Plewk. Plewk, plewk, plewk.
The leaks in the dam are getting bigger by the day. There it goes, more truth leaking out (PLEWK!) about the radical feminist agenda.
Just to backtrack a bit (as if anyone on planet Earth is not aware of the story): Almost two weeks ago on Palm Sunday, the body of a baby boy was found washed up on the shore of San Francisco Bay in the Richmond area of California. The next day, not far away, the body of an adult female was also found. On Good Friday of last week, the bodies were positively identified as that of Laci Peterson and her son Connor, who were last seen alive on Christmas Eve 2002.
Scott Peterson, Laci's husband and Connor's father, was arrested on Good Friday and is now being charged with a double homicide.
Most of America sees this as the tragedy that it is: namely, the brutal murder of a mother and her son. This was someone's daughter, someone's sister; someone's grandson, someone's nephew. No one could disagree with this obvious fact, right?
Wrong. Enter the National Organization for Women (NOW) and spokeswoman extraordinaire Mavra Stark, Morris County, N.J., NOW chapter president. As part of America's #1 man-hating, abortion-worshipping, baby-phobe, femi-nazi organization, MIZZ Stark, had this to say regarding the double-murder charge: "If this is murder, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder." Really?
As if she hadn't stuffed her foot far enough down her throat, she continued her enlightening commentary: "There's something about this that bothers me a little bit [Hark! Is that a trace of a conscience showing?], was it born or was it unborn. If it was unborn, then I can't see charging [Peterson] with a double-murder." (Nope, no conscience here.)
Why are MIZZ Starks' comments so shocking to everyone (her own organization seems a little perturbed with her), and why are people so shocked that NOW can't seem to offer a real apology? Mavra Stark merely stated NOW's long-held position that it's a-OK to kill babies in the womb. Not only is it "OK," but it is (in their minds) a fundamental woman's right that supercedes anyone else's rights - man or child. That's not just the belief of Morris County NOW and el presidente Mavra, but the belief of NOW itself and their eugenicist comrades at Planned Parenthood, National Abortion Rights Action League, National Abortion Federation and "Catholics" for a Free Choice.
So militant is their mistaken belief that, even when they have this obvious example of brutal murder, they refuse to acknowledge it-ultimately proving the schizophrenic nature of the pro-abortion "logic."
Not surprisingly, outrage broke out in the wake of Starks' outpouring of verbal sewage, leaving NOW stumbling for the nearest PR guy in the building. Unfortunately, they seem to need a better PR guy. According to New Jersey's Daily Record, "NOW officials declined to comment Monday on statements made this weekend by Mavra Stark, 'out of respect for [Peterson's] family and what they're going through.'" The crux of NOW's official "apology" can be summed up by the following paraphrase: "We'd really like to apologize for breaking our own policy of compulsive lying by telling everyone what we REALLY believe."
This pseudo-apology didn't do the trick precisely because what they really admitted is that it doesn't matter that Connor Peterson was a child. They often even try to fool themselves and others by saying these aren't children, but just blobs of cellular matter (yes, that lame argument still exists.) They believe that a woman has a right to kill her child and the rest of us should sit down and shut up.
Furthermore, NOW and friends are particularly worried that Joe Q. Public is going to use his God-given common sense to make the connection between the atrocity committed against Connor and a late-term abortion-a "procedure" which involves birthing a child three-fourths of the way, leaving only the child's head in the mother's birth canal, then stabbing scissors into the child's head, sucking out his brain and collapsing his skull. My apologies if you are eating right now.
This leaves us at the point where we once again reiterate that these groups CANNOT continue to justify killing babies under the guise of legalized abortion. The crack in the pro-abortion dike is now readily apparent. If they couldn't before, society can now clearly see what pro-lifers have been talking about since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Life begins at conception and killing a baby in the womb is murder, no matter what the circumstances are. There's no such thing as an unwanted child.
On that Good Friday evening, even the likes of Gloria Allred, president of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Geoffrey Fieger, Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian's lawyer, appeared on the Fox News Channel, decrying this horrible "double murder." Again, they deftly displayed the left's mastery of schizophrenic thought. They made clear that had Connor's murder come at the hand of an abortionist, they would have readily offered their stamp of approval. Does anyone follow this logic?
To agree with what these people are saying is to deny that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights (you know, the whole life, liberty and pursuit of happiness bit that pro-aborts try to ignore). NOW has decided that they and their ilk are the arbiters of when a right is inalienable and when it's not. Apparently being "unwanted"-or being "viable" for that matter-puts your right to life in the "not inalienable" category. To quote Mavra the Great: "He was wanted and expected, and [Laci Peterson] had a name for him, but if he wasn't born, he wasn't born. It sets a kind of precedent."
Just to distinguish science fiction from science fact, every accredited human embryology textbook cites that life begins at conception, i.e., sperm fertilizing egg. But for the NOW gals, this would fall under the "don't-confuse-me-with-the-facts" argument. Sometimes you just can't win.
Ultimately, if NOW really wanted to show "respect" for Laci and Connor Peterson's grieving family, they would just admit that an innocent little boy was murdered; that Morris County Mavra does NOT know what she's talking about and will be relieved of her pointless duties. But instead we're left to wonder if the official position of NOW, et al., is that Scott Peterson should be charged with one count of murder and one count of practicing "medicine" without a license.
Joseph R. Giganti is Director of Media and Government Relations at American Life League.
First published in the Washington Dispatch April 25, 2003.
Reprinted with permission of the American Life League.