Check out this great video from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women on the language that anti-choicers (and even the media) use to talk about abortion.
To accompany the video, NAPW’s executive director Lynn Paltrow wrote a piece for HuffPo on why it’s so important that we pay attention to anti-choice rhetoric and what it says about women:
Who are the millions of “murderous” women who have abortions? Sixty-one percent of women having abortions are already mothers. By the age of 45, 84% of all women in U.S. will have become pregnant and given birth and 43% will have had an abortion.
In other words, the women who have abortions are overwhelmingly mothers.
So we need to ask — do the people who use this language really think the mothers who have had abortions are the same as, or worse than, those who carry out torture, kill children, and commit mass-murder?
…NAPW believes that the pregnant women who have abortions, who suffer miscarriages, who give birth, who raise children, and who love their families deserve better.
To dismantle the anti-choice myth that there are two kinds of women – those who have abortions and those who have babies – NAPW has launched a campaign that shows how the majority of women who have abortions already are, or will be, mothers.
“You can make it hard to label mothers murderers, by showing that the women who are accused of creating a ‘culture of death’ are giving birth and doing the caretaking that is at the core of a true culture of life,” Paltrow writes.
If you have had an abortion and given birth, experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, adopted or raised a child — tell your story with a picture, a sign, a 1 minute or less video and NAPW will post it here.