Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points: Part #1

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This article is the most recent entry in my “Debunking Right Wing Talking Points” series. In it, I will identify the most popular types of argument that are used against abortion or to justify anti-choice restrictions, and then will use evidence and logic to debunk them.

Unlike the other entries in this series, the abortion debate isn’t entirely clear-cut between partisan lines—there are many pro-life liberals and there are some pro-choice conservatives (particularly within libertarian circles). Here is a Gallup poll illustrating this point:

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That said, as shown in the Gallup polling, a majority of Democrats are “pro-choice” while a majority of Republicans are “pro-life” (in fact, it breaks down fairly evenly, with 68% of Democrats supporting abortion rights and 69% of Republicans opposing it).

This divide is unsurprising, as the religious right has attached itself to the abortion issue since the Roe v. Wade decision and has used calls…

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points: Part #2

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This article is the second part of my “Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points” article–you can read the first part at the following link: http://theprogressivecynic.com/2015/07/20/refuting-anti-abortion-talking-points-part-1/

  • “Abortion is needlessly cruel because adoption is a much better option.”

First and foremost, a pregnancy is a massive disruption in the life of a woman and can have significant health consequences. Because of this, abortion serves to not only preventing the birth of an unwanted child, but also to prevent a woman from having her entire life upended by 9 months of pregnancy.

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…and these are just the non-severe consequences of a healthy pregnancy.

Women who get pregnant can be forced to leave their jobs, despite already having children and not being able to afford taking that time off. In the absence of strong maternity leave mandates in the USA, it is simple a non-starter to argue that abortion can simply be replaced with adoptions.

Additionally…

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points Part #3

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This is Part #3 of my Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points series. Today, I have only released one argument instead of two, as this one is fairly long and I have also posted an article (unsurprisingly, the news doesn’t stand still for long articles). 

  • “Legalizing abortion has caused Americans to devalue life and increased the prevalence of more immoral acts, like divorce, mass shootings, and single-parenthood.”

This argument is most commonly held by right wing religious activists and is completely unsupported by the facts.

Put simply, there is no evidence that accepting abortion is in any way correlated with immorality or the devaluation of human life. In fact, people who support abortion rights tend to be less likely to support policies that devalue the lives of humans who are actually born than supposedly pro-life idealists. Here are a few examples of this:

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points Part #4

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This is part #4 of my Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points series. For the previous three parts you can follow the following links: Part #1, Part #2, Part#3

  • “Abortions cause mental, emotional, and physical health problems in women who get them.”

While these claims may sound plausible, they are simply not supported by the facts. Studies have regularly debunked each of these claims and have, in fact, found that an abortion is actually less likely to have negative health consequences on the mother than a natural birth.

First, the assertion that abortion will lead to negative physical health consequences—most commonly sterility, breast/uterine cancer, or even death due to medical error—is simply false. These are myths created by the anti-choice movement to use as scare tactics and have been debunked by reputable sources. Unfortunately, they are extremely common in so called “crisis pregnancy centers” that many states have required…

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