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Pro-choicers, take the challenge

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Call it a coincidence, although I highly doubt it.

The weekend of the annual Life Chain across the nation and Canada, in more than 1,500 locations, including Spencer, a viral video hits Facebook determined to transform opinions of those with pro-choice preferences.

"180," a new documentary lasts just 33 minutes but seeks to make an impression that could impact generations.

Ray Comfort hosts the production which takes to the streets, seeking to educate people on the evils of the Holocaust, Adolph Hitler's reign of terror on the world and comparisons to a "modern-day Holocaust" taking place in America.

Comfort, who is Jewish, is deeply concerned that people are forgetting one of the greatest tragedies in world history, the death of 11 million people including 6 million Jews through the Holocaust under the supervision of Nazi soldiers under Hitler's control.

You can view the documentary at www.180movie.com.

Comfort hits the streets, initially talking about Adolph Hitler to a group of people, predominantly young adults, the majority of whom demonstrate a very weak knowledge of the man. He is called everything from an actor, a communist to the most famous criminal in the world, a bad guy, and a hero. Some people didn't know who he was even when presented with a picture.

Comfort's point: "Those who forget history are destined to repeat it." Not original, but poignant.

He stresses today there is a "Holocaust in America" sanctioned by the government, and asks the subjects in his street interviews how they can ignore it, just as so many ignored the German Holocaust during World War II. His rationale challenges his subjects

At one point, Comfort asks, "It's okay to kill a child in the womb when ...?" The answers ... well, watch it and see.

The number of unborn babies killed in the American Holocaust in the first 37 years since Roe v. Wade is 53,310,843 and growing, nearly five times the amount of deaths attributed to the German Holocaust.

The video is horrible, raw, disturbing and a harsh look at reality. It illustrates everything from the bigotry and hatred that still exist in America, the the ignorance of such a major piece of world history, to peoples varied views on morality. It's important.

Please carve out some time to watch it online. Then I ask you to post your comments here or write letters to the editor. I'm curious about the impact of the video on readers of this column. Use our forum to express your thoughts and feelings.

I also wanted to encourage folks to hit the Southpark 7 this weekend and take in "Courageous," the newest Christian film from the same people who created "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof." Leah and I are going to the 7 p.m. show Saturday night, so anyone who would like to come along, we can make it a great big date night. Looking forward to seeing you there, and if you can't make it, well there are plenty of other showings this weekend. If you see Pat Rouse, owner of On Eagles Wings, be sure to thank her for all of her efforts to get this film to Spencer. It's in limited distribution so the only way to get films like this to town is for viewers to support them with their movie industry dollar.

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180 has got to be one of the best if not the very best documentary I've ever seen. I hope and pray churches all across our country will take the time to show it and discuss it with their members. This should be on everyone's must see list. I guess I should add the fact that I was put up for adoption at birth so I knew there was a better choice than abortion before I watched 180.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

-- Posted by DSchantz on Sun, Oct 2, 2011, at 7:36 PM

I, too, was adopted as an an infant, before Roe v Wade made abortion legal, though I assume even in south Iowa farm country an illegal one could have been obtained. I'm happy I am a person, not a statistic and memory.

Having said that, I don't support the government being involved in limiting abortion, or the punitive regulations some states are adding, like requiring women to see an ultrasound, and specifying the ultrasound be taken internally.

South Dakota's proposed law that killing an abortion law to "save a life" might be legal makes absolutely no sense, and I don't know how pro-life advocates could possibly support it.

If so many tax dollars did not go to our representatives seeking to legally limit abortion, sending out inflammatory mailings, etc., more of our discretionary money might go to places like Cherish House and Birthright, where families with crisis pregnancies can get compassion and help. I don't know anyone who could argue with the missions of these organizations.

If abortion should be legally prohibited, proponents of this should do the work necessary to overturn Roe v Wade. If the American people speak and the law is overturned -- that's the time abortion will be legally restricted. Unless and until then, it's legal, folks.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 6:08 AM

That should be "South Dakota...killing an abortion DOCTOR..."

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 6:09 AM

Do you know that 98% of the work that Planned Parenthood does is prevention? Many women use Planned Parenthood services for routine health exams, infection treatment or birth control.Besides offering prenatal care in some of the larger centers they provide adoption services through the Avalon center. They support healthy families.Too bad many people seem to ignore these facts.

-- Posted by MH on Sun, Oct 23, 2011, at 10:18 AM

Abortion is legal and should remain so for those choosing it. Not all adoptions are positive as history attests and cannot be relied upon as an alternative to abortion. We do not need more unwanted children in society to be buffeted around. So think about the child being in a bad familial situation and how it could be avoided.

-- Posted by communicate on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 5:12 AM

MH- that is a good point, althought I do think that many people are aware of that and don't want to see the clinic itself close rather just to see it not offering abortions. Communicate- so if nobody decided they wanted you when you turned 3 then is it ok to kill you then? you talk about how it can be avoided, people that are having sex very well know how it can be avoided. I have 3 kids, none of them were a "surprise" because I take the responsibility of a parent seriously and take the necessary precautions against another pregnancy at this time, I would have to add though that in the case an "surprise" pregnancy came along I would without a single hesitation care for my child as I have my other children. I even have a handicapped child which I knew from before birth what some of his handicapp's would be and have never for a minute second guessed my decision to raise on of the most wonderful kids in the world. I think far too many people are using abortion as a way to get out of something that they don't want because they weren't responsible enough in the first place. I know for a fact that there are still to this day TONS of families out there that would love to adopt more children that you claim are "unwanted". Just because their biological families don't want them doesn't mean nobody else does. I have multiple people in my family that are adopted and prove this to me on a regular basis.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sat, Oct 29, 2011, at 9:08 AM

I am a pro-choice individual who has experienced abortion first hand. I have been on birth control since the age of 13. I have always been religious with that schedule. But its also only 99.99% effective. I am one of those women who take responsibility for my actions. I didn't want children in my life let alone put them through the life that I led. I was on drugs and living a life I wouldn't wish upon my enemies. But my birth control was thing I never faultered on. I was on the depo provera shot. But I got pregnant anyways. I thought about adoption, but my life choices at that time would have meant nothing healthy that it would have been receiving. That child/fetus/embryo,I felt, didn't have a fighting chance.I went through with the abortion. It is something that I do not regret and I am thankful that I had the option. I believe that every situation should be looked at as individual on its own merits. Even after watching the video I am still pro-choice. But there is one thing that I am completely appalled by; the fact that there are so many people, no matter the age, don't know who Adolph Hitler was. The pure ignorance, or maybe just stupidity, of the people in our society is, I feel, the real problem that we should be dealing with and worrying about.

-- Posted by freethought on Sun, Dec 4, 2011, at 2:36 AM

freethought I too am pro-choice because I don't think its my right to tell a woman or any person what to do with their body, however even if you are on birth control when you have sex you are deciding that you are mature enough to be an adult and take care of things if you get pregnant. Birth control is not 100% effective so making that choice to have sex means you are ready to accept what happens if you do get pregnant. Abortion is becoming a cop out and should not be a form of birth control.

-- Posted by joev on Fri, Dec 9, 2011, at 9:23 AM

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