Much Ado About Abortion: Final Thoughts

The last page is mostly testimonials, which is why I’m ignoring it. After all, the plural of anecdote is NOT data, no matter what MRAs/anti-choicers/SCAM propagandists/whatever say.

Instead, I’ll be doing a post on my final thoughts on this, and to explain why, in my very first post on this subject, I said that I don’t consider anti-choice people “pro-life”.

Let’s start with part 1 of my reasoning:

If you’ve been paying attention and reading all of the posts related to this subject, I brought up numerous statistics regarding who gets abortions, when abortions are more likely to occur, and the like. I would like to bring to the forefront this statistic again:

42% of women who seek abortions have incomes less than 100% of the poverty line. 27% of women have incomes between 100-199% above the poverty line.

Why do I bring it up again? Because Medicare does not pay for abortions unless it’s for rape/incest (Google Hyde Amendment), these women need to find funds to get the abortion themselves. Finding the funding needed to have an abortion takes a decent amount of time, which means that she’ll be getting an abortion at a later week.

And the later you delay getting an abortion, the higher the risk is to the woman.

If she doesn’t get an abortion until after the sixteenth week, that means she’s most likely getting a D&E. D&Es have higher health risk than aspiration or medicated abortions, and in the United States, many doctors would administer a shot that will ensure fetal death in order to not break the law that bans partial birth abortion. The shot is not without risk. And while abortion is itself a rather safe procedure, forcing women to face additional risks because they’re poor should be unethical (in my personal opinion).

Part 2 of my reasoning: they’re willing to lie about health risks in order to scare people into falling into their camp, claiming that abortion causes infertility, adverse mental health outcomes, breast cancer (and others), etc.

Let me clarify this for you right now. Abortion does not increase one’s risk of adverse mental health outcomes. Abortion does not increase risk of breast cancer. Abortion does not increase risk of cancers in general, infertility, low birth rate, birth defects, or miscarriage. And again, abortion does not increase one’s risk of adverse mental health outcomes. And again, having more type 1 lobules (common in women who’ve never given birth) in your breasts does not increase risk of breast cancer. And again, abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer.

If you recall from part 7 of this series, I went through their entire article about the supposed link between abortion and breast cancer. It was full of misinformation, but one of the worst was this:

There is evidence of permanent changes in the genes of Type 3 lobules which provide life-long cancer resistance.

As far as I know, there is absolutely no evidence that this is the case. And like I said, I have a study that says that women with more Type 3 lobules have a higher risk (if you’re diagnosed with benign breast disease at least).

This is misleading. Women who have had children and who might be reading this might conclude that they might not get cancer, because their breasts are cancer-resistant. This is NOT true, but this could delay detection, and therefore treatment for breast cancer. Stating that they have cancer-resistant boob without a source to back it up (and stating it as if it were a fact) can kill.

Part 3 of my reasoning: the lack of any mention of women who have abortions because their health is at risk. Women have had to get abortions because their health is at risk. Here are some of the risks of pregnancy. On that list are very serious problems, from extreme dehydration due to hyperemesis gravidarum (sort of like morning sickness, but notched to 11), gestational hypertension (high blood pressure), ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside of the uterus), etc. And of course, there’s the risk of diabetes mellitushypercoagulability (which means risk of blood clots forming in one’s veins), and thyroid problems.

These women are non-existent in the anti-choice camp’s world. When I brought up the fact that there are serious health risks that might end up requiring abortion, the person I was talking to denied this, and stated that she was aware of exactly zero cases of this happening, hence this wasn’t a problem.

This is problematic, to say the least. I know of people in the anti-choice camp who state that women should be forced to carry a pregnancy, even if she will die, because the fetus is much more important than the mother. And anti-choice people are known to heckle at any woman who steps into Planned Parenthood or any other abortion clinic, without caring why she was there in the first place.

Yeah, that’s not exactly pro-life. Shaming women who have to have abortion or other she might die? That’s anti-life. It’s cruel and it’s inhumane and it reduces women to be simply incubators and not people.

And this is why I refuse to refer to those in the anti-choice camp as “pro-life”.

This is the end of the “Much Ado About Abortion” series. Tomorrow: a good, old-fashioned mocking/debunking of a misogynistic infographic!

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3 thoughts on “Much Ado About Abortion: Final Thoughts

  1. sparky

    Whew! Good job!

    I think what really bothers me most about the “pro-life” position (and there are many, many things that bother me) is what you said in an earlier post: that a baby is considered punishment for having sex. A child is not a punishment. A child is a human being. Raising a child, even when you have adequate resources and a loving supportive spouse and a flexible workplace and a whole network of friends/extended relatives who are eager to provide free babysitting; even then, a child requires 100% commitment from parents. And to force a woman into motherhood when she is unable or unwilling or both is not only unjust and ethically wrong for the woman, it is also unjust and ethically wrong for the child who would be born into those circumstances. I’m pro-choice because I’m pro-woman and pro-child (also pro-man, too; I’m pretty much pro-people in general but men, for some weird reason, just don’t seem to have abortions). I believe every child born should be wanted and loved; if a woman is unable to provide that, for whatever reason, she should be able to have a safe and legal abortion.
    No questions asked and nobody’s business but her and her doctor’s.

  2. Alice Sanguinaria Post author

    RAmen! Children are not a punishment, and I wish that the anti-choice people didn’t see it that way, because from what I’ve heard, aside from all of the side effects and the money and whatnot, it’s actually a wonderful experience to have a child.

    And of course, then we have their “lie with statistics” gambit, which I hope should be cleared up now.

  3. sparky

    Oh, having a child is wonderful. If you’re into children (and I know not everyone wants to become a parent and that’s perfectly okay!). But a child takes a lot. Of everything. Time, money, love, patience, intestinal fortitude. I couldn’t imagine trying to a raise a child you secretly resent; it would make everything that much harder. Thinking of a mother and child in that kind of situation breaks my heart.

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