I was in the midst of the March for Life in Washington a few days ago. No count was possible from my vantage point, but you can view this time-lapse image from Students for Life to get an idea of the crowd. Not many satellite trucks around, though, except for EWTN’s. Other news outlets managed to find their way to Washington for the Women’s March the next day, so it’s not as though they were unfamiliar with the area.

The 2018 March for Life passing in front of National Archives. Ellen Kolb photo.

We weren’t exactly under the radar. Gotta love social media and the countless posts from participants in the March. President Trump’s address drew some news coverage. Still, as has been the case since the first March in 1974 observing the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade, there was plenty of room for more coverage. A civil rights march in defense of the right to life rates at least as much attention as a presidential tweet.

As a public service, I hereby announce for the benefit of all reporters, bloggers, and commentators that the next March for Life in Washington will be on Friday, January 18, 2019. Mark your editorial calendars now. No excuses. Rain, shine, or snow (and I’ve marched in all those conditions), the event goes on.

A mother and daughter carry signs at the March for Life in Washington.
Mother and daughter at March for Life 2018, Washington D.C. Ellen Kolb photo.

Come for the youth. The number of high school and college students will astound you.

Come to see how many states are represented. If the March is something new to you, you’ll be surprised.

Walk around the National Mall before the March and check out the meet-ups and mini-rallies going on, apart from the formal program that precedes the March.

Many states and large cities have their own marches for life on or near the anniversary of Roe. The March in Washington rates a special trip. With or without the news coverage it deserves, it’s a place and event full of inspiration and encouragement. Plan now for 2019: see you in D.C. on January 18.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and blogger specializing in public policy on the right to life. She works (and hikes) in New Hampshire. Read her coverage of life issues in the Granite State at Leaven for the Loaf. 

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By John Ruberry

Now that we have entered the first full day of President Donald Trump’s second year in office it’s a good time to ask this question.

Is Trump a conservative?

“Yes,” is my firm answer.

Fascinatingly, Trump doesn’t talk about conservatism much, nor did he as a candidate. Contrast the president with the dozens of Republicans elected to Congress since the Tea Party wave of 2010 who talked a tough game on issues such as ObamaCare, illegal immigration, and shrinking the government. But once in power, many of these GOPers backed away from strong conservative stances on those issues.

But here we have a president in Trump who didn’t campaign as a conservative but who is governing as one.

Trump’s first major move in office was to nominate Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. So far Gorsuch has been a solid conservative voice on the nation’s highest court. While there have been some qualification issues on a few district court nominees, the president has nominated a solid group of conservative jurists on the district and appellate levels. As for the latter, Trump set a record for the most appellate nominees confirmed in a first year of office.

Our military, with the aid of allies, has had great success against the Islamic State, to the point where we can say that it’s likely that ISIS has been defeated. A strong national defense is the backbone of any conservative playbook.

After six months in office Barack Obama added 60,000 employees to the federal payroll. Under Trump the size of the federal workforce is shrinking.

Amazingly, Trump is exceeding even Ronald Reagan’s pace in slashing regulations.

And last month the Republican tax cut bill was signed into law–which has already fattened the wallets of Americans. Included in that bill was the elimination of the unpopular ObamaCare individual mandate, which may lead to the unraveling of the signature law of Trump’s predecessor.

The cut in regulations and taxes have spurred an unprecedented rally in the stock market since Trump’s election.

Yesterday, although by video hook-up, Trump became the first president to address the annual March for Life rally.

On his radio show last year Mark Levin called Trump “the most conservative president since Reagan.”

As he is on so many things, Levin is correct.

America has a conservative president again—one who didn’t campaign as one.

It’s an inconsistency I can live with happily.

Today there is a government shutdown–why? Because Trump is standing up for conservative policies.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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It’s been rather amusing watching the left being forced to cover the March for Life particularly when you see things like this get out there

The real story here is that these numbers are not unusual and people are figuring this out very quickly.

President Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven countries were Islamic Terror is a real problem has produced mass hysteria among the left, and an “what has the Roman’s ever done for us” moment from a senior NYT reporter, who asked a question that Guy Benson was kind enough to answer:

So Apart from 9/11, San Bernardino, The Boston Bombers, the Time Square Bomber, the Underwear Bomber the Ohio State attacker, the Chattanooga shooter and numerous plotter who failed, when has a Foreign terrorist every bothered us?

