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Making the Tragedy of Abortion Personal

Apr 22, 2014 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

In a world as big as ours, tragedy is always striking somewhere—but we rarely notice. Even in our own communities, most tragedies remain impersonal and abstract—a mere headline or news report that is quickly forgotten. With rare exceptions, it is only when there is a personal connection that we begin to feel the actual weight of devastation.

Such was my family’s experience this past Easter morning when a three-alarm fire tore through a house across the street from us. My wife and I awoke at around 3:45 to yelling and loud pops. It sounded like fireworks, which we hear a lot in our area, but the screaming portended something much worse. When my wife looked out the window, she saw flames underneath the house (which is on stilts), yelled for me to call 911 and ran out the door. With heart racing, I called 911 from our deck. As I spoke with the dispatcher, the flames climbed to the second and third stories. A man jumped or fell from the top balcony while my wife was in the street. Other neighbors carried his limp body out of the driveway, fearful that the car under the house would explode. The few minutes that it took for the fire trucks to arrive seemed like an eternity.

Forty-five minutes later, the fire was contained, but one woman was dead and her husband—the man who jumped from the balcony—would die the next day. The four children in the house all made it out alive, but two of them lost their mom and step-dad; the others lost their aunt and uncle. We did not know the

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Church, Abortion, Cigarettes & Baseball

Mar 31, 2014 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

Seven months ago, my family and I moved to South Carolina. Tomorrow night, my son plays his first game of Surfside Beach Youth Baseball, and my daughter plays her first game of Surfside Beach Youth Softball. We’re all excited!

Shortly after we signed up last month, the league parents all received an email urging us to help find local sponsors. One of the sponsorship options included having a large banner placed along the outfield fence. This one piqued my interest. Though we don’t have many local business connections yet, we do have a local church—along with a web-based non-profit I’m always looking to promote!

I decided to buy one banner for our church and another one for Abort73.com—though I assumed from the outset that the Abort73 banner would never be approved. Still, this is the Bible belt; maybe things are different in the South! After making sure our pastor had no objections to the church banner, I submitted payment and artwork for the two banners—separately. The next day, I got an email response to my Abort73 submission. I imagined it to be the “thanks, but no thanks” message. Instead, it simply acknowledged receipt and expressed gratitude that a church would be willing to help out with youth sports. Surprise, surprise!

Still, I wasn’t holding my breath. Time would tell—and sure enough, the call I’d been waiting for came this morning. A league rep apologized but informed me that the board had voted against allowing the Abort73 banner to be put up. I didn’t

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New 2012 Abortion Stats

Feb 25, 2014 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion News

For the last 2-3 years, Abort73’s “U.S. Abortion Statistics” page has been the first page listed in Google’s search results for the term “abortion statistics.” As a result, it has become the most viewed page in our entire site—by quite a lot. Though I’m extremely grateful for such placement, I have found it a bit ironic that the two primary sources of abortion statistics—the organizations from which virtually all of our data comes from—are listed below us: the Guttmacher Institute at #2 and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at #5. Earlier this month, however, our placement at the top of the list may actually have been justified!

One of the difficulties with federal abortion data is that it’s generally released a few years after the fact—a problem I addressed in a May 2013 blog post. The lag time makes it hard to accurately assess abortion’s current state of affairs. In an effort to combat this delay, I made my own calculated estimates for the number of nationwide abortions that occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I used available, state-level data for the states that publish such information and projected the numbers for states that don’t—based on past statistics and nationwide trends. That information was first published in the blog post already mentioned, before it was added to our abortion statistics page.

When the Guttmacher Institute finally published its 2011 abortion statistics this month—its most recent since 2008—they reported that there were 1.06 million

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Introducing the New Abort73 Web Store

Feb 11, 2014 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Ministry Updates

Last week, the new Abort73 web store made its debut—the first step in a site-wide overhaul. Though most of the initial changes are related to aesthetics, there are some structural changes worth pointing out—not least of which is an entirely new approach to shirt sales. I’m hopeful that it will yield both an increase in sales and an increase in web traffic!

A Brief History of the Abort73 T-shirt

It’s been almost ten years since I placed the first Abort73 T-shirt order at a small, back-alley print shop in Burbank, CA. Since then, we’ve sold about 50,000 Abort73 T-shirts and sweatshirts. That’s enough shirts to outfit a capacity crowd at an average MLB stadium—and gets us more than half way to filling the Rose Bowl. It's a good start but really just scratches the surface. Along the way, I’ve done plenty of tinkering with pricing and inventory, and here’s what I’ve discovered. Low prices and high inventory or very good for shirt sales and very bad for our bottom line. In recent years, we’ve raised prices and reduced inventory—which has helped our bottom line but hurt our sales.

Turning the Retail Model on its Head

In an effort to breathe new life into shirt sales, I’ve decided to implement a fairly unconventional approach. To my knowledge, nobody else is doing it this way; time will tell whether it’s innovative or foolish! Whereas the standard retail pricing model is to start high and gradually lower the price until inventory is cleared, I’ve decided to work in the reverse.

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Elimination vs Accommodation: Lessons on Population and Disability

Dec 09, 2013 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

For the last three weeks, I’ve commented on the manifold implications of Margaret Sanger’s grand apologetic for birth control, The Pivot of Civilization—which was first published in 1922. Sanger wrote at the time that “the most urgent problem to-day is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” She theorized that “drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism.” Sanger’s relentless devotion to eliminating the unfit (for the good of the world, of course!) led to her establishment of the American Birth Control League—now known as Planned Parenthood.

Interestingly, at the same time that I was reading and reflecting upon the unmasked bigotry of the late Margaret Sanger—bigotry towards anyone of genetically inferior stock—I encountered a recent TIME article and TED talk that helped expose Sanger’s rhetoric for the rubbish it is. The international cover story for the December 2 issue of TIME magazine is titled: “Why China Needs More Children.”  The November TED Talk features San Francisco architect, Chris Downey, and is titled, “Design with the Blind in Mind.”

Beginning with the first—nowhere has Margaret Sanger’s vision for birth control been more thoroughly realized than it has in China, and the TIME piece makes it clear what an unmitigated disaster their one-child policy has been.

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