The anti-choice camp thinks that if you make abortion illegal, no abortions will occur. With a wave of a legislative wand, all the conditions that encourage abortion will disappear, and this genocide will go with it.
It’s a fairy tale, and the private actions of the anti-choice betray this. How else can we explain the phenomenon of staunch pro-lifers getting abortions?
“I have done several abortions on women who have regularly picketed my clinics, including a 16 year old schoolgirl who came back to picket the day after her abortion, about three years ago. During her whole stay at the clinic, we felt that she was not quite right, but there were no real warning bells. She insisted that the abortion was her idea and assured us that all was OK. She went through the procedure very smoothly and was discharged with no problems. A quite routine operation. Next morning she was with her mother and several school mates in front of the clinic with the usual anti posters and chants. It appears that she got the abortion she needed and still displayed the appropriate anti views expected of her by her parents, teachers, and peers.” (Physician, Australia)
“I’ve had several cases over the years in which the anti-abortion patient had rationalized in one way or another that her case was the only exception, but the one that really made an impression was the college senior who was the president of her campus Right-to-Life organization, meaning that she had worked very hard in that organization for several years. As I was completing her procedure, I asked what she planned to do about her high office in the RTL organization. Her response was a wide-eyed, ‘You’re not going to tell them, are you!?’ When assured that I was not, she breathed a sigh of relief, explaining how important that position was to her and how she wouldn’t want this to interfere with it.” (Physician, Texas)
Shit happens. Condoms break, financial situations suddenly go sour, rapes and abuse take place. No amount of legislation will change that. Since the conditions that lead to abortions won’t go away, and unsafe abortions are easy to obtain, abortions will continue to happen even if the anti-choice crowd get their way.