The NYT, the so called “Paper of Record” became Monty Python so quietly I barely noticed

John Cleese would be proud!

A lot of people defending Trump’s move are bringing up the point that Obama quietly restricted immigration, but I think the better point, particularly to those who object to the temporary suspension applying to green card holders were the multiple stories of immigration putting everything on a fast track before the election.

I wonder how many of those card holders were not vetted properly during the Obama Years? Under Trump we are going to find out.

The left is crowing about several federal judges blocking Trump’s latest move as if this was a major earthquake, It seems to me that if after 8 years of Obama appointing federal judges, 2 of them with no restraint in the senate that the shock would be if you couldn’t find three of them willing to block a Trump order. Likewise getting 1000 anti trump protesters in a city of millions that overwhelmingly voted against him at an airport is not a great achievement.

But getting this look on radical congresswoman’s Nina Vasquez’s face by having the person she pushed to get released say on live camera that he “likes Trump

That’s really something!

Stacy McCain writes about a big sexual assault scandal at Baylor involving the Football team and one thing in his piece jumped out at me when I read it:

Two football players — Sam Ukwuachu and Tevin Elliott — were convicted for sexual assaults that occurred in 2012 and 2013.

And as the Waco Tribune also noted

Shawn Oakman, a member of the 2015 squad and Baylor graduate, has been indicted on a sexual assault charge.

Furthermore concerning the civil lawsuit being brought against Baylor we see this:

The woman, identified in the suit by the pseudonym Elizabeth Doe, reports being gang raped by then-Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman after a party on April 18, 2013.
Those football players were previously named as suspects in a sexual assault police report related to that date but were not charged.

The significance of is that rather than one of the many cases of post coitus regret that college tribunals nationwide have used to tar young men, and pols have used to their advantage, you had evidence brought to the attention of law enforcement, including a police report of assault on the date named in the civil suit. Furthermore such evidence was sufficient to convict at least two players and indict at east one more of actual crimes.

This tells me that the accusations against Baylor are credible, because the people making them were willing to go to law enforcement and the court system where the rules of evidence apply as opposed to sticking with a college tribunal where they do not.

Going to the law when a crime is alleged. That’s how things should be done

Don Surber author of Trump the Press is describing donald trump as the “instapresident” and is comparing Donald Trump to the Blogfather Glenn Reynolds:

And as Reynolds heads toward the 20th anniversary of his adopting the handle of Instapundit, readers see the change finally happen.

Follow the money. Online ads have eclipsed newspaper ads. Any blog that made money last year is more profitable than many newspapers in the nation, who are tossing staff overboard to keep from sinking — after wasting all that time earlier rearranging the deck chairs.

Watching Reynolds and his rebel army — read Army of Davids — is inspirational. It also made a pretty good blueprint for a presidential run.

I am sure Donald Trump incorporated the tactics into his campaign. Be quick. Be nimble. Be everywhere.

Be Instapresident — ninja Instapresident.

And one of the results of his tactics has been noticed by Scott Adams who saw all this coming

You’re probably seeing the best persuasion you will ever see from a new president. Instead of dribbling out one headline at a time, so the vultures and critics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the playing field. You don’t know where to aim your outrage. He’s creating so many opportunities for disagreement that it’s mentally exhausting. Literally. He’s wearing down the critics, replacing their specific complaints with entire encyclopedias of complaints. And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.

Even if you don’t like it.

In only a few days, Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?

It doesn’t seem possible that Donald Trump has been President for less than 10 days does it?

Here’s a story that deserves a lot more attention:

In an article published by the Saudi daily Al Jazirah newspaper — and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) — Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh wrote that the reliance of radical Palestinian groups on armed resistance “constitutes a kind of political suicide that only political ignoramuses [can] condone.”

According to Al-Sheikh, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the sole option “that can be demanded and which enjoys the support of most of the international community.”

What the Palestinians, Al-Sheikh went on to say, “need to understand is that the Arabs of today are not the Arabs of yesterday, and that the Palestinian cause has lost ground among Arabs. This cause is no longer a top priority for them, because civil wars are literally pulverizing four Arab countries, and because fighting the ‘Islamic’ terrorism is the foremost concern that causes all Arabs, without exception, to lose sleep.

The fact that Donald Trump is taking the left’s arrows also means that Israel can take care of business and nobody is going to notice or care.

I know we’ve talked a lot of Patriots here lately but here is a Red Sox story that caught me by surprise

With David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz and Junichi Tazawa all gone from Boston this offseason, who’s the second longest tenured member of the Red Sox?

