In light of recent pro-life legislations, including the Heartbeat Protection Act and the recent Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, pro-choicers have taken to twitter (again) with the hashtag #NoAbortionBan.
To summarize, The Heartbeat Protection Act bans abortion past the point at which a heartbeat can be detected (which is usually around six weeks), with the exception in the cases where the life of the mother is at risk. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when an unborn child has developed the receptors used to feel pain.
Both bills point to what should be obvious to… well, anyone. An unborn child is a human being and abortion is fundamentally the ending of a life.
However, science doesn’t seem to cut it when it for abortion rights activists. We live in a culture where “abortion is health care,” the right to abort is, tragically, constitutional, and access to abortion is apparently the only way women can be people.
I’m not kidding on that last one. Someone actually tweeted this:
So essentially, she’s saying, as a female, my access to abortion makes me a “person,” but an unborn female’s heartbeat and ability to feel pain do not qualify her for personhood.
This statement attacks my intrinsic value as a woman. I don’t need abortion to make me strong, capable, or valuable. But more importantly, the fact that millions of females have been aborted before they can even live outside their mother’s womb brings me to my knees. Abortion does not empower women.
But this is only one of many absurd tweets I found. Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups have added to the noise. These tweets are laden with lies and misinformation.
Planned Parenthood is calling supporters of these bans “extremists.” However, according to a Marist poll taken earlier this year the majority of Americans support some sort of abortion ban. Here’s what it revealed:
- 77% of women support limiting abortion to, at most, the first trimester. 74% of all Americans also support this.
- 61% of women think it’s an important or immediate priority for government to restrict abortion in this way. 59% of all Americans agree.
- 59% of women, and 59% of all Americans say abortion is morally wrong.
These bans are clearly not extreme and it’s actually the job of the American government to stand for the wishes of the majority, not the wishes of the abortion industry.
But want to know what is extreme? The fact that the abortion industry believes it’s okay to stop a beating heart. That’s extreme.
Another argument used by the pro-choice side is that these abortion bans will put the lives of women at risk.
They’ve conveniently left out the fact that both of these bans include exceptions if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. But even if they didn’t include these exceptions, abortion is rarely ever necessary to save the life of the mother.
If the mother’s life is in danger it typically means immediate action has to be taken to save her, and the process of abortion is just too time-consuming.
For example, to perform an abortion at 20 weeks, the woman’s cervix has to be dilated over the course of several days so labor can be induced. Then Laminaria is placed inside her body to slowly open her womb and absorb fluid so her body can expel the baby. Then digoxin is injected to kill child and labor is induced to deliver the child stillborn.
If the mother’s life is in danger, typically doctors perform C-sections because it’s a much faster procedure. A C-section also allows the physician to try to preserve the life of the mother and baby. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, provides a more thorough explanation here.
So, if you decide to go browse Twitter on your own, don’t be fooled. Those who support these bans are not blood-sucking, woman-hating, Neanderthals who are stuck in the past. We are actually people who have taken a hard look at real science, love and support women (surprise, I am one), and care about life at every stage.