…I present to you Joyce Arthur of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada who is “Cranky That Jamie Lynn Spears Didn’t Choose Abortion”:
“It certainly shows any young women watching these movies or following these celebrities that the best option is to have the baby and it glorifies that choice,” said Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada in CP report.
“But it (abortion) is just sort of being totally ignored, as though no one would ever even think of doing that. But abortion is a very commonly resorted-to option for women, especially unmarried teenaged girls,” opined Arthur.
Imagine that: glorifying giving of yourself so that someone else might live. Arthur, and those like her, are just sick. Abortion is commonly supported with the argument that the woman can’t afford to take care of a child especially when the child’s father has abandoned the mother. Well, the obviously doesn’t apply in this case, since in addition to her sister’s wealth, the younger Ms. Spears has had a successful career herself. But any reason is a good reason to have an abortion for some; they’re just usually more circumspect about voicing that opinion than Arthur was.
Most support the notion of “No Child Left Behind” (regardless of their feelings on the law that bears that name); some, it seems prefer “No Child Left Unaborted.”
One of the things that amazes me about Scrubs is how rewatchable the show is. I’m on my third trip through the series on DVD, plus all the times I’ve watched the show on Comedy Central or other TV channels. I’m saying lines along with the actors and still cracking up at them. It’s just amazing how good this show is. If you’re not watching it, you’re missing one of the best TV shows ever made.
One of my Christmas gifts this years was the book “Kennedy & Johnson” by JFK’s long-time secretary Evelyn Lincoln, which was allegedly suppressed at the behest of LBJ due to the unflattering portrayal of him. (I couldn’t find any reference to that on the Internet, though, so take that rumor for what it’s worth which may be very little.)
While I haven’t gotten to anything really negative about Johnson yet, other than comments about the tension between JFK and LBJ. I have found some historically interesting facts in the book. For example, both Kennedy and Johnson felt that 1960 was their opportunity to run for President and waiting would not only ruin their chances, but the chances of others from their various “groups”. A Kennedy loss would harm other Catholics’ chances, as a Johnson loss would harm future Southerners. This, too, heightened the tension between them as did the different styles of their campaigns: JFK running a populist campaign, competing in many primaries to show Catholic candidates could win votes among the people, while Johnson ran an insider’s campaign.
The differences in styles also was displayed by their announcements as candidates for President. Given that we’re about embark on the primary schedule of the 2008 campaign, I found their announcement dates particularly interesting. This coming year, Iowa will be holding their caucuses on January 3rd. In 1960, JFK didn’t announce until January 2nd. LBJ didn’t announce his candidacy until July 5th. 48 years ago, candidates weren’t announcing until almost Independence Day, this year, we’ll likely have known our nominees for about 4 months by then.
I can’t say this particular development is an improvement. Not all progress is positive.