Think about it: ONE IN FIVE pregnancies ends in a miscarriage… Or as the medical community refers to them, a “spontaneous abortion.” The Mayo Clinic says that the number is likely higher than that, because “many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t realize she’s pregnant.” It’s referred to as a “spontaneous abortion” when the pregnancy ends before 20 weeks, while after 20 weeks is often referred to as a “stillbirth.” If abortion is “murder,” then God is the biggest mass murderer of them all…
Consider that ratio for a moment: Twenty percent of all the fertilized egg on the earth. ONE out of every FIVE pregnancies — probably more — result in a naturally occurring abortion. And UNICEF estimates that more that 140 million babies are born each year worldwide. That’s an average of a little more than 386,000 babies every day…. So if you do the math, that means that more than 28 MILLION babies are naturally aborted every year. That means just under one spontaneously aborted baby every second of every day… Or, to put it another way, in the time it took you to read this sentence, God aborted roughly SEVEN BABIES.
Now, please believe me when I say that I’m not writing this just to heretically rustle the feathers of a bunch of evangelicals. I’m not (though I must admit, it is little bit of a bonus). I’m writing this in the hopes that you consider something you may not have considered before. Nearly all of the people who are in favor of this new wave of draconian abortion laws credit their religious beliefs as the reason for their opposition to keeping abortions safe and legal. They toss around slogans like “Abortion is murder.” They use the word “infanticide.” They use the word “holocaust.” They believe they have moral clarity, and they treat this issue as if they have been given a mandate from God.
But the God that they believe in is the God who is IN CONTROL OF THINGS. And the ALL-POWERFUL God who is supposedly “calling them” to vote for a pussy-grabbing, sexual-assaulting, philandering, thrice-married, compulsive liar & serial adulterer — all because he calls himself “pro-life” and they want to overturn Roe v. Wade — is the SAME GOD who is responsible for aborting 71,233 every day through the natural process of an egg being fertilized and growing in a woman’s womb. That’s the same God, by the way, who — IN THE BIBLE — gave the Israelites a process to cause an abortion in a pregnant women whom the husband suspects was unfaithful. God actually PRESCRIBES an abortion in the Bible, while telling us that lying and adultery are wrong… Meanwhile, people calling themselves “christians” attempt to make abortion illegal, all while voting for a liar & adulterer.
This incredibly harmful and insensitive “murder” language is mostly used by people who have never spoken with actual women about the reasons why their abortion was necessary. When you actually LISTEN to a woman’s story, your “moral clarity” about making all abortions illegal fades away… Women who get a “non-compatible with life” diagnosis… Women with a baby who didn’t form an airway and would have been brain dead… Women who were carrying their rapist’s baby… Here’s a great tweet about how hearing her story changes things:
If you’re interested in seeing some of these stories, the hashtag #YouKnowMe on Twitter is incredibly powerful. It was started after Busy Philipps spoke about her abortion on her TV show. But the shitty thing is, these women shouldn’t have to explain something to the world that is private and often traumatic in order for them to be able to make decisions about their own bodies… Just like they were forced to relive the stories of their sexual assaults for people to take #MeToo seriously. The whole point of the 7-2 Roe v. Wade SCOTUS decision was that it is none of anyone’s fucking business.
The LAST POST I wrote was about abortion too, and I can’t tell you how many women I know have talked to me privately about the circumstances surrounding their own abortion. I have talked to women who have gone through the trauma of having a miscarriage, and received a D&C (a Dilation and Curettage — A surgical procedure that opens the cervix and removed the contents of the uterus), which made it more possible for them to have kids later. These new laws would turn D&Cs into a procedure that women would be forced to explain and justify.
And they do all of this — demonizing women, and calling for punishment, prison time, and even (without a hint of irony) the death penalty — without ever really considering the man’s role in this whole process. If you want to regulate something, it seems you would start with the actual problem. Perhaps mandatory vasectomies are the solution? Because it’s pretty clear that penises are the problem… A piece of hypocrisy that is perfectly pointed out in this tweet:
It’s maddening! There is no state in America where public support for these total abortion bans reaches even 25%. These new laws would subject women to examinations to “prove” that their miscarriage/abortion was spontaneous and not induced… Basically asking a woman to prove that their abortion was God’s fault instead of theirs. What does a policy like this say about what we think of women? And maybe equally bewildering: What does a policy like this say about what we think of God? ONE IN FIVE PREGNANCIES… And yet we’ve got people crediting their “christianity” as to why they are passing legislation suggesting prison sentences for women who get an abortion which are longer than the prison sentences of the men who raped them. Jesus wept…
Thank you so much for reading. Please offer support to the women sharing their stories of why we need to keep abortion safe and legal for those who need it. Please listen to their stories. Please vote like we are on the precipice of a return to a horrific time for women who need an abortion as part of their healthcare… Because we are.
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