The Supreme Court has guaranteed the right to have an abortion to all women. Yet there are still attempts to prevent their making that choice that are truly harmful to all women. There are ways to bring the number of aborted fetuses down every year, and still provide all women with the rights to which they are entitled. Yet, many states don’t want to do that.
Comment on “GOP Lawmakers Push for Stricter Abortion Laws” on All Things Considered on 10 May 2011, where I discuss how these laws are a ridiculous method for getting rid of all abortions. I suggest that lawmakers instead work on helping women with those aspects of life that make it too difficult for them to take on the burden of giving birth and raising a child, of preventing the child from growing up unwanted by his/her mother, and thus preventing much bigger costs to society than the costs of psychological, social, medical and economic support needed by women to raise a child successfully to adulthood.
Updated: May 21, 2011
Bills banning funding or increasing the hoops women must jump through before getting an abortion are being introduced in states across the country. Since the GOP doesn’t think it can pass a bill in the Senate with these controls, they are increasingly attempting to pass them in Republican-controlled state governments.
Evidence of Rage Against Women
I post some of the comments I made at “House Passes Bill To Bar Tax Subsidies For Abortion” All Considered for 4 May 2011.
These bills are not just about making it unlikely that abortions will be done, they are in reality demonstrations of the rage that so many people have towards their mothers. There is a history of this rage seen in many state governments restricting state funds to be spent on anything that might include women’s reproductive health (Blogs Comment on Conservative Attacks on Contraception, HR3’s Effect on Small Businesses, etc). There are also some subtler expressions of this rage in this country, e.g. the marches where fraternity members carry signs saying “No means yes”, and poor attempts by universities to sanction men who are accused of rape.
If anti-abortionists want to get rid of abortion, then why don’t they address the four pillars of support (psychological, sociological, economic and medical) that a woman needs to give birth to and raise a child to adulthood successfully? Any mother making the decision in favor of abortion will do so because all other options have failed. It is clear that any decision like abortion is made by a woman who does not have the resources to carry a child to full term (a birth is more expensive than an abortion in most places), or cannot face up to those who do not want her to put the baby up for adoption (for more discussion of the support that women need, see The Four Pillars of Support Affect Mothers’ Decisions)
See my expanded comments on this topic at “Politics and Rage Against Women“.
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