A few days ago our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network member Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism wrote a compelling post called ‘How I Lost Faith in the “Pro Life” Movement‘. She laid out how she’d gone from a staunch member of the Pro Life movement to a Progressive Pro Choice position over the years. The evidence she presents shows that increased access to birth control reduces the abortion rates. Banning abortion doesn’t do any good towards reducing the number of abortions either.
I can see that. In my Quiverfull years I was a crisis phone line volunteer for a pro life clinic. I saw statistics that indicated that abortion numbers actually fell during the years it’s been legal and contraception was widely available. The highest volume occurred whenever it was illegal and there was no access to effective birth control.
Recently certain politicians have not only brought the issues of Pro Life into the campaign but other issues that expose their fear of and ignorance about the simple biology of womens bodies. This op-ed piece from the NY Times by Thomas L Friedman explains why he thinks these same politicians aren’t so Pro Life after all.
Emilyhasbooks.com has ‘Politically Coerced By Faith’ written by Zach Lorentz pointing out the basic hypocrisy and lack of knowledge on the social justice aspect by many of the Pro Life politicians.
Slacktivist points out the revisionist memory many in the church have towards the issues of abortion. In the past slick political operatives have manipulated the evangelicals into going from unconcerned about abortion to making it the entire focus of whether they support a candidate or party.
Slacktivist also wrote about the controversy that took place in the Pro Life crowd when the life-saving HPV vaccination was introduced into society. Pro Life supporters claimed that having the vaccine would turn girls into ‘sluts’ and pushed that none have the vaccination. They started claiming that the punishment for sexual immorality was cancer.
Religious Dispatches magazine published an article by Eric C Miller entitled ‘Barack Obama, Pro-Life Hero’ that also backs Libby-Anne’s research that access to birth control reduces abortion rates. One of the big positives of the Affordable Care Act is that it requires coverage of birth control, leading to reduced abortion numbers.
David Frum of CNN, Newsweek and The Daily Beast sounds off Richard Mourdock’s statements that a child conceived via rap is a gift from God and how knowledge and access to birth control is the best way to reduce abortions.
Gives me a great deal to think about now.
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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blog is Calulu – Roadkill on the Internet Superhighway
NLQ Recommended Reading …
‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
‘Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland
‘Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce