Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Life Links 11/4/09

Amie Newman at RH Reality Check and Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon are questioning former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson's prolife conversion by pointing to recent radio interviews (Newman has partially transcribed one interview) Johnson did on behalf of Planned Parenthood. The complete turnabout is very interesting. Newman and Clark-Flory both seem to hint at the possibility that Johnson was harrassed into conversion.

I would note that much of what Johnson says in the transcribed interview is basically the exact same thing you hear every Planned Parenthood director say: Abortion is only 3% of services. I'm pro-choice because I heard stories about back-alley abortions. Prolife protesters harass our patients. Yada yada yada....

It's almost like they've been given a script.

The Hill has an update on abortion and health care.

Abortion escorting nun Sister Donna Quinn has decided to suspend her abortion activism after receiving a reprimand from her Dominican order. The article highlights how far some other nuns have strayed.

The primary example was in 1984 when the Vatican instructed religious orders to dismiss nuns who refused to retract their claim that Catholics held a range of opinions on abortion rights. Instead, the leaders talked to Vatican officials and resolved the issue with no ousters of nuns.

But that was a different era, said Sister Beth Rindler, co-coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns, a group of nuns who push for women's ordination, gay rights, abortion rights and an end to war.

"We're standing with her very much. We consider her one of our prophets," said Rindler, a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. "She's standing with women who she believes can make good moral decisions."

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