"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
Fun fact: If they bodily autonomy wasn’t a thing not only could doctors decide not to save your life because your organs could be valuable to someone else but it would also set a precedence for things more than just medical issues. A lot of our Constitutional rights (of course this part is pertaining to America) deal with the expectation of privacy of you, your person and your property. If bodily autonomy wasn’t a thing then you would have no expectation of privacy of your own body MEANING cops could search you and confiscate things off your person because you have no right to privacy of your own body. It could very well lead to lessening the legal expectation for arrests (which is probable cause) because you have no right of privacy to your body or your time. It’s a very slippery slope. Bodily autonomy is extremely important for a number of reasons.
Pro-Choice Versus Pro-Life: The Relationship Between State Abortion Policy and Child Well-Being in the United States.
In the United States, pro-choice supporters contend that the desire of pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus ends at birth and that thereafter they ignore the health and well-being of infants and children. This study examines the question of whether infants and children fare better in U.S. states that have the most restrictive abortion laws. Eighteen indicators of infant/child health, family, economic, and educational status are analyzed. The empirical evidence finds that states with the most antiabortion policies are also the same states that have significantly lower indicators of infant/child well-being. This supports the contention by pro-choice supporters that efforts by pro-life supporters to protect the life of the fetus end at birth.
- A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth.
- After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived.
- A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion.
- A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed.
- A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider.
- In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.
- A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.
- And now a woman is being berated for moving cities while pregnant
LIE: “CPCs are here to provide support, unbiased information, and the resources needed to help you make the best choice.”
THE TRUTH IS many Crisis Pregnancy Centers are operated by anti-choice staff (mostly volunteers, not trained medical professionals) trying to manipulate people in crisis and keep them from making fully informed decisions about their reproductive health. They will often misrepresent data, make up statistics, and generally try to dissuade you from making choices that don’t fit into their “pro-life” agenda.
LIE: “You’re not pregnant.” or “You’re only x weeks pregnant and have plenty of time to make a decision.”
THE TRUTH IS CPCs have been known to give patients false negatives or understate how far along in their pregnancy they actually are in order to delay decision-making. Should you actually be pregnant, it gets riskier, more expensive, or altogether impossible to get an abortion the longer you wait.
LIE: “Condoms don’t work.”
THE TRUTH IS condoms, when used correctly, are among the most effective forms of birth control at preventing pregnancy (97% effective) and protecting against sexually transmitted infections (80% and greater protective effect).
LIE: “Birth control and the morning-after pill cause abortion.”
THE TRUTH IS both the birth control pill and emergency contraception (the morning-after pill) work to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and fertilization. That is to say, neither causes abortion; in fact, these methods have no effect on a fetus if taken once pregnant.
LIE: “Abortions cost much more than carrying your baby to term.”
THE TRUTH IS the two don’t even come close. The average cost of abortion ranges from $350 - $600, while a recent study places the average cost of delivering a baby at around $30,000 for vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section.
LIE: "You don’t need an abortion. A large number of pregnancies end in miscarriage anyway."
THE TRUTH IS the National Institute of Health estimates about 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Crisis pregnancy centers often inflate this number to imply it’s unnecessary to make a choice because it’s likely to be made for you anyway. If you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, relying on a miscarriage is extremely risky—the odds are slim and the longer you wait expecting to miscarry, the smaller your window of opportunity to make a choice.
LIE: “Abortions cause breast cancer.”
THE TRUTH IS no relationship has been identified between abortions (whether induced or spontaneous) and an increased risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and American Medical Association all agree.
LIE: “The abortion pill is unsafe.”
THE TRUTH IS, if taken as indicated, the abortion pill (aka Mifeprex or RU-486) is perfectly safe. The Food and Drug Administration states that in many cases in which serious adverse effects were reported, the drug had been used in a manner contradictory to FDA instruction. Further: “since the approval of Mifeprex in September 2000, FDA has been informed of eight deaths in the United States due to serious infections following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol that FDA has concluded may possibly be related to the use of these drugs.”
LIE: “Surgical abortions can kill you.”
THE TRUTH IS the National Abortion Federation has determined legal surgical abortion as one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States—even safer than giving birth. Ninety-seven percent of patients less than 13 weeks pregnant who undergo the abortion procedure report no complications.
LIE: “Your baby already has a heartbeat/ can feel pain/ knows who you are.”
THE TRUTH IS this depends entirely on how far along you are in your pregnancy and the stage of embryonic and fetal development. A medically untrained volunteer at a CPC clinic is unlikely to be able to correctly read your sonogram, much less be able to identify which stage of pregnancy you are in.
LIE: “If you have an abortion now, you won’t be able to have children in the future.”
