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Jan 29 2014

SAY IT WITH ME

An embryo is not a baby.

A fetus is not a baby.

A woman who aborts an embryo or fetus, whether by intentional abortion or by miscarriage, is not a murderer.

If you’re thinking “but what if”…

Just stop.

Your puny hypothetical insults the majority of people who will never be in the position you’ve conjectured.

Moving on.

Miscarriage is a medical emergency, not a criminal offense.

A woman who is miscarrying a fetus is due emergency medical treatment.

A miscarriage that is “in progress” means that there is no saving the embryo or fetus. Game over.

Don’t punish women who are miscarrying by denying them emergency medical treatment. You cannot save the fetus; treat the human being who is alive.

If you criminalize a woman who has aborted or miscarried a fetus, you are harming a human being.

Also you’re an asshole.

Next,

Pro-life activism is a waste of all of our lives, and is harmful to the lives of the women and men and gender-nonconforming people which it attempts to shame. Pro-life activism harms one human life for the sake of a potential human life. It places a higher value on a potential human life than on the life of someone who is here now and needs our support.

Recognize pro-life activism for the moral masturbation that it is.

If you are a pro-life activist, you are doing a bad thing.

Also, you’re probably being an asshole while you’re doing it.

And you’re a hypocrite.

If you spend your time trying to pass pro-life, anti-woman, woman-shaming legislation you are wasting your life and wasting the time, money and very short attention span of the constituency and the rest of the world and your’re holding our society back from evolving into a more enlightened state.

Stop it.

Sending a mother to jail for having an abortion or a miscarriage, and in the process depriving her for reals kids of a guardian is bad for the mom, bad for the kids and bad for society.

Interrogating women who have stated that they have miscarried to make sure that it wasn’t really a secret abortion is cruel and nothing less than a totalitarian action by government.

Forcing families to spend precious resources on a legal defense to prove their “innocence” in having a miscarriage is heartless and callous and ignorant and a odious way to advance a political objective.

Today’s rage blogging is brought to you by Think Progress and the ACLU.

13 comments

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  1. 1
    Uncle Mikey

    You’re my hero.

    Seriously.

  2. 2
    Joe

    Ron Paul 2012!

    1. 2.1
      Garth Patterson

      “Ron Paul 2012!”

      Guy, seriously, … 2012?! This is 2014. … :\

  3. 3
    ericblair

    Don’t forget all the “pro-life” people who are also pro-death penalty, pro-gun and anti-universal healthcare. Hypocrites all.

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    This post has a serious deficit of “scare quotes” – howcum?

  5. 5
    Miri, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    *applause*

  6. 6
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    *anti-choice. Not pro-life.

    This one’s important.

    Otherwise agree.

  7. 7
    Trebuchet

    The second headline is slightly misleading, since it’s really about a bill in the legislature. Hospitals aren’t doing that … yet. I expect Catholic hospitals in particular to jump at the chance, though.

    @3: You left out the most hypocritical part of all: They’re uniformly opposed to birth control and sex education, the two best possible ways to limit the number of abortions.

  8. 8
    Pierce R. Butler

    ericblair @ # 3 – You also left out that minor peccadillo called war.

  9. 9
    MadHatter

    @7 Trebuchet

    I’m not sure that headline is so misleading. My sister is dealing with an abnormal pregnancy and major health issues which are going to result in complete loss of her reproductive organs. Despite this the hospital is refusing to help her until she is no longer technically pregnant. She’s in a different state, but it’s a Catholic hospital. I personally know two other women who’ve been turned away at hospitals for other issues because they were pregnant and it’s become such a minefield.

    Never mind the awful attitudes that this sort of thing allows by employees of the hospital. I still want to slap my sister’s ultrasound tech.

  10. 10
    Trebuchet

    MadHatter: Yes, this is going on all the time. What the legislature in Alabama is trying to do is make sure the hospitals have the force of law on their side.

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