[Content note: back-alley abortion methods, child sexual abuse]
You might have picked that I’m not in the habit of pulling punches, especially when it comes to fundamentalist, patriarchal bigots who want to reduce people with wombs to passive, ambulatory incubators.
The annual abortion figures for NZ were released yesterday – and to quote ALRANZ:
The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) welcomed figures released today showing a decrease in the number of abortions by 767 to 15,863 in 2011 compared with the previous year. The organization is hopeful that the drop from 16,630 in 2010 is a sign of increased access to contraception and the ability of women to choose the timing, spacing and number of children.
It would be interesting to have some insight into why this drop has occurred – economic conditions? Disruption to services in Christchurch? Statistical blip? Optimistically, better education and access to contraception? But the one place you know you’re not going to get that is from Bob McCoskrie and His Wonderful Boner:
“Teen abortions account for almost a 1/5th of all abortions in 2011,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “This is a tragedy for the girls involved, some as young as 11.”
First problem: 11-year-olds aren’t teens. Unless we’ve started pronouncing it “eleveteen”.
Second, actual problem: 68 abortions were performed on people aged 11-14 in 2011. It’s hardly a raging fucking issue, and you know what a person with a fucking soul would consider the tragedy here, Bob? That 68 children were raped. That 68 children had to be given care and help in order to not undergo a pregnancy which at the very least could have had huge physical health risks (we know how little you antichoice pigs actually care about mental health, don’t we? Or you wouldn’t stand outside hospitals harassing women who for all you know might be there to undergo an “abortion” of a wanted, but unviable, pregnancy.)
And let’s remember, Bob, while you’re acting so thrilled about the drop in abortions, that it may well mean that other children besides those 68 were forced to undergo pregnancy. Or ended up endangering their lives by employing any one of the many highly dangerous options available to a pregnant person who doesn’t want to be pregnant any more.
I’m just hoping that the fact we haven’t seen news reports of 12-year-old girls found dead in pools of their own blood is because that terrifying “68” figure includes all the children who did not want to be pregnant.
Of course, Bob doesn’t really care about 11-year-old rape victims. Here’s his answer to our current situation:
Family First NZ is calling for a law which requires informed consent (including ultrasound) for all potential abortions, and counselling to be provided only by non-providers of abortion services. Parental notification of teenage pregnancy and abortion should happen automatically except in exceptional circumstances approved by the court.
To ensure you have full information I’ve translated the above into English:
Family First wants women – including those 11-year-old rape victims – to be bullied into not having abortions, including through further nonconsensual vaginal penetration, and to add another obstacle in the way of people who already know they want abortions – obstacles which will increase the delay and thus the risk of the abortion. Family First believes children are nothing more than Daddy’s property and think you’re stupid enough to accept that abused children will miraculously be able to attend court dates (plus their five potential doctor’s appointments, plus that “unbiased” counselling) and won’t be at all traumatised by having to explain that they’ve been sexually abused to a bunch of strangers, under pain of being forced to continue an unwanted, dangerous pregnancy.
Hope that clears things up for y’all.
Meanwhile, Family Life International had this to say:
Those that come for healing regarding a past abortion are distressed even years later and realise that they must forgive themselves.
One cannot help but ponder that maybe if judgemental fucks like you didn’t spend your time browbeating pregnant people into feeling like baby-killers that wouldn’t be such a big deal.
Also, irony meter alert:
Where is the voice for these defenceless ones?
YOU DO REALISE YOU’VE JUST ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE, RIGHT? You do realise that there are TWO antichoice releases in response to these stats compared to ONE prochoice (on Scoop, as at time of writing)? But hey, let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good bit of “we are just like the Christian martyrs persecuted by Nero!!!!” propaganda.
I’m with Dr Healey of ALRANZ: I would love to see fewer abortions, if it meant that people were educated and empowered and had access to the tools needed to control their own fertility and reproduction.
Bob and Family Life International, on the other hand, want to see fewer abortions because they think 11-year-old rape victims should be forced to be pregnant. (In their language, it sounds more like “but in our idealised 1950s utopia, there is no child sexual abuse because
bitches women Know Their Place!!!”)
Only plausible lesson to take from this? Antichoicers really hate women. Reeeeeeeally hate us.
(And don’t comprehend anything outside a strict sex/gender binary.)