:

  1. To discourage any member of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
  2. To Keep the narrative about O’Keefe as an “unreliable” source so to discourage an member of the MSM, local or national, from bothering to view said “unreliable” reporting off air.

  3. To make sure that no member of the general news consuming public that isn’t already inclined to follow or believe O’Keefe sees and/or believes what O’Keefe reports

That final item being the end result that they were shooting for.

This has been a pretty effective tactic, for example during the election campaign when O’Keefe’s reporters managed to catch Democrat operatives creating astroturf and bragging about it the MSM was able to keep it out of the “mainstream” long enough for the party to go into Damage Control mode and allow the MSM to portray it as a non issue. Similarly, while his reporting from inside groups planning to violently disrupt the inauguration was used by the secret service and led to significant arrests and disruption of planned Anti-Trump violence, the MSM was able to keep it out of the news until people were actually charged and even that got little or no coverage.

So when James O’Keefe released his latest undercover video

showing a CNN producer admitting that the whole Trump/Russia I’m sure they expected to do what has always worked for them in the past resulting in the story breaking and being commented on in conservative media while leaving the rest of the country and indeed the world at best completely ignorant of his reporting or at worst writing the odd story about how insignificant it is.

Alas for the media in general and CNN in particular there is a new wild card in play, and that card is President Donald Trump and his twitter account

When Donald Trump tweets something like this

over 32 Million Twitter Users see it, more than the entire viewership of the MSM combined and that doesn’t take into account the 19 million who follow the POTUS account as well.

O’Keefe’s video coming right on the heels of those last two Trump tweets already have a leg up because they meet the narrative that President Trump is advancing. What do you suppose will happen when the president decides to tweet out the video itself?

Suddenly the whole bury/discredit plan goes out the window.

Now it’s possible that the president might not tweet commenting on the O’Keefe video as of this writing 2:51 EST on Tuesday he has not, but given its potential to damage and discredit a political enemy the odds of that are very slim, but even if he doesn’t thanks to his tweets of just a few hours before and the MSM narrative brought on by the latest CNN Russia story that was retracted and the departure of three reporters over it, O’Keefe’s excellent undercover reporting is likely to reach far beyond his previous audience.

And that, more than anything else is why the MSM wants Donald Trump to stop tweeting.


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