If you like controversy, this Factor is for you.
We begin with a Talking Points memo. If don't believe the American family is under siege by some very powerful forces, listen up.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and some powerful politicians, most notably Hillary Clinton, are on a jihad to pass laws allowing underage girls to have abortions without parental consent.
As we told you last night, the ACLU took out a full-page ad in "The New York Times" basically saying that, without such a law, underage girls will harm themselves in their quest to get rid of unwanted babies.
And there is some truth to that. Some troubled teenagers who are afraid of parental reaction will take desperate measures. But a sane society does not undermine the authority of all parents by inserting laws allowing children to make complex decisions on their own. That is not harm reduction. That will cause familial chaos.
I mean, how crazy is this? In many places, a minor can't get his or her ears pierced without parental consent, but a kid can get an abortion on her own? It's outrageous.
In my years as a journalist, I have seen many wrongheaded attempts to impose laws but none as dangerous as allowing minors to have abortions without telling their folks.
Just think about it. The kid comes home after the procedure, and everything is back to normal? She doesn't have any emotional residue? What happens if she has psychological problems because of the abortion or physical problems because of the surgery? And her parents and siblings have no idea what's going on? How cruel and destructive is that?
There comes a time in every society when good people have to rise up and protect the greater good. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood cannot defend the collateral damage done to the family when a kid has a secret abortion.
So, instead, they try to make it a body issue. The girl has a right to control her body. So, following that line of reasoning, any kid in America can have sex with any adult. No problem.
Senator Hillary Clinton is a strong proponent of kids being able to get secret abortions. Of course, Mrs. Clinton does not answer questions about her positions, so it's impossible to know how she justifies her stance.
But "Talking Points" believes the overwhelming majority of American parents see the drastic threat that any legislation of this kind poses to the family. It's tough enough these days for parents to teach morality to their kids. Children see and hear things at a young age that are impossible for them to understand. They are bombarded with sex and violence on a daily basis.
And now parents have to deal with yet another threat. But this one is much more powerful than video games, permissive educators, or trashy movies. This threat sits there in a black robe and tells you what is legal and what is not, and if things progress much further, then this threat will be telling your young teenager that she can ignore you and see a doctor that will alter her life forever. Can you believe things have come this far?
And that's the memo.
Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."
All over the country, Native Americans are opening casinos on Indian land. In Coachella, California, there's a small tribe about to do the same thing.
The Cahuilla Mission Indians have signed a deal with a Vegas outfit to put up a casino. And that arrangement is very special because there is only one adult Cahuilla left, Maryann Martin. That's it. Maryann has three kids, but she's basically the tribe.
Ridiculous? Not if you're Maryann. She's got that casino going on for her.
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