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Group Launches Abortion E-Cards

A non-profit group, Exhale, has come out with some e-cards dealing with the subject of abortion.

A nonprofit organization has unveiled a series of electronic greeting cards that concerned friends and relatives can send to a woman after she chooses to have an abortion.


Like Exhale's confidential talk line for women who have had abortions, the six e-cards available on the group's Web site were designed to be nonpartisan and encompass the range of someone's potential responses to going through an abortion.

"Women having abortions are calling our line because often they don't have someone to talk to -- it's a stigmatized issue," said Aspen Baker, founder and executive director of Oakland-based Exhale.

One card expresses sympathy, offering the gentle reminder that, "As you grieve, remember that you are loved." Another provides encouragement for someone who "did the right thing." Yet another strikes a religious tone with the thought that "God will never leave you or forsake you."


Rush Limbaugh has been talking about the cards on his show and has been suggesting some cards of his own. John Hawkins has posted some of the card ideas, with graphics to show what they might look like, at Right Wing News.


Comments (31)

It's a shame, but abortion ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

It's a shame, but abortion came into fruition because of the stigma of being caught pregnant out of wedlock or even as proof of sex before marriage. Conservatives to a degree were probably more responsible for that stigma. Ironically without that stigma, abortion may not have been legalized so readily.

From what I can tell, pretending the pregnancy never happened has always been part of abortion for most. This shows a disconnect within the pro-abortion community.

Actually the liberal column... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Actually the liberal columnist William Raspberry wrote several years ago that much of the reason for such high out of wedlock pregnancy rates was due to the lack of shame. His argument was that the stigma once attached to out of wedlock pregnancy is what prevented some teens from engaging in premarital sex or that it caused them to take precautions when they did have sex. There is little shame associated with out of wedlock birth now (look at all the celebrities doing it) even though the social and economic consequences are often devastating.

Maybe that can get Dyson to... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Maybe that can get Dyson to sponsor those ecards, since they claim to never lose suction.

You need either Spam Blocke... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

You need either Spam Blocker or Sperm Blocker.

Yeah, that's what America n... (Below threshold)
JimK:

Yeah, that's what America needs: more shame.

Lorie, with all due respect... (Below threshold)
yo:

Lorie, with all due respect, whereas I think there's some validity in what Raspberry wrote, I still think that physical urges trump societal norms every time.

The reason why out of wedlock rates are so high is that people like doin' the nasty. Regardless of how they were raised, or what society says; and apparently, regardless of the consequences.

I'm sure shame comes into play at some point, but what probably stops most folks from having out of wedlock sex is opportunity, or lack thereof.

The murder of an innocent b... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

The murder of an innocent baby generates as much shame on the left as paroling a man who molested a 4 yr old boy in VT.

Yeah, they care about kids. (sarcasm off)

I wonder what Planned Paren... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I wonder what Planned Parenthood and NARAL's response will be to this. After all, isn't it just a medical procedure to remove unwanted tissue? I mean, really, does anyone get depressed when they get their appendix out? If there is a response, I'm sure it will be filled with sanctimony and hypocrisy.

Any with a coat-hanger on t... (Below threshold)
mojo:

Any with a coat-hanger on the front?

Can conservatives become ev... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Can conservatives become even more irrelevant? More clueless?

These fools think for a minute that outlawing abortions is gonna stop abortions?

The rapture right would fall apart if they didn't have this fake issue to suck money out of the bible thumpers.

Abortion is a HUGE moneymaker for the evangelical leaders and a big vote getter for the republic party. You think they are gonna give that up?

The anti-abortion crowd poors millions into this hopeless cause.... thousands of peoples jobs depend on waging a fight against abortion.

The right has had 6 years of unprecedented political opportunity to stop abortion and it has failed because it never wanted to succeed. That time is now over.

It took a few hundred years... (Below threshold)

It took a few hundred years from the inception of the African slave trade until abolitionists were finally able to end it. Sad that something so obviously evil took so long to be abolished (but still rears its ugly head in other forms today) but that is human nature. Abortion is pretty much the same. It will take a long time and a lot of effort before society at large recognizes it as something evil and chooses to end the practice. Yes there will always be someone somewhere desperate enough to think that abortion is their only option and someone willing to do it. That still won't make it right.

