Category Archives: Politics
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.
The Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted infection that attacks the brain cells of fetuses in utero, could become a major public health threat this summer. But Republicans–in spite of their insistence that they care about unborn babies–refuse to do anything about it. Why would Republicans not want to fund Zika research? Most of them are old men that do not get pregnant and their wives are not allowed to go outside the home.
Learn more about the issue by reading our story on the Daily Kos here.