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29 January 2014 @ 06:21 am
Still arguing this one  
Ta-Nehisi Coates points out some truths that should be self-evident: You don't make abortion disappear. If you have the power, you can let abortion be a safe, legal process performed by medical professionals or make it a back-alley mess performed by quacks. And if you want to make abortion less frequent, you give everyone good sex education and free birth control, and empower women to say no if they don't want sex and demand birth control if they do. But that would take away the power of sex to force people into unwanted marriages, and that would make Ross Cardinal Douthat cry.
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athgarvanathgarvan on January 29th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
If you want to make abortion less frequent, you give everyone good sex education and empower women to say no if they don't want sex.
El Coyote Gordo: alchemysupergee on January 29th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
That's nowhere near enough.
browngirl on January 29th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
The birth control is another necessary element -- it's one thing to know how to use the tools and another to have them to hand.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on January 29th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
Of course. But as you know, Bob, for the likes of Ross Douchebag, the important part is not letting women fuck and get away with it.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on January 29th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
That's true, and not at all a new observation. If the goal were actually to reduce abortion, they'd go about it entirely differently. Instead, their aim seems merely to make it illegal, which is not at all the same thing.
she just wants to be kissed all the timeanne_jumps on January 30th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Exactly. For some, the important thing seems to be to get the laws making it legal off the books, because said laws will bring God's wrath. If a woman gets an illegal abortion, then that's her problem, apparently.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on January 30th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
That pretty well covers it.