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The secret anti-abortion law that’s sweeping America.

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American University frat emails exposes rape culture.

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The 10th anniversary of Mean Girls.

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A debate on Twitter has led the University of Michigan to increase black enrollment.

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One Comment

  1. Posted April 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    When we talk about voter suppression laws such as requiring a picture ID to vote in order to combat voter fraud often the counter argument is that it’s a cure for a problem that doesn’t exist in that the problem is extremely rare and so wouldn’t impact an election. If we used the same standard to talk about abortion restrictions, does the problem of an unsafe abortion really exist? I haven’t heard a lot coming out of Texas. If the problem is women are having children they don’t want rather than having an unsafe abortion, then that’s the problem not an unsafe abortion.

    I’ve only read one incident concerning unsafe abortions and from what I read, the woman probably could have gotten a legal abortion since it was second trimester. The problem seemed to have been cost rather than law.

    “Gosnell also was accused in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died of an anesthetic overdose during a second-trimester abortion at his West Philadelphia clinic. In that case, the jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.”


    This anti-abortion measure doesn’t seem to be putting women at risk and seems to be doing exactly what the advocates intended, which is to remove abortion as a viable choice for many women. I’m pro-bodily autonomy (pro-choice, ban MGC, decriminalize drug use, etc.), but I think it’s important to recognize that women aren’t having unsafe abortions (as far as I can tell). The problem is women having unwanted children. Many men already know how that feels.

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