George Graham

Making a Sad Story Worse

Nobody likes abortion, of that I am sure. But it’s the kind of last-resort decision only the woman involved should make. What is making a sad situation even more tragic is the self-righteous persecution of unfortunate women by America’s militant conservatives. The sheer presumptuousness of these self-styled Christians fills my heart with rage.

I assume it gives them a sense of moral superiority but their cruel crusade is the darkest kind of sin. It is hate where love is called for, punishment instead of solace – the quintessential example of those “whited sepulchers” that the Redeemer condemned.

As is so often the case with those who consider themselves superior to their fellowmen, the anti-abortion crusaders are not only conceited but also implacably stupid.

Consider their boycott of Girl Scout cookies.

These idiots have decided the Girl Scouts are in favor of abortion because the organization’s Twitter account tweeted a link to a Huffington Post Live segment in which Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was listed as a contender for “woman of the year.”

So the anti-abortion right has launched a boycott on sites like Cookie-Cott, MyGirlScoutCouncil and LifeNews. In support of their boycott, they say that pro-choice politicians who were former girl scouts have been allowed to come back and speak at the group’s events, that troops have partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation to raise breast cancer awareness and that the organization supports the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

The anti-abortionists are not only boycotting the cookies, they are also encouraging parents to avoid the Girl Scouts and instead send their daughters to groups like the American Heritage Girls.

It would be comical if it weren’t so infuriating.

Yet across America, the crusaders have gained so much political power that Republican controlled legislatures are making legal abortion impossible – or virtually impossible – in state after state.

What is happening to this country? Where are the sensible Americans? Where are the compassionate Americans? Where are the real Christians?

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About the author

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com