Category Archives: Abortion Issues
Donald Trump’s election send progressives across the country into a state of shock. A Trump presidency is more than just a devastating loss. It puts lives in danger. Research shows that his win is already undermining the national mental health. And because Trump and his ilk care little for public health, they’ll likely gut mental health benefits, further exacerbating the problem. Read more here.
Intrauterine devices (IUD) are highly reliable. Under a Trump administration, reproductive rights might not be. Women are increasingly turning to IUDs as their only potential option to control their bodies and fertility under a Trump-led nation. Read about this new trend on the DailyKos.
Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is so anti-choice that he inadvertently sparked the nationwide movement “Periods for Pence.” But his positions on abortion are just the beginning of his terrible record on women’s rights. Pence has made it clear that he thinks women should not work, are not men’s intellectual equals, and should not be protected from sexual violence. To learn more about what Mike Pence thinks of women, check out Abortion Clinics Online’s Daily Kos blog on the topic.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has long been an extremist anti-abortion crusader. Now that Donald Trump has selected Pence as his running mate, how will the selection affect women? Check out our blog on Daily Kos to learn more.
For nearly half a century, Republican lawmakers have insisted that they want to make abortion illegal. Yet when pressed to explain how they think women should be punished for abortion, or what should happen to the many new unwanted children who would be born, they have no answers–only derision. What would happen if Republican lawmakers actually got their wish and abortion became illegal? A number of other countries have banned abortion outright, and we know that the outcomes for women and children when this happens are universally negative. Read our Daily Kos blog to learn what might come to pass if Republicans were ever able to successfully upend Roe v. Wade.
Anti-choice lawmakers have long claimed that their attempts to shut down abortion clinics are the result of concerns for human life. But their steadfast opposition to policies that could actually end abortion suggest otherwise. Think we don’t know how to reduce the abortion and unwanted pregnancy rate? Think again. Here are five policies that could absolutely lower abortion rates–all opposed by Republican lawmakers.
Pro-gun lawmakers have long argued that gun ownership is a right, and that any attempts to limit it are therefore unconstitutional. Roe v. Wade established abortion as a right, too, and numerous rulings since then have made it clear that abortion is every bit as enshrined in the Constitution as gun ownership. So what would happen to gun rights if we placed as many restrictions on them as we do on abortion rights? Click here to learn more.
Herbal abortion and home abortion now rank among the top web searches in the sub-category of reproductive rights. That’s not because women are eager to give themselves abortions; it’s because increasingly restrictive measures, public humiliation tactics, long waiting periods, and costly requirements have all pushed women into a desperate conundrum.
A Modern Take on ‘Back Alley’ Abortions
Before Roe vs. Wade, women desperate to end pregnancies were left with few appealing choices. Some threw themselves down flights of stairs or took dangerous poisons. Others resorted to coat hanger abortions.
Today, the Internet offers a bevy of self-styled experts, herbal “healers,” and fake doctors promising the next miracle cure. Some are well-intentioned, drawing upon centuries of tribal wisdom coupled with a little knowledge of plant chemistry. Others are only interested in making a quick buck, at the expense of the lives and health of women seeking abortions.
The result is a mounting public health epidemic. According to economist Seth Stevens-Davidowitz, who analyzes trends in Google searches, women are increasingly searching for terms such as “herbal abortion” and “home abortion.” The rise in these queries was steady between 2004-2008, with a sharp increase during the great Recession. In 2011, they surged again, coinciding with a sudden increase in anti-abortion restrictions.
By 2015, 160,000 queries sought alternatives to clinic abortions. Popular topics included home remedies for abortion, herbal abortions, and abortion-inducing drugs.
Why Abortion Restrictions Only Push Desperate Women to Dangerous Choices
Anti-choice extremists imagine that regulations designed to curtail abortion will somehow convince women to have their babies—or better yet, adopt them out to Christian families. But a barrier to abortion will not change how a woman feels about the pregnancy. Nor will preventing access to abortion suddenly offer a woman the resources she needs to carry the pregnancy to term.
Women have sought abortions for as long as there have been women, and it’s only been over the past 100 or so years that men have tried to restrict this access. Because abortion is a fundamental component of women’s health, women will not easily give up control over their bodies. And that means that abortion restrictions will lead to dangerous abortions that kill women and their babies.
Anti-choice extremists continue to lie to women about the effects of abortion, suggesting that morality has little to do with their movement. These lies are especially prevalent at so-called crisis pregnancy centers. Crisis pregnancy centers draw desperate women in with promises of free reproductive health care and pregnancy tests, then subject them to an onslaught of frightening and misleading information about abortion. “Patients” at these centers may also be told that birth control does not work, that sex outside of marriage is dangerous and wrong, or that women who have abortions are dying in droves. According to a new study of crisis pregnancy centers in Canada, misleading information and overt lies are commonplace at these facilities.
To learn more, follow ACOL’s Daily Kos story on the issue here.
Angel Dillard, a woman who openly admits to threatening at least one abortion provider, will not face any penalties for her actions. The news comes in the wake of the re-sentencing of Dr. George Tiller’s killer. Anti-choice terrorists routinely get away with their actions as defense lawyers use tactics such as jury nullification to achieve not guilty verdicts. To learn more about the Angel Dillard story, as well as its connection to Dr. Tiller’s murder and to other acts of anti-choice terrorism, read ACOL’s Daily Kos story on the issue here.