#BroChoice and Late-Term Abortions

 

 

Those of you on Twitter may, perhaps, have seen the #brochoice hashtag flying around a couple of days ago. It blew up, in large part at least, in response to Ben Sherman’s article on The Burnt Orange Report entitled “Bro-Choice: How #HB2 Hurts Texas Men Who Like Women.”

 

While I am clearly not of the same moral and political opinion as Mr. Sherman, the article leads off well enough, “The terrible anti-abortion bill being considered in the Texas legislature during this special session doesn’t just hurt women — it also hurts all of the men that have women in their lives that they care about.”

 

Okay. Fair enough. I understand the importance of educating men about “women’s issues” and “women’s rights” and how these do indeed affect men and all that. Whether I agree with the stance of this man or not, I understand the concept.

 

Sherman goes on, however, to list the many reasons why it’s critical that abortion be readily available and easily accessible for Texas women. Whether you agree with this statement or not actually isn’t even that important right here– what’s important is to realize that THIS is the type of “man” who is speaking up for women’s rights:

 

Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”

 

That’s one gem in a whole series he outlines for why men should care, deeply, about the limitations Texas legislature wants placed on abortions. You’re free to read his whole agenda right here– and, make no mistake, it IS an agenda.

 

Fortunately, restoring my faith in the men of this world, many guys were just as disgusted by the #brochoice movement as I was:

 

 

 

Rob’s right. It IS a real thing. Lest you think Sherman is just some random dude spouting off, I suggest you check out this lovely tweet from NARAL:

 

The Texas legislature in question, in case you didn’t know, places restrictions on both what type of clinics may remain open and at what gestation abortions may be performed. It seems there are many people who feel that restricting elective abortions to gestational ages before 20 weeks is too restrictive.

 

People like me, of course, who found themselves being wheeled in to deliver at less than 24 weeks pregnant might find that repulsive. After all, I have SEEN a baby at that point in a pregnancy and, make no mistake, it is a BABY. Not an embryo. Not a fetus. A BABY.

 

Pro-choice advocates (and I want to be very clear in writing “pro-choice” and not “pro-abortion” here– using deliberately offensive language is not necessary to make my point) will frequently scoff at our concerns about late-term abortions–  ”They’re so infrequent! Only about 3% of abortions are done that late in a pregnancy! The vast majority are in the first trimester.”

 

I see. Nothing to worry about, then. Three percent. A negligible number. Certainly not worth considering. Definitely shouldn’t bring it up.

 

Except…

 

If you say you’re pro-life, what’s the first thing you’re asked? Hmm?

 

“What about rape?”

 

Well,  I guess then we should just remember that abortions being performed to terminate pregnancies resulting from rape or incest are extremely rare (at .3%)… rarer, even, than those performed because of fetal anomalies (.5%). But over 97% of abortions are completely elective– not a result of rape/incest, not because of fetal defect, not because of risk to the mother. Just because the baby isn’t “wanted”.

 

So tell me this, bro-choicers, pro-choicers, and anyone else who feels elective terminations need to be permitted past the 20 week mark…

 

Does the three percent matter? Or not? Because, quite frankly, your logic eludes me.

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12 comments to #BroChoice and Late-Term Abortions

  • Well said!One thing I cannot comprehend is if women *do* sometimes need a later term abortion for medical reasons, or because the child has a condition that’s truly incompatible with life, why I not induction rather than D%E considered the preferred ( and more merciful) option?

    • That’s a good point, Jenna. I’m guessing that induction and the birth process further humanizes the process and is deemed too emotionally difficult for the mother. I agree with YOU, but that would be my guess as to the “why” of it.

  • Laraba

    Wow. That is totally disgusting. “Casual sex will be harder to come by.” That’s a GOOD thing. Wow.

    I’m pro life at every stage of development but post 20 weeks seems like a complete no brainer to me.

    • I, too, am pro-life at every stage, Laraba, but I struggle particularly with the idea that restrictions on gestational age are too much… clearly, at some point, people need to acknowledge viability, you know?

  • I cannot even put into words how disgusting it is that it CAN be legal for women to get abortions so late in pregnancy … when “sacrificing” another few months would give an adoptive family a gift forever …

    I don’t think making all abortions illegal is really the way for things to be, because I believe then women will just go back to coat-hanger, back-alley ways. But I do believe 100% it needs to be illegal past the first trimester and there needs to be parental consent.

    • Laraba

      Vanderbilt Wife,

      I just wanted to comment on your comment :-).

