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Monday, September 11, 2006

The five year anniversary of 9/11...

...is being marked by bloggers in a variety of ways. Some simply extending sympathy and goodwill in their rememberance, some recounting where they were and what they were doing when events began to unfold and some offering global political analyses of events, then and since, while others describe their hopes and fears for the future of humankind. It's as you'd expect, really.

Well, mostly...

Dawn Eden is using this anniversary to further her vilification of Planned Parenthood because they offered free services to the women of New York City for two weeks after their city was trashed. Her take seems to be that PP were cynically using the tragedy that had just occurred in an attempt to ensure that
no baby goes unaborted just because their mother lacks the money to take his/her life
Doesn't that strike you as odd? I simply cannot imagine hoards of women rushing to have free terminations prompted by a terrorist attack, can you? I can imagine lots of women needing fresh supplies of lost contraceptives in a hurry or tests for STD's because they're worried about recently discovered symptoms and have no means to pay for those services because of the chaos. Or simply wanting pregnancy tests. But Ms Eden singles out their abortion service as the only reason why PP offered their services for free - and her diatribe against them is her way of marking the loss of 2819 actual lives?

Having read the Planned Parenthood rememberance of that day I know who I'd prefer to have around in the event of an emergency.

Contrast Ms Eden's piece with this one from the Catholic News Agency in which some women made pregnant by rape or incest feel they're being used as a political football in the US abortion debate. According to the piece
studies cited found that approximately 70 percent of pregnant rape victims chose to give birth rather than have abortions, even though the option was made available.
If true*, that kind of gives lie to Ms Eden's impression of women gleefully gathering their skirts and running to New York City's PP clinic for a no-questions-asked termination in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack.

9/11 resulted in the loss of many lives and, according to this site, the estimated number of children left without a parent is 3051. Personally, I find that far more tragic than the fact that free reproductive and sexual health services were made available to women for a fortnight after the devastation of their city and the complete and total disruption of their lives.

I think the accusation of cynicism rests better with Ms Eden, personally.

*I realise that, being a Catholic enterprise, this News Agency will not be operating without bias.


  • At 2:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Doesn't that strike you as odd? I simply cannot imagine hoards of women rushing to have free terminations prompted by a terrorist attack, can you?

    Umm, actually, more likely to be the complete opposite surely?

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    It's all murder to her...ah well...I can't say I'm surprised from the woman who is so insightful as to list feminism as one of the great factors in enslaving women...she's not great at logic. Fortunately there are women who appear to use their brain when blogging - don't need to mention names here of all places.

  • At 3:25 PM, Anonymous pony said…

    Yesterday I saw a car with a bumper sticker urging us to support our purile Bush-ass-kissing, war-mongering prime minister. Above that was a bumper sticker with this Bible verse:

    "You will hear of war and rumors of wars, … but the end is still to come (Matthew 24:6)."

  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous AJ said…

    Eden's main problem would appear to be that PP offered abortions *free*, rather than that they offered abortions at all.

    Would she prefer it if only rich women had abortions in the aftermath of 9/11, after paying full price?

  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    aj - I fear Dawn Eden is an equal opps bigot in her belief that she has the right to tell women of all incomes just what they can and can't do with their own bodies.


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