The Fight for Universal Access to Abortion


The international human rights and global health communities gathered with policymakers and government leaders last month in Washington D.C. to make the case for universal abortion access. The resulting outcome document, the Airlie Declaration on Safe Legal Abortion, calls on governments and policymakers to legalize abortion globally.

This unheralded collaboration arrives on the heels of another first: a report from the UN secretary-general calling for access to safe abortion. The timing for a global initiative of this nature for universal access to abortion is crucial, as a review of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to set a post-2015 agenda as well as a 20-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD + 20) are currently underway.

Post-2015 Agenda and Abortion Access

Two organizations at the forefront of the initiative to ensure universal access to abortion as a necessary part of a comprehensive package for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) include the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Ipas. Both organizations signed on to the Airlie Declaration as representatives of their respective organizations.

“Abortion is just another service, like access to contraception or comprehensive sexual education or HIV treatment,” said Cecilia Espanoza, Ipas advisor for Latin America. “The problem is that every time we talk about this full comprehensive package of services, there is always a lot of stigma around abortion. If it is not stated, it is not part of the service and the agreement.”

Carmen Barroso, regional director of International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), argues that providing legal and safe access to abortion makes economic sense for developing countries. “Sustainable development depends on strong economies and strong economies depend on SRHR [sexual and reproductive health and rights], that’s the bottom line,” she said.

With this in mind, IPPF just launched the Vision 2020 initiative to collect data about progress toward the next global development goals specific to SRHR, including access to contraception. This is no small matter, considering 222 million women worldwide are currently unable to access contraception, according to IPPF.

IPPF’s new initiative also recognizes the need to include youth in the conversation. “Youth [are] important because [they represent] a huge cohort, the largest in history,” said Barroso. “We realize now that without youth we can’t talk about universal access. The biggest obstacle to universal access is for young people, and that’s because the sexual rights of youth are contested, the reproductive rights of young people are ignored.”

Restricted Funding Continues to Limit Access

United States foreign policy is part of the problem when it comes to universal access to abortion, perhaps most notably in the form of the 1973 Helms Amendment, outlined by Kristina Kallas and Akila Radhakrishnan in a 2011 RH Reality Check article. Restrictions from donor countries and program funders like this severely limit the work of international organizations advocating for SRHR.

Last year, the former head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) legal division, Louise Doswald-Beck, penned a letter to President Obama to address this decades-old problem. In the letter, Doswald-Beck noted the glaring omission of protection of the right to abortion for women who are raped during conflict, stating flatly, “Raped women and girls in conflict zone are routinely denied the option of abortion.” She continued, “U.S. humanitarian aid policy presently bears a high degree of responsibility for this illegal, and thoroughly inhuman, situation.”

If stigma around abortion continues to restrict funding, “we are just closing our eyes to the reality,” said Ipas’ Espanoza. “It’s impossible to talk about a comprehensive sexual education without informing people about safe abortion.”

Success and Resistance in the Fight for Universal Access

The need for access to reproductive health care for those victimized by rape as a weapon of war, as addressed in Doswald-Beck’s letter, offers a new context for conversation about the need for legal and safe abortion.

Access to abortion in conflict and post-conflict countries was addressed in a resolution for the first time by the United Nations in 2013, with specific recommendations for abortion services in UN Security Council Resolution 2122. PeaceWomen, a program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), monitors women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict and sees the inclusion of progressive language for abortion access as a direct result of the 2013 secretary-general’s report recommending that member states ensure the safe termination of pregnancies resulting from rape.

However, Abigail E. Ruane, PeaceWomen program manager, believes organization among the religious opposition has grown particularly politically savvy this year. “The Holy See is the only religious body with a voice in the consensus-based discussions at the UN, and therefore has disproportionate opportunity to influence these discussions,“ she said. The Global Justice Center (GJC) reports some countries, including Guatemala, have actively resisted UN resolutions with language supporting SRHR. “With the increasing sophistication of this group, it requires more and more work by progressive women’s rights advocates,” said Ruane.

On the other hand, countries such as Uruguay and Nepal have made great strides in universal access to abortion in recent years. These initiatives are driven by findings from evidence-based reporting of institutions, including the World Bank, that have proven unsafe abortions have a costly economic impact, beyond the human rights concerns at hand.

Pivotal Moment for Changing the Conversation

Stephanie Johanssen, advocacy and outreach associate at the Global Justice Center, believes organizations pulling together from different corners of the international advocacy arena have the power to shift the dominant narratives about abortion. “In the long run, we believe this has a positive impact on the discussion on abortion services worldwide and seeing abortion also in a different context such as a necessary life saving medical care for war rape victims,” she said.

Espanoza observes that governments now have an opportunity to listen to what human rights bodies and experts are saying about the SRHR needs for women to make progress, since prior goals were set on the international development agenda. In talking about the upcoming ICPD+20 review, she added, “It will be really hard to advocate for a full package of reproductive health services or having more services in terms of maternal mortality and morbidity if we don’t include safe and legal abortion”

In their report, The Right to an Abortion for Girls and Women Raped in Armed Conflict, the GJC offers recommendations for how to improve safe and universal access to abortion, such as make it clear in UN trainings, including of peacekeeping forces, that girls and women who are raped and impregnated must be informed of their right to an abortion, and the United States should revise USAID guidelines so restrictions are not placed on humanitarian aid.

But the real battle for universal access may not be fought at the UN. “The main obstacle is the indifference in the majority of the population,” said Barroso, who notes that the opposition, while not to be taken for granted, are a vocal minority who aren’t open to conversion and instead only need to be contained.

Instead, advocates may be well served to find ways to show the average person why SRSH is relevant to them. “I think we have to address the large majority of public and popular opinion who just don’t care,” Barroso added. “It’s not that they are opposed, it’s just that they are uninformed and it’s not a big priority for them and that’s because we’ve failed to address them and try to understand why they don’t prioritize it.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of Ipas’ Cecilia Espanoza. In addition, a sentence on the countries that “have actively resisted UN resolutions with language supporting [sexual and reproductive health rights]” has been updated slightly for accuracy. Malta and Ireland were removed from that list. We regret these errors.

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  • Peatbogjeff

    This is a complete scandal, much like abortion.

    The thing is, the tide is obviously turning in favor of the pro-life folks, who I count myself among. Recent and endless legislation in the states are pushing back.

    And why? Because this is not settled law…it is obviously not settled in our hearts, and the line about a small vocal minority is crap…recent polls by Rasmussen and CNN show it tilting over the fact we are all waking up to. Good creates, and evil destroys…every single abortion destroys the life of an emerging, real person, and it is the ultimate act of violence.

