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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Where Do Republicans Stand on Abortion?

This November, South Dakotans will send a strong message to the rest of the country after they vote on the nation's most restrictive state abortion ban, which offers no exceptions for rape and incest.

Politicians on Capitol Hill will be watching this vote closely, especially the forty-six Senators who have a zero percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. All 46 are Republican and with the exception of Sens. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, they are all men.

I recently placed two rounds of phone calls asking each of those 46 Senator two questions: Do you favor overturning Roe v. Wade? If so, do you support exceptions for rape and incest?

Once I mentioned the words "abortion" and "rape," Senate staffers either transferred me to voicemail or said, "I'll have to look into that." I have yet to receive any answers.

So far, only three Republican Senators have publicly gone on record stating their positions on the law. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas told Newsweek he would have signed it. "Rape and incest are horrible crimes, but why punish the innocent child?"

Sen. George Allen of Virginia has said if a similar bill landed on his desk when he was governor, he would have vetoed it. Sen. John McCain of Arizona has said he supports banning abortion with exceptions to protect the life of the mother and in cases of rape or incest.

If South Dakota voters approve the ban, a young girl who is raped by a male relative will be forced to carry the child to term. Similar laws are under consideration in Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia. The Ohio ban goes even further by making it a crime to accompany a woman to a clinic that provides abortions in another state.

Efforts to outlaw abortion in Kentucky and Mississippi were defeated on March 25 and March 27 respectively.

And that's just the beginning. More than 850 choice-related state bills have been introduced or carried over in the first two months of the 2006 legislative session, according to Planned Parenthood. These include laws to restrict funding to family planning clinics and allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense contraception. Not only are anti-choicers going after abortion, they're also targeting birth control.

What's in store for America's women if these laws continue to pass?

Look at Africa, where this year alone, more than four million women will face serious injuries as a result of abortions performed by unskilled people under unsanitary conditions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly 30,000 women will die. That's almost 90 per day.

"These preventable deaths and illness represent not only a major public health crisis, but also a social injustice and violation of women's human rights and dignity," said a WHO report on abortion.

Like South Dakota, abortion is illegal in most African countries, with an exception to save a woman's life. At a March meeting in Addis Ababa, more than 150 health experts and politicians from 16 African countries called for relaxed abortion laws and greater access to birth control and sex education to prevent further deaths and injuries from unsafe abortions.

Over the past 10 years, 15 countries around the world, including Nepal and Burkina Faso, have relaxed their abortions laws. After South Africa legalized abortion without any restrictions in 1997, the country saw a drastic drop in abortion deaths, from 425 per year to less than 20.

Only five countries, including the United States and Poland, have restricted access to abortion.

Governments can outlaw abortion, but if a South Dakotan or Kenyan woman wants to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, she will do whatever it takes, even if it means risking her life.

If this is the future anti-abortion lawmakers want for American women, they should be pressured to say so.

9 Comments:

At 6/22/2006 11:54 AM, Anonymous pro-choice mom said...

I'm not surprised they don't want to answer those questions. This should be asked over and over again to those who are running for reelection in November.

 
At 6/22/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Meteor Blades said...

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog.

 
At 6/22/2006 5:31 PM, Anonymous p said...

Hear, hear! Very informative blog. One of my favorites.

 
At 6/22/2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous perplexed said...

I'd like the Democratic senators to be asked the same question. It breaks my heart that most of them seem to run away from the pro-legal-abortion stance. Larry King interviewed the female Democratic Senators last night & tho I didn't watch the whole show, I don't THINK any of them mentioned the crisis facing us regarding the keeping of abortions legal and safe.

 
At 7/25/2006 10:44 AM, Anonymous pro-life dad said...

Up front I will say that I'm a pro-lifer. I found your blog while searching for information about countries that outlaw abortion. I read roughly half of your article before I realized this was a pro-choice post.

I fealt that I should chip in my two-cents.

The irony of your comments on Africa is anazing. You cite that nearly 30,000 women of the 4 million seeking abortions will die due unskilled people and unsanitary conditions.

You (and the WHO) completely overlook the fact that every single one of the 4 million babies will die. Almost 90 women a day will die. Over 10,000 babies a day will die.

