Recently, Life Dynamics launched a new website called People of Choice. Inspired by People of Wal-Mart, it highlights abortion advocates displaying hatred of children, ignorance of human anatomy, extreme selfishness, racism, and other unflattering traits.
|“Abortion is not murder. it is a medical procedure to remove unnecessary piece
of meat. what if it is born and becomes a freak, for example gay.”
If you’ve been at this for as long as I have, you’ve surely encountered some of these types before. Dealing with, say, men who are obviously pro-choice for self-interested reasons (but remember, it’s all about “women’s rights”) gets tiring. Humor is a good way for us to stay sane. If the goal were to boost pro-life morale, I’d say job well done.
But an email announcing the project indicates that People of Choice is actually meant for people who are undecided:
Years ago there was an article published about the abortion issue and one of the questions they asked was “forgetting the abortion issue for a moment, what is your perception of the two sides?” They said that the most common response that they got was exhibited by this one guy who said, “Look, I don’t really know what I think, I listen to one side and I think they are right. I listen to the other side the next day and I think – no – they’re right. I go back and forth. But what I do know is, I think I like the pro-choice people better than I like the pro-life people.” And, that’s a major issue and you cannot discount that.
There’s an old saying in marketing that people do not buy products from people they do not like. The pro-aborts, working with their stooges in the media, have been very good at painting a perception of the pro-life movement. They’ve painted this picture of pro-lifers that is very unflattering, and yet, we know there’s all this stuff out there showing what the pro-aborts are really like. And, the media never puts that out there, never says a word about any of that stuff.
What we are going to do with this People of Choice website is show the American public what they’ve never been shown before. This is what they’ve never known. These are the kind of people we have to go up against. I think it’s going to change things. We’ve already seen that the pro-aborts are already getting very incensed about it. They don’t want this stuff out there.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I have no problem with hanging people by their own words; ClinicQuotes does this very effectively, quoting abortionists and industry workers who freely admit to horrific things. People of Choice is much snarkier than ClinicQuotes… but I’ve been snarky on occasion, too.
On the other hand, the site just rubs me the wrong way. It’s very negative, and that negativity may turn undecideds off. Pro-choicers who are more reasonable than those featured on People of Choice will dismiss the whole thing as a giant ad hominem attack (and in the process, feel persecuted and become even more entrenched in their position).
Changing the negative perceptions of pro-lifers is important, but it could be accomplished by a more positive site – for instance, showcasing inspiring stories of pro-lifers adopting children with disabilities, opening their homes to pregnant teens, etc. On the other hand, would that be as effective? There’s a reason political candidates go negative: it works. (And of course, the other side went negative long ago.)
It seems that, like Tevye, I’ve run out of hands. So I ask you: what do you think about People of Choice?