House Republicans are using the anniversary of the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, the doctor convicted of murdering three infants in a filthy, illegally operated abortion clinic, as the occasion to launch a renewed push for a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. According to right-wing site The Blaze, House Republicans plan to time the introduction of the 20-week ban legislation to coincide with Gosnell’s conviction to communicate that the GOP is working “to ensure that tragedies like those that occurred in Kermit Gosnell’s office will not happen again.” In reality, Gosnell’s crimes were already against the law, which prohibits murder, but as they did at the time, anti-choicers are equating Gosnell’s actions, which were murder, with safe second-trimester abortion, which is not.
While reasonable minds were trying to process the stupefying revelation that the anti-choice nation of Paraguay planned to force a ten-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather to give birth, “pro-life” advocates (blissfully ignorant of the irony in forcing a little girl to risk her own life to “save” an embryo) are celebrating the news. Citing unsubstantiated safety claims from the hospital director about nine-year-olds having babies safely in Paraguay all the time, and false stats about the relative dangers of childbirth and abortion, LifeNews reports blithely that “The truth is abortion will only traumatize the girl further and add another tragedy on top of an already horrific situation.” Involuntary childbirth and motherhood through rape at 10 years old, to anti-choicers, is a “miracle,” not a tragedy.
Speaking of opposing reproductive rights in other countries, LifeNews also reports on a couple who’s bringing Crisis Pregnancy Centers (anti-choice facilities that prod women and girls to carry their pregnancies to term, no matter what their desires or circumstances) to Cambodia. The facilities will require pregnant women to regularly go to church, do chores, take classes on “how to raise your child,” and “participate in daily devotion”; in exchange, they will provide “reintegration services” for three months, give “spiritual input” into how the women should live their lives, and build a (presumably quite large) orphanage for babies the women do not want or cannot support. What could possibly go wrong?
Even as the Obama Administration issued new guidelines to educate insurance companies about their obligations under the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate (rule: Pay for all contraception), Life Site was once again busy disseminating false information about birth control, claiming that the pill increases the risk of potentially deadly blood clots by 300 to 500 times. In fact, one of the sources Life cites, Stop the Clot, reports explicitly that birth control pills “do not cause blood clots,” and that the risk is elevated only for women with preexisting risk factors like thrombophilia, by a factor of about 3 to 4 (not 300 to 500!)
Hyperventilating as usual over a restriction on their freedom that does not exist, the conservative Daily Caller reassures its readers that companies in D.C. that don’t want to follow the district’s anti-discrimination law, which prohibits employers from firing workers if they use birth control, have babies out of wedlock, or make other reproductive choices that offend their religious sensibility, will simply ignore it. Or, more specifically, that a few right-wing political advocacy groups will continue to hire employees whose political views match their own, a practice that is already legal and has nothing to do with the D.C. law. Feminists just dying to work against women’s rights: You’re on notice. Anti-choice groups no longer have to hire you! Nor did they ever.