      I find the argument that “women would do it anyway” to be a peculiar one. Why wouldn’t we want murder to be difficult and dangerous for the perpetrator? I mean, if abortion is the murder of an innocent child, it is wrong. Why should we make it easier for women to do it safely? Now if you are saying first trimester ISN’T wrong, then I can understand your argument a little better. But it seems odd to me that people often WILL make that argument that “women will do it anyway, but it’ll be more dangerous for them.” Truth is, the number of abortions has skyrocketed since legal abortion began. Truth is, the dangers of back alley abortions did deter women in the past. That was, in my view, a very good thing.

      I am sure I sound somewhat harsh and let me say that I do have sympathy for those with an unplanned pregnancy. There are lots of reasons that is hard. But in most cases (except rape) the woman was a willing partner. It doesn’t make sense to me that a child should die because of the decisions of the mother. In the Christian community, we need to encourage those in those situations to choose life. And of course, we need to assure those who are post abortive that God loves them and will eagerly forgive them and heal them. I know that many women regret it deeply.

      • Laraba & JL – I just wanted you to know you’ve given me something to think on. I believe in life at conception, that those babies have a soul, and so of course I don’t want any baby to die – especially when, as Laraba put it, the mother has a willing partner.

        As I’ve found myself, the child who was not planned might be the biggest blessing you ever receive.

        Thanks for speaking the truth in love.

    • Oh, I am SO on the same page about parental consent– it infuriates me that we have stricter regulations on energy drinks than we do abortions. :/ I do believe laws need to be carefully constructed to do our best to help and support women facing dire situations– such as pregnancies resulting from incest and the like. However, I really struggle with the idea of abortion being a valid and viable option for the vast majority of pregnancies, even in the first trimester, to be honest. Is it less sickening than the partial-birth, D & E massacres that occur later on? Absolutely. But, as much as I don’t want to see women suffer, I have an even more difficult time with the killing of arguably the very most innocent party involved. (But I know for SURE that this bro-choice movement is abhorrent. And gag-worthy.)

      • Laraba

        I think another point is this, JL. If we say “we don’t want women to suffer” by having to go through an unwanted pregnancy, I think we’re missing the reality that God is real and that sin has consequences. Of COURSE God forgives abortion. But a person needs to ask for forgiveness. So if she doesn’t ask for forgiveness, she has that sin on her head and there are consequences to sin. (King David wrote about how he was weighed and crushed down before he repented of his sin with Bathsheba, that’s an example that comes to mind.) If she DOES ask for forgiveness, she’ll feel grieved about what she did. I can’t imagine anything much worse than coming to terms with the willing murder of one’s own innocent child. There are also the physical consequences of increased risk of breast cancer and preterm labor for future pregnancies. Even those who firmly stay in the pro choice camp often have emotional issues tied into abortion — they find themselves looking at children the age of their lost child and wondering and thinking and grieving. So I’m saying I don’t think we are “hurting” women when we try to outlaw something so evil as the murder of her own child. We outlaw rape, we outlaw other murder, why not this one?
        Now I think there is one case where “abortion” is morally right and that is when the mother’s life is clearly in danger. If a pregnancy is ectopic and the child is still alive, I would say “abortion” is still valid as the child has no hope of surviving and the mother is in danger. There was a case in Ireland a few months ago when a child was dying and the mother got very sick too, and died…the medical consensus was that the child had no hope but Ireland’s laws did not permit the ending of the pregnancy. Those are tricky situations, obviously, and could be abused by doctors pushed to say that “medical reasons” make a pregnancy unwise. But as you said, the vast majority of cases don’t involve mother’s health or rape or incest…the pregnancy is not convenient.

        I would also add that many times there is pressure from the father (or the parents of the woman) because no one wants to take the responsibility. So there are women practically being forced into abortions, which is tragic.

        • I understand what you’re saying, Laraba, and I agree. I’ve written (at length, actually) about all the reasons I am, as I say, “pro-life, no matter what.” Nonetheless, there are times when I just want to draw attention to one particularly abhorrent facet of things. Do I deeply wish abortion were not legal? Yes. Would I be happy just to see term limitations established. No. But it IS progress. It IS something. Sometimes you have to gradually chip away at people’s preconceived notions of when babies are “alive” and full people. Fewer abortions is a good thing– even though it’s not a perfect thing. Does that make sense?

  • Wow, bro choice? Unbelievable.
    Thanks for the great post.

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