What do you call it when you force someone to do something against their will? Slavery. Yet this is exactly what the anti-choice movement wants to do – force women to stay pregnant even when they do not want to be.
Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. This is one of the reasons that contraception is included in the Affordable Care Act. Contraception sometimes fails. Rape and incest happen. For all these reasons and more abortion needs to be safe and legal. Doctors who practiced before Roe v Wade passed remember women dying from illegal abortions. For those who need a reminder: http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2004/09/way-it-was
The flurry of anti choice legislation that has appeared around the country is predominantly (if not exclusively) the work of AUL (Americans United for Life) – ALEC’s antichoice ‘cousin’ http://www.alternet.org/story/154947/meet_alec’s_equally_despicable_anti-choice_cousin_?page=1
AUL is present at ALEC’s meetings. They even exhibit. Their styles are identical. Clearly they are connected. What I find offensive (apart from co-opting the entire democratic process that is supposed to define this country) is their insidious use of rhetoric.
They frame ultrasound legislation as ‘informing’ the mother – yeah I think she knows she is pregnant and where that leads. The crisis pregnancy centers position themselves near Planned Parenthood, then blatantly LIE to vulnerable women that they can get their new mandatory ultrasounds there (well yes they can get scanned but not the one that they need). This is coercion. Plain and simple. It is not a physician going through explaining things, it is an anti choice counselor brain washing. And yet for all the ‘informing’ they have also introduced legislation shielding doctors from lawsuits for lying to patients about birth defects to discourage terminations – so is the mother to be informed or not?
Where are all these rabid anti choicers after the baby is born (for the ones they talk into staying pregnant). They label abortion, a legal medical procedure, “murder”. They call the cluster of cells a “baby”. Not only is this a lie from a scientific point of view, some religions do not consider the fetus to be a person until it is born – so yes, this rhetoric is religious persecution. Abortion is not murder no matter how many times that lie is repeated. They use inflammatory pictures and hideous descriptions yet call the prochoice movement violent?
They have introduced legislation to legalize murdering a physician who has performed abortions! They incite violence and do not denounce the numerous bombings and murders that have occurred. How is this “pro life” as they like to call themselves? This is not pro life. It is anti choice.
For me it certainly brings to question what happened to Abby Johnson to make her such a woman hating, sanctimonious choice hater? And Charmaine Yoest?
I can understand not choosing for yourself, but for others? To deprive other women dominion over their own bodies?
Motherhood is an important and difficult job ergo it should never be forced on anyone: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/04/15/who-actually-takes-motherhood-seriously
We need to respect each woman’s choice – to have children or not, to stay home or not. Most importantly we must make sure that everyone is free to choose of their own free will. This country was founded on that principal. We the people.
AUL and its clones should go start a theocracy somewhere else where they can feel free to spew their rhetoric and legislate at will. 78% of Americans believe that abortion should remain legal. Let’s make sure that it does.