Thursday, March 31, 2016

Anti-abortion Forces Shouldn't Pretend They Support Women

In the wake of Donald Trump's latest outrageous comment that there "has to be some form" of punishment for women who have an abortion, a false narrative has arisen that anti-abortion forces are somehow aligned with pro-choice forces in saying that women should not be punished for having an abortion. For instance, March For Life tweeted:
In addition, Susan B Anthony List President said,

"We have never advocated, in any context, for the punishment of women who undergo abortion.  As a convert to the pro-life movement, Mr. Trump sees the reality of the horror of abortion — the destruction of an innocent human life, buy let us be clear: punishment is solely for the abortionist who profits off of the destruction of one life and the grave wounding of another."
To these groups and their statements that they don't believe in punishing women who have abortions, there is only one thing to be said.

Bullshit.

Ask any woman who has sought an abortion, or any doctor, staff member, or volunteer who works at a clinic.  The "pro-life" movement is all about punishing women.  Punishing them for seeking any services at a women's clinic.  Punishing them for seeking counseling.  Punishing them for having sex.  Punishing them for getting pregnant.  Punishing them for seeking an abortion. 

Day after day protesters and politicians around the country work diligently to punish women, shaming them, passing laws that intrude on their rights to abortion and dignity, and physically, emotionally, and verbally attacking them in clinics around the country, as well as destroying property and violating court orders.  Just take a look at one the Twitter feed of LvilleClinicEscorts and see the compilation of stories from one city and around the country of people who stalk, intimidate, threaten, and even commit violence against the women seeking these services. 

So "pro-life" groups,  please spare me your rhetoric that you somehow care about a woman who is seeking an abortion.   Own your rhetoric, your members, and your actions.   You are not there to support the women who are getting an abortion.  You're there to do them further harm.