“The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”
That is an actual quotation from the man who is in charge of running this country.
Seriously, there needs to be a “Trump Says the Darnedest Thing” tally to keep up with the garbage that comes out of his mouth. At a rally in Wisconsin, Trump condemned and spewed out erroneous information about a Wisconsin bill that would send doctors to jail if they did not give proper care to a baby born after a failed abortion attempt.
Without giving any background information to Trump’s statement, it just sounds like once an unwanted baby is born, the mother and the doctor decide to kill the baby. The crowd booed and jeered after Trump made his statement. Any right minded person can comprehend that that’s not how things are done. Unfortunately, when it comes to the abortion debate, those on the anti-abortion side are generally not fact-checking things.
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to abortions done at the beginning of pregnancy as well as late-term abortions. Over the past few years, the phrase “late-term abortion” has taken the front seat for anti-abortion supporters.
By “late-term abortions”, they’re referring to abortions done in the second and third trimester, which are incredibly rare and make up for less than one percent of all abortions. And when they have to be conducted, it’s because either the life of the mother or the fetus is at stake. There are also cases in which the fetus has already died prior to birth, or will die immediately after birth, and the mother must decide whether or not to deliver a stillborn baby or have an abortion.
Additionally, most abnormalities can’t be detected until twenty weeks. Anti-abortion advocates act like women wake up one day and decide to have an abortion later in their pregnancy just for the hell of it. They don’t take into consideration that when a woman does decide to make this decision, she probably thought about it for a long period of time. Degrading them and yelling hateful words at them doesn’t help the situation.
By adding more fuel to the fire, his comments are going to bring more violence to people who are determined to protect women’s health and a woman’s right to choose. Once again, his love for misinformation could potentially get someone killed.
Anti-abortion supporters already make clinics such as Planned Parenthood hostile and dangerous places for women to go to. Anti-abortion groups flock outside of abortion clinics, condemning women for what they think they’re about to do. A Catholic anti-abortion group in Texas admitted that they keep a spreadsheet of license plates coming and going from clinics.
Groups like the one in Texas don’t stop at harassing innocent women walking in and out of clinics, but they also record their license plates and track their every move.
Abortion providers and patients have been murdered, stalked and kidnapped. While facilities have been bombed or set on fire.
Anti-abortion groups have already committed a significant number of violent attacks recently including 42 bombings, 185 arson attacks, and thousands of death threats, bioterrorism threats and assaults. In addition, more than 234,300 acts of disruption were reported, including bomb threats, hate mail, and harassing calls.
Over the past few weeks, abortion laws in states like Texas and Ohio have become increasingly restrictive. Most recently Alabama passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to provide an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy. The bill makes it so that one can only be performed if the life of the mother is threatened.
According to Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report, abortions make up 3.4% percent of their services. (Other services include STI testing, cancer screening, gynecological services and hormone therapy for transgender patients).
Clinics like Planned Parenthood help individuals across the gender spectrum daily. Regardless of whether or not someone enters into a facility for an abortion or other health services, they should not have to fear for their safety.
Restrictive abortion laws are going to bring back a time of botched at-home abortions and women dying because of inadequate healthcare.
This not something to take lightly; The attack on women’s rights is gaining traction, and something needs to be done before it’s too late.
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Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.