You: When the pill fails to prevent ovulation (and we know it does because breakthrough ovulation sometimes occurs...), a back-up mechanism helps prevent a recognizable pregnancy. The pill depletes the endometrium so the child can't implant... he dies from lack of nutrition and hydration and is purged from the uterus...
...But once a child comes into being, I hope we would agree that starving him to death is vicious. And starving the child to death is exactly what the pill can do...
I really wonder sometimes if Will Saletan is my father’s long-lost bastard child. Because he’s got the exact same talent Dad had for telling you what you already knew in a manner that made it clear that he thought he was a genius and you were benighted and in dire need of his instruction. Even where he is hopelessly, utterly wrong — or at the very least, just not getting it in the name of being “contrarian.”
However, they also oppose certain sex-ed programs and contraceptives in school, and you may be able to make arguments about this opposition revolving around issues of control. Their opposition to these programs, however, do not (as far as I can tell, and I've known a lot of anti-choice folks) reveal any secret or hidden truths about their opposition to abortion.
So after these babies are forced onto parents who don't want them, can't afford them, or are otherwise unprepared for them? The pro-life movement washes their hands of these kids, setting them up for failure, and then gladly steps in to cage and murder them.
That's what it means to be pro-life? Really?
The only solution is for all of us to become very serious about creating a world where the children who already exist have a decent chance at growing up healthy and in control of their own destiny.
A year ago I wrote a piece for Hip Mama about a twelve year-old boy from Maryland named Deamonte Driver who died because his family couldn’t find a dentist willing to accept Medicaid to extract his abscessed tooth.
As you read this there are approximately 83,000 children in the foster care system in the state of California alone.
. . . Many of the women I had the honor of talking to before they had their abortion told me they would prefer not to terminate their pregnancies but they simply could not afford to bring a child into this world. They wanted their pregnancy, they loved their pregnancy, but they could not in good conscience ask their child to suffer the same poverty they were suffering.
. . . I have watched the abortions you don’t want to think about. I have also watched beautiful, brilliant living children subjected to unspeakable horrors that I wish I didn’t have to think about. I’ve seen politicians and ministers and good respectable people question the morality of women who have chosen abortion over failing a child they would have loved dearly.
What I think is astounding is how someone managed to deftly shift this discussion to another blue disaster on abortion, rather than the posted topic about anti-abortion groups also avowing beliefs that are anti-contraception.
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