    • Lieutenant Nun

      Polls have not really changed in the past 20 years. Support for abortion remains steady.

      • Aurora 7

        That depends on how polling questions are framed.

        • lady_black

          Women’s rights depend on no poll.

        • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

          Well you need some excuse to keep your delusions. Feh.

        • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

          The questions are at the link. They are straightforward. You and your fellows are a cult and America’s homegrown terrorists.
          http://www.pewforum.org/2013/01/16/roe-v-wade-at-40/

          As the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision approaches, the public remains opposed to completely overturning the historic ruling on abortion. More than six-in-ten (63%) say they would not like to see the court completely overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Only about three-in-ten (29%) would like to see the ruling overturned. These opinions are little changed from surveys conducted 10 and 20 years ago.

    • Shan

      Women’s rights are scandalous? Of course.

      “We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right to make decisions about her body, her health and her future. True gender equality cannot be achieved without access to safe, legal abortion.Yet this vision is still far from reality, due in part to continued restrictions on safe, legal abortion in much of the world. Criminalizing abortion does not eliminate abortion; it puts women’s lives and health at risk. The consequences are dire.”

      • Mindy McIndy

        But as we all know, those women who gravely injure themselves and die because of their illegal abortions, well, they had it coming to them. How can they not know that their only point of being on this planet is to procreate, procreate, procreate!

        /sarcasm

    • Dez

      In their report, The Right to an Abortion for Girls and Women Raped in Armed Conflict, the GJC offers recommendations for how to improve safe and universal access to abortion, such as make it clear in UN trainings, including of peacekeeping forces, that girls and women who are raped and impregnated must be informed of their right to an abortion, and the United States should revise USAID guidelines so restrictions are not placed on humanitarian aid.
      So this part of the article must mean nothing to you. How “pro-life” of you.

      • Mindy McIndy

        She’s not pro-life, she is pro-pregnancy and pro-forced birth.

        • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

          Most of all she is anti women, which should be the true name of “pro life”

    • lady_black

      None of your business.

    • P. McCoy

      Destroying real women for non humans are the real acts of violence-so are making laws on the capricious whims of religious fanatics who vote for those politicians who enact laws that cause the loss of access to shelter, food, health care, and education for both mother and born children. This makes the so called pro life stand phoney and hypocritical. They are forced birthers and punishes of those who refuse to have sex in the fashion that their cults dictate. Such cults should be exposed as political organizations and dealt with accordingly.

    • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

      Nonsense.
      I will have lots of hot sex.
      I will use contraception.
      If I get pregnant, I will give birth or abort AS I SEE FIT.
      Not as YOU see fit.

      • Peatbogjeff

        Great and terrible judgments await you and all who support the destruction of the innocent unborn. You have no idea what is about to happen to everyone on earth. When the chastisement begins, remember me.

        • P. McCoy

          According to your beliefs ‘children’ are conceived in sin so the ‘unborn’ are not innocent and no man knows when the world will end. Your ravings are delusional and you’re entitled to them, but are not entitled to impose them on others.

          • Peatbogjeff

            I just did impose them, but not out of entitlement. The Gospels will be proclaimed.

            How can you possibly support abortion? The vast majority of abortion in this county murders black and latino babies. It is racist as well as violent.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            So if a black woman is having a white baby, it is okay for her to get an abortion?

            What is it that Jesus said that could justify the things you are saying? You are no one’s teacher here. You do not possess what your profess.

            Thank you, dear merciful God, for forty years and counting of legal and safe medical contraception and abortion. And thank you for the Clergy, who have worked so hard and still work hard for reproductive justice worldwide.

          • Peatbogjeff

            But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16

            If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:6

            More anti-abortion legislation was advanced in the last year than in the previous decade, and it is still happening at an accelerated pace. I shall pray for you all, especially you Plum Dumpling.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Numbers 5 in the bible supports abortion if adultery is suspected.

            You god also had no problem commanding his people to skewer pregnant women and bash babies heads against the rocks.

          • expect_resistance

            I’m bookmarking this. Great reference. :)

          • fiona64

            It doesn’t just support it, it *demands* it.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            There was some debate about that over on Cross Examined at Patheos blogs.

            This annoying person stated that since it did not *always* cause an abortion, and since ergot ONLY works late in pregnancy (and apparently does not grow in the middle east), and since a man can suspect his wife of sleeping around even if she is *not* pregnant, that it had nothing to do with abortion and was merely a potential punishment from god. A punishment that resulted in stomach upset and diarrhea.

            BTW myintx is over at the Friendly Atheist putting her foot in her mouth. She is asking us how ready we are to kill baybeez while they are in the birth canal. She thinks it’s a brilliant ‘gotcha’ because we won’t give her an answer, instead we just say that she’s a dumbfuck. I told her that if she were to read the entire thread, she would see that I spent *days* debating pro-lifers who are far more sophisticated than she can ever hope to be! So I asked her…are you the best that the PL side has to offer? Well, apparently she is – she takes our unwillingness to answer her stupid-ass questions as proof of her intellectual superiority. I have never met someone so lacking in self-awareness. Except of course for jeffie here!

          • fiona64

            Ergot is a mold that can attach to any grain … so it’s not like it’s “grown” as though it’s a crop. That person is crazy.

            Myintx needs to get a real hobby, like stamp-collecting.

          • ansuz

            Or knitting. She can knit microscopic booties for the frozen zygotes.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            winedarksee is a concern troll INTELLECTUAL that I came across on RawStory.

            sh/it likes to pretend to be of superior intellect, and constantly proclaims that our analogies are flawed, but can’t actually adequately explain 1) why 2) justify shit/s position

            This should be fun, once Sandy and Phantom get back.

          • ansuz

            I dunno how much I’ll be able to be there; I’ve got a cold and an exam tomorrow.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            I could say stuff but..

            http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P6qHmVhR_zg/T4kR8Tbd9wI/AAAAAAAAGf4/Izr5PGnHWLw/s400/catdoctor.jpg

            And good luck tomorrow, may professor kitty be with you

          • ansuz

            Thanks!
            And my new thing to do on study breaks is to look at cats. It’s a new thing because I’m not just looking, I’m doing research into My Future Cat, by looking at levels of care required for different breeds and conditions so that I know what to avoid in order to not overextend myself (and hurt the cat by not being able to care for it) when I finally get one.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Congrats! I never did research my current kitty after my kitty of 16 years died. I just told my mom that I wanted an Abyssinian because the name sounded cool.

