Many “Pro-Lifers” Don’t Understand What it is They’re Advocating

July 31, 2007 at 12:57 pm (frightening things, injustice, movies/video/clips, politics, sexism, stupidity) (, , , , , )

There’s a strange disconnect in the “logic” of anti-choicers that sometimes becomes apparent when they are asked to clarify their position: they believe that abortion is the murder of a person and should be illegal, but not necessarily that women who have illegal abortions should receive the same sentences that murderers of born people do. Rather than advocating a life sentence or the death penalty, then, for women who abort, they may suggest counseling…? Is it possible that, try as they might, they just can’t swallow their own ignorance, lies, and false analogies?

And the idea that they so avidly advocate for these policies without having considered the repercussions seemingly at all– that they’re genuinely stumped by someone asking them what the penalties should be of breaking the law if they have their way, and can’t hide their surprise at such an unfamiliar question- is just abhorrent. That so many “have never thought about that.” Witness the phenomenon by watching this:

This has all recently been brought to light (though not for the first time) by the National Institute for Reproductive Health’s new campaign How Much Time Should She Do?

What an unbelievable oversight. Have these people really not come to understand that criminalizing abortion makes women who seek abortion criminals? That by outlawing it, they would doom 1.3 million women in the U.S. to serious legal punishment each year?

Such faulty logic should be exploited at every chance.

Jill at Feministe has more, and I highly recommend it.

Via Feministing.



  1. Daisy said,

    That video made me really sad (as opposed to angry). Some people aren’t very smart. They reminded me of Brenden in Belize with the juice.

    I definitely think that the leaders of the pro-forced pregnancy movement are misogynists whose mission is, first and foremost, to punish women for their sexuality and undermine women’s autonomy, and certainly many private citizens are just run of the mill woman-haters, too. But a lot of the people in that movie seemed like they had good intentions… You’d have to be pretty stupid to spend years doing anti-abortion activism and never consider what the law would look like should you succeed, and you’d have to be ridiculous to consider abortion murder and not want to punish women who have abortions as murders. Since their primary goal seems to be stopping abortion and, for these folks anyway, not punishing women, they should team up with feminists to reduce unplanned pregnancy with sex ed and contraceptives. Obviously.

  2. Emily said,

    Yeah, I meant to insert the word “some” a few places in there to distinguish between these people and the very hateful and knowing leaders of their movement. Just occurred to me now that I left them out…and it makes a difference. Oh well.

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