American Life League is Anti-Life

Because women aren't qualified to control their own bodies.

Today I received an email from the American Life League (ALL), one of the numerous extreme freedom-hating organizations run by extreme freedom-haters. The email is titled “STOPP’s Special Report on Planned Parenthood Clinical Trials”. ALL tells us that some medical research is bad, because Planned Parenthood is involved.

Last year, we brought you the story of how Planned Parenthood has been getting involved in clinical trials as a way to increase its professional identity and as a way to increase its income. We have recently completed a review of the government database on clinical trials and found 33 of them that involved Planned Parenthood.

They then go on to enumerate every single one of these trials, so you know just how nefarious Planned Parenthood is. ALL wants us to know that:

Planned Parenthood is not just another organization doing abortions and other procedures, but it is intimately involved in creating and evaluating techniques and finding ever more efficient ways of killing babies.

So what are some of the job titles at Planned Parenthood? Director of Baby Killing? Chief Researcher, Baby Murder? Or maybe Fetus Fatality Facilitator?

Trials on Underage Girls

ALL is upset that some of the trials involve minors. Like all fundies, they believe that teenage girls aren’t interested in sex unless forced into the act by Planned Parenthood (and the only reason Planned Parenthood does that is so the girls will get pregnant and need an abortion, thus providing revenue for Planned Parenthood. Those devious bastards!).

These are some of the studies that ALL is opposed to:

Two of the trials are specifically aimed at getting these minor girls to take their birth control more consistently by sending them text messages reminding them to take their pills.

Actually, what’s upsetting ALL is the text of the messages itself: “You haven’t had sex yet today! Find a boy now!

Emory University is a sponsor of three of the clinical trials, all involving underage African-American girls

This is code-speak for eugenics. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, once supported eugenics, so fundies believe that the organization, in the 21st century, is somehow dedicated to that long-abandoned notion. I guess since fundies cling to long-outdated notions, they assume that everybody else does as well.

Emory and the National Institutes of Health are conducting a trial with Planned Parenthood of Georgia to develop and test a culturally and gender-appropriate (African-American girls) sexual health education program designed to promote long-term maintenance of HIV preventive sexual behaviors over a long follow-up period. Girls as young as 14 are participating in this trial.

Emory and the National Institutes of Health are also conducting another trial with Planned Parenthood of Georgia to study the efficacy of a multi-session HIV prevention program (HORIZONS HIV) for African-American female teens. This completed trial accepted girls as young as 15.

The irony here, of course, is that by opposing HIV prevention in African-American girls, the fundies are the ones who are engaged in eugenics.

Planned Parenthood in Maryland is involved in a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development clinical trial to study the risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea in children as young as 15.

ALL is opposed to studying this, because if you refuse to acknowledge a problem, it doesn’t exist.

Planned Parenthood of Houston, Texas, is one of 120 various locations where KV Pharmaceutical is conducting clinical trials of a new vaginal infection drug. The trial includes girls as young as 16.

That’s because an itchy snatch is God’s retribution for immorality. Stop subverting the will of God!

Trials on Pain Reduction

They mention eight trials. Most attempt to reduce pain during abortion. Fundies are opposed to that, because if you choose to be a slutty harlot, it damn well better hurt!

Another trial on the use of lidocaine to reduce pain began in 2007. This one was directed at the pain subjects experience during and after Essure transcervical tubal sterilization.

You may think there is nothing wrong with that. No fetuses are harmed. Ah, but sterilization is worse than abortion! Sterilization is pre-abortion! That’s like pre-meditated murder, the worst kind!

HIV/AIDS-related trials

In addition to those two trials mentioned above, there are other anti-AIDS activities that ALL wants to stop.

Planned Parenthood of El Paso, Texas, was… Conducting a trial sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals to give the investigational drug Tipranavir for HIV-infected adult patients with no other treatment options.

Because if you have no other options, then maybe you’ll finally accept Jesus as your lord and savior.

[A] trial sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to teach HIV prevention techniques to Hispanic men.

Scratch that Jesus business. I’m wondering if ALL just likes to watch people die of AIDS.

Planned Parenthood of New York City is participating in a trial sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine to determine what programmatic approaches effectively address two of the most difficult hurdles in HIV health services delivery: (1) getting people who would benefit from health care to use it and (2) getting people who do use health care to do so more consistently and effectively.

Yup. They definitely like to watch people die of AIDS.

22 Responses to “American Life League is Anti-Life”

  1. Bunkie Says:

    It irks me that ALL would be upset by Planned Parenthood’s attempt to remind young girls to take their birth control pills.

    If the girls are on the pill, then they need to take the things as instructed or find another birth control method. Don’t they realize that the inconsistent or incorrect use of birth control pills is a major reason for unintended pregnancy?

    Or is that what they want – more unintended pregnancies?