“Me!” Bradley said with a smile at the annual Boston Baseball Writers’ Awards Dinner last week. “That’s funny. Who would have ever known?”

Bradley made his major-league debut on Opening Day of 2013, and the only other current Red Sox in the lineup that day was Dustin Pedroia.

It’s quite a shock to realize that Pedroia is all that’s left from the 2007 championship team but it’s always a pleasure to realize that spring training is just around the corner.

A week from today Superbowl 51 will be played and while there seems to be little general interest in the game on sports talk radio there is a lot of trash talk going on, and a fair amount of it appears to be how racist Boston is and how white the Patriots are compared to other teams.

Unfortunately for Atlanta the Patriots players are not letting themselves be distracted by this nonsense because they are less concerned with racial quotas and more interested in working hard to prepare for an Atlanta Team that has already defeated two A list QB who have won Super Bowls over the last two weeks.

And anyways, if we were talking racial quotas since the US is only 11% black wouldn’t a team that had a larger number of white players be a sign of racial equality than disparity, but not only od race baiters gotta bait this tells me that the sports guys pushing this story see Atlanta not having a chance and need something to get some eyeballs.

For myself I don’t think Atlanta is going to win, but they are a good team and if they DID win I wouldn’t be all that shocked, after all when it’s one game anything can happen.

Ironically You might have noticed we didn’t have a Friday Evening Post here and Saturday’s  morning’s post was a tad late, that’s because I ended up with an unexpected 3 hour work shift instead of my normal 8 and as DaWife had the day off I suggested a spontaneous day trip, which is how we ended up at an Indian Casino in Connecticut with her watching me play craps and I watching her play slots. I had packed an overnight with both laptops but she decided she wanted to sleep in her own bed so we left at 9 pm

It has actually been my plan to take a day off & surprises her with such a trip in a few weeks as the 30th anniversary of my hypothetical marriage proposal (that’s a story too long for this post) but not only did this mean I didn’t need to take an unpaid day off but the occasional bit of spontaneous pleasures when she doesn’t see it coming (even if it something small & inexpensive) is an excellent way to stay married for 30 years.

Ironically I felt a bit guilty as I skipped the March for Life because I couldn’t afford the unpaid day and here I was listening to it on the radio while driving to a casino but as my parish priest and spiritual director once reminded me. My primary vocation as a married man is to my wife and that sacrament of Marriage.

Think like that and you’ll find yourself making plans for a 29th anniversary someday.

Yesterday was the March for life and one of the signs of the fear of the left was the sudden interest in the twitter Hashtags #march4life and #marchforlife by outraged leftists.

To be sure in previous years you had some but unlike the first 43 years of the March the new president made sure that this was news and the fear, worry and anger of the left online was palatable.

There were many things that might have surprised those who saw the March for life for the first time yesterday, here are the top 3

1. The Number of Women at the March. Anyone who has ever seen a protest in front of Planned Parenthood would know that the pro-life / anti-abortion movement is a movement driven by women, many of who have first hand experience with abortion who deeply regret it and the pain it has causes them. This is completely contrary to the meme pushed by the media and the left that it must have been a real shock to viewers who have been told for decades that pro-life is actually about men wanting to control women’s bodies. This is the exact opposite of truth as any woman who has been pressured to kill her child by the fellow who got her pregnant can tell you.

2. The number of young people at the march.
The amount of youth at these marches is always huge. On TV the left keeps using images of young people when pushing for the right to kill a child but there are always thousands upon thousands of teens and twenty somethings at the march every year. Given that the march has gone on for 44 years there were likely more than a few children and grandchildren of those who have marched in the past there. That’s made possible by not killing them in the womb.

3. Happy, Non-violent and clean:
We have to thank our friends on the left for this one. On inauguration day the American Public saw the Anti-Trump left torch limos and throw bricks thru windows and at police. Earlier this week we saw the so called “woman’s” march (actually the liberal anti-trump march) leave DC covered in trash and signs and heard their leaders shout violent angry and vulgar slogans on national TV.

Yesterday they saw a March larger than either one that had not only had no violence (in fact marchers thanked police for their protection), Signs without body parts (albeit not absent thought provoking images like this one)

Speeches absent of vulgarity or even vitriol,including ones from Kellyanne Conway and the Vice President of the United states and this winner from Mia Love, but a Capital left just as clean if not cleaner that before the marchers turned up.

