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LGBT Organizations Should Not Form Alliances with Pro-Abortion Groups
The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) is outraged that the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) would join forces with pro-abortion organizations. Abortion advocates have been losing support for abortion on demand and have targeted the LGBT community with the position that our rights are dependent on the right to abortion in order to boost support for their cause. It is a mistake to link abortion rights as being one and the same right as those of the LGBT community. “No one doubts the work that the NGLTF has done to help further the rights of those within the LGBT community” states Jackie Malone, Executive Vice President of PLAGAL. “However,” she adds, “as abortion rights have been undergoing a consistent cutback, there has been a simultaneous expansion of gay rights, proving that we don’t have to support abortion on demand in order to obtain our rights.”
PLAGAL maintains that if the theory of a gay gene is proven and isolated, then the day will not be far off when a test for the predisposition of homosexuality will be developed. Once medical science achieves this ability, it will be possible to do by a legal, surgical procedure what all homophobes and gay bashers throughout history have tried and failed to do -- to eliminate gays and lesbians once and for all. “Will the NGLTF still want to have these alliances when our own are being killed before they even draw their first breath?” questions Marc Zappala, Board member of PLAGAL. “It will be interesting to see the dilemma of those who support abortion within our community when the unborn are aborted just for being gay” says Zappala.
Not all members of the LGBT community are pro-choice and it is long past the time when the stereotypes imposed on us by some of the “leaders” of our community are removed. No survey suggests that members of the LGBT community are any more pro-choice than the average American. Gays and Lesbians come from many different backgrounds and hold widely different beliefs on many issues. We represent a diversity and pluralism of beliefs at which the rainbow flag only hints. To attempt to enforce a party line on all members of our community is to betray the very cause we are fighting for.
“It is far better for our national LGBT organizations not to take a stance on the issue of abortion as it relates to fighting for the rights of the LGBT community than to combine it and lose the support of those who otherwise would work with them on other worthwhile causes,” states Cecilia Brown, President of PLAGAL. “It is no pride to work for the rights of the LGBT community while at the same time taking away the rights of the unborn.”
The Pro-Life Allianceof Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) was organized in 1990 to advance the pro-life message within the lesbian and gay community. PLAGAL is a 501(c) (3) Massachusetts-based corporation with nation-wide membership and active groups in several major cities in the United States.