1. The government cannot be trusted to decide who should have an abortion, and under what circumstances. If you disagree with this statement, you should pay more attention to the news.
2. Women cannot be truly free unless they are able to make their own reproductive decisions.
3. Abusive men will often try to get their partners pregnant to keep them from ending the abusive relationship. (I have personal experience of cases where men have gone so far as to tamper with their partners’ contraceptives).
4. If abortions are not safe and legal, many women will attempt to terminate pregnancies themselves, just like they did before safe abortions were legal, or else will be preyed upon by untrained opportunists who will take their money and hurt or kill them attempting to perform the procedure.
5. If abortions are not safe and legal, some doctors will perform them anyway, and charge outrageous prices. Women who can afford to pay outrageous prices, or who know doctors willing to do the procedures, will still be able to have abortions. But women who are not so fortunate will not. So, criminalizing abortion is the same as government discrimination against people who earn little income, and against people who don’t have the right connections.
6. Sometimes complications with pregnancy are life-threatening. If abortions are not safe and legal, pregnancy will be a death sentence for some women.
7. The moment abortion is criminalized, the religious right will attack contraception, on the rationale that easy access to contraception encourages “promiscuity.” Contraception has only been freely available to all women since the early 1970s. Some people are already in favor of banning contraception.
8. Nearly every anti-choice person I have ever met has been in favor of the death penalty and an aggressive military. The “culture of life” rhetoric is a sham, designed to produce arguments which are impossible to counter. It’s another version of that old trick question: “Have you stopped beating your wife?”
9. The abortion issue isn’t really about “protecting the unborn.” If we examine the other positions that usually go along with being anti-choice, and if we talk honestly about them, we discover that criminalizing abortion is really about making it harder for women to make their own choices about when to have sex, and with whom. Criminalizing abortion is really about reversing the progress toward gender equality we’ve made over the last century. It’s about returning women to the status of second-class citizens. The real reason the religious right embraces the anti-choice stance is because they believe women should be submissive to men. But, saying that straight up would be political poison, so they talk about a “culture of life.”
10. If abortion is criminalized, a lot of women will still seek abortions. The government will prosecute thousands of these women to show that they mean business about enforcing the law. The women prosecuted will come overwhelmingly from minority and lower income segments of the population.
(And I haven’t even mentioned incest or rape)
This is a bit ciscentric, but I like this overall. Completely agree. To add to point number ten, as well, people who survive illegal abortions will probably already have some debilitating permanent injury—and you’d throw them in jail? What the fuck, antis?
I am pretty ordinary. I am a single child from a 2 parent home. I was afforded the incredible luxury of having parents who loved each other and planned my creation/fetal housing (lol)/and birth. I did well enough in school and volunteer when I can. I graduated into a bad economy and went to work…
It’s seriously so fucking stupid. It’s a bunch of privileged people making frivolous sacrifices for wishes that will never come true. Abortion will never end. It simply won’t. There will always be a need for it, and…
People MUST know that this campaign is complete bullshit. Just as a person’s abortion does not affect you, your sacrifice of a Twix bar is not going to affect a person’s decision to abort nor the legality of the procedure. C’moooon, folks.