If anti-choice lawmakers really cared about women’s mental health, they’d stop passing insane laws. These theocratic dicks try to justify laws like mandatory waiting periods and forced counselling sessions with lies about how abortion puts women at higher rise for mental health problems. The real problem? IT DOESN’T. Yes, the decision to end a pregnancy can be emotional and each person’s abortion experience is deeply personal. —so is the decision to continue a pregnancy. But all of their bullshit about the psychological devastation supposedly caused by abortion is based on faulty and substandard studies—and many that set out with an agenda. Reputable scientific studies repeatedly show that abortion poses no greater risk for mental health problems than giving birth. It’s the lying that drives people crazy!
LIES FROM HELLER! Embattled NEVADA Senator Dean Heller is spreading lies about Planned Parenthood and abortion providers in order to shore up support among the anti-choice lunatic fringe. Rewire has listed three of Heller’s most hellish: He claims tax dollars go to abortion, he says that Planned Parenthood is using taxpayer dollars on campaign ads against politicians like himself, and he repeats the favorite lie that if Planned Parenthood is defunded, there’s a whole network of community health centers out there ready and able to take up the slack. THE FACTS: PP spends ZERO taxpayer money on abortion services OR politicking—and if Heller takes away the money they use to provide other vitally needed healthcare services, thousands of Nevadan women will needlessly suffer.
If MISSOURI state Rep. Stacey Newman gets her way, Missouri will never be a gateway for anti-choice Democrats become party candidates. Disturbed by statements from some Democratic Party leaders that support for abortion rights shouldn’t be a “litmus test” for Dem candidates, Newman has sent a petition to the state party headquarters demanding that the party not support those who don’t believe in choice. In a good sign, Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber said “Democratic candidates are welcome to their personal views on abortion, but the Missouri Democratic Party will never advocate that they use an elected office to limit or take away a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive health decisions — including the right to a safe, legal abortion.” Missouri Republicans have shown they’re happy to accept any chicken-choking nutcase out there as long they’re anti-abortion cray-cray. So anti-choice geeks have a place to go.
It’s not good sign when you have your scientific arguments being made by former super models. It’s a worse sign when you use things they said 10 years ago. But anti-choice propagandists have trotted out the scientific musings of ex-Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue superstar Kathy Ireland, so let’s take a look at her theories.
“What I learned is at the moment of conception, a new life comes into being, the DNA, the genetic blueprint is there, the sex is determined, the blood type is determined, the unique set of fingerprints is there.”
AKA, when sperm meets egg. WHICH IS NOT PREGNANCY. Plus- MOST speed egg unions do NOT result in an actual pregnancy—in fact, perhaps fewer than 1 in 4. And the egg-layer is never even aware of most of those. So much for giving your fertilized egg its own Facebook page.
“Well, we are clumps of cells and that unborn human being does not look like a baby, the same way a baby does not look like a teenager, does not look like a senior.”
There are some radical differences between these various “clumps of cells” that Ms. Ireland enumerates. That’s why teenagers can get drivers’ licenses and blastocysts cannot—although we’re sure that Texas has a law pending that would allow them to.
Ireland says, “According to the Law of Biogenesis, all life comes from pre-existing life and each species reproduces after its own kind. Therefore, human beings can only reproduce other human beings, so it doesn’t start out as one species and suddenly become a human being.”
- The “Law of Biogenesis” is a completely hijacked observation by Louis Pasteur that basically says a bag of meat doesn’t just “turn into” maggots. It’s been taken and twisted by holy rollers for decades to “disprove” evolution. Ironically, now Kathy Ireland has evolved it into something even crazier.
Flunking the Smell Test: An anti-abortion group in Ireland is recommending that Crisis Pregnancy Centers (yes, those lying shits are everywhere) light “baby scented candles” in their waiting areas. (OK, the candle smells like baby POWDER. Actual baby scents may be too earthy for this purpose.) Brilliant! Now they can add “Olfactory manipulation” to their list of underhanded tactics. You know, in case the lies and intimidation don’t do the trick.