I have more to say about the Magical Battle for Britain as a template for our times, but, although I am likely preaching to the choir, I am going to say this.
And I’ll keep saying it until either I die or this bullshit stops. (Moi, je prefere le second.)
When abortions are outlawed, only outlaws will perform abortion. (It’s what the Second Amendment advocates say about guns. It’s true about other things, as well. Odd, how the logic is so seldom extended.) And outlaws perform their abortions in back alleys and cheap hotel rooms. They don’t use anesthesia and they don’t wash their hands. They use coat hangers instead of surgical implements and, when things go south, they don’t call an ambulance, they scram so that they aren’t caught. If the woman (and fetus!) bleeds out and dies, well, too bad.
It’s not as if this is speculation or conjecture. We have actual, experiential data. Abortion WAS outlawed in many places in America until Roe v. Wade in the 1970s. And women STILL got abortions. They just got them from outlaws. Claiming that criminalizing abortion will stop abortion is, at this point, exactly like claiming that Prohibition will stop people from drinking. We KNOW that it won’t. We KNOW that it will have negative, undesirable consequences.
So if you’re still advocating for Prohibition today, you’re really not interested in preventing alcoholism. You’re interested in killing drinkers who imbibe unlicensed bath tub gin. You’re interested in the growth of the mafia and all the violence that they bring with them. You’re interested in teaching people not to respect the law. You’re interested in the rich still being able to drink safely while the middle class and the poor die, get jailed, get ripped off.
Ditto if you’re still advocating for criminalizing abortion today. You’re clearly not interested in preventing abortion. You’re interested in maiming and killing women who get abortions. You’re interested in the growth of the mafia and all the violence that they bring with them. You’re interested in teaching people not to respect the law. You’re interested in the rich still being able to get safe abortions (in Canada or via a “D&C” that their doctor, well compensated, certifies was necessary) while the middle class and the poor die.
We also have real, actual information about what things actually decrease abortion, in case anyone were actually interested in that. Education for girls. Real (not “abstinence”) sex education. Fact-based parenting education. Free, safe, effective birth control. Maternal and child medical care. Good day care. Good jobs for women. Societies that empower women so that they feel able to refuse to have sex with men who won’t wear condoms. Scandinavian countries, which do these things and generally have rather lax abortion laws, have low rates of abortion. Catholic countries in Central and South America, which don’t do these things and have very stringent abortion laws, have higher rates of abortion.
So, those of you advocating for criminalization of abortion, don’t tell me how much you love the “babies” and want to prevent abortions. You’re a lying sack of shit.
And, let’s be honest. If anyone really wanted to decrease abortion, they’d put real teeth (laws, cops, social workers, judges, etc.) behind the statutes that purport to make men pay child support. At least some of the one-in-three American women who have abortions today wouldn’t have an abortion if they knew that they’d get real, financial support for that child. But, today, in America, those laws are jokes.
We can use genetic testing to assure that we’ve found the actual father and then we can make him pay complete, adequate child support, through college, including supporting the mother if she wants to quit working outside the home and stay home to be a full-time mother. After all, it will ensure the greater-good of reducing abortions. If he doesn’t have a job that pays enough, we can give him the enforced “opportunity” to earn extra money evenings and weekends building bridges, repairing water mains, painting school rooms. If he has too many children, we can “assist” him by providing “enforced” sterilization, which will decrease unplanned pregnancies and, as a result, abortion. Funny how enforced pregnancy and childbirth is OK, but it would be a huge violation of civil rights to forcibly sterilize a man who simply won’t wear a condom.
If some of the men standing up in Congress today bitching about abortion had to make those payments, I guaran-damn-tee you we’d hear them singing a different song. Because, of course, as Florence Kennedy said, if men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Patriarchy, we’re soaking in it.
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