Aug 14, 2009

Pro-Lifers Say the Dardenest Things

After reading an article on abortion, Injecting Sanity and Reality into Debate about Abortion on the care2 site, I scrolled down to the comments section. This is usually the place where one can find the most ridiculous responses against abortion.

The myths and outright lies that are perpetuated by some anti-abortionists is disturbing. As a pro-choice woman, the things that piss me off the most about anti-abortionists are as follows:

Making it seem as though every fetus that is aborted is a full-term baby who is sucked out of the womb, killed, and thrown out.

Saying that women who abort, do so because they don't want to be "inconvenienced." (Pure bullshit meant to demonize anyone who decides to have an abortion. It also trivializes the stress and pain these women go through in making the decision, an extremely hard one, to abort.)

Bringing Christianity into the mix. In particular, anti-abortionists love this quote from Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you...." As if this is some kind of proof that an embryo is a person and should have the same rights as the mother. And seriously, quoting from the Old Testament is as bad as quoting Hitler. (I'll refer you to other passages where the Bible condones fetuses or babies, whatever term you prefer, being ripped from the wombs of their mothers, not to mention infanticide.) They are: Hosea 9:16, 2 Samuel 12:14, Numbers 31:15-17, Numbers 5:21, and countless others. So, please refrain from quoting the Bible in issues of morality.

Lastly, when anti-abortionists claim that women use abortion as a contraceptive. The inanity of this statement is such that only someone who has never had an abortion can utter it. Women who have abortions as a result of contraceptive failure have the right to do so. The fact that they were on contraceptives proves that they did not want to become pregnant. They took all the necessary precautions but they still ended up pregnant. And if they decide to abort, it is their decision and not up to anyone to judge.

Also, saying that contraceptives are a choice and that women who were not protecting themselves made a choice is just as inane. I'm sure there are careless women out there but most women that do not want to get pregnant take precautions. But sometimes, they are unable to get their hands on contraceptives because of retarded governmental programs and religious groups who want to keep condoms and the pill out of their reach. Failing to take into account levels of poverty and the cost of birth control pills is inane as well. If anti-abortionists and everyone else wish to see a decrease in abortions, then contraceptives need to be freely available to anyone, and that includes teenagers, as well as comprehensive sex education. Abstinence-only programs have miserably failed, and I for one am not the least bit surprised.

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