            Abys are great cats if you like to play. They are not particularly cuddly though. Its always on their terms. But if they want attention you have to drop what you are doing.

            They also like to knock everything over.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Shit said that the specific grains that ergot grow on were not available in ancient Israel. I looked it up however, and most of the grains that were available in Europe were also grown in ancient Israel. Shit was claiming that ergot was only ‘known’ in the middle ages, which is crock, I think.

          • fiona64

            Now, in fairness, they may not have known exactly *why* the rotting grain caused a miscarriage … any more than they knew exactly why putting meat on clay dishes that had held a milk product (and thus had potential for causing food poisoning due to sour milk microbes) made people sick, or why eating shellfish during red tide made you sick … but they did know it. The assumption that ancient peoples were stupid is one of the things that irritates me most.

          • Ella Warnock

            What thread is myintx stinking up now?

          • Lieutenant Nun
          • red_zone

            I just responded to her. Read my comment and tell me what you think.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Perfect.

            Myintx is walking talking Dunning-Kruger Effect

          • red_zone

            Thank you. :)

            I think it”s fairly obvious by now that she’s still throwing out these claims and misdirections as more habit than anything else, now. She just can’t bring herself to face what’s in front of her and that scares her more than the reality of abortion.

            The fear of admitting she was wrong is what keeps her going, in spite of all basic sense that tells her to stop.

          • red_zone

            I just responded that, barring extenuating circumstances i.e. the woman’s life is in danger or the fetus will die/has died in -utero- no woman is going to wait until the last possible minute to have an abortion as she is so close to delivery/ the fetus is viable and can survive outside the womb at that point. It would be totally meaningless, to say nothing of dangerous to her health.

            If a woman wants an abortion, she will get one as soon as possible, say within the next week or so. She won’t wait.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Give her the abortion rules from Judaism 101 – kosher sex.
            http://www.jewfaq.org/sex.htm

          • Shan

            “we just say that she’s a dumbfuck.”

            She is, that. I’ve seen her bibbling her sophomoric nonsense all over the Internet.

          • P. McCoy

            It will get pushed back when young people start dying from illegal abortions. People don’t really appreciate what they have until they lose it. Equally moving a pace is seeing how most religious fanatics are members of hate groups, masking as churches and other tax free religious organizations. They will get exposed, taxed and their members exposed as cunning politicians trying to turn America into a theocracy. People won’t stand for that. Your kind will be imprisoned and ostracized as the Domestic Terrorists that you truly are and charged with hate crimes that will impoverish you as well as land you in solitary confinement.

          • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

            The reaction will be very strong among those who support the right to choose, and among those who has been neutral. It will be equally strong among the “pro lifers”, but another reaction; one of ultimate joy as these women get their proper punishment, mutilation or even DEATH from illegal abortions, the proper punishment for the ultimate crime in a “pro life” world, believing and acting like a woman should have any rights at all. “Pro life” is sick.

          • red_zone

            The sad thing is, these will largely be poor women and girls who will die or mutilate themselves in an attempt to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. so they would effectively be punishing the poor. Rich women won’t suffer like that and will go somewhere like Canada to get an abortion.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Do not pray for me. God might think I hang with you.

          • expect_resistance

            It creeps me out when they say that. It’s like their version of fuckoff. And it’s condescending, like they are trying to control you (pray for you) to convert to their point of view. I see it as manipulative and insincere.

          • P. McCoy

            Yes because it’s condescending it defeats the purpose of prayer. But the real problem is how much time we correspond to and about a mentally disturbed religious fanatic. Why can’t we not feed the troll and see if they hop like a flea to another less willing host.

          • Arekushieru

            Um, not a good idea. It sounds too much like what happened to me, just switch out bullying for trolling, harassing, catcalling, stalking, etc…. LOTS of people told me to shut up when I was being bullied. It didn’t stop. And I was still blamed for the abuse I faced, because people were telling me I just didn’t ‘present’ myself, properly. And those things actually got WORSE, until I started talking back. I wish someone else had done this for me, instead. And I wish I hadn’t HAD to do it on my own.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            *internet hugs*

          • expect_resistance

            Completely agree. Silence is not an option.

          • Arekushieru

            Thanks, ER, LN! :)

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Correct. It is condescending and manipulative. And it is the religious version of fuckoff.

          • fiona64

            It also demonstrates their ignorance of their own scriptures. Matthew 6:6 makes it very clear that prayer is a private matter, not a public one; those who make a big deal of their piety are not doing so for God, but because they want adulation from an audience … and Jesus had very little patience for that kind of thing.

          • expect_resistance

            I know they seem to miss that one. *sigh*

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            These are the rules Jesus followed. I follow Jesus. You are no one’s teacher here.

            Jewish law not only permits, but in some circumstances requires abortion. Where the mother’s life is in jeopardy because of the unborn child, abortion is mandatory.

            An unborn child has the status of “potential human life” until the majority of the body has emerged from the mother. Potential human life is valuable, and may not be terminated casually, but it does not have as much value as a life in existence. The Talmud makes no bones about this: it says quite bluntly that if the fetus threatens the life of the mother, you cut it up within her body and remove it limb by limb if necessary, because its life is not as valuable as hers. But once the greater part of the body has emerged, you cannot take its life to save the mother’s, because you cannot choose between one human life and another. – Judaism 101

            Sh’ma Yis’ra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
            Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.In an undertone:

            Barukh sheim k’vod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.
            Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.

          • expect_resistance

            “Mazel Tov!” Plum this is why I adore you. Brilliantly said!

          • Arekushieru

            Yet you ARE hindering them from being called to Jesus. After all, YOU are the one who calls them persons.

          • Ivy Mike

            You can pray all you want for us. We’ll THINK for you.

          • Unicorn Farm

            I love this post!

          • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

            So do I – gives the distinction between thinking pro choicers and carpet chewing praying “pro lifers”

          • BJ Survivor

            Your ramblings are like telling me that the Trix rabbit will be very, very angry if I don’t do what he says. I could care less what you and your psychopathic, genocidal, homophobic, misogynist sky daddy think.

          • expect_resistance

            Your prayers have no effect. I don’t believe in your sky god.

          • Unicorn Farm

            “More anti-abortion legislation was advanced in the last year than in the
            previous decade, and it is still happening at an accelerated pace”

            Right, so the republicans are teaming up with ALEC to find easy ways to rile up the base.