"The right has had 6 years ... (Below threshold)

"The right has had 6 years of unprecedented political opportunity to stop abortion and it has failed because it never wanted to succeed."

That could be the most absurd and despicable statement ever posted here (and that covers a lot of ground).

There sure aren't nearly as many as there would have been without those terrible religious zealots, all.

Card suggestion:Pi... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Card suggestion:

Picture of a disected fetus after a vacuum procedure, with the caption:

"Sucks to be you."

The rapture right absolutel... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

The rapture right absolutely does NOT want to eliminate abortion. They simply want some kind of struggle to make some kind of sense of their lives but without actually having to deal with living children. They grieve for the unborn but could give a shit about the millions of children in this country that have no health care or the millions all over the world that die each year from preventable causes.

Abortion will NEVER be eliminated so the key is to make them unnecessary. Something the religious nuts refuse to do.

"They grieve for the unborn... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"They grieve for the unborn but could give a shit about the millions of children in this country that have no health care or the millions all over the world that die each year from preventable causes."

Posted by: dr lava

Oh, like all the Africans that have died from malaria because environmentalist wackos got DDT banned. You are a gleaming jewel of colossal ignorance.

"The rapture right would fa... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"The rapture right would fall apart if they didn't have this fake issue to suck money out of the bible thumpers."

Posted by: dr lava

Did you come up with that by yourself or did someone read it to you? If that's the caricature of people that you prefer to believe, then be my guest. But if you looked at the checkbooks of most "bible thumpers" (by the way, nobody does that anymore,it's so 1800's) you would find many more contributions to charities that serve people than political parties or candidates. But then you would have to step out of your bitterness and meet those kind of people. You might be surprised at how well they treat you.

I'm certainly prolife, but ... (Below threshold)

I'm certainly prolife, but it would probably be wiser to leave someone alone who made this very poor decision to sort out things on their own.

And, of course, the abortio... (Below threshold)

And, of course, the abortion industry makes no money off it at all, right?

The lie that pro-life advocates don't *really* care about the babies (because they supposedly don't do some list of things they actually do more than anyone else) but that they just HATE WOMEN is absolutely necessary to the pro-choice sorts. Where would their argument be if they admitted that the other side was honestly concerned.

All dr. lava has said is that it's all a lie lie lie, a money making scheme, and that no one really wants to stop abortion or even cares. I've talked to people on the pro-choice side of things that were utterly dumbfounded to learn that abortion for the health of the mother has *always* been standard practice and no one is trying to kill women. These are the kinds of lies that the pro-choice crowd swallows without question.

Yes, the stigma of having a child out of wedlock meant illegal abortions happened but it was never the only option. And even with (or maybe especially with) reliable and easily available birth control the numbers just keep on going up.

Yeah, hormones have always been an issue, but we used to expect young people to control themselves. Usually they managed to. And there was stigma attached to men who "took advantage" too, not just to the girl. And men were expected to take responsibility for the result, and usually they did.

And it's not at all the case that someone decided that public shame was horrible for those people who's lives gave them few to no options and started promoting birth control and legal abortion. As much as anything else it was a eugenic push to stop poor colored people from breeding like cockroaches. Yes, exactly that obscene.

But people don't have abortions so that they have fewer children. Women who *don't* have abortions don't have anymore children in the long run than women who do. Children aren't aborted so that they don't have to grow up without a stable household or we'd have far fewer children who grow up without a stable household. There aren't fewer single mothers because they had the option of having an abortion. Any possible social ill that abortion might be seen to solve has *increased* incredibly rather than decreased since abortion became legal.

What good does abortion do? Who's "stigma" is at stake? Frankly, I'm convinced that most teenagers who get pregnant do it on purpose, even if it's subconsciously. Girls want adult status and someone to love. Often they want a mother-daughter relationship even if they have to be the mother. Even if they dont' realize why they are doing what they are doing... pills or condoms... this isn't a trick test. This isn't the 1800's when a doctor might see an infertile couple who simply didn't know *how* to make a baby.

