Glad to see that the leading abortion rights group in the United States is staying neutral on a bill that would give women false information about abortion and declare that pregnancy begins at fertilization (the medical definition of pregnancy says that it begins at implantation).
I don’t have any problem with making fetal anesthesia available if women want it. I do have a problem with requiring doctors to give women brochures which claim that fetuses feel pain, when this point has been contested by doctors and pain specialists, and in fact the opposite appears to be true. I also have a problem with legislating the medically inaccurate idea that pregnancy begins at fertilization.
In other words, More options: Good. Lying to women: Bad.
This isn’t NARAL’s first major slip-up. I’m not sure what’s going on over there, but they need to get it together.
UPDATE: It looks like at least a few of the state affiliates have figured it out.
In other depressing reproductive rights news, Uganda doesn’t look like it’ll be legalizing abortion any time soon, and a singer in Indonesia is being criminally investigated for allegedly terminating her pregnancy (sorry the link is weird; click “printer-friendly” to read the article).
The “pro-life” movement: Proudly turning women and doctors into criminals, and killing hundreds of thousands while they’re at it.
- Fetal Pain Is a Myth by Lauren August 24, 2005
- Good International Repro Rights News by Jill April 11, 2007
- Crime, Pregnancy and Civil Rights by Jill October 26, 2006
- Provide half the raw materials: get $10,000. Provide the finished product: get $500. by zuzu March 23, 2007
- Pro-Choice Congressmen More Likely to Have Slutty Daughters by Jill June 18, 2007