The Pro-Life Movement: Reframing “Life” to Suit Their Agenda

by Katie Klabusich, Truthout | News Analysis – Those claiming the “pro-life” label have become increasingly flexible on how important it is to actually protect “life.” Visible religious leaders such as Pope Francis and Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly support campaigns like 40 Days for Life, which are carried out by longtime anti-abortion organizations with violent histories. Politicians and archbishops pay lip service to the “pro-life” movement from pulpits and fundraiser platforms while doctors and their families as well as volunteers and activists are targeted with harassment and even killed. A new nationwide report from the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), the 2014 National Clinic Violence Survey, has found that over half of US abortion providers and clinics now experience targeted attacks. When asked how often they experience anti-abortion activity, 25 percent said their facilities deal with harassment every day and 42.8 percent say they experience harassment weekly. Altogether,...

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