Debunking Charlotte Pence And The Idea Social Justice Can Have Anything To Do With The Pro-Life Movement
Pro-lifers and I have never really seen eye to eye in the past. They call me a bad person for believing double standards are bad; I call them responsible for the vast majority of nonsense on this planet. This also means — to the surprise of absolutely no one — I am not a fan of the Pence family.
Charlotte Pence — daughter of the vice president and author of Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, as well as a writer for Glamour magazine — recently wrote an article for the Washing Times — a far-right publication — on the topic of abortion.
For reference: The full article can be found here.
I’ll start with some credit where credit is due: It does not single out Planned Parenthood. Charlotte was at least clever enough to not have to rely on long debunked claims about that organization. I also do agree that women should not be celebrating abortions they have, which is something that is much rarer than the pro-life movement makes it out to be, but does happen. As celebrating it only gives outsiders and those on the fence the idea that it is different from other medical procedures which makes it harder for abortion to be normalized, which the pro-choice movement was succeed in doing if we ever hope to have abortion not be under attack every couple of days.
Besides that, this article is everything wrong with the pro-life movement summed up into one big piece of nothing. Although, I think the worst thing about it is it’s constant appeal to social justice. Here’s the first three paragraphs of this article taken from the site, see if you notice something:
Social justice is a driving force in our millennial generation, defined as “a state or doctrine of egalitarianism,” and our attention to its perpetuation comes across in more than just policy engagement. It is a major factor in the decisions we make — how we shop, what we eat and the causes we promote.
Millennials are increasingly creative in the ways we support certain agendas, and feel a responsibility to interact with society in a healthy way that brings equality to all instead of a select few.
The Millennial Impact Project is an organization that looks at how U.S. millennials engage with causes. Its 2017 report tracked how a presidential campaign affected millennial social-activism engagement. “Millennials we interviewed wanted to give all people — but especially marginalized or disenfranchised individuals or groups — early interventions and opportunities that would ensure increased prosperity later in life ” (2017 Millennial Impact Report). If our generation is to be concerned with the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the oppressed and the outsider, the unborn child fits all of these descriptions.
For the sake of time, we’ll ignore how idiotic it is to try and use the values of the generation that conservatives and main-stream media have blamed on everything wrong with the world to spread your cause.
The argument of “I’m rubber, you’re glue,” I mean “I know you are but what am I,” I mean “Pro-Life is real social justice,” has become more and more common. Live Action founder Lila Rose recently tried to make the idea abortion “subverted,” the women’s movement a thing. The website does not provide a transcript of the video and I can’t be bothered to watch it again (yet, at least) although I do remember the video being nonsense.
My two favorite parts were where she blamed Sigmer Freud for the idea of patriarchy and where she declares Jack Dabner a lair, until he made The Silent Scream. It’s the same problem with the claim that “Jane Roe later became pro-life,” if she was lying the first time around what makes you think she isn’t doing it now? There was also that weird part where she says Cosmopolitan made up that one mascot — next you’ll be telling me Nintendo Power made up Nestor.
I figured I should also take a moment to talk about Sue Ellen Browder — the new hero of the pro-life movement. In 2015, she authored the book Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement. The description of this book is hilarious by the way:
Contraception and abortion were not originally part of the 1960s women’s movement.
Voting rights for African-Americans also wasn’t part of the abolitionist movement. Are we going to get a book on how the anti-slave movement was hijacked for civil rights?
How did the women’s movement, which fought for equal opportunity for women in education and the workplace, and the sexual revolution, which reduced women to ambitious sex objects, become so united?
Because it was impossible to find a logical reason to not allow women — if they so choose — to become what you insultingly call “ambitious sex objects.” Can we also talk about how misogynist that is? Do women have no sex drive of there own? Do they just pretend to find men attractive when in reality they just date men for there money? Or is it when a woman has sex outside of marriage her brain just melts and she can’t do anything on her own anymore? That is way more sexist than even the vast majority of people who identify as misogynists ever hope to be.
Of course, just be reading the small preview on Amazon I could tell the book was trash. This idea relies on appeal to authority and appeal to tradition fallacies so obvious that may as well be the subtitle of Lila’s video. Here’s one example from page 12:
Feminist Betty Friedan, whose goal was to achieve equal opportunity for women in education and the workplace, understandably called Cosmo “quite obscene and quite horrible.”
And? She was clearly in the minority of feminists considering — well — the entire concept of this book. Why was her opinion the one we should take the most seriously?
Okay, back to Ms. Pence. Maybe I jumped the gun. What is her argument for abortion being against the concepts of progressivism?
Yes, abortion is a violation of providing life to a human being — but it should also be acknowledged as oppression in its barest form. It ostracizes the weaker members of society, and it places a particular burden on minority communities.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion rates continue to vary by race and ethnicity. In reference to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, abortion rates have declined in recent years — but not across every populace. While white women had the lowest abortion rate, black women “were overrepresented among abortion patients and had the highest abortion rate.”
Because of economic factors liberals have been trying to address for years. What has her daddy and his boss done to try and stop this? I’m seriously asking, I have no idea. Minority unemployment rate was already going down at around the same rate as white unemployment since recovery from the great recession started, Donald just got lucky.
For that matter, maybe this is because minorities are more likely to be pro-choice than white people per-capita. I’m sorry, but this “abortion is racist,” idea makes about as much sense as me saying abortion was a plot by Catholics to get rid of other religious sects. You confusing correlation with causation is just nonsense.
Here’s another claim:
Income level is also increasingly a major player in the number of abortions. “In 2014, 49% of abortion patients had family incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level, a significant increase from 42% in 2008.” Not only does this show us the majority of people who are aborted, but also the communities that abortion affects.
You mean poor people are not having kids they can’t afford? How dare they!
Again, could this be because the poor are more likely to have pregnancies they can’t afford to carry to term? Is that even a possibility anymore? Or that the poor are more likely to have unprotected sex because they don’t know how to protect themselves because they live in bad school districts.
Side note, Charlotte’s dad Mike tried to only have abstinence only sex education across the state of Indiana. That worked about as well as you would think. For that matter, he also cut down on needle exchange programs which caused a huge spike in HIV. Basically, trusting the Pence’s with your sex life is one of the worst choices you could possibly make.
Here’s the weird “abortion is sexist” claim:
Abortion is also a women’s issue, but not in the way in which the progressive left has used it. The pro-choice message tells a woman the way in which she should live. The narrative is not one of empowerment and self-sufficiency; it is of fear.
We aren’t telling women they have to stay in the kitchen anymore, but we are still dictating the correct way in which they enter society — on certain terms, the terms of those who created the path for them. In some areas, to stray from this track is deemed unacceptable — and so the cycle of harm, guilt and pain continues. This is systemic violence and it is perpetuated in inconspicuous ways.
This is just confusing: Does she think pro-choice laws (or lack of laws) make abortion mandatory? If so, this can be debunked by the fact that women are still allowed to have children in all fifty states.
If she’s saying the pro-choice movement is telling women it’s not always the right time to have kids, then she’s right. For instance, I personality do not think High School students are qualified to take care of children. Many early adults are also — in my mind at least — to immature to properly look after children, especially very young ones. If your movement can not consider the simple fact that some people are not mature enough to take care of another human life 24/7, your movement is garbage.
At this rate, any solution she offers and comparison she makes should simply be ignored. Considering even her premise was just proven wrong, anything that comes from that is obviously wrong. When you think about it, a metaphor for the entire pro-life movement.