Anti-abortion, or “pro-life” groups regularly rail on certain methods of birth control, calling them “abortifacients” even when they aren’t. Recently, the abhorrent Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court allowed American companies to refuse to include certain birth control methods like Plan B because of a “deeply-held religious belief” that women don’t deserve access to a full array of health care options.
In 2012, Hobby Lobby owners suddenly realized that they had religious convictions. Until that point, the company had no problem providing contraceptive methods like Ella and Plan B–but when it became a convenient political issue and a way to save money, suddenly the company believed — in spite of medical knowledge, common sense, and reality — that those and other forms of birth control caused abortions.
Conservatives rallied behind the company’s brave battle against “abortifacients,” despite the reality that emergency contraception does not in any way cause abortions.
Given conservatives’ crusade, however, it is important to ask: Why aren’t they protesting in Ferguson?
At this point you may be asking why the extreme-right religious crusade against Satanic “abortion” drugs is in any way connected to the Ferguson protests. Tear gas, which has been heavily used on the crowds of protesters is, in fact, an abortifacient.
In 2011, the country of Chile temporarily suspended its use of tear gas after a study at the University of Chile linked the chemical weapon to miscarriage and fetal harm. In 2012, an investigation by Physicians for Human Rights confirmed the findings after they looked into the effects of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012. The investigation concluded that doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in areas exposed to tear gas. A U.N. investigation in Palestine concluded that tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers cased “dozens” of miscarriages among Palestinian women–and this was in 1988.
With the crusade against birth control methods that don’t actually cause abortions, why are conservatives not up in arms about the use of something that, in their minds, has the potential to kill hundreds of babies? Where are the signs? Where’s the outrage?
With the feigned outrage surrounding the use of birth control and claims that “abortions kill black babies” en masse, the use of abortion-causing chemicals should be a big deal to the “pro-life” movement–if they actually cared about the security of the unborn. After all, “black genocide,” as pro-lifers call it, should be a huge moral issue.
Unfortunately, only crickets can be heard from that side of the aisle.
Look, conservatives, we get it. You only care about black people when it’s politically convenient. We’ve come to terms with that as we have seen you fight for repressive and discriminatory voter identification legislation. We’ve watched you fight against the Civil Rights Act (even in 2014) while at the same time pretending to care about the black community.
Regardless of your views on race, if you claim to care about the unborn you should abandon your protests at abortion clinics — just for a moment. Stop fighting against birth control that you can easily confirm does not cause abortions by spending three minutes on Google, for now, and fight against the waging of chemical warfare on Ferguson’s population.
Wouldn’t that make sense?
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