Abortion bans don’t need exceptions for the life of the mother because of “modern technology and science,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said Thursday.
“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance” of an abortion necessary to save the life of the mother, Walsh said after a debate with Tammy Duckworth, his Democratic opponent, according to the Chicago Tribune. “… There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”
Walsh’s comments bring to mind Missouri GOP Rep. Todd Akin’s assertion that rape exceptions aren’t necessary in abortion bans because the female body can’t get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin’s comments have severely damaged his effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
In February 2011, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) spoke on the House floor about an abortion she had because the pregnancy was threatening her life.
Walsh, whose cable news appearances and tea party rhetoric have frequently drawn headlines, was trailing Duckworth 52 percent to 38 percent in September, according to the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. A We Ask America poll conducted earlier this week found a tiny lead for Walsh, 47 percent to 46 percent.
Why doesn’t the media call motherfuckers out on blatant lies like this. These motherfuckers say anything they want, and then the motherfuckers who vote for them repeat the same bullshit over and over - and I can’t believe this fucking tool is leading in polls.
I can’t even come up with the words to explain just how angry this statement makes me, how disappointed it makes me.
The idea that a man with no medical degree or concept of the possible pregnancy complications that can and DO happen that could kill the pregnant person gets to say something like this as nonchalantly and flippantly as he has is disgusting. The idea that he gets to say this as if he’s some kind of expert on the matter upsets me to no end.
What this quote is implying in a larger sense is that NO ONE should die, ever, because SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY. Does he not realize that people die in childbirth all the time and science and technology still can’t save them? I mean, if people are dying in childbirth then they can most certainly die during a not full-term pregnancy, too.
I don’t understand why the media absolutely REFUSES to call these assholes out. I don’t understand why he is still winning against Tammy Duckworth. I don’t understand why he hasn’t burned just like Akin did.
It’s time that the ignorance these male politicians have regarding the female reproductive system needs to be punished. You don’t get to talk about stuff you have no fucking clue about and not face the repercussions of it.
I have a feeling most anti-abortion people are totally okay with that.
God, I just love this quote. I want to put it on a t-shirt and walk around with a megaphone just yelling it into the megaphone while people pass by.
If you give a zygote personhood, the person carrying it will lose rights. The person that has feelings and friends and a life and actual thoughts. The person that can feel pain and experience trauma will lose their rights.
People shouldn’t be relegated to become citizens with partial rights simply because they are pregnant.
This year, Virginia became the 8th state requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. #ProLife (Taken with Instagram)
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about consent.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about the increased cost to patients and clinics, forcing clinics to cut down on non-abortion services.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about how waiting periods negatively affect people’s jobs and child care, or put people in danger from abusive partners.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about adding to the “trauma” of abortion they love to crow about.
Typical of condescending, paternalistic anti-choicers not to trust us to make our own decisions on our own time.
Oh yeah, I’m definitely feeling that pro-life love.
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This is really fucking sad.
So…in an issue that primarily affects women* men are quoted more often.
Marginalization in action. Men’s voices are sought after, on even subjects that largely affect women*, because their voices are seen as more valuable.
In the early 80s, the federal government set out the blueprint for banning abortion. States couldn’t outright ban it, but they could pile on so many restrictions as to create an effective ban - just so long as there was SOME legal contortion that if you went through it just right, it was theoretically possible to have one.
Diabolically effective it was - right now in over 90% of the country it is theoretically possible but practically and factually impossible to have an abortion.
[NB: Of course, this anti-choice law will affect more people than just cis women.]
Last Thursday, Republican Representative Bruce Rendon introduced HB 5711, a piece of legislation that takes every attack on women’s health in Michigan and combines them into the greatest assault on reproductive rights in Michigan history.
This dangerous attack is moving rapidly and is scheduled to go before the House Committee on Health Policy tomorrow at 9 am.
Take action: Urge your representative to defend Michigan women and oppose this legislation.
These bills endanger nearly all aspects of reproductive health care by targeting doctors and creating expensive regulations in the hopes of shutting down health centers that provide abortion services.
The link has a breakdown of ALL the ways this law attacks and harms reproductive rights.
[Picture is of a young woman, overlaid with text explaining that she died in 2007 due to complications for an abortion.]
