Another Anti-Abortion Myth

I’m really sick of hearing the term “abortion on demand”. When video is “on demand”, all you have to do is pick up the remote and choose what you want to watch. When abortion is “on demand”, you still have to find someplace willing to do abortions (no easy feat these days), make an appointment, get a ride to the clinic, jump through whatever legal hoops the local and state authorities have put in place (lectures about false ties between abortion and cancer, make you listen to the “Why did you kill me mommy?” song, etc.), the pain of going through an invasive medical procedure, and finally coming to grips emotionally with the termination of a pregnancy. If that’s “abortion on demand”, I’d hate to see what a difficult to obtain abortion is like.

The reason for the “on demand” line is that pro-lifers like to pretend that abortions are quick and easy as a way of making it seem like anyone who supports the right to choose has a flippant attitude towards abortion. Ending a pregnancy isn’t an easy choice and it’s not, contrary to what conservatives would have you believe, a substitute for birth control. In a world in which the moral police do everything in their power to restrict access to contraception, cripple attempts at sexual education, and spread outright lies to further their cause (ie. HIV can be transmitted through “tears and sweat”), abortion is a necessary evil. Nobody thinks abortion is something that should be taken lightly, but the big difference between the two sides is who should be allowed to make the decisions. Pro-choice activists think medical decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, while pro-lifers think that decision should be in the hands of elitist politicians and religious leaders. Or to put it in the words George W. Bush used to get “elected” in 2000 :

“I trust people, I don’t trust the federal government. It’s going to be one of the themes you hear tonight. I don’t want the federal government making decisions on behalf of everybody.”
. . .
“We have to trust people to make decisions with their lives.”
. . .
“There is a difference between big federal government and somebody who is coming from outside of Washington who will trust individuals.”

Of course, when the President was talking about “trust”, he was only concerned with money. Everything else should be up to the whims of his religious base.

9 thoughts on “Another Anti-Abortion Myth

  1. In response to the recent post “Another Anti-Abortion Myth”, I would like to say that abortion on demand is just a term to say that is legal and that there are tons of abortion clinics and hospitals that perform abortions around our country. I am not sure where you live that it is hard to find a place that will perform an abortion but go to any major city in the U.S and you most likely will have several options.

  2. By Andrea’s definition, we also have brain surgery on demand, too. I mean, it’s legal and available, and there are “tons” of hospitals around our country where it’s done.

  3. Andrea, I recommend watching the PBS Frontline documentary “The Last Abortion Clinic” to get a better idea of just how “on demand” abortion is in this country. From the site’s introduction :

    In the years after Casey, the pro-life movement has dramatically changed the landscape of abortion politics. In Mississippi alone, they helped pass 10 laws regulating abortion. And in the last two years, the state has passed legislation on fetal homicide prosecution, new clinic regulations, requirements to report abortion complications, rights of conscience, and a law that would prohibit the state’s last abortion clinic from offering abortions beyond the first trimester. . .With an ever-increasing number of state abortion regulations and a steady decline in abortion providers, the procedure, while still legal, has become daunting and expensive in Mississippi and elsewhere. Nationwide, there are now fewer abortion providers in the U.S. than at any time since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973 — 87 percent of U.S. counties don’t have one.

    I wasn’t arguing about the legality of abortion, but the ease at which the procedure can be obtained. Pro-lifers would have you believe you can get an abortion on every other street corner, but the reality is that unless you live in a large urban area, access to abortion providers is extremely limited at best.

  4. Well, if you can afford the money to abort your kid, the I’m sure you can afford train or bus fair to the nearest large town. IF you should have to go to one, which is doubtful. Abortions sure as hell ARE “on demand” in the USA. How many towns don’t have a Planned Parenthood? Hardly any. And, it’s not a substitute for birth control? Then why do so many women who have abortions wind up having more than one? Anyone who has more than one abortion in her life is very well being flippant about it, otherwise she would take more care not to get fucking pregnant.

    The whole problem with your abortion logic is that you assume it is “a medical choice” that should be between a “woman” and her doctor. Since when is a human’s life someone else’s choice? And what about the father’s wishes? If that kid was brought to term, he’d have to support it, so why does he have no say in whether it lives or not?

    Though of course all these moronic females and their generally useless “partners” could just take the easy route, y’know, and not have sex if they don’t want a baby. Since that is what nature made sex for, regardless of how “fun” or “meaningful” it is.

    BTW, just because a person is pro-life doesn’t mean they are of the religious right, or religious at all. Thank you very much.

  5. i am happy mostly – though terribly sick at times – the medicine is not a perfect fix – i think some weed would help but caant find any – Kant find any…

  6. People are going to have sex. It is a fact that you should accept. Its instict. What if the kid’s going to have a crappy life? Would you rather it be a crackwhore then die? This is like the church shunning condoms in Africa when AIDS is so rampant.

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