Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Margaret Sanger is alive and well and living in the blogosphere [UPDATED]

[See update at bottom.]

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had a simple solution to poverty: kill unborn poor children.

Her spirit lives in blogger Radical Mama who, in a post called "Breaking the Cycle" [which she has since removed — see update #2 below], boasts of her ongoing attempts to convince a 15-year-old girl to abort against her mother's wishes.

Radical Mama knows the girl, Julia, through the 4-H group to which the teen belonged. "I am trying to think about this [pregnancy] objectively, but I just can’t," the blogger writes. "This is one of my kids. Isn’t this why I volunteer? To prevent this sh-- from happening?"

"This sh--" — e.g. baby — must be prevented, Radical Mama says, for every reason imaginable. Julia was pressured into sex (or so the blogger assumes); she is only 15; her family is poor and her father is an abusive drug addict, etc., etc. Yet, the girl's mother insists that the baby would be welcome — a reaction that has Radical Mama seething with self-righteous fury.

Julia herself is open to adoption. That, Radical Mama says, would perpetuate

a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them.
Whoops, wrong quote. That was Margaret Sanger. Radical Mama says,
that [adoption] would be great except…

She’s fifteen. How likely is it that after 9 months of pregnancy, and a labor, and then a little adorable baby being placed on her tummy…. how likely is it that she will say good-bye?

Or will she think, “Hey look at that little thing that I made! I can do this, no problem.”

But as we all know, that adorable little baby turns into a tantruming toddler (at which point Julia would only be a senior in high school). And that’s just the beginning. What are the odds that the child turns into a 15-year old announcing her pregnancy?

When does this end?
When indeed? When "Radical Mamas" and her comrades decide to put some real effort into fixing the problems that cause poverty — like no-fault divorce and the social consequences of the abortion mentality — instead of trying to convince poor teens to kill their offspring.

UPDATE: Radical Mama, whom a commenter informs me is named Vanessa, reports that Julia decided to have the baby and let her mother raise it. She also laments being labeled a "pro-choice nut job" and says her words were taken "taken completely out of context." I never called her a "nut job," and I'll be glad to add further context to her quotes if she can show me what relevant part of her pro-abortion stance I omitted.

UPDATE #2: Radical Mama, perhaps realizing that the powers-that-be at 4-H might not look kindly upon her pro-abortion evangelism, has replaced her original post with a poem by Sylvia Plath. Her original post has been saved by a reader.

RELATED: La Shawn Barber has more to say on the "Margaret Sanger of the Blogosphere."