To those who have followed the March for Life every year, none of that would be a shock, to those discovering it for the first time who have seen the occupods camps on TV or in their own cities and heard the shrieks of angry leftists protesting when Milo comes to town it must have been a revelation.

These sets of facts (Dare I say “Alternative Facts”) that the MSM has never exposed the average news consumer to in the past must have been eye opening. What they choose to do with these facts, well that’s up to them, but it will be a hard thing for the left and their media allies to put that genie back into the bottle.

Update (via Glenn): Bingo

Of perhaps more significant interest, however, is the fact that Keilar and CNN were forced to put the March for Life on the same political footing as the Women’s March on Washington. Equally surprising is the fact that the Women’s March on Washington is already being described as a ‘liberal women’s march’ even by an outlet such as CNN. Instead of being a nonpartisan protest by all women against the tyranny of Trump, all the work and effort put into the Women’s March has been relegated, in the space of less than a week, to a partisan liberal protest that was most prominently associated with Planned Parenthood. All of the supposed moral authority of an entire gender has been wiped aside in favor of a frank and honest acknowledgement that the marchers were merely liberals who were super unhappy with how the election turned out.”

At marchforlife.org/

The March for Life is a peaceful demonstration to share the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

There’s also a security warning,

March for Life 2017 – January 27, 2017
Participants should be aware that due to heightened security concerns, all will be required to go through airport-type screening to reach the rally site. The screening stations will be on the Washington Monument grounds directly north of the Monument near 16th Street. Screening will begin at 9:00 AM. Please allow extra time to get to the rally site.
Click Here for More Info

Because “love trumps hate”, and the March For Life won’t embrace a rape-torturer psychopath, the way the Saturday march did.

There are local events planned across the country.

Can’t Make It to the March for Life? Here’s How You Can Participate

The Washington March is scheduled to start at 11:45am Eastern, but Will mainstream media pay attention to March for Life now that Mike Pence is speaking? I agree with J.D.; odds are that the networks and most cable TV stations will not. C-Span coverage starts at 12noon, ending at 2pm. As I type this, One America News announced they will be covering the Washington rally.

As of the writing of this post (10:10AM), #MarchForLife is Twitter’s top trend.

Here’s a brief roundup of this morning’s articles:

AOL: Trump shames media coverage of March for Life, Pence to become first VP to attend

NBC: DC’s ‘March for Life’ to highlight gains by abortion opponents

USA Today: March for Life participants optimistic about Trump, Pence

Newsbusters: Networks Cover Women’s March 129x More Than March for Life

Eurasia Review: March For Life Scares Death Industry – OpEd

Newsday: March for Life: Ride along with Long Island marchers

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In a Letter to Thomas Jefferson Servant of God Pope Pius VII commended the president on the activities of Commodore Edward Preble’s fleet against the Barbary pirates who had been capturing, enslaving and ransoming Christians for decades saying his fleet of warships “in forty days has done more for the cause of Christianity than the most powerful nations of Christendom have done for ages.

Looking at the activities of President Donald Trump as a pro-life catholic. Seeing him not only reinstate the Mexico city protocol (which I would have expected any GOP president to do) but to also use his bully pulpit to excoriate the MSM for not covering the March for Life during an interview with ABC news (which amazingly ABC decided to exclude from their transcript)

and to follow that up with his Vice President speaking at the March, the first time ever this has happened.

I must say not only has Fr. Pavone’s assurances of Donald Trump’s sincerity on Pro-life issues been confirmed and my own worries been proven groundless but I must say to paraphrase Blessed Pius VII:

The Donald Trump administration in a single week has done more to advance the Pro-Life cause than all previous GOP administrations before them.

If you told me that I would be writing that one year ago, I wouldn’t have believed it, then again if you told me ABC news would exclude a newsworthy exchange of an interview with a sitting president in their transcript to avoid mentioning the March for Life I wouldn’t have believed it either.

Closing thought: I can’t believe that one week ago as of the time this post went up Barack Obama was president. It’s like a bad memory completely forgotten

Update: Do not adjust your electronic device, Erick Erickson actually wrote this today:

Donald Trump has also been a leader of sound judgment with his executive orders. He strikes me as a man who is hell bent on keeping promises made on the campaign trail and is not, in the mold of a typical politician, trying to obfuscate and abandon commitments previously made. Reinstating the Mexico City policy is tremendous. Calling out China is the right thing to do. Solidifying ties to Britain with a trade agreement is bold. Shutting down the EPA is praise worthy. Rejecting the Susan Collins-Bill Cassidy plan to keep Obamacare while pretending not to was the right thing to do.

