Until Abortion Ends: How to Fail at Escalating a Social Issue

The opinions expressed in this blog post are those of JT Eberhard and are not the opinions of the Secular Student Alliance.

Christina showed me a growing anti-abortion trend last night.  It’s a website called “Until Abortion Ends (a Hero Initiative)”.  The idea is that people will make a personal sacrifice until abortion is made illegal.

The picture on the front page of the website gives, what we can only assume, is their most powerful example.

Whoa.  Way to take it to the next level, hero.  I can’t help but wonder what reaction this woman is anticipating.

Man in Black Suit:  Mr. President, there’s a woman somewhere in America who has said she won’t drink coffee until abortion is no longer legal.

President:  But, that has nothing to do with the arguments for or against abortion that have been made by the medical community and in court…

Man in Black Suit:  Do you really think that will matter as word of this gets out?

President:  She’s bluffing…how will she wake up without her coffee?

Man in Black Suit:  That may be, but the public outcry over this is already huge.  It appears she’s going to follow through.  Americans are accusing you of keeping this woman from her coffee.

President:  …my god.

I took to youtube to see what other people were giving up.

Man in Black Suit:  Now people are giving up soda pop.

President:  Not Jones soda though?

Man in Black Suit:  Also Jones soda.

President:  I…I never thought they’d take it this far…

Man in Black Suit:  It appears they are, sir.

President:  So many…so passionate…

Man in Black Suit:  Mr. President, there are more unadopted children by far than adoptive parents and the strain of women being forced to abdicate control of their own bodies on our tanked economy is frightening…

President:  *slaps him in the face*  You want to talk about the consequences?  Look here!  *plays video of people giving up soda*  There are the consequences!

Wow.  Is there no end to the sacrifice?

So, let me get this straight.  You think abortion is murder, and that its legality is the equivalent of government-approved genocide.  It would be the equivalent of allowing adults to shoot each other, since a fetus is a human being just like them.  And your response, the way you’re going to step in and keep these other innocent full-fledged human beings from death…is to stop drinking soda?  People make bigger sacrifices for Lent.  Call me crazy, but it seems like there’s just a bit of a disconnect here…

These people claim to be passionate about ending a slaughter, but their actions could not minimize it any more.  For these people the cry of revolution is a soft whine from their taste buds.

I wonder if they’ve thought it through far enough to come up with a suitable and equitable punishment for people who get abortions

 

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    I have decided to give up barratry on the high seas until such time as anti-abortion folks stop playing silly games.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    What I want to see: Until abortion ends, I’m giving up abstinence.

  • Chiral

    Unfortunately, my state seems to have what they want to do to women who get abortions mostly sorted out http://jezebel.com/5867368/pro%20life-efforts-lead-to-depressing-attempt-to-obtain-abortion-pill-over-the-internet

    On the whole, I prefer the people who want to give up coffee.

  • Beaux

    I dare say JT you’ve follied. I hope the next stunt is, “Until abortion ends, I give up sex.”

    Something for everyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mriana mrianabrinson

      Oh that’s good, but what’s even better, would be to refuse sex with someone who is against abortion, even to save the woman’s life, until they stop this nonsense and become educated about abortion and fetal development. So until this ignorant crap about abortion stops, any male who is Pro-death (Aka Pro-life (not!)) can’t even do coffee with me. Of course any intelligent and educated men over 40, who can have an intellectually stimulating conversation, are most welcome to do lunch, coffee, or dinner with me.

      • Gregg

        So i’m not 40+, i’m not pro-death (AKA pro choice (NOT!)) so I guess I can’t get that cup of coffee.

        I guess being 45 and uneducated is working for you so I’m sure you’ll be fine.

  • Couldn’t think of a decent nickname

    Until abortion ends… I’m giving up going to church. What a loss.

  • MathMike

    Until their silly protest ends, I’m giving up taking any of their arguments seriously.

    • jammernorcal

      It is a serious issue but they are being so superficial.

  • sqlrob

    I’m half tempted to post this there:

    Until abortion ends, I’ll stop making wire coat hangers.

  • Cor (formerly evil)

    This is like a bad parody of the ancient ceremony known as “vowing ceremonies.” I believe it began in the 11th century with the Vow of the Duck. The story goes that a baron was holding a ceremony to elevate a dozen or so squires to knighthood, when someone began praising the wonderful duck they were eating.
    The baron rose and swore by the greatness of the duck that he would undertake a crusade. This got everyone excited, so they all took turns vowing some minor handicap until the crusade could come off.

