In an article that ran on Christianity Today yesterday, Professor Shields mentioned Live Action, a pro-life group that has some Claremont connections:
Jon Shields, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and author of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, said, "Live Action is plucky, innovative, trying to get media attention …. They are interested in changing hearts and minds. Whether it's effective or not, that's harder to say."If Live Action sounds familiar, it ought to: one-time-co-blogger here, David Daleiden CMC '10, works for Live Action in their efforts to investigate Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortion.
I believe Shields is mistaken on several points:
The first is that Live Action is trying to change hearts and minds, while the second is that there is some doubt as to Live Action's efficacy. Their real mission is, as always, to identify and expose the corruption of Planned Parenthood. Lila Rose is found of saying, "They commit the crimes; we provide the convictions." In so doing, they have been very successful as the very article that Shields is quoted in makes mention of:
In recent years, Tennessee and California lawmakers ended contracts and grants with Planned Parenthood, and Indiana Planned Parenthood employees were fired after Live Action videos were released. In late February, Live Action released another undercover video in which a Planned Parenthood employee appears to violate Wisconsin law about mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.However one feels on the issue of life, you have to admire that record on what amounts to a shoe-string budget.