Donald Trump has done more in one week to reverse course than I ever expected.

Actions speak louder than words, even occasionally vulgar ones.

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There’s one overarching philosophy that mainstream media will rarely cover and never in a positive light: social conservatism. If an event or newsworthy occurrence is pro-life, in favor of traditional marriage, or in defiance of the LGTQ agenda, the media will find some way to hate on it while covering up or avoiding altogether any positive message that can come from it.

We’ll get to see this clearly tomorrow as March for Life hits DC. It’s newsworthy by itself, but this year there are three factors that make it an even bigger story. First, it follows last week’s pro-abortion Women’s March. That was covered by every news outlet in America. The only comparison coverage March of Life will receive will be estimates of attendance that makes it look as small as possible.

The second factor is the new President. For the first time in 16 years, there’s a freshly inaugurated President with a pro-life agenda to promote. That should pull in coverage if only to see how hopeful the participants are knowing they have an opportunity this year to truly fight abortion at the national level.

Lastly, this will be the first time that a sitting Vice President speaks at the event. Mike Pence will be on stage. Certainly, that means every network will cover him just as they covered Ashley Judd and Madonna, right? No. They may show him speaking briefly before cutting away and talking about how small the crowd is compared to the Women’s March.

The last eight years have empowered the media to believe their own personal agendas are fair to promote through the free press. Technically, they are correct. From the perspective of an expectant populace that desperately craves unbiased reporting in the age of fake news, it seems like everyone’s now a commentator. Editorializing everything has become the status quo. For Pence and March for Life, that means that they will have any credit they’re due minimized while any criticism they’re open to (whether deserved or not) will be magnified.

The sad state of our national media means that the pro-life movement is on its own. Those of us who fight for life must learn to assume most of mainstream media’s storytellers are against us. That’s why it’s so important to read more from sites like this one and less from the New York Times or TMZ.

In part one of the piece I talked about how the Rape & Incest exception standard is the equivalent of Klingon law on earth and used the episode Sins of the fathers  but as I looked closer at the transcript I noticed that the episode also addressed issues that’s aren’t restricted to paying for a father’s sins.

To recoup a bit for those who haven’t read part one,  Worf’s brother presumed dead and hiding under another name tells him on the enterprise that their late father has been accused of Treason & as the older brother has the 1st right to challenge this.  The Price for failure to the challenge is execution so he asks for leave to make his case, Instead Picard takes the enterprise to the Klingon home world to stand with his security chief.

Before he gets there however Worf makes a decision concerning his brother, while he is willing to risk his own life in the challenge he is not willing to risk his brother’s too (at least not outside of honorable combat).

Kern: You need a cha’Dlch to defend you. While accused, you will not be allowed combat.  I would be honoured if you chose me.
Worf: I ask you to stand with me, to be my cha’Dlch.
Kern: The two sons of Mogh! Together, we will restore the family honour.
Worf: No. For the proceedings, you will not reveal your true father.
Kern: I must.
Worf: You will not!
Kern: Because it would mean my death as well if you fail? A Klingon’s honour means more to him than life. Perhaps your human values have clouded your judgement. I insist.
Worf: On this ship, you are my commander and I obey. In Council chambers, you are my cha’Dlch. You do not insist. You obey.

Things quickly get interesting Kern is nearly murdered in an assassination attempt & Capt Picard takes his place.  With the help of the Enterprise crew going through both Klingon they sees something is going on:

Lt Data:  Commander, I have found the basis of the charges against Worf’s father apparently the Klingons recently captured a Romulan shipwith logs that provided new information on the attack.  They clearly indicate a transmission from the outpost to the Romulan ship moments before the shields went down.
Lt. Laforge:  From Worf’s father?
Lt Data: They do correspond to Mogh’s personal security code.
Cmdr Riker:  How can we be sure those records haven’t been  falsified?
Lt. Laforge:  We can cross-check against the Intrepid logs.
Lt Data:  I will try, but the Intrepid was at the edge of sensor range during the attack and we cannot be certain if the scan was complete.
Lt. Laforge:  Looks like a pretty good match-up Data.
Lt Data:  Both Intrepid and Romulan logs show distress signals from Khitomer.
Cmdr Riker:What’s happened there?
Lt. Laforge:  Those are gaps in the Intrepid’s logs. Missing information due to the range.
Lt Data:  That is where Mogh’s transmission should be.
Cmdr Riker: Right in the middle of the gap?
Lt. Laforge:  Wait a second, Data. Back up.  Just before the gap, the time-base on both files are in perfect sync.  But look.  What happens to the signal after the shields are dropped?
Lt Data:  They are no longer synchronous.
Lt. Laforge:  Commander somebody’s been rewriting history.