    Word of this spread like a meme until knights were vowing everything from chastity until some heroic deed, to holding a bridge against all comers until they had broken thirty lances. One knight vowed to cover one eye at all times (except battle) until he could see Jerusalem.

    Like everything knights did, this eventually got out of hand and left large areas of France covered with people hopping on one foot or not taking off their helmets or whatever.

    Who knew the custom would come back like this, or that it would be almost exactly as silly as it was last time?

    Allow me:

    Until Abortion Ends, I shall not assist in abortions. Then I pledge by Almighty Duck that I shall!

  • Crommunist

    @sqlrob – while I get the joke, illegal abortion kills women in absolutely horrible ways. The kind of “back-alley” non-medical abortions that happen when safe medical abortion is not available cause infection, hemorrhaging, sterility… a whole host of bad things. This is why people are fighting to retain the right so passionately – a ban on legal abortion is a death sentence for women. It’s really not something to joke about.

  • sqlrob

    @Crommunist – Oh, I agree with everything you said. And all that would be going in the “story” bit if I posted it there. In as graphic detail could fit in 250 words.

  • benf
    • docslacker

      I love that guy.

  • http://johnnykaje.wordpress.com Johnnykaje

    What a sacrifice they’re making. Oskar Schindler eat your heart out.

    “If only I’d given up this can of Pringles. Ten more people. Ten more people.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/mriana mrianabrinson

    Their ignorance about abortion amazes me. No one who is against abortion has ever given an intelligent and educated response as to why they think it should end. It’s always lame ones and what they say they are giving up is just plain silly. All I can do is laugh and think, hopefully it won’t ever end because it is a much needed service when women’s lives are in danger from the pregnancy or she’s been raped or is a victim of incest or for whatever reason. Women choose to abort less often then women spontaneously abort (miscarriage), which come to think of it… I won’t go that way due to space, but abortion can be a viable option and sometimes a necessity to save a woman’s life. The acorn is not more important than the tree.

    • jammernorcal

      I can give some argument against abortion. Im not foaming at the mouth.

      I have watched a child play that was planned for abortion.
      All i can say is my eyes never left him,, and i couldnt speak.

      My issue is WHy does a woman whose BIOLOGICAL imperative (to reproduce) EVER, EVER have to consider abortion for economic reasons??????????

      Blessings upon you and those you hold dear : )

      And yes I am a ( insert ) Christian.

      P.S. I dont tell others how to live …thats between them and God.

  • Richard

    JT, that line you’ve started having to put up there for the secular student alliance separation of opinion thing, you should probably find a way to put it somewhere permanently just to be safe rather than just re-posting it every time you say something spicy. They will take offense at nothing just to try and make you look bad. Though, for me, it is kinda like TV ratings for your blog, “Warning, this is gonna be extra awesome! Rated R for ROOOOOOCKING!”

    Yeah, that was a lame joke, I’m aware.

    • Richard

      Wife had a great comment on topic:
      “Might as well make their campaign ‘Until women are back in the kitchen and know their place in society, silent and without rights.’”

  • madness

    they’ll regret having laws put on our bodies..and will regret when they need a abortion -_-

  • Robert L. Rader

    I’ll start this off by announcing that I’m a compulsive contrarian.

    Consider that, even though their opinions are generally bourn out of ignorance or bigotry, that it’s less “I’M MAKING SUCH A BIG SACRIFICE, PLEASE STOP MURDERING”, but rather “I’M MAKING SUCH A BIG SACRIFICE TO ENCOURAGE MYSELF TO WORK HARDER TO PREVENT MURDER”

    I’m not saying it makes them anymore right, just more, for lack of a better word, reasonable.

  • http://www.zenbuffy.com Jennifer Keane (zenbuffy)

    Until abortion ends, I’m giving up using lame stock imagery…

  • http://peicurmudgeon.wordpress.com/ peicurmudgeon

    I took a stand against unwanted pregnancy over 20 years ago. I had a vasectomy.

    • julian

      You, sir, are an inspiration.

    • jammernorcal

      Yes notice they dont say Im giving up sex outside of marriage.