            Look at you, getting riled up and excited about the “pro-life revolution!” Don’t choke on the red meat they’re throwing you.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Hey unicorn, you’re a lawyer. Should tort law apply to pregnancy? After all it is a foreseeable consequence of sex, right? So if your dog bites someone, and you have to pay a fine, or if you spread your legs, you then owe the innocent prenate bodily compensation. Its not punishment, its simple cause and effect, no?

            http://blog.secularprolife.org/2014/04/no-i-am-not-interested-in-punishing.html?m=1

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Oh, and from reading the comments, if you want to avoid these foreseeable consequences, castrate yourself or get a hysterectomy!

            Who said pro lifers were disconnected from reality!?

          • goatini

            I believe the literal translation of “I’ll pray for you” is “GFY”.

            And we will continue to fight the enemy to protect our civil, human and Constitutional rights.

          • Arekushieru

            I think I said something similar on this site, not too long ago, as the statement you made in your top paragraph, Plum!

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Great minds think alike. ;-)

          • expect_resistance

            That’s a prayer I could say. Ramen. :)

          • P. McCoy

            Zygotes, fetuses, embryos and fertilized eggs are not people. So no murder has been committed. I see that you pay scant attention to what I say. Black and Latino born children are suffering from the lacks of care that I named in my post. Those people are the ones that you will be judged for since you and your political cronies vote for measures that threaten their lives. That is the hypocrisy of the so called pro life movement. It is easier to rant about crimes against disembodied entities than the children that you can see everyday. Couple days with the fact that women are disposable breeders to your kind further cements your hands in sins against humanity. Please do yourself some favors against abortion then don’t have one. Also, try to vote for causes that protect the real people that are here women and children instead of non persons. If that is too difficult for you, then cease harassing the women on this website with your disturbed ravings about the second coming. You don’t know what the hour is. No man does, according to Jesus Christ himself.

          • Peatbogjeff

            As of today, I shall be a regular on these pages P. McCoy. I just book marked it. For today anyway, I shall depart with the words you need most of all…

            Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen.

          • Shan

            “As of today, I shall be a regular on these pages P. McCoy.”

            Well, if you continue to proselytize, use the word “abortionistas” and copy/paste-post the same paragraphs all over the place, good luck with that.

          • fiona64

            Yeah, at the rate Jeffy’s going, he’ll be an ex-regular in pretty short order.

          • P. McCoy

            I say those prayers already for live children, mothers in need and against the blood suckers that deprive them of food, shelter, health care and education – Republican stooges like yourself. Don’t add presumption to your long list of transgressions – the BMV will not be pleased.

          • Arekushieru

            Mary CHOSE to have Jesus. Oops. Blew your mind, right? You didn’t even realize that you just called your God a slave owner who forcibly impregnates women against their will, DID you?

            Which means YOU are just as much a sinner as we are. Didn’t the bible teach you to look after the plank in your own eye, first? No? Cherry-picker.

          • Dez

            Keep your fantasies to yourself. No one wants your imaginary friend involved in their personal lives. Remember this or you will suffer the wrath of Thor. He’s as real as your friend.

          • lady_black

            LOL. You won’t be a “regular” for long if you keep calling women murderers and reducing them to inconsequential fetal containers. Keep flapping your lips.

          • Ivy Mike

            Blahblahblahblah fapfapfapfap….

            Gibberish.

          • Shan

            “The vast majority of abortion in this county murders black and latino babies. It is racist as well as violent.”

            Here, read this.

            http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/11/3/gpr110302.html

            “This much is true: In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.
            Antiabortion activists, including some African-American pastors, have been waging a campaign around this fact, falsely asserting that the disparity is the result of aggressive marketing by abortion providers to minority communities.

            “These activists are exploiting and distorting the facts to serve their antiabortion agenda. They ignore the fundamental reason women have abortions and the underlying problem of racial and ethnic disparities across an array of health indicators. The truth is that behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy. This applies to all women—black, white, Hispanic, Asian and Native American alike. Not surprisingly, the variation in abortion rates across racial and ethnic groups relates directly to the variation in the unintended pregnancy rates across those same groups.”

          • Arekushieru

            Yeah, the “Gospels” that proclaim women are property and men are their studly manly menzzzz owners? You speak out of nothing BUT entitlement.

            Abortion is not murder. By claiming that it is murder and violent, you are condemning women for having a biological function equivalent to breathing, one for which, at least, the structures to support even its rudimentary beginnings were developed in them when they were still fetuses (y’know, the SAME fetuses that you claim are innocent of any wrongdoing). You deny women the same rights that everyone else has simply because an involuntary side effect, on BOTH the fetus’ and woman’s parts, results in the fetus’ incompatibility with life upon separation from the uterus, WITHOUT providing a reason as to why this one particular case should be held to lower lawful standards, (thanks to Lieutenant Nun for this, I believe) wherein an existing entity (the woman) can be held responsible for another one (the fetus) due to actions that occurred PRIOR to its existence (ESPECIALLY given that to compel the woman to gestate the fetus would be to CONTINUE the very actions you found so egregious), than any other. Since abortion is never mentioned in the bible, unless to condemn forced abortion and God, Himself, said that we are to obey the laws of humankind unless they conflicted with His own laws, you have NO ground, WHATSOEVER, upon which to stand. Oops.

            Racism is calling all poor black women ‘welfare queens’, and shaming and stigmatizing unwed poor black women for having babies, taking away funding for maternal health care programs such as SNAP, WIC and TANF, then whining and complaining when more unintended pregnancies occur within the black community as a result and raising a hue and cry about racism, when black women choose to abort the fetuses INVOLVED in the unintended pregnancies. Gee, I wonder who does THAT? It for DARNED sure is NOT the Pro-CHOICE side. Again, oops!

          • Peatbogjeff

            If only you had studied Aristotle, logic, and causal reasoning.

          • P. McCoy

            We reject scholasticism as the teachings of a cult movement. When you can think for yourself and quit parroting the mouthing of the Roman Catholic cult, come back and engage us.

          • Arekushieru

            Apparently you haven’t, because you cannot see how you are grasping that effect can come about without a cause. But, don’t worry, most antis don’t understand logic, anyways, not even the ones who aren’t religious. Then tend to misapply their own abilities (or, rather, lack thereof) on Pro-CHOICERS.

          • goatini

            Aristotle believed that women were men’s subjects, that males had the right to seize their wives’ wealth; and that females should never leave the “female quarters” of the house. So I see you’re a great fan.

          • Ivy Mike

            Fuck your gospels. The ancient, much-edited and translated wibblings of Middle Eastern tribesmen from the Bronze Age mean nothing today, if they ever did.

          • BJ Survivor

            Ramen!