And the plight of a young professional lady? Oh, cry me a freaking river about her career. Am I supposed to believe that *she* doesn't understand the concept of birth control?

None of it is worth the damage to our cultural psyche to classify these helpless creatures as disposible and kill them. It matters just like slavery and other dehumanizing practices matter. When we can say that these or those are "not human" it makes us all less human. If a human at one stage is disposable what about other times? Are children so far from the womb that they don't absorb the messages of abortion? That they are a horrible thing to have happened?

And it *is* about the babies that are killed. Even if the rest wasn't true, they would still deserve to be protected while they are most vulnerable.

Dr. Lava,... (Below threshold)
Bill Ramey:

Dr. Lava,

They grieve for the unborn but could give a shit about the millions of children in this country that have no health care or the millions all over the world that die each year from preventable causes.

Suppose I'm obligated to not kill X. Does it follow that I'm obligated to provide health care for X? I might be obliged to both not kill X and to provide X with health care, but the latter obligation doesn't follow from the former. The pro-life position is that it is wrong to kill a fetus. Whether or not that's true has nothing to do with the different issue of whether or not we should provide universal health care.

Suppose I'm obligated to... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Suppose I'm obligated to not kill X. Does it follow that I'm obligated to provide health care for X? I might be obliged to both not kill X and to provide X with health care, but the latter obligation doesn't follow from the former. The pro-life position is that it is wrong to kill a fetus. Whether or not that's true has nothing to do with the different issue of whether or not we should provide universal health care.

You could have just summed it up in two words and left it at that: non sequitur.

You could have ju... (Below threshold)
Bill Ramey:
You could have just summed it up in two words and left it at that: non sequitur.

No, that wouldn't have explained why it is a non sequitur, nor would it locate the source of the non sequitur, namely, the assumption that the first obligation entails the second one. Moreover, the arguer now has the burden of showing the connection, if he wishes to carry on his line of reasoning.

Last week the NEA met, with... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Last week the NEA met, without Ted Haggard by the way, and their main focus was to chastise and call for resignations of pastors like Richard Cizik who had called for a broader focus of the evangelicals to include childrens health and preventable disease in children all over the world.

Dobson, Wildmon, Weyrich and the rest of these psychos want that message killed and the focus continued on the evil gays and abortion. Both big moneymakers and vote getters.

The anti-abortion movement is the biggest scam in our countrys history.

Two words for "dr" lava: mi... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Two words for "dr" lava: missionary doctors. I have known many of these fine people over the years, who travel to poor countries with medical supplies, including things like pacemakers, and treat all sorts of people with no regard for how they will get paid, and at a great expense to themselves.

And another thing: You are a fool if you think the NEA(that would be the National Association of Evangelicals, not the socialist National Education Association) has anything to say about what goes on in the daily life of any evangelical Christian. Evangelicals are a very individualistic bunch, and agreement on core principles regarding things like abortion and marriage doesn't always translate to agreement on very many other things.

Finally, for now (unless you provoke me again!), I don't think you should pay more in taxes in order to pay for anything specific for anyone else's children. That is theft dressed up as legislation, and that is why the NEA's political agenda deals with what it feels is good for the moral well-being of the country, and not with confiscating hard-earned dollars for another ill-conceived and ill-run government program.

doc, you just keep on pilin... (Below threshold)

doc, you just keep on piling up the exaggerated absurdities. Keep it up, the comic relief is subliime.

Dr. Lava,... (Below threshold)
Bill Ramey:

Dr. Lava,

The anti-abortion movement is the biggest scam in our countrys history.

Let's assume that this is true. What's supposed to follow? Are we supposed to change our minds about abortion? Is abortion morally permissible on the grounds that Dobson et al. are the masterminds of a devious scam? In other words, how does this change the substance of the abortion debate?

I am no logner amazed..that... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

I am no logner amazed..that the same group of people who demand the right to bear arm..are so against the right of a woman to
a)control her reproductive system(how many men have had vasectomy after you have the size family you want..

b) Any one who mocks the Choice of a woman to have an abortion is someone who does not personally know a woman who has had one..

