"The risk of death when a pregnancy is continued to birth is about 12 times as great as the risk of death from induced abortion."
-An Overview of Abortion in the United States (page 19)
(Updated to quote a more relevant statistic from the same source.)
Protesting at a Crisis Pregnancy Center is a much different experience than protesting at a women’s clinic. This list chronicles the myriad ways pro-choicers take anti-abortion protesters to school when it comes to manners.
From The CPC Watcher: Protesting CPCs vs. Protesting Clinics
I saw a comment from crustyriotgrrl about the whole “pro-life” versus “anti-choice” terminology thing, and I wanted to explain how I see it.
First of all, the title of the blog has “pro-life” in quotation marks for a reason. It’s meant as commentary on the hypocrisy of calling yourself pro-life and then acting in ways that don’t seem all that pro-life. Read it more as “so-called pro-life.”
Secondly, I generally try to stay away from the term “anti-choice.” This may be naive of me, but I hope that perhaps if I don’t call them anti-choice, maybe they won’t call me anti-life or pro-death or whatever other nonsense euphemisms they can dream up. Kind of a do-unto-others Golden Rule thing. I find that using neutral language helps keep the conversation calm and reminds everyone to use their inside voices.
So that’s why I usually default to “anti-abortion.” But that’s just a personal preference; I certainly don’t fault pro-choicers who do use the term “anti-choice.”
Anti-abortion hypocrisy: why is it always the people railing against big government who insist on forcing government into people’s private lives and medical decisions?
It’s already the law of the land in Oklahoma that women seeking abortions must be offered ultrasounds, but now the hard-line antis want to take away the woman’s right to say “yes” or “no.”
From USA Today: Ultrasound mandates in abortions cross a line
The vast majority of African women have no access to legal abortion, which leads to 25,000 deaths and 1.7 million injuries per year. It’s one of the leading causes of maternal death in Africa, but no one wants to talk about it.
From The Globe and Mail: Africa’s deadly backroom abortions
Meet Thomas Burke. Like any good anti-abortion radical, he thinks the law does not apply to him. Examples of “pro-life” activities include smashing TV’s and assaulting clinic workers.
From RH Reality Check: Anatomy of a FACE Act violation