Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Covert Ways Anti-Choice Fanatics Restrict Your Choices

Let's kick it with a couple facts for a second.

90% of the senators who voted against the Family Medical Leave Act are fervently pro-life 
-Christina Page, How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America. 

Of the Children’s Defense Fund’s 2004 rankings of best and worst legislators for children, the 113 worst-ranked are Of the best ranked politicians for children, 95% are pro-choice.

In Texas, a parental notification law in 2000 decreased abortion rates among 17 year olds, however, increased the 2nd trimester abortion rates of 18 year olds.

"The statistics show that the mandatory delays postpone the procedure much more than 24 hours. A study of the Mississippi experience found that after August 1992, when the delay law took effect, 53 % more women had abortions in the 2nd trimester. If a Mississippi woman sought a procedure in a neighboring state, where she could avoid the mandatory-delay law, the second-trimester rate increased by only 8 percent."
-Christina Page, How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America

Several states have new TRAP (Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers) laws meant to regulate abortion facilities or the practices of abortion providers What TRAP laws actually do is apply unfair rules to abortion facilities, and make it harder for them to stay open, and for women to access their rights to get an abortion.

What is happening here is a very organized effort to make it very, very hard to get an abortion. Where abortion remains legal, the impediments to getting one (parental notifications, mandatory delays, mandatory ultrasounds) increase.

These laws are often introduced with coded language saying that they're for the benefit of mothers, so that they have time to think about things, or that their parents know for their safety, all done under the guise of religious senators and law makers who do not actually give a shit about families.

The people who pass these laws, who believe that unintended pregnancies must be carried to term, are the same people who believe that cutting funding for childcare is right, that voting against equal pay protections for women is fine, that domestic violence laws should not take precedence, and that children who might come from abusive households do not have the right to choose to get an abortion without the permission of their parents.

They do not give a shit about you, nor your families, nor your babies. They say that their objectives are to prevent "baby-murder," when really they are aggregating the problem by forcing women who are not ready to be parents to have children. Sure, lots of unintended pregnancies grow up into normal, well-adjusted children with loving parents. But lots of people would rather choose to have children when the time is right for them. We cannot let these elected officials, who are supposedly representing us, continue to make all these shit laws that do not protect people in any way shape or form.

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