SAN FRANCISCO — A nonprofit that runs a national post-abortion telephone talk line has unveiled a series of electronic greeting cards that concerned friends and family can send to a woman after she chooses to terminate a pregnancy.
"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. "So the chance to honor and acknowledge someone’s experience by calling upon something that is within our social practices and social mores seemed important and could go a long way toward supporting people."
Like Exhale’s confidential talk line, 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.
One 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.
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Every time Exhale makes it into the news they always talk about their non-partisanship when it just does not exist. But just sending an e-card for someone who has just had an abortion is just about as tacky as you can get. Though I can imagine the regular greeting card companies getting into the business considering the drop of birthday cards that could have been potentially bought since Roe v. Wade. 44 million and counting is a large demographic to lose.
Update: Thinking more about this I think it just goes to show that often pro-abortion supporters don’t really believe what they say they believe. If a child in the womb is just a tissue mass or a "product of conception" then its removal has the moral weight of having a mole removed from your face. Yet we don’t see e-cards for people having moles removed. If they are non-partisan where are there e-cards for "you made the right choice" for women who keep their child?
The idea that Exhale is non-partisan is laughable. Under spiritual concerns they link to resources from several faiths, and of course under Catholicism they have Catholics For a Free Choice and goes on to say:
Pope John Paul II recognizes that “in dire circumstances, some women may honestly feel trapped with no viable option or alternative but to turn to abortion. Decisions that go against life sometimes arise from difficult or even tragic situations of profound suffering, loneliness, a total lack of economic prospects, depression, and anxiety about the future. Such circumstances can mitigate, even to a notable degree, subjective responsibility and consequent culpability of those who make these choices which, in themselves, are wrong.” (as quoted by Father Roberts, speech, 1998)
No one will be surprised to hear that this is a misleading paraphrase of what John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae.
Decisions that go against life sometimes arise from difficult or even tragic situations of profound suffering, loneliness, a total lack of economic prospects, depression and anxiety about the future. Such circumstances can mitigate even to a notable degree subjective responsibility and the consequent culpability of those who make these choices which in themselves are evil. But today the problem goes far beyond the necessary recognition of these personal situations. It is a problem which exists at the cultural, social and political level, where it reveals its more sinister and disturbing aspect in the tendency, ever more widely shared, to interpret the above crimes against life as legitimate expressions of individual freedom, to be acknowledged and protected as actual rights.
The explanation under Protestant Faiths was quite odd.
What the Bible says: “What is a good woman?” The biblical tradition repeatedly offers a clear idea of free choice for women. In the Bible, good women make many complex and important decisions. Fertility is not one of the attributes for which women are praised in the Bible. Instead, women are praised for their wisdom.
Fertility is not one of the attributes women are praised for in the Bible? Gee when did the book of Psalms get dumped from the Bible? "Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth.
Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate." I guess women are praised for buying a certain brand of underwear and being archers with lots of ammunition.
Their fetal development page I think was written by a farmer. "cells to the shape of a small summer squash.", "The embryo is the size of a poppy seed", "size of a small grape", "of an average strawberry."