It’s one thing to be an opinionated blowhard, dedicated to misinformation and fear mongering. That’s boilerplate conservatism in our modern America. However when one seeks to attack one’s critics, it’s often good to get at least some facts right.
Enter Liz Blanchard of the Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) in Northfield Minnesota. Blanchard, an ardent anti-choice activist and director of the Northfield CPC, took umbrage recently when St. Olaf College student Payne McMillan, penned a letter to the editor of his school’s paper, seeking to warn students about the dishonest practices at play at these “crisis centers.”
For those not familiar, Crisis Pregnancy Centers are misinformation factories, designed and run to scare women away from their legal reproductive rights and more fact-oriented medical facilities, such as Planned Parenthood. Focusing almost exclusively on horror stories, myths and guilt trips, CRC’s seek to encourage women seeking information about the options available regarding unwanted or unexpected pregnancies, to simply go through with the childbirth, no matter how ill prepared or unready they may be.
Run under the auspices of being a reproductive health center, these facilities typically employ no trained or licensed medical staff of any kind and have been exposed publicly for intentionally providing misinformation in an effort to promote their right-wing views of women’s health.
Now, while consciously misrepresenting the facts in what is an intensely emotional debate, is nothing new for the right-wing, one would think they would at least pay some attention to who they were attacking.
But in an email response to Mister McMillan’s letter to the editor, Blanchard seemed almost eager to play up every bit of proto-typical misogyny she could, even going as far as to ignore the details of whom she was addressing.
Beginning by addressing him as “Ms. McMillan,” (and we can at least applaud the correct use of the last name,) Blanchard went on to insist that McMillan should drop out of school as it had clearly been a ripoff, that hadn’t learned proper research techniques and even went as far as offering this greatly played out fashion tip, common among the more condescending of right-wing zealots.
If you want to stand for something Ms. McMillan, be prepared to defend what you stand for with legitimate answers. […] Put on your big girl panties and come talk to me.
h/t: Think Progress