C. Having an abortion is trauma on both a physical and emotional level..there is nothing wrong with wishing someone a recovery on those levels...

"If men could get pregnant..abortion would be a sacrament"

It is about choice..
No..the federal govt or any level should dictate how many guns a person can have...and yes maybe some of those guns kill...
No Level of government should FORCE a woman to go full-birth term...
Remember..it is not about the nine months..it is about a lifetime of responsibility that falls upon the mother not the father...
Tell you what..I will support the ban on abortion when you all give up all your guns...

"Having an abortion is trau... (Below threshold)
John F not Kerry:

"Having an abortion is trauma on both a physical and emotional level..."

"It is about choice..."

Posted by: nogo postal

And the abortion industry fights against parental notification of minor "women" having abortions, yet says nothing about those same minor "women" needing parental permission to take Tylenol at school, get a tattoo, or get their ears pierced. These are all "choices", less drastic and without such far-reaching moral questions as abortion.

nogo postal,<blockquo... (Below threshold)
Bill Ramey:

nogo postal,

a)control her reproductive system(how many men have had vasectomy after you have the size family you want..

The correct analogue of a vasectomy is tubal ligation, not abortion. No one is stopping women from having tubal ligations. Moreover, a woman does have a right to control her reproductive freedom, but it doesn't follow that she has a right to kill her fetus. Abortion occurs after the fact of reproduction and involves a new entity.

C. Having an abortion is trauma on both a physical and emotional level..there is nothing wrong with wishing someone a recovery on those levels...

Yes, but the e-cards in question are not just the equivalent of get-well cards. One card expresses sympathy for the recipient's loss, which raises the question: what loss? No one gets such a card for having his or her tonsils removed. We only send loss cards when a person is lost. The e-cards tacitly admit that abortion is not merely a medical procedure.

"If men could get pregnant..abortion would be a sacrament"

Would that make it right?

It is about choice..

Actually, the issue is whether or not abortion is an act of unjustified killing. The right to choose doesn't answer that question either way. I have the right to free speech, but it doesn't follow that I can yell "fire" in a crowded theater. A woman does have a right to choose, but it doesn't follow that she has a right to ask a doctor kill her fetus.

Remember..it is not about the nine months..it is about a lifetime of responsibility that falls upon the mother not the father...

Is that what justifies killing the fetus? If so, then why doesn't that also justify killing a newborn? If the issue is reducible to the "lifetime of responsibility that falls upon the mother," then such responsibility is sufficient to justify the killing of an infant as well.

Tell you what..I will support the ban on abortion when you all give up all your guns...

You mean that abortion becomes wrong when this unspecified "we" gives up all of its guns? Again, we have a non-sequitur. Abortion rights and gun rights are different issues.

The result of abortion is t... (Below threshold)

The result of abortion is that men, who used to face social pressure to support their children, have been given the supreme out. The choice is *hers* not his. He has nothing to do with it. Her body, her choice, her child.

We make noises about men supporting their children but it's a game of catch-up that never quite gets there.

Abortion makes all the problems it's meant to solve *worse*.

By magnitudes.

My point is that people a p... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

My point is that people a pouring millions of dollars into this fight against abortion. This simply sustains the "fight" and provides income to those who "fight" abortion. Abortion will NEVER be eliminated. It's a fantasy. Imagine the way the world would change if those that "fought" so hard against abortion would devote their time and money to the welfare of real children actually walking on the planet right now.

"Imagine the way the world ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"Imagine the way the world would change if those that "fought" so hard against abortion would devote their time and money to the welfare of real children actually walking on the planet right now."

Posted by: dr lava

You just never stop with non sequiturs, do you? The result of your speculation would result in more innocent lives being snuffed out. Planned Parenthood exists to make money. The people I know on the front lines of the fight against abortion counsel hurting women every day, and help them find resources to meet their needs, whether that means raising the baby or adoption. These heroes aren't in it for the money, and exist on charitable donations. They don't have a poltical lobby like NARAL, just compassionate hearts. I hope you are not a real doctor. With your outlook, that would be scary.




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