This Amazing Facebook Status Perfectly Summarizes Why We Should Fight To Keep Abortion LEGAL

The argument that’s so far missing from the discourse following the Christian extremist attack against Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs is that in reality, abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure provided as a right to any woman who chooses it. Naturally, it’s easy to lose site of the forest for the trees given how the GOP has effectively skewed the abortion issue into the fringes, forcing pro-choice activists to address whether abortion should be legal in the most extreme circumstances, such as rape and incest.

While activists are understandably distracted by conservatives calling for abortion bans even in cases of rape, Republicans at the state level have been passing all varieties of abortion restrictions, from forced ultrasounds to abortion clinic closures.

The following Facebook status, apparently written by a feminist named Amanda Duarte, has been circulating through social media again this week. It’s mandatory reading for everyone, especially those of us who are interested in protecting a woman’s right to a constitutionally-protected healthcare service.

I don’t care if Planned Parenthood provides nothing BUT abortion services. I don’t care if it’s a million-story abortion superpark with abortion waterslides and an abortion electrical parade. Abortion is legal. ABORTION IS LEGAL. If I read one more “defense” of Planned Parenthood that says “it’s not JUST abortions!” or “only 5% of what they do is abortion! And abortions aren’t federally funded!” I’m going to abort myself. Abortion is legal, culturally necessary, and good for humanity. It has been and will be practiced for millennia. It is essential. It is a fact. By minimizing, denying or apologizing for this fact, you are allowing these venal anti-woman Nazis to frame this debate and continue to chip away at this essential right. Abortion is not tragic. It is not painful. It is a fact. It is a right. Demand it, fight for it, and for the sake of the women who have given their lives to defend it, stop apologizing for it.

While I disagree about not making a case for what Planned Parenthood does and doesn’t do, and the Nazi reference was a violation of Godwin’s Law, the rest of Amanda’s short essay is absolutely spot on.

Abortions are, in the vast majority of cases, absolutely necessary. But even if they were unnecessary, so what? As Amanda wrote, abortion is legal (for now) and, frankly, the anti-choice activists who have lost their minds about it need to grow up and accept that adults should be allowed to decide whether they want an embryonic human to grow inside their uteri. Growing up includes the fact that medical professionals, like Dr. Deborah L. Nucatola, when discussing abortion procedures in private settings, might not use gentle and safe language. This is how the real world works.

See, sometimes adults get pregnant because they weren’t safe about having sex, or their birth control failed, and sometimes those grownups don’t want to have children, so they ask a doctor to remove a minuscule collection of cells from inside their bodies — bodies, by the way, that Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz don’t get to control. If Huckabee and Cruz don’t like it, they don’t have to get an abortion. Or, in Huckabee’s case, his obesity is a burden on the healthcare system so perhaps he should be forced by the federal government to go on a diet. Oh wait, he’s a small government conservative and will probably be against that. Weird how that works.

Speaking of Huckabee and Cruz, it’s fair to assume that because they oppose Planned Parenthood’s tissue donation program, they’d rather the fetal remains get tossed in with the rest of a clinic’s medical waste rather than helping to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. And if they really want to defund Planned Parenthood, they won’t mind if there are more abortions each year because couples were unable to avail themselves of Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive services.

Meanwhile, it’s imperative that activists reclaim the initiative. Bernie Sanders, for his part, insisted on Tuesday that we not only prevent the closure of Planned Parenthood facilities, but that we actually expand them. That’s a good start.


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