In a piece I posted yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was proudly stepping forward to lead his TEA party army into the crusade! His foes? Women. He is continuing the radical right-wing assault on women and their unique healthcare concerns. This time, Graham and friends are trying to pass a Federal law that would ban all abortions after a woman’s 20th week of pregnancy. Many states have laws in place setting abortion restrictions. Some of these states (those with Republican leadership), have flooded their statehouses with thousands of bills designed to do one thing, make Roe v Wade moot.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, has started an ad campaign to stop the tidal wave of anti-woman legislation. They have released a new ad with a simple and honest message to America.
TEA party and Christian fundamentalists have been working for years, trying to weave a tale of young women casually seeking abortion after abortion, as a quick and easy means of birth control. The National Abortion Federation recently published a report that addressed this myth:
“In fact, half of all women getting abortions report that contraception was used during the month they became pregnant.Some of these couples had used the method improperly; some had forgotten or neglected to use it on the particular occasion they conceived; and some had used a contraceptive that failed. No contraceptive method prevents pregnancy 100% of the time.
If abortion were used as a primary method of birth control, a typical woman would have at least two or three pregnancies per year — 30 or more during her lifetime. In fact, most women who have abortions have had no previous abortions (52%) or only one previous abortion (26%).Considering that most women are fertile for over 30 years, and that birth control is not perfect, the likelihood of having one or two unintended pregnancies is very high.”
This same group also tackled the question concerning the underlying reason for most abortions.
“There are many myths and misconceptions about who gets abortions, and why. The fact is that the women who have abortions come from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. If current rates continue, it is estimated that 35% of all women of reproductive age in America today will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45.”
Hundreds of myths about abortion have been invented by the pro-life folks since Roe v Wade was decided. Groups like the National Abortion Federation and the Guttmacher Institute are constantly working to debunk the lies and refocus on the science.
But for the vast majority of women, the science gets cloudy when their personal moment of decision is suddenly thrust upon them. For most women, like Dana, these decisions are heart-breaking. Many tears are shed and many nights of sleep are lost trying to make “Sophie’s Choice” types of decisions for the fetus, and for the family.
People like Graham live in a dream world where decisions about abortion are quick and easy. No muss, no fuss, no pregnancy. People like Graham are wrong and they should not be making these painful decisions for women. Nobody is “pro-abortion,” but pro-choice people understand that we don’t have a seat around that kitchen table, nor should we.
Thanks to Dana Weinstein for sharing her personal tragedy to help other families who are facing the same incredibly difficult choices.