Leftist commentary from a mouthy bitch
“To the women who seek abortions, the reality of being pregnant is not something they get an abortion in spite of. It is precisely what’s driving them to seek the abortion in the first place.” Melissa McEwan of Shakesville, writing for the Guardian on the new abortion study that finds that abortion is not a significant mental health risk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/19/health.medicalresearch
Granted, what the study did find is that if the woman was being unduly pressured NOT to have an abortion, or felt she had to hide it from friends and family, THAT increased her risk of depression afterward.
That’s right, Fundamentalist Christianity is a mental health risk.
Hey, I’m just going with what the study said. I mean, isn’t that what the anti-choice crowd keeps parroting at you when they talk about how abortions doom women to depression and suicide. Don’t even get me started on the completely bullshit “abortions cause breast cancer” theory they’ve been bandying around as well.
The thing is, and the reason I get so het up about these “wait for 24 hours and have an ultrasound” legislations, is that as Melissa says in the article, it’s like they think that all we have to do is see it’s teeny heartbeat on ultrasound and we’ll all be overcome with maternal urges and shit.
Um, no. As another study found, 73% of women who seek abortions do it because they cannot afford a, or another, baby. They are economically tapped out and it would be beyond irresponsible to bring another life into the equation. (Stealing Melissa’s link as well: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/psrh/full/3711005.pdf)
Yeah, those frivolous harlots, wanting to support the kids they already have, or not have children until they can afford it. Stupid bitches. What are they thinking?
Ok, I think I just hurt myself typing that.
Thing is, the number of children and how early you have them, are one of the most reliable markers for poverty in women. The earlier and more kids you have, the more poor you will be/stay, statistically speaking. There are always exceptions to every rule, but they are… exceptional. The best way for women to gain any sort of economic advantage, is to limit the number of children she has and to put off having them.