Grandmas for abortion

As one of my Facebook followers pointed out after I posted the story about Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, those words together is the biggest oxymoron since jumbo shrimp. Maybe I am missing something, as I don’t have a medical degree, but it doesn’t take much understanding of medicine or science to understand that these grandmothers who are part of this new pro-abortion group wouldn’t be grandmothers at all if their children didn’t reproduce.

According to the website, the group from Maine recently has caught the attention and support of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s top abortion provider. Planned Parenthood recently tweeted about the pro-abortion grannies, referring to them as “the advocacy group you need to know about right now.”

The group’s founder, Judy Kahrl, told local media that the organization started out as an effort to “educate and advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights.”

“I think women are waking up to how threatened this kind of care is,” she said.

The idea of women who are advocating for the freedom to kill their grandchildren is downright creepy. But the language they are using is all too familiar, extremely harmful and misleading.

Phrases such as “women’s health” and “reproductive rights” are codes for abortion on demand through nine months of pregnancy with no exceptions. Abortion isn’t “healthy” for anyone — especially the unborn child — and when it comes to being “reproductive,” here’s a news flash for the pro-abortion grannies: having abortions has the opposite effect. But those who support the killing of unborn children (to the tune of more than a million a year in the United States alone) can never allow truth to get in the way of their agenda. They have to sell fiction, as facts continually reveal the evil and ugliness of abortion.

But do they ever stop to think about how cold-hearted they sound when it comes to what they’re advocating as grandmothers? In articles published earlier this year before Planned Parenthood became enamored with the organization, the grannies said this wasn’t about them, that it was about — yes, believe it or not — future generations.

“This isn’t about us. We’ve had our children and grandchildren. This is for them.”

Well isn’t that so thoughtful? We love our children and grandchildren so very much that we think advocating for killing what might be another member of the family is such a worthwhile cause.

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The image of Judy Kahrl proudly standing with her granddaughters, all of them smiling and wearing their Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights T-shirts, is enough to send chills down one’s spine. But if you look into her background, it’s not surprising. According to media reports, Kahrl grew up in a wealthy family. Her great-grandfather, James Gamble, was a doctor and the co-founder of Procter and Gamble. Her father, Clarence Gamble, worked with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.

So, again, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Judy Kahrl is the proud founder of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, or that Planned Parenthood is lending its huge promotional machine to help get them noticed.

The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, as the old saying goes, even though Kahrl, her family connections and her friends over at Planned Parenthood are hardly concerned with being “fruitful.”

Teresa Tomeo is the host of “Catholic Connection,” produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and SiriusXM Channel 130.