          • expect_resistance

            Total pile of crap. Where do you get this stuff from? What are you smoking?

          • goatini

            But since all babies, ever, have already been born; and since no babies are ever harmed in any way whatsoever in a safe, legal pregnancy termination, you just sound like an ignorant misogynist pig.

        • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

          I wish you what you wish me.
          FBI LOOK SHARP

        • Jennifer Starr

          You really get off on this, don’t you? I bet you’re all hot and bothered now.

        • Shan

          LOL! You sound like “Just wait until your dad gets home!”

        • Ineedacoffee

          Dude lay off the acid

          • expect_resistance

            Stay away from the brown acid, it’s bad.

          • Ineedacoffee

            Yep, special warning on the brown acid, rots your brain

          • expect_resistance

            Ever see the Saturday Night Live episode from the 1970s with Dan Aykroyd as President Carter talking someone down from taking the “Orange sunshine” acid. Still makes me laugh. :)

          • Jennifer Starr

            Oh I love that one :)

        • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

          Religious nutheads should keep their stupidities to themselves. Or, do not – it is always nice with a good laugh.

        • Arekushieru

          You have no more idea than the rest of us. I am Christian. And my God is NOT a terrible misogynist like yours. And, most ESPECIALLY, not Jesus. I think they will have more chastisements for you for attempting to enforce slavery on a specific population that DOES NOT INCLUDE YOU, like the slave masters did to the black men and women in the not so distant past of our shameful history.

          Fetuses are neither innocent nor guilty. They don’t have the capacity for such.

        • Ivy Mike

          I bet you were locking your chops while you wrote that.

          You psychopaths just get all gooey thinking about “burning” people you don’t like, huh?

          And I bet that such as you can’t wait to get some kind of green light to “help” your god do the dirty work.

          You people are nothing more than murderous nutcases who found an excuse.

        • expect_resistance

          Are we going to get struck down by lighting? Bring it on. Can’t wait to see the rapture. (Yes laughing hysterically)

          • Peatbogjeff

            You’re not. Look in the mirror. You are suffering.

          • expect_resistance

            You first.

          • Arekushieru

            Heh, exactly. I’m sure he’s suffering because he realizes that imposing slavery on women is not actually what the God he believes in wants, but just doesn’t want to admit because of his eternal pride (which is also a sin, btw, pbj) in the almighty power of the PENIS.

          • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

            What I find so extremely nauseating about womb nazis, is that they think they know our thoughts better than we do ourselves. And that is the first step in totalitarian thinking “I know you better than you know yourself – that gives me the power to decide over you”. “Pro life” is not a political stance, it is a diagnosis.

          • goatini

            And impotent fetus fetishist is now trying to sell BS false guilt, false shame, and false blame to innocent female US citizens. We’re not buying your steaming load of garbage.

        • goatini

          More impotent threats from an impotent fetus fetishist who hates that women are no longer nothing but chattel breeding property.

        • fiona64

          ‘Fess up … you were only using one hand to type that, weren’t you?

    • red_zone

      Creation and destruction are neutral; in both cases, they can be used for good or ill. case in point, you are inferring that things like biological weapons are ‘good’ and it is ‘evil’ to want them destroyed.

      My point is the labels you use to apply to them are not only wrong, they do not account for numerous variable. It is how they are utilized that matters.

      The ultimate act of violence is denying a person their freedom while claiming it’s to ‘save them’.

    • Ineedacoffee

      The ultimate act of violence is making a woman birth against her wishes or undergo a backyard abortion due to forced birthers delusions that a fetus is a person with more rights than a woman

    • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

      The true names of “pro life” should be (pick from the list): Forced birthers, forced pregnancy lovers, women haters or anti women. I am sure it could be made much longer, but crap like peatbogjeffs above make me so furious my mind turns cloudy.

      • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

        Fetus Freak, Ovarian Totalitarian, Womb Nazis, FetusSniffers …

        • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

          Womb nazis is my pick!

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            That is my favorite too.

      • lady_black

        I like fetal idolaters myself.

        • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

          Also good. Nice to have a choice depending on how rude you want to be. I am fond or rude.

          • lady_black

            These people really do make sort of an idol out of zygotes, embryos and fetuses. Treating these as though they are supreme and entitled to much more than you and I are entitled to. It’s very offensive, and deserves rude treatment.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            There was a chick on patheos who used to be pro life. She explained that her mom had her at 19–an unintended pregnancy. The woman said that she was PL because she imagined that her mom could have chosen to abort her, and this filled her with existential angst. I truly believe that this fear of non existence is one of the reasons why they idolize the ‘innocent fetus’.

            I was reading Secular Pro Life Perspectives the other day and I almost threw up when one woman related a story of how she could not sidewalk counsel because it would just *destroy* her if a woman ignored her desperate pleas and went ahead to murder the precious fetus.

            These people are freaks.

          • BJ Survivor

            The narcissism inherent in forced-birth philosophy never fails to stun, but I have to say I’m happy that a forced-birther isn’t harassing women whatever their reason for not doing so.

            What I can’t get over is the poster who had an unintended pregnancy and wished that she would have a miscarriage. I am truly still WTFing over that. On what planet is it okay to wish for your child’s death (unless they are suffering terribly due to an incurable illness, of course)? Would she admit the same for an actual, born child or would she seek help, as would be appropriate?The cognitive dissonance is truly astonishing.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            There was another one on TFA who said that if her cat’s life was pit against that of a random zygote, she would choose her cat.

            So, cat life —> human zygote life.

            However, this same zygote has more value than a human female’s right to self-determination/wellbeing.

            She tried to explain the inconsistency away by saying that in the case of cat vs. zygote, it’s a life vs. a life, but with zygote vs. woman, it’s a life vs. convenience. haha!

            If we explore it further, she has essentially asserted, by stating that zygote overrides human female, that zygote has the same moral value as any person, right? Yet, if this zygote is equivalent in moral value to a person, how the fuck can the life of a cat override it under any conceivable circumstance???

          • BJ Survivor

            The only “thought” that goes into forced-birth arguments is the basic premise that fertile females are breeding livestock/bitches ain’t shit. Given that premise, her preference for cats is understandable. Batshit, but understandable nonetheless.

          • Shan

            “I truly believe that this fear of non existence is one of the reasons why they idolize the ‘innocent fetus’.”

            They’re the ones who often blather on about retroactive abortion. The ones who were born pre-Roe get all squirrelly wondering whether they would have been born at all if their mothers had had a choice and the post-RvW ones get all squirrelly thinking about how they “survived” their mothers having the choice. They’re a bunch of narcissists.

