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Injecting Sanity and Reality into Debate about Abortion

Injecting Sanity and Reality into Debate about Abortion

Care2 members and many Americans were horrified at the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he entered church a few months ago. After the initial shock, we’re still left with a status quo that is frankly unacceptable: a culture of fear propagated by extreme anti-abortion activists who adopt threats and actual violence.

And while all that’s happening, we’re having a ridiculous discussion in the Congress around abortion and health care reform where anti-abortion members are trying to ban ANY health care provider from covering abortion services (it’s unlikely that will actually come to pass, but it is still being debated). This is medical care, and it’s shameful that women’s health care is this kind of political football.

We invited the Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup to guest blog for us about what it looks like for service providers out there. It’s a story worth hearing . . .

Abortion Providers are Human Rights Defenders
by Nancy Northup, President, Center for Reproductive Rights

I want to tell you the story of Dr. Jane Smith* (pseudonym). She provided abortion services and was “hunted down by protestors” at her home in rural New Jersey. Her house was broken into.  Dead animals were placed at her home. She was attacked on the internet. She was forced to stop practicing entirely.

What people don’t realize is that abortion providers are operating under siege, legal and physical, every single day. But it’s time their stories were brought out of the dark.

The Center just released the report, “Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment,” to document the heroic stories of these individuals and call on the government to stop enacting discriminatory laws against abortion providers that have no medical justification.

It took the murder of Dr. George Tiller to focus the media for a moment, but abortion providers face unacceptable obstacles every day in their effort to defend women’s reproductive rights. This constant assault doesn’t just endanger and marginalize abortion providers; it denies the rights of the one in three American women who will seek an abortion in their lifetimes.

The fact is that governments are often part of the problem. It’s up to us to stand up and speak out by calling on our state legislators to enforce and strengthen existing laws protecting abortion providers.

In America in 2009, why should doctors providing women basic medical care fear for their lives? It just doesn’t make sense.

Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we all stop self-censoring about our pro-choice beliefs and speak up.  This is the most profound thing to do to effect change for something you care about. Talk to your friends, your family, your coworkers, your community. Find out what the laws are in your state. And tell your state legislators to protect abortion providers and to oppose any discriminatory legal restrictions that prevent them from doing their critical work.

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7:45AM PDT on May 23, 2011

We are allowed to kill 2 types of humans. Criminal murderers and unborn children. The former gets his/her day in court, gets representation and must be proven guilty. Unborn babies get killed without any of that. They have the perfect alibi. They are confined to a uterus, so could not do anything to harm anyone. The person who said they should let it go peacefully, guess again. The scull is crushed and the body torn to pieces. How is that peaceful? The criminal murder gets a needle in the arm. Every baby aborted has a beating heart and a nervous system. Can there be a more brutal death? Some say that a woman doesn't take the decision lightly to terminate a pregnancy. I find that hard to believe since she seemed to take the decision to have unprotected sex lightly. Legalized abortion is not only incredibly cruel, but unconstitutional as a gross violation of human rights.

7:45AM PDT on May 23, 2011

We are allowed to kill 2 types of humans. Criminal murderers and unborn children. The former gets his/her day in court, gets representation and must be proven guilty. Unborn babies get killed without any of that. They have the perfect alibi. They are confined to a uterus, so could not do anything to harm anyone. The person who said they should let it go peacefully, guess again. The scull is crushed and the body torn to pieces. How is that peaceful? The criminal murder gets a needle in the arm. Every baby aborted has a beating heart and a nervous system. Can there be a more brutal death? Some say that a woman doesn't take the decision lightly to terminate a pregnancy. I find that hard to believe since she seemed to take the decision to have unprotected sex lightly. Legalized abortion is not only incredibly cruel, but unconstitutional as a gross violation of human rights.

7:45AM PDT on May 23, 2011

We are allowed to kill 2 types of humans. Criminal murderers and unborn children. The former gets his/her day in court, gets representation and must be proven guilty. Unborn babies get killed without any of that. They have the perfect alibi. They are confined to a uterus, so could not do anything to harm anyone. The person who said they should let it go peacefully, guess again. The scull is crushed and the body torn to pieces. How is that peaceful? The criminal murder gets a needle in the arm. Every baby aborted has a beating heart and a nervous system. Can there be a more brutal death? Some say that a woman doesn't take the decision lightly to terminate a pregnancy. I find that hard to believe since she seemed to take the decision to have unprotected sex lightly. Legalized abortion is not only incredibly cruel, but unconstitutional as a gross violation of human rights.

