On abortion and women’s rights

Note – The more accurate term of ‘forced-birther’ is used on this blog.

One side believes women are people with the right to make decisions regarding their mental and physical well-being and their body as a whole.

The other side believes women are incubators and should be subservient to the contents of their uterus whether they agreed to the occupancy or not and do not have a choice regarding the issue of giving birth.

Oh, I’m happy referring to them all as flat out misogynists, and often do. However, not all misogynists are forced birthers, so an additional term is needed.

This particular issue is about forcing women to give birth. It’s part of a larger issue of denying choice and agency to women and treating them as second-class citizens, but this particular symptom of that much larger disease is about forcing women to give birth. Therefore – forced birther.

So, now that we have that out of the way, I have some questions for the forced-birthers.  Do you you support enslaving women, removing their basic bodily autonomy, and forcing them to give birth?

How, exactly, do you see this working?

Look at this list:

Angelica
Belladonna
Burdock
Cinnamon essential oil
Cow Parsnip
Hyssop
Immortal
Mistletoe
Motherwort
Oshá
Pennyroyal
Peony
Rue
San qi
Shepherd’s Purse
Sage
Thyme oil
Vervain
Wood Betony
Wormwood
Yarrow
Yerba

All of the above can be used to induce a miscarriage. And those are just the ones I personally know off, I’m sure a professional herbalist could come up with many more. A large dose of regular birth control pills can do it. So, for that matter, can a large enough dose of Vitamin C.

So, how, exactly, do you intend to actually prevent women from aborting? How, exactly, do you even intend to find out if a woman has had an abortion? How will you force women to give birth?

47,000 women each year die from unsafe abortions. Every 9 minutes a woman dies from an unsafe abortion.

Right now, in the US, it is safer to have an abortion than it is to give birth. Less than 1 in every 500,000 women who use a medical abortion die, making medical abortions safer than childbirth and naturally occurring miscarriages.

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/genera…
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2560758/?tool…

Legalizing abortion doesn’t kill any people. Making abortion illegal does.

Half of the abortions currently occurring are illegal. Even in countries where abortion is punishable by death, women are having abortions.

You actually want to ‘save the unborn?’ You should be fighting tooth and nail for safe sex education. You should be screaming for birth control to be available to everyone, regardless of age. You should be doing everything you can to improve funding for education so that the system can provide for all students. In short – you most certainly should NOT be a Republican/’Conservative’.

Look at the facts –

Abortion rates are higher in countries where the procedure is illegal and nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, with the vast majority in developing countries – http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/20…

About 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008, and another 8.5 million women had serious medical complications. – Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/study-higher-abortion-ra…

http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/study-higher-abortion-ra…

“Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates. For example, the abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa and 32 per 1,000 in Latin America—regions in which abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries. The rate is 12 per 1,000 in Western Europe, where abortion is generally permitted on broad grounds.” – http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_IAW.html

Republicans – If you really care about ‘protecting the unborn’, why are you voting with the party that is gutting sex education and the provision of birth control – the only two things out there that can actually reduce the abortion rate?

When you deny medical abortions, all that tends to result is two deaths (mom and fetus).  A death penalty for those who would abort.

Unfortunately, that seems to be a point the supporters of a ban are trying very, very, very hard to ignore (along with the question of ‘and how exactly is the ban supposed to work’). It’s almost like they don’t actually care, haven’t put any thought into it, and are mostly just using it as a smokescreen for other issues and/or a vent for their misogyny.

Which just goes to show, it really isn’t about ‘life’ at all. If it was, birth control would a buck for a month’s supply and available at every drug store, grocery, and gas station without a prescription, and sex ed would be mandatory and start around kindergarten.

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About Kinda Strange

I am a student at the University of Phoenix majoring in information technology. This is where I come to babble incoherently…err…make notes, talk about things that catch my interest, share ideas, etc...
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One Response to On abortion and women’s rights

  1. HeatherNo Gravatar says:

    I saw this comment of yours on the INS blog: “To be a forced birther means you take away one of the most basic rights a woman possesses, the right of bodily autonomy. You render her right to consent completely meaningless. You put the worth of the woman below the worth of the fetus.”

    I just wanted to say that I have never heard a more perfectly worded description of the pro-choice stance and I want to commend you. Thank you.

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