THE TRUTH IS, as with most medical procedures, there are risks and possible complications associated with abortion, but according to The Mayo Clinic, there is no research that suggests it affects long-term fertility.
LIE: “Women suffer permanent psychological and mental damage as a result of having had an abortion”
THE TRUTH IS while a number of studies have found a wide variety of emotional responses to abortion, there is no scientific evidence proving long-term psychological or mental damage. In fact, research suggests the contrary: “while some people may experience sensations of regret, sadness or guilt after an abortion, the overwhelming responses are relief and happiness.”
LIE: “An abortion will ruin your life and make it impossible to have successful relationships later on.”
THE TRUTH IS the choices you make concerning your reproductive health may, at times, be difficult but they are personal decisions that you alone should ultimately get to make. If you’ve determined that having an abortion is what you want to do, the decision and its impact on your future (if any) are up to you.
According to data from the National Abortion Federation, nearly 70 percent of medical students in the United States have received less than 30 minutes of class training about abortion by the time they finish medical school. This disregard for reproductive health education is an experience Dr. Nancy Stanwood, associate professor and section chief of Family Planning at the Yale School of Medicine and board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, remembers well. “We spent literally an hour and a half learning about birth control in two years of lectures,” she says. “We spent more time on cochlear implants — an important, but far less common, procedure.”
The problem with this kind of uneven training is that a lack of early exposure to reproductive health issues not only hurts a student’s ability to become, as Stanwood notes, “informed physician citizens,” it also shapes their career choices. It’s far less likely for students to choose a specialization in reproductive health care if it’s not something they’re hearing about during their training.
Social stigma around abortion may drive the marginalization of this training in medical school curricula, but the scarcity of students being trained to perform the procedure is also directly connected to the proliferation of GOP-backed state-level restrictions — on funding, on clinics and on physicians themselves."
Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
I made a post of these pictures because not only was Rep Thompson’s speech utterly amazing, her decision to punctuate it with a wire hanger cements something that those too young to remember or born after Roe v Wade do not know personally: the atrocity suffered before us by those who were faced with little to no choice when it came to their reproductive rights.
Much thanks to Rep Thompson and the other brave, amazing women like her that fought to overturn SB5.
My mom made me pro-choice. My mom, who has 3 kids, one of them “a year premature” (she REALLY hates it when I call my younger brother that), made me pro-choice because she was in college from 1967-1972, and she saw what happened when young women didn’t want to be pregnant and couldn’t get a legal abortion. The one that stuck with me the most is the lye bath. Can’t go to a doctor and get an abortion? Douche with LYE.
When abortions are outlawed, it is not that only outlaws will get abortions. It’s that only outlaws will give them.
Part of the point of making abortions safe and legal for all women is the safe part. If an abortion is legal, you can regulate it to be as safe as possible. If abortions are made illegal, or are so restrictive as to be practically illegal even if they are technically legal, women will be forced to use unsafe alternatives. These unsafe alternatives do not always work, leaving children with severe birth defects. When they do work, they also sometimes cause permanent damage to the women who are forced into them—making their lives unnecessarily painful, causing long term illnesses, permanent infertility, and even causing fatalities.
I hear a lot of people saying a fetus is a life. Saying this and using it as an excuse to be “pro life” totally ignores an important fact: women are alive too. They have needs, feelings, health issues. Women are people.
If you want to reduce abortions, make sex education and contraception widespread, easy to access, and without shaming. Doing anything less is hypocritical.
- Dr. Willie Parker, physician at the last abortion provider in Mississippi, on pro-life groups who specifically target Black women (via deadwildflower)
Isn’t it odd how everyone that supports abortion has already been born?
Strangely, everyone who opposes abortion has also been born. It’s almost like you have to be born to have opinions… like it’s part of the basic definition of being a person or something. I’m so glad you pointed that out. It’s a really great point.
Yup. Pretty much.
He is aware he just confirmed that he believes in forcing women to bear children against their will, right?
Correct. They’re not even bothering to hide behind the fetal rights agenda anymore.
Everyone should see this kind of thing.
Um…….? Nawl. *walks away*
somebody remove this dudes power. immediately
When politicians accidentally tell the truth.
Another reason I’m glad I don’t live in the US.
This is freaking TERRIFYING.
what the FRICKITYFRACKFRACKFRUCKTRUCK
For anyone who says, “I don’t support how women get abortions for fun / because they were too lazy to use a condom.”
NOT A JOKE: Photos from Personhood for Women
Also, check out National Advocates for Pregnant Women, org that stands up for the rights of women (often the ones with the least means) who have no way of debunks bad science and challenges religious lunatics in courts.
There is no “debate” about choice. Either women are people or we’re not.