  2. Arkonbey Says:

    Just an anecdote brought on by the poster image.

    When I was in the USCG, I’d have weekly discussions with a fellow aviator. Starting on Monday morning one of us would bring up a controversial topic and we’d debate it all week. Though it was totally consensual, things got pretty heated, as this guy was a Mormon.

    One day, I decided to bring up abortion; I thought we’d come far enough that we could handle it (and I was young). He sat quietly for a moment and said, “I really can’t say anything about that. I’m not a woman and can’t get pregnant.”.

    To this day, I still think that was pretty enlightened of him.

  3. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Steve – I remember learning about that. What was interesting was that it was another “it’s turtles all the way down” argument from antiquity.

    Bunkie – They are absolutely not interested in preventing pregnancies through responsible sex. My first wife’s parents were fundie. She had endometriosis. One of the treatments is birth control pills since the hormones help regulate periods and in some women can ease the pain associated with the condition. Her mom waited to put her on BC because, well, it’s birth control. Any chance of possibly even remotely encouraging a sexual act is absolutely taboo for fundies! Thankfully, she came to her senses and decided the suffering of her child is too important.

    But this is what we are dealing with here, people!

  4. Steve Wiggins Says:

    It seems to me one of the fundamental Fundie problems here is that they don’t understand biblical sex. I was telling my students just last night, in the ancient world they believed sex was a man passing fully-formed, tiny people into a woman’s womb for safe-keeping, until it could be born. That is the basis for the Bible’s sex ethic. There’s no way to turn the clock back: if we know better now, we are obligated to act on fact, not biblical fiction.

  5. rayceeya Says:

    Typical fundamentalist anti-choice BS. They only give a damn about you until you come out of the womb then you’re free to die of AIDS and go to hell where you belong.

  6. YogaforCynics Says:

    Well, theoretically, a man can have a uterus implanted…though I guess that wouldn’t exactly be an unplanned pregnancy…

    Seriously, anybody who’s anti-birth control pills, or in favor of “abstinence-only” sex ed, is not only not pro-life but not even anti-abortion.

  7. Sarah Trachtenberg Says:

    I sympathize with anti-abortion people in that they are only doing what they think is right, supporting the sanctity of life, but I think their stance is counterproductive.

    I realize it’s a cliche, but if men got pregnant, I think abortion would be in the bill of rights… speaking of why it is mostly men who oppose abortion rights.

  8. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Sarah – Cliche, it may be, but it is true. This issue is absolutely partly about the subjugation of women in society. A woman who wants a career instead of kids? Heavens no!!!

  9. Jeff Eyges Says:

    They only give a damn about you until you come out of the womb then you’re free to die of AIDS and go to hell where you belong.

    Absolutely; this one paradox represents all of their denial and cognitive dissonance wrapped up into one neat package. This is who they are.

    if men got pregnant, I think abortion would be in the bill of rights… speaking of why it is mostly men who oppose abortion rights.

    Also absolutely (Although I don’t know that it’s mostly men doing the opposing; I’d like to see some statistics. No, scratch that; I don’t care.)

    Like all fundies, they believe that teenage girls aren’t interested in sex unless forced into the act by Planned Parenthood (and the only reason Planned Parenthood does that is so the girls will get pregnant and need an abortion, thus providing revenue for Planned Parenthood. Those devious bastards!).

    Hence the phenomenon of Purity Balls, in which teenage girls are encouraged to date their fathers.

    (Off topic: I hate HTML codes. Hate ‘em. It should all be automated. Everywhere. I should never, ever again have to type “slash-anything”. I haven’t had to remember any DOS syntax in about fifteen years. Why do I have to remember these? )

  10. Ron Britton Says:

    Jeff:

    I hate HTML codes. Hate ‘em. It should all be automated. Everywhere. I should never, ever again have to type “slash-anything”.

    There are probably some WordPress plugins I can get that would allow you to press a button to make a link or bold some text. I’ve been pretty lazy about looking for stuff like that. Partly it’s because I’ve been having trouble with the site over the years, and it’s usually the fault of poorly-written plugins. (The site was down again a couple of days ago. I still haven’t fixed my CPU-hogging problem.)

    Also, if I’m going to spend time on the site, I’d rather spend it writing. That’s why it took me so many years to get off the default template. That’s why it has been almost a year since I switched to this template and still haven’t fixed the numerous little problems it has.

    I haven’t had to remember any DOS syntax in about fifteen years. Why do I have to remember these? )

    Why do I have to use Unix commands to debug the website? Why on Windows is one of the common things that you use in the Start menu is the Run command? Why on Macs, of all things, do you have to sometimes open Terminal and type in anything? Why are many things on Firefox only changeable by typing about:config?

    Our computer experience these days is a fraud. We’re living on movie sets. It’s just plywood facades.

  11. Jeff Eyges Says:

    I wasn’t complaining about the site. It’s the web in general – just another symptom of how reality doesn’t conform to the way I think it should be, which is, of course, inexcusable.