Furthermore they find a living witness to the attack which Picard, Worf’s new cha’Dlch presents to the counsel, but K’mpec the head of the Klingon High counsel pulls them into chambers before she can say a word and tells them bluntly Worf & Kern will found guilty & executed to cover for his accusers (the actual guilty parties). Picard will have none of it

Picard:Unacceptable, K’mpec!
K’mpec: You have no say in this!
Picard:I speak now as the Captain of the USS Enterprise and Lt Worf’s Commander! You will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn his brother over to you!
K’mpec: This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust!
Picard:The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K’mpec! Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men.

So the high council is ready to sacrifice both Worf’s life not for the crimes of his father but to cover up for a bad decision (the decision to lie) driven by their fears for the future.  At this point Worf  throws everyone for a loop.

Worf:I will die for the Empire.
Worf: The cha’Dlch will be silent! Allow my brother to return to his life. Only you need know his true bloodline.

So Worf willingly offers his life for his brother, but the offer is rejected because Kren would seek revenge so Worf finally offers to accept “disaccommodation” basically a guilty plea and personal dishonor a fate wore than death for a Klingon, for the life of his brother and leaves the planet in a state of disgrace he doesn’t deserve

It would be the basis for many great storylines but for the sake of our discussion the important thing is this.

The Counsel is ready to kill him and worse not for any crime but to hide the crimes of others and to spare themselves the embarrassment of their decision not to deal with an unpleasant and unexpected reality.

Isn’t that what most abortion is all about?

The typical person getting an abortion is a person who has chosen to be sexually active, had consensual sex,  and has either failed to use the incredibly available, very inexpensive,  methods of birth control or failed to use it properly, and doesn’t want to deal with the normal designed biological result of human intercourse , pregnancy,  due to embarrassment or expense or personal plans.

That person is not a victim or someone dealing with a disease, they are not seeking “healthcare” They are countering the human body acting normally to their choice to be sexually active.

To that person the life of the child does not trump those considerations

Maybe they lets the culture push them to it, maybe they got pressure from family, friends and the father, maybe they aren’t aware of the many forms of help such as Belmont Abby’s marvelous  miria via but no matter how you slice it.  The mother who aborts takes K’Mpec’s path seeking their own immediate comfort (a false comfort that doesn’t last).

Thus does a parent demand that their child and all that child’s future descendants pay with their lives for said parent’s decisions.

The fictional Klingon High counsel would approve.  It’s a disgrace that so many real humans do as well.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade there is one aspect of the abortion debate that people do their best to shy away from, the “rape & incest” exception.

Despite being statistically insignificant in terms of abortion This tends to come up any time one defends life because it plays the shock and horror card and attempts to size the moral high ground away from the subject of life. In fact in a discussion today it was played on me.

And the answer to that question comes to us via the Classic Star Trek TNG episode Sins of the Father

In the episode a Klingon Officer is assigned to the enterprise as part of an officer exchange program & does all he can to provoke Worf. He eventually reveals why

Worf: So you asked to serve aboard the Enterprise to watch me?
Kern: It was an excellent opportunity to see what kind of Klingon you were.
Or if you were a Klingon at all!
Worf: Your deception offends me, Brother.
Kern: It should. But it was required.
Worf: To satisfy your curiosity.
Kern: No. Much more. You are the eldest son. The challenge is yours to make.
Kern:The Klingon High Council has judged our father a traitor to the Empire.

Worf goes to Picard explains the charges against his father, asks for a leave and explains the stakes:

Worf: Our family name will be disgraced for seven generations. It is my responsibility to clear his name or answer for his crimes.
Capt Picard: Answer for them?
Worf: The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions and he is responsible for theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed.

So the standard for the Klingon is your father commits the crime, you oughta die.

Under klingon law Worf is expected to die for the sins of his father.