I met Laura’s mom at a Stand for Life event at UCF. She gave me this pic, and asked me to show it to people and spread her story. Safe abortions are NOT safe!
I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of Laura’s life, and the loss that her mother is experiencing.
The existence of women who die from safe abortions is not evidence that abortions are unsafe, similar to how the existence of people who die in airplane accidents is not evidence that air travel is unsafe.
Safe abortions are safer than childbirth.
At roughly 1 death per 150,000 abortions, that’s less than your chances of dying in a car crash if you drive from New York to Chicago. It’s close to your chance of being struck by lightning over the course of 5 years.
Remember, that’s the chance of death for abortion at all gestational ages… those deaths are mostly going to be later-term abortion, in patients with comorbidities like diabetes or clotting disorders.
We will see a lot more stories like this one if we ever outlaw abortion. Laura’s family could get justice because Laura didn’t have to keep her abortion and doctor secret for fear of legal repercussions. There are standards set in place by the state Boards of Medicine that doctors must adhere to - Osathanondh didn’t, and neither did the butchers who killed and maimed scores of people before Roe v. Wade. The majority of physicians who perform abortions, however, do. Fewer than 0.3% of patients experience complications leading to hospitalization, and the chance of death in the first 8 weeks is literally one in a million.
This argument comes up ALL the time. I hear it time and time again. It’s definitely an anti-choice favorite.
My response is that if we tried to apply that kind of thinking to any other situation that involves risk the whole concept would fall apart.
I like to use driving as an example. People drive cars all the time even though there is a risk of being in a car accident. But we don’t deny those people help when they get in car accidents. We send ambulances, we have guard rails on roads, we give them seat belts and air bags, and we have emergency rooms to try and save their lives. Even when people have been grossly irresponsible and have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we do not deny them medical care. Why, then, should we do that to people who have sex and get pregnant or contract STIs from their sexual partners?
Our society likes to blame people when they get pregnant and opt for an abortion. Society and anti-choicers tell people who get abortions that they were stupid and irresponsible and should have known better but if you look at how we treat driving compared to sex, it’s just illogical to want to deny help to people who have sex and experience unwanted consequences.
We teach people how to drive with classes. You wouldn’t expect to send someone out on the road without telling them which pedal is the gas and which is the brake. You wouldn’t send someone out on the road without teaching them how to park a car or merge into traffic. Kids are taught to wear their seat belts before they’re able to read. And yet when it comes to sex, we leave people in the dark. We expect them to know how to take precautions during sex without telling them how. We expect them to know the consequences without telling them what they are. People don’t learn how to drive safely without being told how and people shouldn’t be expected to know the consequences of sex and how to protect themselves without being told how.
There are kids in this country receiving absolutely ABYSMAL sexual education. They’re told completely false things, like that abortions increase breast cancer or that condoms are too porous to protect from HIV and that’s if they’re even told anything BEYOND abstinence. We have kids who believe that drinking lots of Mountain Dew will protect against pregnancy. We have kids who think they can get pregnant from oral sex or that having oral sex means they can’t get any STIs.
It would be preposterous for someone to propose that we don’t teach anyone to drive because they might experience a car accident. And yet it’s considered completely acceptable and is heavily supported when it comes to sexual education in the US.
In my driving example, I used drunk driving as irresponsible behavior. Most anti-choicers like to say that having unprotected sex is irresponsible (even though it really isn’t because there are reasons why people do not use protection) which is why I use drunk driving as an example of how people can be irresponsible and yet still receive medical help. The thing that I always have to point out, though, when discussing this with an anti-choicer, is that out of drunk driving and unprotected sex…only one of those things is illegal and deserves to be punished. The other is legal and happens because of lack of education, lack of access to contraceptives, and financial constraints.
This argument is such a fallacy and is so easy to breakdown but it’s also my most favorite anti-choice argument because it gives me the opportunity to point out that the thing that lowers the abortion rate is comprehensive sex education, which so many anti-choicers oppose. Yet when they use this argument I get use all sorts of examples of risky behavior that we make less risky by educating people BEFORE they begin participating in that activity. And sex is the ONLY one we don’t do that for but we expect people to somehow know all the risks or how to be safer.
Mitt Romney, 1994 Massachusetts Senatorial Debate
It’s very sad that Mitt has this opportunity to share this information with people who will actually listen to him, and he’s choosing not to because of political pressure.