How Has Pregnancy Changed Your Views on Abortion?

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I recently received an email from a journalist who is seeking parents who were pro-life until they had children, and then adopted a more pro-choice stance after experiencing firsthand the costs of pregnancy, birth, and childcare. I myself identified as pro-choice before I became pregnant or had children (though pregnancy did make me more pro-choice) so I don't fit the qualifications for this story, but I thought some of you might. If you're interested in offering your thoughts, ema … [Read more...]

On Bad Logic, Abortion, and Children’s Rights

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Blogger Connie, a homeschool mom with eight children, recently wrote a post on why she opposes regulation of homeschooling. (She says it's because she doesn't trust the government.) In that post she approvingly showcased an earlier comment on the topic that had been left by a reader: Public schools and their employees/programs are required to account and report things, and stay accountable, because they are using public dollars and are essentially employees to public money. As such, they do and … [Read more...]

How I Lost My Fear of Margaret Sanger

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Growing up in the pro-life movement, I was taught that birth control originated as an attempt to eliminate "unfit races," and that the chief instigator in this was Margaret Sanger. In my circles, Planned Parenthood carried a stigma because it was founded by that eugenicist, Margaret Sanger. Yesterday I wrote about Teddy Roosevelt and suggested that antifeminists may want to look elsewhere for an endorsement of childbearing, because Teddy's endorsement was rooted in his racist and classist … [Read more...]

Erick Erickson—Concerned for Women’s Health?

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In the wake of the passing of the Texas abortion bill, which requires that abortions only be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and proponents claim was designed in the name of protecting women's health, I came upon this tweet by RedState founder Erick Erickson:The text reads "Dear Liberals, go bookmark this site now" and the link leads to a store supply warehouse website selling coat hangers. (Erickson now claims he was not being serious, and was just trying to mock liberal … [Read more...]

When It’s Not Actually about Women’s Health

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Supposedly, conservatives believe in limited government. Supposedly, conservatives want to keep government bureaucrats out of the doctor-patient relationship. Supposedly, conservatives think that red tape limits business and gets in the way of free enterprise. Supposedly, conservatives oppose "nanny state" laws that infringe on individual choice. But when it comes to abortion, all of this goes out of the window. When it comes to abortion, conservatives forget all of the things they supposedly … [Read more...]

It’s about Compassion

Compassion. For me, being pro-choice is about having compassion. This is one thing my time spent volunteering as an escort at Planned Parenthood each week has really impressed on me. Every woman is an individual with her own story, and every woman deserves compassion and access to the tools she needs to build her life as best she can.The other week I stood by a car as a woman crouched behind it, begging for a way into the clinic that didn't involve having to walk by the yelling protesters. … [Read more...]

When Protecting Scruples Comes Before Women’s Health

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Pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother can pose a bit of a problem problem for pro-lifers. Some, such as Live Action's Lila Rose (who by the way grew up in the same conservative Christian homeschool environment I did), solve this problem by simply denying that pregnancy ever threatens a woman's life ("Abortions are never medically necessary. Some doctors prescribe abortion as if it’s a treatment for a disease or a problem, but that’s not a solution a truly compassionate and just soc … [Read more...]


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