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.”
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“We have to trust people to make decisions with their lives.”
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“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.