          • ansuz

            “I truly believe that this fear of non existence is one of the reasons why they idolize the ‘innocent fetus’.”
            The Starship Maxima admitted (in that epic FA thread last December) to some of this.
            (I never did get around to an in-depth email conversation with him, though I think the option’s still on the table.)

          • Lieutenant Nun

            He was really really worried about dirty s1uts having nonstop sex and abortions. Did not appear to be concerned about the right to exist of rape babies though!

          • ansuz

            Well, he was pretty consistent with the ‘personal responsibility’ crap and did seem to have a functioning sense of empathy. I think his biggest issue was his tendency to think of things in terms of guilt/innocence and his general approval of punishment.
            *shrugs*

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Chalkdust has been debating the responsibility objection and I have been paying close attention. The reasonig seems to be that if you create an existential dependency, you owe bodily compensation to those who are affected by your actions. But, conveniently, this only ever applies to pregnancy. Why? Because nature! Because this is how zef’s survive! And then they will try to draw bullshit comparisons between bodily compensation and higher insurance rates.

            One guy also compared pregnancy and abortion to a woman who drugs a man, and then kills him before he can rape her, which means that she is guilty of murder.

            All of these scenarios cast the pregnant person as the guilty party. By that logic, simply having sex and creating the zef = harm done, because if it dies, you are entirely at fault for putting its life in such a precarious position. They try to handwave this last point away by appealing to nature, but it won’t work especially if all of their analogies involve the pregnant person attacking someone.

          • ansuz

            “The reasonig seems to be that if you create an existential dependency, you owe bodily compensation to those who are affected by your actions.”
            I haven’t been paying all that much attention to Chalkdust’s posts (my mental energy has been for shit lately), but I have some thoughts on that, especially relating to how likely it is for pregnancy to result from sex — it is not all that likely.

            “By that logic, simply having sex and creating the zef = harm done, because if it dies, you are entirely at fault for putting its life in such a precarious position.”

            Also, by their logic, it would make sense to take an antinatalist position of abortion always being harm reduction due to the increased capacity to experience harm that born humans have relative to zefs.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            I haven’t been paying all that much attention to Chalkdust’s posts (my mental energy has been for shit lately)

            Well then you’re lucky that I haven’t shown you the latest potential = actual argument. It has me scratching my head because it is so stupid and really can’t be refuted because he’s making shit up.

            Basically, both coma patients and zygotes are not presently exercising a capacity for sentience. it is latent in both. Where the coma patient will self-recover, the zygote will self-assemble. The zygote is a complete human organism, it is merely unformed.

            Compare this to a broken leg vs. amputated legs. If I break both my legs, I have temporarily lost the ability to walk, but still have the underlying capacity to walk because my legs exist. If my legs are amputated, I have completely lost the capacity to walk, because the apparatus required for walking no longer exists. Seems clear enough, yah?

            Well you’d be wrong, ansuz!!!!!! https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/1110278912/h1642CDEE/

            if your legs can regrow and regenerate, you had the *latent capacity to walk all along, and are simply temporarily prevented from walking while your legs grow back’ which = a zygote has the latent capacity for thought, and is temporarily prevented from expressing that thought as it grows’

            http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/22/53/34/22533417467d143670bef78b333f87e6.jpg

            If that doesn’t fuck you up, I don’t know what will!!

          • Shan

            Hrm. Well, if the only way you can regrow your legs is with the permission of someone else whose body you have to use to do it AND nobody is volunteering theirs, then you’re SOL, right?

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Aw, he pointed out that, even with help, the organism is still ‘self-assembling’ and thus whole before it is whole.

            So the logical conclusion that somatic cell nuclear transfer means that most of the cells in your bodies are simply babies with unrealized potential. They will grow if you give them the nudge they need to self-assemble!

          • Shan

            Self-assembling? Out of what materials, one wonders?

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Shan, you ask too many questions.

          • Shan

            Sorry. I’ll get busy disappearing now, shall I? I’m only the location for the self-assembling baby, after all. I have no voice or will at all.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            oh oh!

            Even IF it never develops a brain, it is still *complete* from fertilization…why, I don’t know. But he made this assertion.

          • Shan

            It’s a homunculus, dontcha know. The men deposit them and they just grow in the woman, who contributes nothing.

            http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Preformation.GIF

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Exactly what I was thinking. Only he’s updated it to talk about sophisticated AI’s and other shit, so that it sounds like an actual argument.

          • lady_black

            I once actually had a discussion (actually in the past year) over on Huffington Post with a man who insisted anencephaly doesn’t exist because the brain is right there in the sperm cell. I literally fell off my chair laughing.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Oh my gosh, that is just too funny for words.

          • L-dan

            0_0

            Wowww. I mean, I’ve joked about guys thinking with their dicks, never realizing all the brains were actually in their balls. Who knew?

          • lady_black

            That was pretty much my reply. It got deleted.

          • Shan

            Every sperm is sacred, right? Feh.

          • goatini

            omg another homunculus nutjob

          • fiona64

            because the brain is right there in the sperm cell

            And people wonder why I think homeschooling should be illegal …

          • Lieutenant Nun
          • Arekushieru

            Although, kudos go to Senator Hutto for clearly pointing out that the fetal-maternal relationship is not as precise as these Conservative lawmaker wannabes obviously think it is. After all, in Canada, we have aggravated assault laws because pregnancy puts a woman at greater risk for injury. Also, the case that was brought to light on this site, not too long ago, about the pregnant woman who was declared clinically dead but kept on life support to keep the fetus ‘alive’. No one’s going to tell me that the death of the maternal ‘host’ did NOT have an impact on the fetus.

          • http://aikenareaprogressive.blogspot.com/ jovan1984

            Sen. Hutto is my Senator (until the end of this term). He is running for US Senate against Lindsey Graham and Lee Bright.

          • Arekushieru

            There is a provincial law (I kid you not), here, that was changed to accommodate parents who wanted to home-school their children so they didn’t have to fear being reported for violations in the human rights act. Ugh.

          • L-dan

            So if it instead becomes a tumor, then what?

            Why, precisely are we responsible for growing it until we can find out which one it is? I don’t really feel a need to be the box for Schrodinger’s fetus.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Well, I think the hydatidiform mole thing is set in stone from the very start:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molar_pregnancy

            It’s just a chromosomal thing…so if hydatidiform moles aren’t people, then neither are those with DS!

          • L-dan

            Sure it is. But you can’t know that early on with current technology. At least not with commonly used current technology. So why are we responsible for support of a non-viable, not definitely a person, organism just because it’s attached?

