Does The Nation want you to to have a baby?
I'm reading John Nichol's Online Beat this morning, nodding along as he excoriates those Democrats who voted for Roberts and repeats, yet again, what's at stake for civil and reproductive rights, when all of a sudden, I stop nodding. I'm getting to the end and I read:
Need a place to live? Come visit Bethany's House -- we can help.
This is only one of a series of six ads, all of the same theme. Bethany House, as the link soon clarifies, is a Christian ministry for women who are pregnant and don't want to be. They also provide adoption services and teach women how to cook meals for the good Christian families they are supposed to have. They are "passionate about providing women with a place to stay during their pregnancy" to make sure that they don't have an abortion.
Bethany House also has the following irresponsible, wrong, and fear-mongering "statistics":
The total number of abortions is equal to: 7 times the number of Jews murdered in World War II concentration camps; 14,246 times the number of people who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks; 17,748 time the number of deaths at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.They also link to the already debunked site linking abortion and breastcancer.
Abortion is the #1 cause of death annually in the United States - more than heart disease and cancer deaths combined. More than stroke, lung disease, accidents, pneumonia, suicide, diabetes, kidney disease, and HIV combined. More than 88 times the number of homicides.
So, what the hell is this doing on the The Nation site? While the ads say at the top that they are "sponsored by Google" it seems The Nation should either have some editorial control over the ads or get the Google sponsorship off their site. There are better ways to make a buck on a web page.