Worf: I am Worf, son of Mogh. I have come to challenge the lies that have been spoken of my father.
K’Mpec: Worf, son of Mogh,you have challenged the judgement of the Council. Are you prepared to answer for this if you fail?
Worf: Yes! With my life.

That his father is dead has no bearing, that he has lived a useful and honorable life doesn’t matter. His father committed a terrible crime so by Klingon law he must die.

Sound familiar? It sure did to me.

I don’t accept the an abortion exception for rape any more than I’d support the execution of the children of the cologne attackers for their father’s acts.

When you say you’ll accept exceptions for rape & incest you’re saying “unborn life matters unless one or both parents are evil”

I won’t

But that’s only half the comparison applying to a tiny minority of cases, the Klingon law comparison applies even to abortion in general as this episode further illustrates.

But that’s the 2nd post

Oh one last thought, while Worf was willing to risk death if his father was condemned, the unborn doesn’t get that option.

Update: Part two is now up and there is an interesting epilogue to a later episode worth noting as well.

At the end the episode Redemption Part 2 (a two parter worth watching) The new head of the Klingon Empire has just convicted Torval, the son of Duras who killed Worf’s wife, and as a reward for Worf’s faithful service does this:

Gowron: …Worf. This child’s family wrongly took your name and your honour from you. In return, I give his life to you.

Worf takes the dagger offered him and Everyone including Toral, waits for him to deliver the killing blow. He does not. Finally his brother approaches him.

Kurn: What’s wrong? Kill him!
Worf: No.
Kurn: But it’s our way. It is the Klingon way.
Worf: I know. But it is not my way. Turning to the assembly he loudly declares This boy has done me no harm and I will not kill him for the crimes of his family.
Gowron: Then it falls to Kurn.
Worf: No. No, you gave me his life, and I have spared it.

When a woman chooses to defy convention and spare her child, a child completely innocent (unlike the above mentioned Torval who was the figurehead of the rebellion) of the crime of it’s father. They are like Worf bravely defying the pressure of our modern and often unjust culture.

Such a woman should be honored and celebrated.


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This week I invested nearly $1000 in repairing & inspecting my car only to have the timing belt go less that 24 hours after getting it back so I might perhaps be forgiven for giving the attention this years March for Life deserves as opposed to our MSM that ignores it almost completely or the GOP who still apparently haven’t figured out who brought them to the dance.

But as the apparently invisible (to the MSM) tens of thousands converged on DC highlighting the mass murder of innocents that our Democrat friends embrace so dearly (apparently the unborn are the only black lives that don’t matter) my pal RS McCain was there and noticed something in the crowd that led to this exchange:

On my way down to the lobby to go out for a smoke this morning, I noticed one of the kids was wearing a nametag with the familiar Episcopalian (or Anglican) symbol: Red cross on a white field with the St. Andrew’s cross in blue. “Episcoplian?” I asked.

“Yes, sir,” the boy said.

“Wow, I didn’t realize there were still pro-life Episcopalians.”

That exchange neatly expresses what has happened to protestant denominations over the last century and why the March for Life is increasingly becoming a sea of young Catholics who confound the feminists that Stacy has been tweaking who simply don’t understand two basic principles of logic:

1.  If you eschew and discourage normal sex, you know the type that the human body is designed for the sake of its own propagation as a great evil you are unlikely to have progeny to pass your beliefs down to.

2.  If you slaughter your children before they can be born they can’t grow up to be taught what you believe or vote the way you do. 

This is why although people like this can do great damage for a time they ultimately fail.  The pull of God and of right are inherent within creatures created in God’s image and while our human nature fights it if we allow it to break through everything changes, Stacy Again:

I spoke to the leaders of the church, including brothers Phil and Keith Mills. They hold to a very basic Bible-focused theology, the kind you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand. As they were ready to leave for the march, they asked me to walk with them a little way. Phil explained that he and his brother were once a couple of young hellbound sinners, “just as bad as we could be.”

St. Paul said in his letter to the Romans (Chapt 8 verse 31):  What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? It doesn’t matter if the MSM doesn’t bother to cover the march for live because not owly do we as Lisa Grass notes we have our own network that does:

In twenty years when if they’re lucky feminist counterparts are ranting in increasingly empty classrooms and if their not serving happy meals (unless they’ve been replaced by robots by that time) The young women in that coverage will be marching with their children in Washington.

And regardless of what the conventional wisdom is at any given time remember conventional wisdom is always correct right up until the moment that it is not for it is written:

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”

Revelation 12:12


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