            I can’t help but notice that the “but it *might* become a person and therefore needs to be nurtured” argument will never impinge upon his bodily autonomy.

            Though, the fact that he considers an anencephalic fetus ‘complete’ speaks to his poor grasp of reality and it’s probably useless to argue with that one.

            freethoughtblogs . com/entequilaesverdad/2014/04/06/an-obvious-alternative/ if you haven’t seen that one already

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Well the thing is, many pro lifers like to talk about how a healthy embryo is set in stone, will always be healthy, will develop into a healthy fetus and finally a healthy baby.

            But they conveniently leave out the fact that we can’t tell how healthy it is!!! I don’t even think ivf researchers have that precision – even though they can now test for more genetic defects.

            So what they are saying is that we should give it a chance because it might result in a healthy baby. As you said. Cuz its attached.

            Yes, I saw that link. Some men actually approve because it would also give them more control over reproduction. Not all women are saints, many use pregnancy as a weapon, just like shitty men do.

          • red_zone

            … if it were possible that every pregnancy produced a healthy baby, we wouldn’t have miscarriages or stillbirth.

            REALLY??? What would are these people living on for them to claim that every single pregnancy will result in a live, healthy baby?

          • Shan

            “Schrodinger’s fetus.”

            Holy shit, that’s the best pro-choice argument EVER.

            Of course, 99.99% of the antis are too stupid to understand it.

          • Jennifer Starr

            That’s about as ridiculous as the girl who came on here once and claimed that the baby didn’t require or use anything at all from the woman–it just needed a place to be left alone for nine months.

          • lady_black

            Did you point out the umbilical cord to her, or does she believe her navel is there to catch lint?

          • ansuz

            How Aristotelian of them.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            “Essence of things” ??

            You’re lucky. I made it legible (he sounds like brada-brain) and gave you bonus kittehz!!!

            Apparently he’s been working on this theory since 2009!!!!! It’s his thesis, or something.

          • ansuz

            “(he sounds like brada-brain)”
            ohgod it gets worse.

            “Apparently he’s been working on this theory since 2009!!!!! It’s his thesis, or something.”

            Like, explicitly? In an official, concerted way? Or in more of an I-have-twenty-mintutes/just-smoked-a-bong-and-feel-like-being-pseudophilosophical-on-the-internet kind of way?

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Actual university stuff. Some of his sentences are 100% incomprehensible, which is no doubt on purpose:

            The self repair and self assemble, unify the individuality with the
            absent capacity entailing conceptually the signifier is still there.

          • ansuz

            I spent most of the morning diagramming sentences full of invented words.
            That… is not a diagrammable sentence, even if I correct the typo at the beginning. It does not make syntactical sense, let alone semantic.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Good. Then I’m not a dumbass.

            He claims to be an intellectual, and talks down to many of us. often citing Pete Singer, Tooley and others as ‘proof’ that they agree with him regarding comas and capacity for sentience. Well, I spent the morning reading Tooley along with some Singer and clearly he did not comprehend Tooley’s arguments.

            Good stuff btw:

            http://spot.colorado.edu/~tooley/Lecture17-Abortion-3.html

            Anyways, I will leave you alone, so you can get your work done with Professor Kitty. I’d give you a thumbs up kitty, but too many kitties can only serve as a distraction!

          • Jennifer Starr

            He’s one of those people who thinks that stringing a lot of big words together makes him sound extra-intellectual, rather than just a big muddled mess.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Jenn, if you had managed to say that, and only made less sense, i would have been more impressed with your expert super intellectual opinion :PPPPP

          • Jennifer Starr

            Please accept my utmost felicitous amends forthwith, I shall of course endeavor to diversify in order to convey maximum pretentiousness. Vis a vis, to wit, et al, so on and so forth, etc, etc :P

          • Shan

            *snerk*

          • Lieutenant Nun
          • Lieutenant Nun

            Actually, you know what. I would *kill* to see Derrida debate abortion.

            AMG

            Pure awesomeness. He would win by pure default, no matter which side he argued.

          • Arekushieru

            Even against an argument that argued for the right to choose abortion based on laws that affected a nation’s population equally?

            Although, unfortunately, there are too many people already telling us that women are just containers for a fetus or a man’s penis, that I don’t really appreciate those who play Devil’s Advocate on top of that, but it would be interesting to see this person argue the Pro-Choice side.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            I was just joking that incomprehensibility = win, because no one knows what you’re saying ! They will just give up and walk away.

            Btw I am sure that Derrida is a professional troll. Gotta give him kudos for that

          • fiona64

            That sentence does not make any sense whatsoever.

          • lady_black

            You’re right. It sounds like stream of consciousness babbling.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            That is not English. You cannot entail a concept. What?

          • Jennifer Starr

            Oh gosh– that line of convoluted “reasoning” , aka BS makes my brain hurt :

            https://www . youtube . com/watch?v=M68GeL8PafE

          • ansuz

            I have printed off Professor Kitty and stuck the picture above my desk. I anticipate great returns in the form of actually getting my schoolwork done.

          • ansuz

            www . cbc . ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/morgentaler-abortion-clinic-in-fredericton-to-close-1.2604535

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Sad. People are having a hard time out of it out in the maritimes. And the provincial governments seem to be really conservative.

          • Arekushieru

            Yeah, I know a woman who will be very sad to hear that the province she very tearfully left behind is going backwards rather than forwards.

          • Arekushieru

            Isn’t that Libby Anne, LN? She is AWESOME.

          • Lieutenant Nun

            Leigha7

          • Arekushieru

            Ah, but Libby Anne is just as great I think, anyways. :)

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            I find their attempts to disappear me infuriating.

      • BJ Survivor

        Pro-liars, bible-babbling loons, fetus fetishists, domestic terrorists, panty sniffers, pope lickers.

        • P. McCoy

          Give Peatbogjeff the same attention and consideration as you would give a person walking around in an asylum that thinks that they are Napoleon.

      • Peatbogjeff

        Then get ready for some cloudy thoughts, as I’ll be offering the truth here episodically for the foreseeable future. Would these pages be interesting if the only writers were pro-abortion? Besides, someone has to defend the human rights of unborn women.

        • Arekushieru

          No writers on here are for forced abortion, little boy. There are no unborn ‘women’. And, no, no human has the right to co-opt another person’s organs against that person’s wishes, not EVEN to save their life. Oops.

        • red_zone

          The people here are for safe, legal abortion because the alternative is women suffer an die needlessly because others see fit to impose their will and judgement onto them even if it brings harm to these same women.

