Sunday, February 21, 2010

Promoting Abortion: The 24th Annual Conference for Student & Community Activists at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

My Fellow Americans,

The liberal/progressive agenda continues to be thrown in our faces.  We just can't get away from it – we see it promoted on the television, the radio, the Internet – and, yes, even in your U.S. mail. 

A female friend of mine brought something to my attention on Feb. 20.  My friend, a conservative woman who has never been pregnant, received a flyer from the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program and the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.  The headline on the flyer read: "24th Annual Conference for Student and Community Activists from Abortion Rights to Social Justice - Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom."  The conference is to be held from April 9-11, 2010 on the campus of Hampshire (logo:  (For more information on the conference, click here).

What is "Reproductive Justice" you ask?  Luckily for us, the flyer explains it.  Reproductive Justice includes:

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2. Access to Healthcare

3. Abortion Rights and Access

4. Alternatives to Prison

5. Comprehensive Sexuality Education

6. The Right to Have Children

7. Environmental and Climate Justice

8. Immigrant Rights

9. Rights, Respect, and Access to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

10. Youth Rights

11. A World Free from War and Violence

12. Disability Rights

13. Racial Justice

14. LGBTQI Sexual and Health Rights

15. Gender Justice

16. Support for Mothers

What I am having trouble wrapping my head around is how some of these “rights” included in “Reproductive Justice” contradict each other.  How can you promote the right for people to have children and support for mothers then turn around and support abortion rights and access to it?  On top of that, how can you be for a world free from violence and promote the killing of babies in the womb?  It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

What I also have trouble understanding is how a college can host such a polarizing event.  Then again, in its mission statement on its very own website,  Hampshire College does encourage its students to “…advance the cause of social justice…”  So, when you read that, you begin to understand how Hampshire hosting this conference came about.

The flyer also details who is speaking at or sponsoring the conference.  Who would possibly speak at or sponsor such an event?  The sponsors list includes the Tides Foundation – the organization founded by Drummond Pike.  The Tides Foundation has ties to ACORN – and Pike is good buddies with Wade Rathke, ACORN’s founder.  Rathke is also a board member of the Tides Foundation.  This organization is everywhere.

Who else will be there?  Well, Alexandra L. Cawthorne from the Center for American Progress, the organization headed by John D. Podesta and heavily-funded by George Soros.  In parts of 2006 and 2007, Ms. Cawthorne worked as a Democratic Legislative Assistant on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

But, oh, it gets better.  The American Civil Liberties Union is represented as well.  Speakers Dahlia Ward and Diana Kasdan will be there representing the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project.  According to her LinkedIn profile, not only is Ms. Ward currently the ACLU’s State Strategist and a contributor to the ACLU’s blog, she was a community organizer for the Sacramento Mutual Housing Association

Ms. Kasdan is an attorney at the ACLU.  All she wants to do is make sure women who are in jail have access to “abortion care.”  She also blogs for the ACLU.

And don’t worry – if you can’t afford to go – you will still be accommodated.  I mean, God forbid we don’t give pregnant girls the opportunity to learn about their abortion rights.  There is a stipend for just about everything: the Comfort Inn (which blocked off rooms for the event), air travel, food, and, yes, even child care.  You know, the children who weren’t aborted?  We’ll take care of them for you.  Oh, and if you’re a social worker, you can receive continuing education credits!

I bring all of this to your attention because I find it down right disgusting.  Sure, it’s free speech – and you know I fully support the Constitution.  But, this is indoctrination to the fullest extent.

Furthermore, this is just another element of the progressive agenda.  Can you honestly sit there and say to yourself that this is not a minority thing – mostly an African American thing?  Do you think that minorities are a target for the progressive movement?  Think again.  It’s called population control.  And President Barack Obama’s science czar, John Holdren is all for it.

It is a fact that the majority of women who are having abortions are black.  Statistics collected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004 show that:too many aborted

  • “50% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25. Women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 17%.
  • Black women are 4.8 times as likely as non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely.
  • 37.1% of all abortions are performed on black women who make up only 14% of the total population of U.S. women of child-bearing age.”

As of 2006, black women were only 3 times as likely as white women to get an abortion.  Shall we say that is progress?  I think not (photo:

It’s funny.  This whole conference is about rights.  But, what the conference organizers, speakers, sponsors, and attendees fail to realize (or just flat out ignore) is that the unborn child has rights as well.  Remember that pesky little Declaration of Independence?  How about the part that explains how we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”?  Do we forget that?  That child has certain rights as well – the most important (and the one that should be the easiest to acknowledge) being the right to LIFE.

I’ll spare you the science about when a baby has a heartbeat or how long into the pregnancy an abortion can be performed.  You can read the links I provided on your own.  But, what if Barack Obama’s mother or Martin Luther King’s mother had decided to have an abortion?  For you liberals, progressives, and Feminazis – think about that for a second.  Let it marinate in your corrupt minds for a while.  How many potential leaders, presidents, scientists, lawyers, and doctors are we killing – without ever giving them a chance at life?  (Photo: Google)

brxbxp45356 Instead of teaching these women what their “rights” are in terms of a procedure they will regret having for the rest of their lives, why don’t we teach people responsibility?  What about teaching them self-reliance and self-control?  While, yes, you do have the right to do whatever you want with your body.  What you don’t have is the right to do so in a way that affects others.  For instance, sure you can drink and get drunk.  That’s your right.  But, you are also responsible for the things that happen while you are drunk.  And if you drive – and kill someone – that’s on you.  So, with that in mind, sure, these women can have sex.  But, if sexual activity results in pregnancy – their body isn’t just theirs anymore. 

That unborn child has rights as well.

Tell President Obama and our “leaders” in Washington that we don’t want our tax dollars going to places like Planned Parenthood.  We shouldn’t be funding abortions domestically or abroad.

If you are as outraged as my friend and I are – do something about it.  Call Hampshire College about this conference.  Boycott the Comfort Inn.

Contact Information

Hampshire College:

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002-3359

Phone: (413) 559-5416

Fax: (413) 559-5826


The Comfort Inn:

Comfort Inn Hadley Amherst Hotel
237 Russell Street, SR 9
Hadley, MA  01035
Phone:  (413) 584-9816
Fax:  (413) 586-7512

I will be doing a follow-up post to this some time this week.  So, be on the look out for it.  I will be detailing a movement that is a part of this conference and a group which is pushing the agenda.  I’m doing research for it and gathering my facts.  Stay tuned.

God Bless America.