Why is Abortion Such a Big Deal in the US?

Why is abortion such a huge issue in the US right now? It didn’t used to be as controversial, and in many other developed nations it’s not controversial at all. Here are my thoughts.

1. Since Roe vs Wade, the number of women experiencing health problems and death from unsafe illegal abortions has plummeted into almost non-existence. Thus the risks of not having abortion legal and safe have been forgotten or overlooked by many abortion opponents.

2. There is a lack of empathy that is pervasive in the US. It’s seen in so many of these issues. “It’s all about ME- my views, my standards, my life. Who gives a shit if my actions and teachings hurt others- everyone else must live MY way!” My way or the highway. That’s how it so often works in the US.

3. American is obsessed with being at war- even with itself. Just look at our politics, it’s easy to see! We don’t just disagree, we alienate and demonize the other side so that we don’t have to consider anything that they have to say, even if they’re people we know and love. The debate over abortion, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, between political parties, against immigrants and atheists, etc. shows a lack of desire for peace and understanding. America lives for conflict… and when there is none, they create it. It’s an “us vs them” attitude that invades almost every issue. But this isn’t new. The Civil war showed the lengths Americans will go to in order to not work together. The states are always at odds with the federal government and with each other. There’s little unity or cohesiveness; we should be called “The Divided States of America”; it would be more accurate. After living in Canada for several years where people get along much better, it was easy to see just how messed up and divided the US really is.

4. These issues are distractions that are skillfully manipulated and promoted by political and religious leaders and the media (and I’m not talking about Obama!) If people are fighting each other over gay marriage and abortion and religion, they won’t notice their rights being eroded and they won’t see just how screwed up their country really is. Or if they do, they’ll blame it on the “gays”, atheists, abortion, or Obama instead of realizing that all of us fighting each other has contributed to the abhorrent state of our nation.

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Anti-Abortion Groups Now Targeting Medical Schools

prochoice-292x300One of the most well-respected OB-GYN programs in the country could be forced to stop teaching its students how to perform abortions, if the North Carolina legislature ends up approving a piece of legislation that was introduced this month.

Tucked deep in HB 465, an anti-abortion bill that would restrict the procedure in several different ways, is an obscure provision that stipulates that “no department at the medical school at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall permit an employee to perform or supervise the performance of an abortion as part of the employee’s official duties.”

Grimes called the proposed legislation to restrict abortion training “outrageous” and an “unwarranted intrusion” into doctors’ professional lives. “Some religious groups are also opposed to blood transfusions. So should the state legislature in North Carolina pass a law that would close down the blood bank at the university hospital?” he said.

Read the rest here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/07/3643669/north-carolina-abortion-training/?utm_source=nar.al&utm_medium=urlshortener&utm_campaign=FB

Now they’re trying to stop doctors from even being trained to perform abortions at all. So what happens next? Women have to go to untrained doctors to get abortions, risking their lives and health? Before Roe vs Wade that’s exactly what happened- that’s when abortions WERE dangerous. Legal abortions are safe because doctors are trained and facilities are clean and regulated (abortion is currently far less risky than childbirth); but these so called “Pro Life” groups want to take us back in time to when women died because of unsafe illegal abortions. They don’t care about the risk to the mother, as long as the fetus lives… then when the fetus grows up and wants an abortion her rights evaporate. Where does it end? We’re already seeing women go to jail for “pregnancy misconduct” because their fetus has more rights than they do.

When it comes down to fetus vs mother, they both can’t have the same rights because a fetus is literally sharing the mother’s body. It’s not the same as an invalid or comatose person, because anyone could take care of them, but only the mother can grow the fetus. Giving a fetus the same rights as a mother is not fair because then the mother’s rights are automatically infringed upon. Until a fetus has been born, the mother’s rights must always take priority. Think that’s unfair? Imagine being literally forced to grow another human inside of you when you don’t want to be pregnant. Imagine how helpless and violated you would feel to lose autonomy over your body and entire life, being forced to endure risky childbirth and either give up a child or raise a child and have to give up your dreams of further education, that great career, etc. Some women are fine with that choice, but others are not, and it’s grossly unjust to force any women into a pregnancy that she does not want.

And no, having sex is not a contact to have children. Women are raped or pressured into having sex every day. And even consensual joyous sex is still not a contract for having children- birth control fails, passion in the moment happens, that does NOT mean the woman should be punished by being forced into motherhood.

Throwback Thursday: Roe vs Wade

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* Roe vs Wade has saved countless women’s lives by making abortion legal, which allows us to regulate it for safety and trained physicians to perform the procedure in a sterile office rather than medical school dropouts hacking at a woman’s womb in a back alley somewhere (not really an exaggeration!)

* Abortion levels are decreasing significantly, thanks to better sex education and easily accessible contraception.

* Making it illegal doesn’t stop women from getting abortions, it just puts their lives and health in danger. Roe vs Wade did not make women have more abortions, it just made them safe and now women don’t have to resort to criminal activity.

* Medical health organizations have repeatedly shown abortion to be safe and a vital aspect of women’s healthcare; politicians opposing abortion are doing so against the advice of medical professionals who actually work in this field.

So why are they wasting our tax dollars and valuable time fighting abortion rights?

If you believe abortion is wrong, don’t get one. It’s as simple as that. You can be pro choice and still be personally opposed to abortion. Being pro choice just means you understand it’s not your place to make health care decisions for someone else; you decide for you, they decide for them.

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“Pro-Life” Is A Lie, Here Are 10 More Accurate Descriptions They Won’t Like

“Pro-Life” Is A Lie, Here Are 10 More Accurate Descriptions They Won’t Like

“There’s a lot of terms floating around that people use to describe themselves when they want to make their position sound more appealing, even if those terms are a completely (and very deliberately) misleading. One such lie term is “pro-life.”

John Fugelsang said it best: “Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’” Indeed, the term “pro-life” has come to represent a group of people whose values have nothing to do with protecting life, and living people, and more to do with protecting unborn fetuses to the exclusion of all other considerations.

The only way to effectively kill a misnomer, such as “pro-life,” is to replace it with a more accurate description. I would encourage everyone to pick one of these terms, and start using it in place of the words “pro-life,” when discussing abortion.”

Read the rest here:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/04/21/pro-life-lie/