        • goatini

          But since you have nothing but euphemism, deflection, and straightforward lying in your quest to erase the civil, human and Constitutional rights of female US citizens, you’re just another impotent fetus fetishist who, at the core, hates females who aspire to more from life than existence as livestock.

        • lady_black

          There are no unborn women. Women, by definition, have already been born.

    • Arekushieru

      Whether or not it is ‘settled in one’s heart’ is irrelevant.

      Recent and endless legislation in the States are continuously being repealed by SCOTUS.

      Every defense against rape destroys the life of an EXISTING, real person, and it is the ultimate act of violence. Or not? If that’s the case…. hypocrite.

      So, a poor woman who continues her expensive pregnancy to term at the risk of endangering her EXISTING children’s health and life further, is NOT destroying the lives of EXISTING persons? It is NOT the ultimate act of violence? Yeah, guess you really DON’T care about people who are BORN.

      Just like if a woman is forced to carry a pregnancy to term, relinquishes the child and they languish in abusive foster homes before ending up dying while in care. You don’t care about the BORN person’s life being destroyed as a result of YOUR actions. Oops.

      Just like my sibling whose life would have been destroyed if our mother had NOT had the abortion immediately preceding their conception. So, are you going to say that my sibling would not have been aware of their existence, anyways? If so, the EXACT SAME THING can be said about abortion. Again, oops.

    • expect_resistance

      Your myopic anti-choice/forced-birther argument is a fail. Did you read the article? You only refer to the U.S., but this article addresses the world-wide issue of access to abortion. Yes, let’s talk about violence. Do you understand that rape is used as a weapon of war? Women have been violently raped in conflicts and impregnated against their will. They are victims of war. Under article three of the Geneva Conventions, “(1) rape victims, as the “wounded and sick,” are entitled to abortions under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, its Additional Protocols I and II and customary international law, and (2) when states fail to provide abortions or fail to ensure that humanitarian actors on its territory provide abortions, these states are violating international humanitarian law.”

      This IS a settled issue. Women have been using birth control and having abortions for thousands of years. Women will seek to control their fertility and they will do so whatever the cost. It is in the interest of women’s health to have access to reproductive health care including abortion.

      • Peatbogjeff

        If it is settled, why is it tearing our country apart 40 years later? It is because, as Mother Terese has it, abortion is the biggest threat to peace on earth.

        It is not settled in our hearts, it’s just not, and that is why the tide is turning. Can’t you see that in every corner of this country, even in New York (home to 100,000 abortions per year) where we learn that tanning salons are more carefully inspected than abortion clinics?

        • Peatbogjeff

          ps. You abortionistas really lock caps a lot. No need to shout.

          • Arekushieru

            Wtf are you on about, now? None of the people you are talking about were using caps locks. But even if they were, telling women not to shout when you’re the one attacking their rights and treating them as less than human is just another example of your misogyny, troll.

          • goatini

            No on is talking with caps locks and we will continue to stand up and speak out to defend our civil, human and Constitutional rights from the enemy.

          • Jennifer Starr

            What on earth are you babbling about?

        • Unicorn Farm

          “If it is settled, why is it tearing our country apart 40 years later?”

          Your inability to cope emotionally with other women’s medical decisions does not mean that the law is not settled.

          As for the rest, please don’t bother to simply copy-paste BS headlines from “life” site “news”. I lack the patience to entertain your conspiracy theories about the “abortion industry.”

          “Abortionistas”

          Wtf is that? Is it like fashion? Abortion-fashion? Do you realize how silly you sound?

          • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

            “Do you realize how silly you sound”? Hardly, you think too much of a womb nazis mental capacity…

        • http://batman-news.com Mummel18000

          Could you please explain how abortion is a threat to peace on earth? And why should anything the professional hypocrite mother Terese said be of any value? I too was fooled by the medial adoration of her, until I read Christopher Hitchens book “The missionary position”, which effectively kills the myth of her as a good person. She was nothing but a warrior for the misogynist RCC and had/has no credibility ever in anything she said or done.

        • goatini

          Anjezë Bojaxhiu was a vile, evil hypocrite who took joy watching people suffer in unspeakable pain, yet traveled far and spent vast amounts of money on her own health care. I’d say vile, evil hypocrites like her are the biggest threat to peace on earth. And forcibly stripping female US citizens of their civil, human and Constitutional rights, rendering us as nothing more than chattel property livestock to be exploited, can only be seen as “peace on earth” by vicious misogynists.

        • lady_black

          Mother Theresa was an evil person, and deserves no water-carrying by me.

        • ansuz

          “why is it tearing our country apart 40 years later?”
          Because the antifeminist nut job contingent is in bed with the wealthy plutocrat contingent, and cognitive science of advertising is getting really good at manipulating people.

        • fiona64

          tanning salons are more carefully inspected than abortion clinics?

          Citation needed. Peer-reviewed journals only. thanks in advance.

    • goatini

      The thing is, the forced-birthers ARE a very small vocal minority that desires to erase the civil, human and Constitutional rights of female US citizens. Reproductive justice is our civil right.

    • fiona64

      Women having the right to privacy in medical decisions is “scandalous”?
      Stop clutching your pearls.

  • Julie Watkins

    When we get rid of the Hyde Amendment, we need to get rid of the Helms amendment as well.

    It’s angry-making how many anti-women legislation has and continues to be enacted.

  • red_zone

    Anyone who needs to understand the importance of having access to safe and legal abortions should read this. The crazy thing is, that it’s from an old ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode from the 1970’s

    ‘Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor woman will be forced to get them anyway.
    They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig! Saturday Night Live 3×18′

    This aired in 1978. Thirty-four years later, it’s still a fucking ~debate.

    • Lieutenant Nun

      Wth was SNL doing with what appears to be a serious skit on abortion?

      • Shan

        There was some political back-and-forth with Hyde Amendment exceptions that year.

        • Lieutenant Nun

          I did a search and found the one from 1978:

          http://snltranscripts.jt.org/77/77rupdate.phtml

          • Shan

            I found one, too. It should have occurred to me to post it but I’m all dozy from antihistamines right now and didn’t think of it.

      • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

        They used to do savage political comedy back in the day.

        • Shan

          I only watch bits and pieces of SNL anymore and Weekend Update doesn’t even make me crack a smile these days.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Yep. It has been down hill all the way year by year.

        • expect_resistance

          I miss the good old days of SNL.

          • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

            Me too.

    • Jennifer Starr

      I think it was Jane Curtin who said this… still timely today.