Back in the mid-1990s I went to a public forum in Boston to hear ex-adman Earl Shorris talk about his new book, "A Nation of Salesmen: The Tyranny of the Market and the Subversion of Culture."
In one of his many anecdotes on working in advertising, Shorris told of being hired by Nestle after it was discovered that one of their infant formulas was sickening and killing newborns in Africa. What should we do, a nervous Nestle's exec asked Shorris. "Stop killing babies," he suggested. For this Shorris was dubbed the "conscience of the company." (Video after page break)
Those working in abortion mills, wondering why they don't get more respect, might do well to follow Shorris's advice.
I was reminded of this last night while hearing two abortion clinic directors on "The Rachel Maddow Show" complain about new restrictions passed by the legislatures in their states.
These GOP-led efforts won't keep women from ending pregnancies, said Tammi Kromenaker, director of Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, N.D. --
When a woman doesn't want to be pregnant, she will go through hell, high water and North Dakota blizzards, floods, you know, she'll hit a deer on the way and have a flat tire and say, can I still come? When a woman doesn't want to be pregnant, she'll do whatever she needs to do and unfortunately it just adds to the stigma that women feel when they hear all of these things about heartbeat bans, sex selection, genetic abnormality, you know. Abortion is very common and the stigma is disgusting.
So much for that Clinton formulation of abortion as safe, legal and rare. Current apologists prefer that it's "very common" -- while opposition to this barbarity is "disgusting."
Pro-life criticism of abortion "just adds to the stigma" that women who want abortions already feel, Kronemaker told Maddow, saying more than she intended. Why does a women who wants an abortion feel any more stigma about that than she would for her appendix or gall bladder coming out? Only if this allegedly insignificant procedure was actually one of moral consequence.
Ever notice how liberals love to prattle on about "karma," code from them that translates -- I am a deeply spiritual person. But whatever they mean, it never reeks worse than with the killing of unborn babies. That's bad karma, says the pro-life hippie, or would if such a creature ever existed. Hippies were big fans of Roe v. Wade. It was yet another innovation that spared them from the consequences of their actions.
What Kromenaker, Maddow, et al., don't understand is that the raft of anti-abortion laws passed by state legislatures in recent years was preceded by a distinct shift in public opinion away from abortion -- not the other way around -- and the trend shows no signs of abating. Media outlets looking away from the monstrosities uncovered during the Gosnell trial won't change this -- and what's been learned during the trial is the tip of the iceberg, Kirsten Powers reveals in an excellent USA Today column.
One positive result of Kromenaker appearing on the Maddow show -- the term "sex selection" was uttered during a conversation there about abortion. Naturally it was stated by a guest, because the show's host can't bear to let the term pass her lips. Same with "jihad," which Maddow also can't or won't say aloud. Almost as it this openly gay, highly educated Western woman who works near Times Square sees herself as a potential victim of jihadists. Ergo, they doesn't actually exist.