Bush Reverses UN Grant
Vol: 10 Issue: 22 Monday, July 22, 2002
The White House has reversed a planned thirty-four million dollar grant to the United Nations to use in its ‘family planning’ programs.
Among the ‘family planning’ measures that money would have paid for are forced sterilizations and abortions, especially in China. Chinese authorities are notorious for enforcing their ‘one child’ policy.
Proponents of the UN family planning program complain that the decision was made under political pressure from the alleged ‘right wing’.
Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney attributed it to the White House’s “mindless zeal to take care of their right-wing base.”
The Right Wing?
A poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News in 1998 on the 25th anniversary of Roe v. Wade found that half of all Americans equate abortion with murder, and only 32% believe abortion should be generally available to all women.
The poll also indicated that US citizens had become less accepting of some of the reasons given for having an abortion. Only 25% of those polled thought that it was acceptable for a woman to have an abortion to avoid interrupting her career. In 1990, 37% would have accepted this motive.
Similarly, only 42% of Americans would allow a girl to have an abortion so that she would avoid interrupting her studies, a fall of 6% since 1989.
Even loaded polls with questions slanted to favor the pro-abortion agenda are unable to come up with evidence that being pro-life is ‘right wing’.
ABC News found on July 2 that “fifty-two percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, down from 59 percent in January and almost back to where it was (53 percent) last summer. Forty-three percent say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.”
“Support for legal abortion has wavered by around seven points, without clear direction, in polls by ABCNEWS and others. That underscores public ambivalence on the issue: While large majorities say it should be legal in dire cases, most also have said abortions should be illegal when done solely to end an unwanted pregnancy.”
No matter which poll you accept, a greater majority of Americans are ‘right wing’ on the question of abortion than voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 [when he won with a plurality margin of 41%].
Right wing? What does that mean, exactly?
The ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll finds that religious belief forms a substantial portion of opposition to abortion. Among people who oppose legal abortion, about half cite their religious beliefs as the main factor in their opinion. The other half divide among a range of influences, including their personal but nonreligious views.
But less than ten percent of those who support abortion have any religious perspective at all, ABC found.
Support for legal abortion has other sources: Thirty-five percent of supporters cite their personal nonreligious views, 22 percent their education, 10 percent their personal experience. Fewer than one in 10 supporters cite religious belief as the chief factor in their view that abortion should be legal.
The ‘Mainstream’ View
Now let’s take a look at how the mainstream media is reporting the administration’s policy reversal.
“Conservative activists helped carry Bush to the presidency, and White House political advisers have carefully tended them with an eye to his re-election. But the decision on family planning could also damage Bush’s standing with moderates and women.” [- The Washington Post, July 22, 2002]
Half of America is anti-abortion, and half of them are anti-abortion for religious reasons. The other half are pro-abortion, and less than one in ten claim religion plays any role in their position favoring abortion.
Where are the Washington Post’s ‘moderates’? Obviously, since nearly half of all Americans are opposed to abortion, they must be members of the ‘right wing’. And half of them — (lessee, that would be 25% of Americans, right?) oppose abortion on religious grounds.
The other half of Americans support abortion. Less than ten percent of them claim a religious worldview — (about five percent of Americans, give or take a couple of points).
CNN’s report of the story used the word ‘conservative’ three times to describe those opposed to abortion. ‘Moderate’ was used to describe those who oppose those who oppose abortion. In the CNN worldview, the baseline for comparison goes like this. There are ‘conservatives’ and ‘typical Americans’.
CNN called Bush’s policy reversal an ‘anti-abortion’ position while it referred to Bush’s critics as those who favor ‘family planning’. The word ‘liberal’ does not appear.
The Boston Globe described the UN Population Fund this way: “The fund operates projects – ranging from contraception to abstinence education to gynecological services – in 142 countries.”
The Globe claims that reports of forced sterilizations and abortions in China are “vehemently disputed” then lists as ‘evidence’ the findings of groups friendly to the UN Family Planning Initiative.
In their coverage, the word ‘conservative’ appears three times — in Boston, both ‘moderates’ and ‘liberals’ are the ‘mainstream’ evidently, since they required no cautionary label to identify them.
Ok. Time to identify the players. So who are the mainstream? The conservatives? The right wing?
There are only two sides to take on the question.
It’s either ok to kill the unborn under some circumstances or it is not ok under any circumstances. Everything in between are just degrees of compromise arising from one of those two baseline approaches.
We know the ‘right wing’ — to those who favor abortion — consists of anybody who opposes abortion. So the ‘right wing conservatives’ make up just about half of all Americans.
The other half of America is evidently the ‘moderate mainstream’.
That explains why it was unnecessary to look for the liberal label in the mainstream press – there’s no such thing.
There is no standard for liberal – other than it is anti-conservative and stands for the principle that there are no bedrock principles.
The Bible says, “But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.” [Isaiah 32:8]
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. – Matthew 24:4”
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12]
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” [2nd John 1:7]