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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?
If you see any abortion studies from these sources, they are likely riddled with errors (intentional or not), rendering their findings unusable. Anti-choicers will cite said articles in attempt to prove their point, but a simple search into these sources will prove their bias is simply too great, and their methodology too poor, to be accepted into any debate.
Reliable institutes, journals, and databases (credit to prolongedeyecontact):
Always check the authors and the institutes and organizations with which they’re associated. It’s hard to trust a member of Physicians for Life to publish unbiased articles on reproductive health. Similarly, an author associated with a Catholic university won’t necessarily put out invalid studies on abortion, but it is something to keep in mind. Lastly, check to see what degrees the authors hold, and if it’s relevant to their area of study. David Reardon got his undergrad degree in electrical engineering, which has nothing to do with abortion. His degree in biomedical ethics came from an unaccredited university with no classroom time, yet he is still one of the most prolific authors of junk science on abortion.
In light of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape,” I want to look at those two topics, rape and abortion, rather than, as I did Tuesday, looking at Akin’s comments.
One of the holiest of sacraments to liberals is abortion. They do not simply support the freedom of choice, but specifically the choice that results in a baby being turned into merely the remains of a baby. We know they prefer abortion to birth for the following reason:
The pro-“choice” crowd never tries to encourage women to “choose” life. Instead they attack people who do try to encourage women to choose life. They also never attend pro-life rallies except to protest. And you never see signs at pro-life rallies that say, “I support being able to choose abortion, but I prefer the choice of life.” That’s because there is nobody on the pro-“choice” side who generally prefers life for the unborn. For their own unborn, perhaps. But not for others’.
Many people suggest we keep abortion legal for cases of rape—-in other words, keep between less than 1 percent and up to 5 percent of abortions legal. But if we outlaw all abortions, excepting for rape, then that means abortions committed because the mother doesn’t want to be responsible for her actions would be outlawed as well. Keeping abortion legal only for cases of rape would be the de facto position of liberals if they didn’t actually want abortions to be committed. But the pro-“choice” side does have a heavy preference for one choice: abortion. If we make abortion only legal in the case of rape, then 95 to 99 percent of abortions that happen each day will be illegal. Liberals cannot stomach the possibility of such a low abortion rate. They want abortion legal for cases of responsibility avoidance. (They loathe personal responsibility almost as much as they love the wails of the 5,000-per-day murdered unborn.)
Liberals also incorrectly frame the issue to advance this sacramental cause of theirs: They tell the public that there can only be two ways: either all abortions have to be legal and for any reason at all, or no abortions can be legal. Is this because compromise is not part of their repertoire?
You would think that the solution of outlawing all abortions except in cases of rape and endangerment of the mother’s life would appease both political parties. I know it is certainly a solution that Republicans and conservatives would gladly accept without a moment’s pause, plus it’d prevent liberals from screaming, “WHAT ABOUT IF SOMEONE GETS RAPED! YOU LIKE RAPISTS MORE THAN WOMEN!” But it is a solution that would drastically reduce abortion rates. The only reason for a liberal to oppose it is if that liberal specifically likes abortion.
And that is unfortunately the case. Liberals at heart fundamentally believe that preventing unborn babies from continuing their lives is the better choice. No other conclusion can be made. They simply adore abortion.
It’s simply bizarre that anyone could possible believe this. It really is. It just goes to show how far removed from reality so many anti-choicers are. They can’t conceive of someone who understands that their personal choice and sense of morality isn’t universal - if you support abortion, you must hate babies.
Never mind the existence of pro-choice midwives and doulas, or that 61% of people who get abortions already have very much loved and cared-for children. Never mind that I, an ardent pro-choicer, just spent three days compiling resources for low-income people who want to be parents, because I know the second most common reason for getting an abortion is financial concerns (the first, of course, being unready or unwilling to be a parent). Nope. If you don’t advocate forcing unwilling people to give birth, you must hate babies.
I do adore abortion, though. I love that birth is not mandatory. I love that we are now able to safely and legally perform one of the easiest medical procedures on earth. I love that people are able to choose whether or not they sacrifice their bodies for 9+ months to bring forth new life. I love that people can choose to wait until they are ready to parent - or choose to never parent. I love that abortion makes the choice of parenthood that much more meaningful.
It doesn’t really matter if oh-snap-pro-lifers sent any harassing messages to prochoicetruth. It doesn’t matter that they say they don’t support harassment, or that they’ve deleted their post saying that finding prochoicetruth’s name and location was awesome.
(Mostly because screenshots are forever)
What does matter is that they are part of a movement that says it’s okay, even laudable, to threaten pro-choice people, physicians, and clinic employees and volunteers. By spreading lies about the effects of abortion and deeming people who get or perform abortions baby-killers, they foster an environment of violent vigilante justice, as seen in the campaign against prochoicetruth, in the dozens of arsons and bombings of clinics, in the harassment and murder of doctors and employees, and in the stalking of children.
We can counter the toxic environment the anti-choice movement has created. We can put pressure on our representatives to stop creating anti-choice bills, and start creating bills that protect pregnant people and physicians, that support reproductive choice, families and children. We can let others know that we are there to help them access safe, legal abortion. We can educate and inform, and never stop learning. We can donate to abortion funds to ensure that no person goes without care because of the cost. We can volunteer at abortion funds and pro-choice counseling hotlines. We can be everyday reproductive justice heroes.
There are so, so many ways to help create a healthy, loving, pro-choice environment. What are you going to do?
I could lose the right to make my own medical choices - and save my life - because some teenagers are having emo crises?
More and more young people have been convinced they are survivors, not that they actually ARE survivors. Convinced with lies and pro-life propaganda.
I wish these people could just keep their existential crises to themselves.
Subject: An abortion can cost anywhere from around $350 to more than $1,000. In 2009, it was estimated that a total of $831 million is spent on abortions annually.
And some people have the nerve to say that abortion is not a business, and abortionists are not out to make a profit.
I’m tempted to ask of what church you’re a member, and what their annual revenue is.
Healthcare is a business; many elements of healthcare are profit-motivated. Of all the doctors I’ve met, the abortionists have been about as profit-minded as the pediatricians. Of all the drug reps I’ve met, the RU-486 drug rep (they haveone) is the only one who wasn’t profit-minded.
…ditto clinic managers, clinic owners, and (in case it needed saying) nurses and other staff. For some of them, it’s their jobto make sure the place turns a profit, but they are still motivated primarily by a desire to provide abortions the way they should be provided.
Additionally, I’m not profit-minded.
(Bad abortionists exist — if you think bringing them up will substantiate your argument, we should talk about your church.)
You know, I just love it when people demand professionals provide services for no compensation - that they should all be doing their job purely out of the goodness of their hearts. I mean, who cares if abortion providers need to pay their bills and feed their kids? Who cares that they spent roughly ten years and thousands of dollars earning their medical degree? Who cares that the blood and urine lab work, counseling, sonogram, post-op medications, anesthesia, and follow-up exam, plus the time and materials used, all cost money?
That’s not even getting to the number of clinics (including Planned Parenthood) that provide services on a sliding scale, so low-income clients can afford health care. What’s that? They’re giving patients the option to pay them less money for the same services?
You want to talk about being in it for the money? Let’s talk about doctors in hospitals paid by the procedure, instead of on salary. Let’s talk about how much it costs to actually give birth. Let’s talk about how fucking ridiculous it is to assume that every abortion provider would take a job made so dangerous for them and their families by people like you - all for the money. Let’s talk about the reasons a medical professional would willingly bear the stigma from their colleagues and their communities to provide one of the safest, most common procedures in the country.
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