    Why on Macs, of all things, do you have to sometimes open Terminal and type in anything?

    SERIOUSLY? Oh, those fuckers! For decades, all I’ve been hearing is that you don’t have to do that sort of thing on a Mac, unlike those primitive PC’s! I KNEW they were lying!

  12. Another Steve Says:

    If you go into your kitchen, you can make “food” by just opening a box and heat what you take out of that box in the microwave. Instant “meal”.

    Food that is good, and good for you takes a little bit more of a hands on experience. Even Hamburger Helper requires that you fool around mixing together some ingredients and spending some time involved in the process of making a meal.

    Working with a computer (any thing worth doing really) is to some extent the same way. You can use your computer to look at pretty pictures or play games fit for an idiot. If you want however to do something that you can get paid for or has even the smallest amount of satisfaction it will take a little bit more involvement on your part. In short: use your brain and your hands. Learn a skill. Get off your ass and live!

    Did someone here push a hot button?

  13. Ron Britton Says:

    Jeff:

    For decades, all I’ve been hearing is that you don’t have to do that sort of thing on a Mac, unlike those primitive PC’s! I KNEW they were lying!

    It’s mostly for power users. However, even regular users find that on rare occasions they have to open Terminal to do something.

    Another Steve:

    If you want however to do something that you can get paid for or has even the smallest amount of satisfaction it will take a little bit more involvement on your part.

    You don’t have to be a mechanic to drive a car. You can choose to be one, of course. A car is a tool. A computer is a tool. Knowing how to use the tool is often more important than knowing how to strip it and rebuild it.

  14. Gen Says:

    a bit off-topic but I couldn’t find your email…

    Ron you just gotta use this image in a future post:
    http://punditkitchen.com/2009/09/14/political-pictures-founding-fathers-church-state/

  15. sue blue Says:

    You’ve gotta love the flaming, glow-in-the dark hypocrisy of these guys. If some random girl gets pregnant somewhere, then by gosh, she’d better squeeze out that precious little gift of god, fulfilling every woman’s true reason for existence as well as paying the full price for being a slut (the old madonna-whore thing); but if these men knock someone up – a mistress, say, or a teenage congressional page, or their secretary – then it’s off to the vacuum-cleaner, no questions asked.

  16. Ron Britton Says:

    Gen:

    I don’t publish my email address, so it can’t get harvested (like a fetus being harvested by an abortionist for stem cell research). You can use the Contact Form to reach me. The only problem with that is while I’m living in this hotel, I have only been checking that email address a couple of times per week.

    I did see that image at Pundit Kitchen. I think I saved it to my hard drive. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to use it.

  17. Another Steve Says:

    Ron,

    You don’t have to be a mechanic to drive a car.

    That’s true, and I don’t have any argument with that statement. I do however expect a person driving a car to understand how the controls on that car work. For example, how do you check the oil? More importantly, how do you safely lift the hood? How do you safely lower the hood and make sure that it’s latched? Knowing how to change a tire (safely) would be high on the list.

    No, I don’t expect a wold class violinist to know how to make a violin. I do however expect that violinist to be able to tune his/her instrument and replace a string when it needs to be done.

    As a software engineer, I can tell you we try very hard to make the experience of using our work products as painless as we possibly can. That said, we don’t get it perfect.

    Our computer experience these days is a fraud. We’re living on movie sets. It’s just plywood facades.

    Have you ever ridden on an airliner? The whole thing is a “movie set”. The passenger compartment is designed to make you think that you are safe. The airlines and the aircraft manufacturers don’t want to even enter your mind that behind all of that plastic and carpeting facade is a big bunch of stuff that might already be broken, or just about to break.

  18. Ron Britton Says:

    Another Steve:

    The airlines and the aircraft manufacturers don’t want to even enter your mind that behind all of that plastic and carpeting facade is a big bunch of stuff that might already be broken, or just about to break.

    You mean like this?

    That should hold until we get back to Miami

  19. Another Steve Says:

    Ron,

    extreme sarcasm

    We always criticize that which we do not understand.

    I’m sure that’s a repair technique that’s highly regarded in the maintenance manual for that aircraft.

    What could possibly go rong (sic)?

    /extreme sarcasm

  20. Rose Says:

    I love it when comment threads change topics so drastically :)

    If you ever get bored and have a minute:
    http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html

    Great article to see the hypocrisy of the anti-choice movement.

  21. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I haven’t had to remember any DOS syntax in about fifteen years. Why do I have to remember these?

    Sorry dude. Even on Windows, the Shell Is Back (TM). Get used to it. ;-)

  22. Jeff Eyges Says:

    Yeah, but that’s if you’re an IT manager. Which I wouldn’t be, for the same reason I wouldn’t be a postal worker – I’d most likely kill someone.