Thursday, November 18, 2004

Pro-Abortion Advice Columnist Threatens Legal Action

Pro-Abortion Advice Columnist Threatens LifeNews.com With Legal Action Email this article
by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
November 16, 2004

Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) -- An advice columnist who directed a reader to take her daughter to Planned Parenthood and said it was alright if she stayed with a boyfriend who suggested she have an abortion has threatened LifeNews.com with legal action for writing a news story exposing her column.

In her response to the woman's mother, Chicago Tribune advice guru Amy Dickinson said she should take her daughter to the nation's largest abortion business to receive guidance about her pregnancy choices. Later, the mother should wait with her daughter while she obtains a prescription for birth control pills.

After a LifeNews.com story highlighted the advice given in Dickinson's column, she fired off an email to the pro-life news service complaining she has received extensive emails from pro-life advocates concerned about her column.

"Since you encourage your followers to email me, I have received a high volume of hateful email accusing me of being a murder [sic]," Dickinson wrote.

Despite quoting extensively from her letter, Dickinson claimed the LifeNews.com story presented "a gross distortion of both the letter and my advice."

Dickinson went on to say she was forwarding the LifeNews.com news story to editors at the Chicago Tribune "to see if there is any action -- editorial or legal -- we should take."

Steven Ertelt, the Editor and CEO of LifeNews.com, said Dickinson should be ashamed of the advice she gave her reader.

"Here is a young single woman who had a miscarriage of her second pregnancy, loses her partner to an early death, and is now being exploited by a new boyfriend who admits he would rather her have an abortion than accept his duties as a father," Ertelt explained.

"Amy Dickinson says she should hitch a ride down to the local abortion facility and stick around with this exploitive boyfriend if she wants -- advice that is outlandish and does nothing to improve this young woman's tenuous situation," Ertelt said.

Ertelt said Dickinson's instruction to the woman's mother to take her to the leading abortion business in the United States to guide her decision-making is "patently offensive to the majority of Americans who are pro-life."

"If Dickinson doesn't like the backlash she has received, she should revise the counsel she's giving her readers," Ertelt added.

That Dickinson would threaten legal action proves she's "not confident enough in her own outrageous guidance to let it stand or fall on its merits," Ertelt explained.

Ertelt said LifeNews.com would continue to expose pro-abortion advice columnists like Dickinson and "Dear Abby" who "do their readers a tremendous disservice by encouraging them to take further advice from groups like Planned Parenthood that prove time and time again they are not concerned about the best interests of women."

ACTION: You can contact columnist Amy Dickinson by e-mail at askamy@tribune.com or by mail at Ask Amy, Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

You can also contact the editor of the Tribune at http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/site/chi-printform.customform

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See the original advice column Amy Dickinson wrote:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/columnists/advice/chi-0411120055nov12,1,6378858.column?coll=chi-homepagenews2-utl