Wow, I think the anti-abortion crowd would get a lot more traction if they weren't so obviously motivated by a hatred of women.
Yeah, yeah, a few people have been making excuses for this misogyny and how really it's not motivated by sexism at all, but let's just take a step back here. I was probably in grade 6 or 7 when some history or social studies or similar class talked about pregnancy, succession, and similar. So we learned about the scorn that would be heaped upon a woman if she couldn't deliver an heir, how she could be disowned for failure to do so, and even as children we could recognize it was backwards and misogynistic.
We've got laws on the books indicating a woman can be criminally charged for the "crime" of miscarrying. You can spin all the fancy excuses you want, but a child can see through them.
Plus there was that whole kurfuffle a few months back when Rush Limbaugh accidentally let slip why conservatives *really* have a problem with birth control being made available to women. I don't have the details handy, but the words "slut" and "whore" are involved. Even if the politicians directly responsible are in some kind of ivory tower, engaged in misguided pursuit of religious freedom, ignorant of the consequences of these laws (which I very much doubt), Rush explained where most of the support for this kind of thing comes from.
There's also the bizarre matter of a significant portion (probably a majority) of the anti-abortion crowd being unwilling to *actually* reduce the rate of abortions. You know, things like widely available contraceptives and sex education. We've been at this "civilization" game for a while, we've learned some lessons about what works and what doesn't, and the anti abortion crowd is largely opposed to what actually works in terms of preventing abortions.
edited 1st Jun '12 9:09:46 AM by Paul3