There’s a strong measure of paternalism that threads through the batch of model legislation churned out in the recent years by the anti-choice group Americans United for Life. “Informed consent” bills that mandate coercive information because they don’t believe a woman is capable of making her own decisions, bans on abortions in the second trimester to “protect” a woman’s health, regardless of best medical practices or decisions made between a woman and her doctor.
It should be no wonder then that, during a press conference promoting all of the alleged social and emotional ills that have riddled the country in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade was decided, that an AUL representative argued that abortion should be all together banned so that women can prove that they don’t need it.
Americans United for Life Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel Jeanneane Maxon noted that the people most hurt by the radical abortion policies of the United States have been women and girls “who have been told that they are inadequate to handle both work and family and must act like men to make it in a man’s world.
The abortion industry has allowed women to be harmed physically, mentally and socially by telling them to deny their true potential and insisting they choose either work or family, because they’ll never succeed at both.”
“Big Abortion has fought against commonsense limits every step of the way. But it is most ironic that the abortion industry uses anti-women messaging to sell their product – telling women that they just can’t succeed at balancing the demands of work and family, and need abortion to make it in a man’s world. We have gone from a world in which women and girls were told they cannot succeed to a world in which they are told they can’t succeed without abortion. But women do not need abortion to succeed. It is time to allow women to succeed and to start working for a world in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.”
If “big abortion” is allegedly using anti-women messaging, it would be no more ironic than the anti-choice movement using “pro-women” messaging in which it repeatedly claims that women can best be helped and remain autonomous by having all of her choices made for her by legislators.
No one doubts that women can handle careers and families. All we ask is that the balance of the two should be left completely up to us, and not influenced by anti-choice activists who believe that not being pregnant is “denying them of their true womanhood.“