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So one of the anti-abortion movement’s very favorite things is redemption narratives, right? Stories of abortion providers and clinic workers who, after years of doing the same work day in and day out, suddenly “saw the light” and became anti-abortion. Now they spend their days confessing their sins over and over, basically telling people that we’d all be pro-life, if we only really understood.
But here’s what confuses me. These confessions nearly always detail how the speaker used to lie to people for a living. Like performing abortions on people who weren’t pregnant, or manipulating people into believing abortion was their only option, or this new story of the sex ed-to-abortion conspiracy.
I don’t buy it for a fucking second.
I think the reason I’m so angry about the upcoming Gosnell movie is that it’s bound to perpetrate one of the nastiest, lowest anti-choice lies: that all abortion clinics are horrific butcher chambers.
It’s so despicable because even believing these lies, people still go. Even believing they’ll be mutilated with scissors and knives, assaulted with suction 29 times stronger than a vacuum, without anesthesia, surrounded by blood on the walls and dirty instruments, left sterile or traumatized, and shoved back out into the street without so much as a “goodbye,” they still seek abortions.
Abortion didn’t start with Roe v. Wade. People have always sought a way not to be pregnant, no matter the cost. Antis cry about the lasting trauma of abortion, never stopping to think their lies, their shaming, their manipulation, and their harassment and terrorism has a single thing to do with it.
^ I just now found the website and oh my goodness it’s kinda scary; check out the SELF Control tab - just, no. -_-
I don’t even know where to start with that website. This is horrible. How can anybody think this is okay?
It would be funny if I didn’t think children and young people were reading these things and believing them. I just want to take all those poor kids by the hand and show them the wonders of Scarleteen and Bedsider and Planned Parenthood. They deserve so much better than this.
Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
Well, there goes a wasted million dollars.
How many starving people could have been fed with that? How many healthcare bills could that have paid? How many people could be housed with a million dollars? How many pregnant people could’ve been helped with that money?
The pro-life movement would rather spend money on stigmatizing abortion, than actually helping born, suffering people.
I had really hoped this would be a good documentary on how illegal and unethical abortion providers thrive in certain communities. There are very clear reasons why patients went to Gosnell instead of the other safe clinics in Philadelphia, and they’re the same reasons people were maimed by butchers before Roe v. Wade, and the same reasons people get illegal abortions now. This is something everybody should care about, regardless of their beliefs.
It’s blatantly dishonest to compare Gosnell’s murders and mutilations with safe, legal abortion, and anybody who knows the first thing about abortion realizes that. Killing newborn babies isn’t even abortion to begin with, it’s infanticide. He was also performing extremely late-term “abortions,” which represent just 1.2% of abortions in the U.S. and are only performed because the fetus is dead or dying, or the pregnant person’s health or life is in danger.
Just disappointing all around.
From the Durango Pregnancy Center in Colorado:
It is important to remember that when you are in a sexual relationship with someone you are also having sex with whoever they have had sex with previously. For example: If you and your partner have each had sex with 5 other people you both have had sex with 31 (thirty-one) people. This number grows considerably with the increase of sexual partners (i.e. if you and your partner have been with 12 other partners you are literally having sex with over 4,000 people).
Can someone do this math for me? Pro-life math and science were never my strengths.
(Screenshot for posterity, even though it’s tiny)
This is by far one of my favorite things I’ve found on a crisis pregnancy center’s website.
So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?
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