- - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The greatest threat to an oppressive government and its cronies isn’t war, recession, or scandal.

It’s a grandmother quietly exercising her freedom to hand out a leaflet on a public sidewalk.

Eleanor McCullen is a sweet, cheerful grandmother from Massachusetts. She greets women outside a Boston abortion facility with a smile: “Good morning, may I give you my literature? Is there anything I can do for you?”

But the one thing Planned Parenthood and the politicians in its pocket cannot tolerate is Eleanor’s friendly smile. Many women seeking abortion actually feel they have no choice. When they meet Eleanor, they realize help is available for what they truly desire: to choose life. They accept Eleanor’s loving offer.

When Eleanor empowers those women, it deprives Planned Parenthood of tens of thousands of dollars in abortion cash every year, so Massachusetts politicians passed a series of laws to stop women from meeting Eleanor and hearing her message.

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down the latest version of those laws in McCullen v. Coakley.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates went apoplectic. Cecile Richards declared that the decision showed utter “disregard for American women.”

Really? Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor “disregard American women”? Does even Richards believe her press release?

You know you’re an extremist if you blast Justice Ginsburg’s views on abortion as too conservative.

Here’s what really disrespects American women. Abortion advocates cannot tolerate women being allowed to receive Eleanor McCullen’s quietly presented information and her loving offer to help them choose life.

Abortion advocates cannot tolerate letting women have all the information they need, including the caring assistance of the pro-life movement’s thousands of pregnancy centers.

Abortion profiteers insist on being the only ones to talk to women. Their industry will collapse unless they criminalize Eleanor McCullen’s quiet offer, otherwise a lot of women will hear and accept it.

Eleanor’s empowerment of women dries up Planned Parenthood’s cash flow, and therefore it dries up the campaign contributions of pro-abortion extremist politicians.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their political allies consequently insist that the sweet, grandmotherly Eleanor McCullen and hundreds like her must be punished.

They even say criminalizing Eleanor is necessary to stop violence. But no one really believes that. A unanimous Supreme Court apparently doesn’t believe it.

The extremist tactics of the abortion cartel are laid bare in the McCullen case. Abortion advocates shamelessly tried to brand quiet, peaceful free speech with the slanderous label of violence, even though there’s no connection between the two.

Big abortion is using the same old tactic that segregationists used against the peaceful civil rights movement: call them all violent, and hope the public believes you. When someone wants to oppress freedom, he first demonizes his victim.

In April the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights issued an international legal memorandum saying that “the rights of freedom of speech” themselves constitute “torture” of women if they “undermine reproductive rights.”

Yes, torture. The abortion hegemon believes that the First Amendment itself is torture. Actually, it is torture—not of women, but of Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar budget. Eleanor’s quiet free speech is redefined as violence to bail out the abortion industry.

The Supreme Court rejected the abortion movement’s Orwellian redefinition of violence: “a caring demeanor, a calm tone of voice” and “personal, caring, consensual conversations” are pro-life methods of “dissuading women from having abortions.”

That’s a perfectly legitimate activity in a free country. It respects women by giving them a real choice. It’s a choice that Planned Parenthood cannot tolerate.

Matt Bowman is senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the lawsuit McCullen v. Coakley with allied attorneys in 2008.

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