Keeping the abortion debate alive is very lucrative for a number of anti-choice entrepreneurs. Churches and 'right to life' groups are only the most obvious.
There are the born-again anti-choicers like Abby Johnson, who once were blind but now they see.
There are the 'Conceived in Rape' mongers, like Rebecca Kiessling.
And now, a new-to-me brand of huckster -- the faux women's rights defenders.
Via Kady O'Malley, we learn that sex-selective abortion
Meanwhile, outside the Chamber, Conservative MP Mark Warawa will kick off his campaign to build support for his bid to condemn sex-selective terminations -- which, it's worth noting, is due to be added to the private members' priority list in early March -- by arranging a press conference for Reggie Littlejohn, who is, according to the advisory, a "leading expert" on China's One Child Policy.Tonda MacCharles tweeted a bit about it, so it did occur, but it got no other coverage.
According to the notice, Littlejohn will 'call on Canadian leaders to condemn ... gendercide," which is, of course, precisely what the Warawa motion would do.
Reggie Littlejohn hath an organization called Women's Rights Without Frontiers, which claims to be a coalition dedicated to SHRIEEKING about forced abortion in China.
Under 'Team', Littlejohn herself is listed along with a board of directors, including couple of organizations like this one, concerned with 'Serving persecuted Christians worldwide'.
OK then, forced abortion and persecuted Christians go together well, I guess.
But is Littlejohn anti-choice? You betcha. She was recently awarded the 'National Pro-Life Recognition Award at the National Prayer Service preceding the Annual March for Life'.
From her acceptance speech:
My question is, where is the pro-choice movement on this? Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, no one supports forced abortion because it is not a choice. Why isn’t the pro-choice movement condemning forced abortion in China? Why aren’t they standing against forced sterilization? Why aren’t they crying out against the selective abortion of baby girls? Right now, as I am speaking to you, women are being dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forcibly aborted and sterilized. I challenge these organizations to take a stand.Woo. That glurge oughta open some wallets, eh?
Wait. There's more.
Also on Thursday, I ran across a press release announcing that someone named Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute would address some Kansas (where else?) legislators on sex-selective abortion.
PRI describes itself as: 'an international non-profit which works to end coercive population control, and fight the myth of overpopulation which fuels it.'
Mosher seems to do quite nicely out of the venture.
The President of PRI, Steven W. Mosher, received in 2005 the equivalent of ~13% of the entire expenses budget for the organization and roughly equivalent to the entire administrative expenses budget for 2005.And he's 'controversial'.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mosher successfully lobbied the George W. Bush administration to withhold $34 to $40 million per year for seven years from the U.N. Population Fund, the largest international donor to family planning programs.So, Mosher works to withhold contraception while Littlejohn squeals about the results. Works good.
I'm betting the next time Warawa organizes a bunfest on M408, Mosher will be the guest.