2:03PM PST on Nov 2, 2009

I'm a Catholic but I'm Pro Choice it's a woman's decision only.

3:08AM PST on Nov 2, 2009

This discussion has gotten insane. Why can't people, and by people I mean the "pro-lifers," just accept that abortion is a personal and private matter, and a personal choice, and that if you disagree with abortion that's fine. No one is forcing anyone to get an abortion, you have a choice in what you can and can't do with your body. What you can't do is take away other people's choices because of your personal beliefs. That's just wrong.

Abortion does not mean extinction, there's always time to plan for another baby, and if you can't produce a child naturally then go and adopt one. There are thousands of children up for adoption who desparately need a home. Turn your attention to them, turn your attention to the children who need a home and a family to love them and take care of them. Turn your attention to the children who really need help. Turn your attention to the children who are suffering from hunger and illness and homelessness and abuse and neglect. Don't take your frustrations out on women's reproductive rights.

10:09AM PST on Nov 1, 2009

Everyone spread the word
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11:29PM PDT on Sep 7, 2009

I'd have to agree with you Shannon.
There seems to be a misconception (pardon the pun) around that if abortion is legalised then thounsands of women will be wantonly murdering their unborn babies (as if it were a fun thing to do)! I live in Australia where abortion has been legal for most of my adult life. And I have met perhaps 3 women who have had a termination. Most women just never have need of one; fortunately we live in an era of readily-available contraception. However circumstances do arise; rape, incest etc, where a woman (or female child) is unprepared for the consequences of unprotected sex. And it really is much kinder for the child to die than to be brought into such dreadful circumstances.
Its no easy way out for the woman either; the attendant emotions are the same as for a woman who miscarries naturally & 30yrs on, she may still mourn the child who never was. Thus abortion numbers are self-limiting; nobody wants to have one. Tho we are comforted by the knowledge that we could if it became necessary.
I am now 50yo so its no longer personally relevant to me. But I think back on a streetkid I knew when I was a streetkid myself.. She was battered & incested; confined, bound & raped from an early age. She had her 1st pregnancy at 11yo then was pregnant every year until she was 19yo. What kind of life would those kids have had if they'd all gone full term? How many would have been girls forced into sexual slavery like their mother? Or raped boys or b

4:02AM PDT on Sep 6, 2009

I think that the only person who can decide what is right for the woman is the woman herself. Forcing a child on a woman too immature to care for it is a disaster waiting to happen. May I bring to mind the month old microwaved baby or the 6 month old baby that was unwanted, so the father and uncle raped it and the mother joined them in beating it to death (worst child abuse case in history according to feds). Pro lifers seem to want to put an innocent baby through hell rather than letting it go peacefully because the woman that it is living off of is not in the state of mind. We can't do anything about unprotected sex but educate, but we can save millions of lives by not ruining them. I've been in this position. Again, I'm on my third, but I have them because I was ready to. I know plenty of others who were never ready who have had children put into the system. Tell me this, if so many people want to adopt so badly, why are the foster and group homes as well as orphanages jam packed with children nobody wants? It makes more sense to save them the trauma of a lifetime of negativity rather than force them through it because of YOUR beliefs. I'm not a Christian. I refuse to follow any of those religions because of the very actions here, especially of the hypocritical christian eleanor. Seeing the brainwashed like that makes me run far away from religion because of the insanity it produces. Learning to think logically and about the lives of others makes more sense.

7:07PM PDT on Sep 4, 2009

PLEASE Voice your opinion,Go to Care 2 women's rights (can we talk abouth abortion) Thank You

8:37PM PDT on Sep 2, 2009

This should be a peaceful debate,I think tempers flared on here because both sides feel so strongly abouth their convictions, We need to work together with (TOLERANCE) (LOVE) and (COMPASSION)For all others (BELIEFS)even if our (BELIEFS) arent the same as theirs.I have works 13HR.today I hope you can make out my post, Take a moment and pray for the orphans around the world.God Bless you all.

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