Analyze the logical appeals found on the website. What arguments are made to support the cause? What problems do you find with the logic involved? What specific arguments are advanced? What evidence is offered? Are specific fallacies evident? You can also address any reasonable logical appeals you find.
Focus mostly on logical appeals, but you may also have observations connected to such overlapping matters such as ethos or pathos appeals, or comments on the visual aspects of the website. Organize your post around perhaps 3 notable observations about/arguments on the site.
The American Center for Law and Justice, shortened as ACLJ, is “an organization dedicated to the defense of constitutional liberties secured by law.” This appears to be the organization’s broad and overarching mission statement, however, I have found after further investigating the site that it is a rather misleading representation of the organization as a whole. The vast majority of their content is centered around the ideals of the Christian religion, but that is only explicitly stated in the footer of the site in a remarkably small text.
The specific arguments that I will be analyzing are under the “Pro Life” section of the site, however to provide some context, the following subtopics are listed alongside this one: “Persecuted Church,” “Government Corruption,” “Religious Liberty,” “Israel,” and “Constitution.”
First, I’d like to mention that although I consider myself an affiliate of the Christian religion, I strongly believe that civic issues like abortion laws and religious affiliation must remain separately. I found it a little ironic that this website provides a section on government “corruption,” but weaving religion into the functioning of our government lends into the corrupt nature of it.
In a post about the government’s move to defund Planned Parenthood, the author of the article opens up by saying that there are “better alternatives” regarding women’s healthcare funding than Planned Parenthood. At the end of the day, however, whatever healthcare means that ACLJ is referring to will not prevent the dangerous attributes that some women encounter through pregnancies.
The author provides a background with some facts including that between the years of 2013 and 2015, Planned Parenthood provided almost 1 million abortions. If that tidbit was supposed to be negative, I am rather confused, because performing abortions is literally the job of Planned Parenthood, so this comes across as more of a success.
To sum up this brief and falsely constructed post, ACLJ provides an additional resource, the Crisis Pregnancy Center, that they so ignorantly claim “actually cares about women’s health.” Additionally, the organization seems to degrade their ethos by including a typo in this post. The author writes “Marie Stopes International (MIS),” however the source is later referenced in the article by its correct abbreviation “MSI.”
By functioning as a Christian outreach organization that advocates for the pro-life argument regarding abortion laws, ACLJ limits their audience and minimizes their effect. I believe that the most efficient way to advocate for this argument is to separate it completely from religion. After all, those people who are most likely to switch views are probably not tied up in a religious affiliation and are probably turned off by a Christian organization that is merely pushing their beliefs onto others.