Abortion and football: when anti-abortion folks show their true colors

15 Dec

Trigger warning for anti-abortion violence, violence against women, gruesome imagery, threats, etc.

Sophia wrote a post a day or two ago about being a Tebow fan and being pro-choice. To reconcile the fact that she loves watching the football player and that he’s anti-choice, she talked about how she’s going to donate to a pro-choice organization every time he scores a touchdown. Who knew that what riles up anti-abortion folks is not the potential to help women and their (already existing) children, but defending a football star and insulting bloggers they’ve never met?

Instead of publishing the dozens of insulting, hateful, and blatantly violent comments and emails we’ve gotten over the last 48 hours, below are some highlights (lowlights, really), in case you had any doubts about what the anti-choice movement is really about: shaming, disrespecting, and hating women.

Some people thought they’d be really smart and donate to their local anti-abortion organization instead. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

You know what, for every touchdown Tebow scores, I think I’ll donate money to my local pregnancy care centre. Dare to disagree with that, and you’ll expose yourself as the anti-choice people you really are…since if you’re really pro-choice, you should respect my right to donate my money to something that will really help women. GOOOOOOOOOOOO, Tebow!!

Others thought that insulting Sophia and telling us all we should die was the way to get us to change our minds (nope, still doesn’t work).

This is genuinely pathetic in every way. Sophia, you are a pretentious piece of garbage. It pains me that your mother didn’t have enough sense to abort you when she had the chance. I’m sure she’s really proud of you. Get a life, and if you love abortions so much why dont you go f-ck yourself and jam a wire hanger up your snatch.

Definition of anti-abortion respect and kindness there, am I right? Other folks decided to go straight up medical and take us to task for being sluttly abortion lovers.

Who devotes this much time and energy advocating the act of sucking out a human fetus from a woman’s uterus using a vacuum. I don’t mind if you’re pro choice, but my god this is dreadful. You guys must really have a lot going for you. You guys are like abortion addicts. I bet for every one girl participating in this blog there are 7 terminated pregnancies. Nasty ass ho’s. NASTY.

And then there’s the folks who just couldn’t resist getting all World War II on us, claiming that we’re discriminating against Tebow a la Hitler. As a Jew, I get particular joy out of this. You want to make this about the Holocaust? Try me, fools.

You are discriminating against someone who has every right to display his faith, just as you have every right to display yours without prejudice from those around you who would disagree.  The hatred oozing from you is astonishing!!  Hatred for what!??!  Someone who believes in God??  Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist…and I daresay one day you will experience the consequences of your lack of faith.  I would liken you to Hitler…for your hatred.

And, my personal favorite, the over-reaching Christian who hopes that Jesus saves us all (memo: already too late).

You folks are truely deranged.  Does Jesus save?  You’ll know for certain a microsecond or so after you cross over from this life into the next.  God luck.

Oh anti-abortion folks. Sometimes I wish I could just give you a hug and tell you that it’s all going to be ok. This isn’t a war on Christians, or your beliefs, or your precious Tim Tebow. We are doing the work, God’s work, if you will, that saves women’s lives, strengthens their families, and lets women achieve their hopes and dreams, all while you’re anonymously commenting on a blog post about football. You make our job so easy! Thanks for reminding us who is really on the side of love, kindness, respect, compassion, and justice.



9 Responses to “Abortion and football: when anti-abortion folks show their true colors”

  1. Clarissa December 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    While I realize it is not possible to undo the damage these previous posters and emailers have done I would like to apologize on behalf of the pro-life movement for the comments and emails of hatred you and your co-authors received. It is not a message of hatred and bigotry that we – as a whole – are trying to spread, but one of love. We may disagree on the issue of abortion, but we are all people and we all deserve respect and love. I do wish you would reconsider your position on abortion, but please realize that the majority of us do not wish ill on you. We pray for you daily, whether your belief system is in line with ours or not we do it. God bless you.

  2. Jameson December 16, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    “It pains me that your mother didn’t have enough sense to abort you when she had the chance.”

    …wait. These moronic hateful lying terrorists are against abortion, but yet they support aborting certain people’s embryos/fetuses…

    The stupid, it burns.

    And Tim Tebow sucks, both as an athlete and as an anti-choicer.

  3. Lauren December 16, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I would like to 2nd Clarissa’s comments and apologize to you and the entire pro-choice movement for the terrible comments people made regarding this post. While I disagree with you, I certainly do not wish you ill and I’m sorry that others were so hurtful. I hope you can know and understand that not all pro-lifers are like that. We love and care for both mothers and babies… and we want to help women so they can choose to keep their unborn children without falling into ruining financially, emotionally or otherwise. Please know that there are many organizations out there that can help women in crisis pregnancies so that they don’t have to make the difficult decision to abort their babies. We love you and we’re praying for you. God bless.

  4. Horatio December 16, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    To “Lauren” above:

    ok, you pray for us, we’ll think for you.

    cheers! abortions for everyone!! (who want them)

  5. Rachel December 18, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    Ironies really do abound. Wire hangers are one of the reasons why safe, medically-supervised abortions should be readily available. Women will always seek to control their reproductive destinies; it is a human right to be able to do so in a healthy, accessible way.

    Also… How ambitious, to attempt to apologize for the “hurtful” violence expressed by the entire anti-choice movement. It boggles my mind. The above statements were not just hurtful. They, like so many tiresome, repetitive examples that have preceded them, advocate real violence against women. The anti-choice position begins from a position that treats women as only contingently human– as soon as there is a fetus involved she may as well cease being a person. That is violent. The anti-choice position is based on violence.

    The condescension of your apologies are astonishing. Please, if you want to mitigate your hypocrisy just a little bit, if you want to be pro-life in a way that’s actually helpful, that continues to love and care for mothers and babies, do something that has an actual impact in their lives — like voting for politicians who support family- and child-support programs, well-funded schools, the right to organize in the workplace for better protections and wages, universally accessible (and free!) maternal and prenatal care…

    But please, do not pray for pro-choice activists. We don’t need your prayers, we just need to be left alone to do the work of respecting and protecting a woman’s right to make choices about where, when, and under what circumstances she would or would not like to have children.

  6. Clarissa December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Rachel: My apology was sincere, there is no excuse for hatred and venom such as the examples above towards anyone for any reason. I am fully aware of the arguments on both the pro-life and pro-choice sides. After careful research I have based my view on what I feel to be right, just as you have yours. I do fully support programs that assist mothers, both inside and outside of the political field. I am fully aware of the hoops a woman must jump through to obtain much-needed aid for herself and her child since I have done so myself in the past. I am not trying to pretend that raising a child is easy or giving your baby up for adoption, I am advocating that the baby have that chance. We don’t have enough public assistance programs for mothers with nowhere else to turn, and those we do have are broken systems that make it incredibly difficult for a woman to get the assistance she needs. I know someone who has been waiting on a list for childcare assistance for five months and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. She is raising two kids by herself while gonig to school full time and working, the fact that she’s left hanging for this amount of time is inexcusable. Please do not assume that because we advocate for alternatives to abortion we don’t understand the difficulties women face; at least some of us are aware of it on a personal level as well.

  7. Rae Stabosz December 21, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Rachel wrote, “But please, do not pray for pro-choice activists. We don’t need your prayers,”

    We all need prayer. There’s not a soul alive who doesn’t benefit when somebody else lifts them up to God in prayer. For whatever reason. Don’t turn down prayer! I personally think that prayer from an ideological opponent or an enemy is a wonderful thing. I would encourage everyone to pray for me, the more the merrier.


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