I don't imagine my brief comments will change anyones mind about abortion, but I thought I'd give you a view of how the other side sees your arguments.

 
At 7/25/2006 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pro-life dad pointed me to this site. I have a point to make too. Pro-lifers in general are not out to "hurt" women and deprive them of human rights, the goal is to protect those who have no voice. Certainly we should help women with unplanned pregnancy. Is abortion the kindest answer? Check this out if you will, http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/postabortion/affects.htm

Is this all made up? Are all of these women the exception to the rule of abortion is a blessing and merciful to the mother of an unwanted baby. How many of you pro-choicers when you have your own babies consider them "tissue" and not human. Is it heart wrenching to be unable to conceive? Would you grieve to miscarry? Of course you would, so what we are saying here that whether someone is human depends on whether society wants them? Their parents want them? How long before we can legally drown the 12 year old because he has become inconvenient, financially a burden or to embarrassing to keep? How long before we sent police into homeless areas and shoot them all because they are inconvenient to our society.

You are right, rape and incest are horrendous crimes, but one must question is abortion the most loving and compassionate answer or just the easiest way to avoid the short term implications. The statistics of post abortion trauma are frightening. So if you truly want to support womens rights, perhaps you should educate yourselves further on the after effects. Of course you can also hide your head in the sand and pretend its all not real. The other consideration is the 1.5 million babies that die each year, sadly all of them could be adopted, but I suppose that would impose too much hardship upon the mothers, and as we have seen abortion is easy and non-traumatic, a much healthier alternative than pregnancy and birth.

I'd also like to point out that only about 1% of abortions in America are cases of rape and incest. Also the whole life of the mother makes up another tiny majority. So it makes since huh, to kill 1.5 million people to save a few thousand? It's also interesting that many more women die from abortions now than they did before it was legal. Because so many more are performed, the statistics favor more deaths. Hmmm, just some food for thought.

And here are some references so that you can't say I'm full of crap.

This is a pro-choice group dedicated to protecting a womans reproductive rights. It gives some past numbers and various information. I cite this to back up my 1.5 million number, these numbers are from 1992 which is the last time they site data from.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/ib14.html
Some arguments talking about common ideas about abortion rights.
http://www.abortionfacts.com/life_or_choice/pro_choice.asp

It's time that we opened our eyes and see that the “Lump of tissue” is alive, and would grow into a human if it isn't terminated.
http://www.wprc.org/trimester1.phtml

By the time a woman discovers she is pregnant the baby begins to take on a human appearance.
To me this article says it all, and it is medical fact not just pro-life fiction.
As early as week 3 the central nervous system is forming, day 21 there is a beating heart, so when is it alive? Or human? There has to be a better more loving solution.

 
At 1/11/2010 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I know that a few people don't agree with abortion, and the person above talked a lot about like cops killing people because they're inconvenient. Yes, that is true that the child is inconvenient, buy seriously if a woman doesn't want to have a baby and wants an abortion, you shouldn't have the right to tell her that she can't do that. It's freedom of choice, and if she wants to rid herself of the baby, no matter how bad it sounds, she should be able to do what she wants with her body. You wouldn't want someone telling you that you can't have a baby, so she doesn't want someone saying that she has to have a baby. Some people may want to wait until they're financially set before they have a baby, especially because if a couple if financially ready first the baby will be better off. If two people are in financial debt how much better off could the baby be? Ya they will love the baby, but they'll be working a lot trying to make money and they won't be able to supply the baby with a good life. The world is too overpopulated anyways if you ask me. Yes, that is harsh, but the truth hurts and it is very true. I loved this blog and thought it was very informative. Nobody should try to take the rights away from women, if they do what will happen? People might try to stick their noses into other people's business yet again and what will they take away next time? I think everyone needs to stay out of everybody else's business and then this wouldn't be an issue. But no. Everyone tries to put in their two sense, every person should be in control of their body, without someone else telling them what to do or not to do with themselves. Like said above, if they illegalize abortion and a woman wants to rid herself of a child, she will find a way. That way won't be very safe either. They should just keep abortion legal, so that woman don't have to go to those limits of hurting themselves because they don't want a baby.

 
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