Here’s The Real “Anti-Choice” Movement
The “pro-choice” is movement tough to take seriously. After all, many of the same people who go on about “the right to choose” also insist that a baker shouldn’t have a choice in who he makes a cake for. Others want to outlaw the choice to defend yourself or to make pro-life healthcare professionals “quit and find another career.” I guess that’s not surprising given the entire cause revolves around depriving someone of the choice to live. But the hypocrisy doesn’t stop there: Yes, these folks will defend your choice to have an abortion. Your choice to refuse one?
Not so much.
Women are pressured to abort for a variety of reasons. Some guys see abortion as a way to dodge child support; others use it to cover up rape. How that pressure is applied varies too, from blackmail and financial coercion to violence. The latter can turn deadly, with women having been shot, stabbed, beaten, burned, and smothered to death for refusing to abort. But while the methods may differ, the abortion industry’s response is the same:
We’re not interested.
When Michigan passed legislation increasing the penalties for stalking and violence against pregnant women, Planned Parenthood opposed it. And when a Texas state representative proposed a bill that would require abortion clinics to offer a private room and a telephone to contact law enforcement, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas said the measure wasn’t needed. Listen to this woman’s story and decide if that’s true:
Sadly, her experience isn’t unique: the medical journal Annals of Health published a survey of trafficking victims, and it reported that over half had at least one abortion while being trafficked, while some were in double digits. According to one woman, “No one ever asked me anything anytime I ever went to a clinic.”
If you want to help change that, tell your elected representatives that you want tougher laws to protect expectant moms. Further, you can promote the Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act–model legislation to ensure a pregnant woman won’t go to jail for defending her child. You can also publicize alternatives to abortion, like the fact that couples hoping to adopt actually outnumber available infants, and they aren’t hard to find. Finally, if someone you know is being pressured, tell her about the Justice Foundation and its Center Against Forced Abortions. Volunteers there “provide legal resources to mothers who are being forced or coerced into an unwanted abortion.”
I doubt Planned Parenthood and their friends are going to do much about pressure and coercion any time soon. The good news?
The rest of us can.
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