The Guardian might be going out on something of a limb here in describing a group as “extreme anti-choice”. For the group’s actual stance is the straight Catholic Church line. The group at least claims the support of the local Catholic bishop. And the local Catholic university. You know, the local Catholic university that Amy Comey Barrett was a professor at?
The two-page ad, published by the St Joseph County Right to Life group, an extreme anti-choice organization in South Bend, Indiana, is the most striking evidence to have emerged to date of Barrett’s personal opposition to Roe v Wade.
The group is here. As you can see they’re supported by Notre Dame University- that’s the local Catholic one at which Ms. Barrett was a professor.
The group does indeed do that annoying thing of trying to talk women out of having an abortion as they’re going into the clinic to have one. Free speech being such an aggressive thing, eh? And they offer aid to those women who are pregnant and might want to think of alternatives to an abortion, like adoption etc.
But to the Guardian:
St Joseph County Right to Life is considered an extreme anti-choice group by pro-choice activists in South Bend.
Well, yes, let’s go to neutrals to gain our description, shall we?
As to the ad itself:
The first page of the ad, which is signed by Barrett and her husband, Jesse, states that life begins at “fertilization”.
Standard Catholic doctrine. The beliefs of the group:
In an interview with the Guardian, Jackie Appleman, the executive director of St Joseph County Right to Life, said that the organization’s view on life beginning at fertilization – as opposed to the implantation of an embryo or a fetus being viable – did have implications for in vitro fertilization, which usually involves the creation of multiple embryos.
“Whether embryos are implanted in the woman and then selectively reduced or it’s done in a petri dish and then discarded, you’re still ending a new human life at that point and we do oppose that,” Appleman said, adding that the discarding of embryos during the IVF process was equal to the act of having an abortion.
Again, entirely standard and down the line Catholic doctrine. You know, the stated views of the largest organised religion on the planet?
More from the ad:
On the second page of the two-page spread, the group condemns Roe and claims that “the majority of those abortions were performed for social reasons”. It also claims that an “increasing majority” of Americans are opposed to abortion as a “method of birth control”.
Both those statements would appear to be true. Further, Roe was ghastly law. By which I don;t mean, at all, the outcome of it, but the manner of the decision was terrible.
So here’s the scandal then. Known to be Catholic working at a Catholic university signs ad by group advocating Catholic views.
That’s actually it, that’s all there is here.
But then politics, you know…..