Are You Pro life, Or Do You Just Want To Control Women?

When I was young I heard feminists say that “pro-lifers” were more concerned with controlling women than preventing abortion.

That line of reasoning didn’t make sense to me at the time. Now it does. I don’t think that everyone who is prolife is disingenuous. But some are.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved new emergency contraception known as ella, aka “Plan C.” Unlike the emergency contraception currently available, Plan C can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, and is 98% effective when properly used. The drug stops fertilization by preventing eggs from being released.

Some pro-lifers protest that Plan C brings us one step closer to “over the counter abortions” – though medical studies prove otherwise.

These same folks say stem cell research equals abortion. Yet they don’t worry that fertilized eggs are thrown in the garbage if they aren’t used for research. Garbage isn’t constantly publicized while breakthrough science is.

Pro-lifer, George W. Bush, didn’t seem to have a problem sending young men to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. But as one cartoonist put it, “No stem cells were hurt.”

I once heard Christopher Reeve pose the following question: if you were in a research lab with a two-year-old and a fire broke out, would you save the child, or would you leave her to die so that you could save thousands of stem cells? I suspect most of us would save the actual child.

Utah Senator, Orin Hatch, says it’s fine to use fertilized eggs for research. But destroying eggs implanted in a woman’s womb equals murder. In one case a woman’s body is controlled. In the other, it isn’t.

Pro-lifer, Pat Robertson opposes a woman’s right to choose abortion in America. But he supports forced abortions in China. Once again controlling women is the only common denominator.

Pro-lifers don’t seem to be too concerned with making sure poor women get prenatal care, or that their babies have food once they are born.

Pro life?  Sometimes it’s all about controlling women.

Georgia Platts

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2 Responses

  1. 1. Sometimes it is- I’ll grant you that. Absolutely! Look at that poor mother who was forced to have 5 children and home school them. She drowned them.
    BUT- the argument you make about a child and the stem cells in a building is a straw man argument and I know that you know it!
    In the case of the morning after pills– plan B, Plan C and all contraception there is no doubt it is far and away a different story than abortion which is far and away a different story than stem cell research so we must treat all of these as separate issues and not attempt to compare them. They are not the same issues.
    For someone such as myself who genuinely believes that once an embryo/fetus is growing in the womb it is a living child with rights of her own, I find it difficult to compare that with eggs in a Petri dish or traveling in a tube hoping to implant.
    Others will argue that I am wrong from both sides, I know so I allow them that because Freedom of Choice allows a woman to make that decision in our country.
    For women who choose to allow their church to make that decision for them – is it our business to judge them?
    Nor will I allow anyone to judge me for mine as I agree with you Georgia, Sometimes it is all about controlling women!

    • I’m not sure what you mean by straw man.

      The anti-abortion folks say that we can’t do stem cell research because it is the same thing as abortion. But is a stem cell the same as a human life? If a person had the choice between saving thousands of “people” aka stem cells, and one child, they would certainly save the child. Proving that stem cell research isn’t the same as abortion.

      To them, if you allow stem cell research, you’re headed down the path to making people see abortion in the early stages of pregnancy as not abortion – after all, we destroy stem cells, and that’s ok. Not a good message for the prolife people.

      Then again, Plan C contraception is called abortion by these same folks. But it isn’t.

      They call all these things abortion as a way of limiting women’s reproductive choices.

      I know they’re all separate issues, but these “pro-life” people act like they’re not.

      That’s my point.

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