In addition to the usual crimes against humanity, yesterday I saw at least two cases on the local news of horrendous torture, sexual abuse, and murder of innocent children at the hands of their own families. Is this the kind of blood the pro-lifers really want on their hands?
Recently, fellow Blogcritic and pro-lifer John Bambenek wrote a provocative piece that has garnered a lot of controversy and negative (as well as the “odd” postive) comments. After reading his post, I, too, was enraged and wrote a long comment explaining why I thought his views were hogwash. But if truth be told, I’ve been working up to a good pro-choice rant for months now, and it seems like now is as good a time as ever to take the plunge. Although I’ll leave it to those who have not already done so to see Mr. Bambenek’s post for the entire opposing view, I am repeating my comment to his post here, along with a few other choice words to boot.
To say, as Bambenek implies, that Planned Parenthood is trying to “profit” using their supposedly nefarious “business model” to make money from abortions is patently absurd. In actuality, by making reproductive health information and contraception more readily available, PP is preventing countless abortions each year.
But this is something the wacked out far/religious right simply does not want to hear, because everyone knows that sex outside of marriage is just, like, wrong and sinful, and you must be punished by enduring a pregnancy and unwanted child, right? Bambenek comes clean on this in a comment to his commenters where he reasons that if folks would just have sex only within the confines of marriage, all the sex-related woes of the world (unwanted pregnancies, STDs, and so on) would be moot.
Here is the exact quote (comment–gulp–93):
You mention sex outside marriage. Well, if people (1) had sex only in marriage and (2) were faithful to their spouses there would be no such things as (1) STDs and (2) children born out of wedlock. Food for thought.
(Never mind all the holier than thou preachers who get caught with their pants down and all the priests who molest young children, hiding under their collar. But hey, no abortions, right?)
BTW–the “morning after” emergency contracepton pill that everyone is so up in arms about–the pill that women can take shortly after unprotected sex–does not abort anything. It is commonly confused with the so-called “abortion pill,” which is an entirely different thing. Taken in a timely fashion, emergency contraception merely makes the womb unviable for sperm implantation. No more an abortion than using the Pill would be, but then, many members of the religous right apparently don’t believe that anyone should have protected extramarital sex at all. I think underneath it all, this is what it all boils down to–trying to force the whole nation to “just say no.”
Moreover, since so many people are misinformed on the nature of this contraceptive option, it is important to note that making it available does not mean that it will become a ubiquitous method of birth control–the side effects are just too unpleasant for everyday use.
Here is a quote from the Planned Parenthood site that I think is crucial to note here:
There is considerable public confusion about the difference between emergency contraception and medication abortion because of misinformation disseminated by anti-choice groups. Emergency contraception helps prevent pregnancy; medication abortion terminates pregnancy. According to general medical definitions of pregnancy that have been endorsed by many organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, pregnancy begins when a pre-embryo completes implantation into the lining of the uterus (ACOG, 1998; DHHS, 1978; Hughes, 1972; “Make the Distinction?” 2001). Hormonal methods of contraception, including emergency contraception pills, prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and fertilization (ACOG, 1998). Medication abortion terminates a pregnancy without surgery. By helping women to prevent unplanned pregnancies after unprotected intercourse, emergency contraception has the great potential to decrease the rate of abortion. By helping women terminate unwanted pregnancies up to 63 days after their last menstruation, medication abortion is a safe and effective option.
It infuriates me to read about pharmacists who refuse to fill birth control prescriptions because of their religious beliefs. Verily I say unto you: if you are an Orthodox Jew, don’t work in a pork store. If you are opposed to birth control, you have no business being a pharmacist. Try some holier line of work that doesn’t compromise your religious beliefs and moral scruples.
I’d love to see all these blowhards who talk about the “sanctity of life” open their door one day and see that someone has dumped all the unwanted crack babies and incest victims in the neighborhood on their doorstep. If you’re so concerned about this, why not concern yourself with the fate of children who are beaten, tortured, and yes, even raped by their so-called guardians? Plus which, I take it that as far as the sanctity of life goes, all bets are off when it comes to bombing abortion clinics and threatening those who work there with bodily harm and worse.
It’s a shameful thing when a writer makes it seem like an organization that is actually trying to PREVENT needless abortion is supposedly just trying to make some sort of unholy profit. Please. Okay, I give up. Let’s just stop having sex outside of marriage, already. Or alternately, let’s breed ourselves into oblivion and then put the unwanted kids on a mountaintop to die of exposure, like in the good ol’ days, okay?