  • http://sciencenotes.wordpress.com/ Markita Lynda, happy Winter Solstice, everyone!

    Yay, PEI Curmudgeon! I went to their site and posted that since it was our duty not to cause or require abortions, I was having myself sterilized. Unfortunately, pledges are held for review and I doubt that it will ever see the light of day.

  • http://sciencenotes.wordpress.com/ Markita Lynda, happy Winter Solstice, everyone!

    There used to be an underground woman-to-woman supply line carrying birth control pills into Catholic countries, e.g. when someone didn’t need them for some reason but still had the prescription, she’d fill it and give it to someone who was travelling, who would give it to someone who knew someone who had six or seven kids and wanted to delay the next one.

    Mind you, in my home town if you were Catholic and didn’t have a baby every couple of years, the priest would come ’round to ask pointed questions about what was wrong with the production line.

  • http://www.abortioncounsel.org/ Counsel

    This is just funny. Whether abortion is immoral or not is debatable, but not drinking coffee is just stupid. Its not like anyone cares..

  • astrosmash

    But JT, they’re showing real live support for their bumper stickers.

  • Fatima

    JMJ Totus tuus +

    I’m a pro-life AND Catholic AND I do think you miss the whole point of Until Abortion Ends. Did you even read what’s the purpose of the whole movement and TRIED to understand it?

    “Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.”

    I’m sure you’re not blind to the aggressive marketing strategies of Coke, McDonald’s and Starbucks (to name a few). Ever tried living without Coke or McDonald’s (or whatever you usually eat/ drink) for a week?

    Do we expect the President to be overcome with anxiety with what we’re giving up? NO. He made taking the lives of the unborn legal, why is he going to dwell over GROWN-UPS who don’t like him not buying Coke or McDonald’s?

    Why are we giving up only coke or french fries? Because we’re not giving it up for any vain motive- not for looking good or being famous- we’re giving it up FOR A CAUSE.

    What’s your cause and what have you given up for it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/using.reason usingreason

      I’m sure you’re not blind to the aggressive marketing strategies of Coke, McDonald’s and Starbucks (to name a few). Ever tried living without Coke or McDonald’s (or whatever you usually eat/ drink) for a week?

      How does boycotting Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks put pressure on the pro-choice movement. Where is the link? And are you seriously so stupid that buying your crappy hamburger from some other fast food chain other than McDonald’s is considered a sacrifice of any meaning? Are you praying for change while eating at some other chain restaurant and drinking Pepsi? You know, to increase your ‘spiritual merit’.

    • the unknown

      These pro life people want these children to be born so badly then they should pay for them or shut the f up. some people cant even take care of them selves let alone a baby. You don’t like it don’t do it but you shouldn’t be telling a women what she can and can’t do with her body. This isn’t the dark ages.
      You anti abortionists should stop giving things up and just give to the families who are struggling to make a small child have a good life.

  • Mack

    Until abortion ends, I will only paint their faces!

    • Joey

      Until abortion ends, I’m with Mack!

  • SarahEM

    I would like to point out that most people who are participating in ‘Until Abortion Ends’ are religious. They are not expecting the fact that they gave up soda, coffee, etc. to impress any federal agents. The idea is to offer up any sacrifices that you make to God; for an end to abortion, for the souls of the aborted children, the souls of the mothers, and the souls of all those who participate in the abortion industry. While you may not agree with their views, it is fairly silly to claim that they are trying to impress the president, supreme court, etc. While these sacrifices do seem insignificant in the big scheme of things, giving up something you enjoy indefinitely is indeed a sacrifice. And to us, a sacrifice of any size does count for something in the eyes of God. Whether you believe in God’s power or existence is another debate entirely.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to point out that most people who are participating in ‘Until Abortion Ends’ are religious. They are not expecting the fact that they gave up soda, coffee, etc. to impress any federal agents. The idea is to offer up any sacrifices that you make to God; for an end to abortion, for the souls of the aborted children, the souls of the mothers, and the souls of all those who participate in the abortion industry. While you may not agree with their views, it is fairly silly to claim that they are trying to impress the president, supreme court, etc. While these sacrifices do seem insignificant in the big scheme of things, giving up something you enjoy indefinitely is indeed a sacrifice. And to us, a sacrifice of any size does count for something in the eyes of God. Whether you believe in God’s power or existence is another debate entirely.


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