On Thursday the Supreme Court voted to stay a Louisiana law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to have admitting rights at a hospital within 30 miles. Pro-choice advocates argued this would have left the state with one abortion clinic.

The good news may be only temporary for women in the Pelican State. The Court did not knock down the law; it merely gave itself time to consider it. In 2015, they had struck down a similar Texas law, but with the addition of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, the Court has lurched right. And the fate of a woman’s right to choose in Louisana is on shifting sand.

Should the Court uphold Louisiana’s anti-woman law, the anti-abortion crowd will celebrate. But their joy should be tempered. They will have done little to reduce abortions while they will have put women at risk.

Consider this, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that in 1967, when abortion was mostly banned in the US, around 829,000 women got illegal abortions. Closing down legal abortion providers doesn’t reduce abortions it merely sends desperate women into back streets and basements.

It also disproportionately affects poor women who cannot afford to travel.

It is one more example of the Conservative belief that the solution to problems lies in tackling the supply side of the equation while doing nothing about the demand —  which experience shows is doomed to failure.

Women get abortions to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Any serious attempt to reduce abortions must accept that fact. Better sex-ed, greater availability of contraception at a reasonable cost would prevent pregnancies. Parental leave, accessible day-care, and a higher minimum wage would make more women prepared to bring the fetus to term.

But what conservatives offer is ‘abstinence-only’ sex-ed. A strategy that relies on teens having better impulse control than their own parents and pastors can often manage. Take David Vitter the ex-Senator from Louisiana. His love for commercial sex was so exuberant it was common knowledge to the bayou good old boys.

But this faithlessness to his marital vows didn’t prevent him from directing millions to abstinence programs that assumed hormonal teens would show a maturity he could not muster. To justify this dismal strategy he offered this: “ by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness.”

And this is the sort of hypocrite who thinks he the right to tell women what to do.

Washington didn’t impede this rake’s progress. Vitter continued his caddish ways until the police found his name in the DC madam’s big black book. He did not admit to the obvious but did concede that he had committed “a very serious sin”.

Conservatives aren’t just lying about abstinence-only sex ed. They are also wrong about the nature of abortion. To most people, the image of a woman wanting the procedure is an unwed youth who is pregnant as the result of an ill-considered coupling. In reality, 85% of abortions are by women over 20.

Women do not use abortion as a means of birth control. If that were the case, women would be getting abortions at a far higher rate. Nor is late-term abortion common — 98% of abortion occur before the 21st week

Abortion neither raises the occurrence of depression nor does it increase the incidence of breast cancer. And the argument that preventing abortion is justified by considering a woman’s ‘safety’ is ludicrous. First, because, as said above, women will still seek abortions. Secondly, because giving birth is 10 to 20 times more likely to kill a woman than getting an abortion.

And most surprisingly — and this dispels the notion that explaining ‘life’ to women seeking abortions would change their mind — a majority of women obtaining an abortion (59%) had already had a child.


Twelve Things Conservatives Believe About Liberals That Are Just Not True.

October 27, 2018

The conservative echo chamber resonates with claims made about what liberals believe and stand for. As you might expect, there is no factual basis for what they say. Let’s analyze their top dozen mischaracterizations: 1. Liberals want open borders, where anyone, for any reason, can come to America at any time. Liberals do not believe […]

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‘Christian’ Lawmaker Celebrates Kavanaugh Confirmation by Telling Women to Get their Hangers Ready

October 21, 2018

In West Virginia, Parkersburg City Councilman, Eric Barber, celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by posting a ‘celebratory’ message to Facebook: “Better get you’re [sic] coathangers ready liberals.” Barber had made a big show of leaving the Democratic party a year ago because it was “anti-Christian” so it is no surprise that he is […]

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Friday Was a Good Day for Those Who Care About Women’s Rights.

May 27, 2018

The arrest of Harvey Weinstein does not signal the end of the women’s civil rights movement. Nor did the Irish voting, overwhelmingly, for abortion freedoms. Differences between the sexes are still stark in pay, parenthood, and senior management. No woman has ascended to the top political job in America —  which puts us behind Pakistan, India, Senegal, Liberia, […]

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An Anti-abortionist Apologia. How Kevin Williamson Disguises His Zealotry.

April 27, 2018

Kevin Williamson was hired by The Atlantic to provide conservative commentary. He was fired a few days later when an old tweet and podcast revealed he thought women should be hanged for getting an abortion. Now Williamson has written an opinion piece in the Washington Post ‘clarifying’ his stance on abortion. Let’s have a look. He diminishes his […]

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What Effect Do Anti-Choice Laws Have on Abortion Rates? It’s not what you think.

March 19, 2018

In Mississippi, an abortion bill is working its way through the state legislature. It would restrict abortions to the first fifteen weeks of pregnancy. Pro-lifers celebrate this as one more step towards the total abolition of the procedure. Pro-choicers bemoan this as yet one more measure that will shackle women to their biology and reduce them to potentially […]

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A Satanist Argues that a Government-Free Abortion Is Her God-Granted Right.

October 9, 2017

The loudest voices for ‘freedom of religion’ in the US are white conservative Christians. Typically, these same folks also claim that America was founded as a Judeo/Christian nation. Revealing that  ‘freedom’ is not their object  —  establishing a Christianity theocracy is. Which makes the case of a Missouri Satanic Temple member so compelling. Here’s a woman, known only as […]

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Donald Trump Campaigns To Be Sadist In Chief.

March 30, 2016

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.’ – Carl Jung Donald Trump’s campaign has taken a turn for the worse – and who knew there was a worse? He is now threatening to ban all abortions and punish women who get one. It is a frightening […]

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It’s Not Pro-life; It’s Pro Pain.

September 3, 2015

“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky Anti-abortionists claim ‘sanctity of life’ underpins their expedient ‘pro-life’ belief that they are doing God’s work in denying pregnant […]

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