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How Stupid Do They Think We Are?


I feel like a 12-year-old trying to explain why Muffy is no longer dating Binky, but here goes:

National Right to Life has broken up with Cleveland Right to Life because Cleveland Right to Life wants to amend its mission statement to ban same-sex marriage — in Ohio, mind you, where same-sex marriage is already banned.

Think of it as the "So there!" initiative — in case any gay people in Ohio missed the 2004 "We mean it!" voter referendum that stripped them of rights they never had.

Welcome to my little patch of Wackadoodle Land.

National Right to Life says it's focused on eliminating a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. After all, there's only so much energy in a day, and we womenfolk have been a handful ever since we got the right to vote. Trying to take away women's legal rights in 2013 is exhausting work. Embarrassing, too, when your loudest spokesman is the former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

There's a new YouTube video of Santorum making the rounds. This time, he accuses liberals of making it hard for conservatives to shower in Texas.

"What the pro-choice movement does is they just don't focus on their little issue," he said. "They focus on everything they do and every aspect of their lives. They make it uncomfortable for students who come to Austin to shower at a Young Men's Christian Association, YMCA, gym, because they live it. They're passionate. They're willing to do and say uncomfortable things in mixed company. They're willing to make the sacrifice at their business because they care enough."

Then he went on to talk about the American Revolution.

I am reminded of a male reader's letter during last year's Republican presidential primaries. "I do not understand," he wrote, "how a lady who can be so sweet to her puppy can be so mean to Rick Santorum."

Oh, yes, you do.

What Santorum failed to mention — but the Austin Y later explained in a statement — was that the young men showed up for showers wearing T-shirts telegraphing their support for legislation outlawing most abortions. The Y director asked them not to return because the organization tries to offer a partisan-free environment.

"So," you might ask, "what does same-sex marriage have to do with abortion rights?"

Silly you, having a point.

You never are going to fit in with this crowd.

Cleveland Right to Life President Molly Smith explained the anti-gay agenda this way to The Plain Dealer: "How can you be for the child if you are not for the family?"

Fascinating question in light of the largest study of children with same-sex parents, by the University of Melbourne, which showed they do as well as — and sometimes better than — children raised by heterosexuals.

Lead researcher Dr. Simon Crouch said that's because gay families deal with more challenges (hello-o-o-o-, Cleveland Right to Life), which makes their children more resilient.

"Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying," he told a reporter.

Experience has taught me to expect a few emails insisting this study doesn't count because it's about foreigners. They're Australians. Home of Ugg boots. You don't get more American than that.

Cleveland Right to Life board member Jerry C. Cirino told The Plain Dealer that he, too, supported the same-sex marriage ban: "We know it is not only important to protect the rights of a child to be born. ... We should also care about the child after they are born."

Again, no explanation as to how same-sex parents hurt children. Surprising, considering local Right to Life chapters' fondness for fun fake facts that find their way into Ohio laws that can't survive constitutional challenges. National Right to Life is sick of that, too. Ask them about Ohio's "heartbeat bill." That went well.

Nevertheless, let's look on the bright side. Finally, Cleveland Right to Life claims to be in the business of looking out for the children they insist women must bear. Surely, those press releases are on the way calling for universal health care, affordable day care and a living wage for all working parents.

How stupid do they think we are?

Again, I'm reminded of that male reader. I responded to his initial email by explaining that we women are complicated creatures capable of holding more than one thought in our heads. We can love puppies and oppose men who think they should control our bodies.

The reader was unimpressed. "Well," he wrote, "now you just sound like my wife."

Well, yes. We're everywhere.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and an essayist for Parade magazine. She is the author of two books, including "...and His Lovely Wife," which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. To find out more about Connie Schultz ( and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Of course all you supporters of abortion on demand conveniently ignore that you're taking a life in the process. The liberal Violence Against Children agenda will remain strong as long as you monsters have your way. You can all go to your graves knowing you slaughtered millions of innocents JUST BECAUSE YOU COULD. And y'all call yourself human?
Comment: #1
Posted by: Larry Crnobrnja
Thu Aug 8, 2013 9:19 AM
i am sure the anti-choice nut jobs will be out with their baby murdering comment a mater of fact one has already posted.. but yes connie.. they do think we are stupid.. or at least they hope we are.. fortunately enough of us are not stupid and we never will be.. we know the different between fetus and baby.. we know that all people have rights and all people should and will have the right to love and marry who they chose. thanks for pointing this out to them time and time again and for being their whipping girl... you are way politer about it than i am..
Comment: #2
Posted by: kris z
Thu Aug 8, 2013 11:35 AM
It seems a bit ironic that this group of "Right To Life" activists are "Pro-Life" - unless of course the baby happens to be born gay.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Betsy W
Thu Aug 8, 2013 4:57 PM
Re: Betsy W

I know of very few people who wish others would die. I mean besides pro-abortionists.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Larry Crnobrnja
Thu Aug 8, 2013 6:21 PM
Re: Larry Crnobrnja

You really are a piece of work, Larry. Your ilk demand that the women have these babies, but when it turns out that these babies live in poverty and need food assistance, then it's "You shouldn't have had the kid." One of the greatest GOP Congressmen of all time, Henry Hyde, would have knocked all your teeth out for being that way. One thing he wasn't was a hypocrite, which the vast majority of "Right-to-lifers" are.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Ed Mixon
Fri Aug 9, 2013 5:29 AM
Re: Ed Mixon

If by my "ilk" you mean others with morals higher than baby killers, I'm guilty. I don't want to force any woman to become pregnant and have children if that's not her desire and I support education and contraceptive use for everyone. But I also don't feel it's right for a woman to murder her unborn child simply for the sake of convenience.

Children don't live in poverty because they weren't aborted; that is such an ignorant argument. But one thing is certain, they are happier living in poverty than they would be as a fetus flushed down the toilet. I guess by your argument you would think it's okay to kill some children in the family so the others would have more food to eat?

Do you consider yourself humane? Hard to believe that you can if you support killing innocent babies.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Larry Crnobrnja
Fri Aug 9, 2013 7:14 AM
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