Pregnant Women and Mothers Deserve Better

September 08, 2009

National Advocates for Pregnant Women released a commentary and video addressing the demonizing language used by some abortion opponents.


Here are some things that you can do about it:


Regardless of your point of view about abortion, you can ask your spiritual, religious, and political leaders to give a sermon or speech explaining the difference between the personal decisions women and their families make and government sponsored genocide. While some women do feel that an abortion ends a life, or at least a potential life, they know that their individual and very private decisions and circumstances are not the same as decisions to carry out state-sponsored genocide. Government protection of private decision-making is not the same as government authorized military action against particular groups of people. Implying that the decisions individual women make to have abortions is the same or worse than a holocaust denying and it should stop.


Regardless of your point of view about abortion, you can ask your spiritual, religious, and political leaders to explain the difference between pregnancy and slavery. People can oppose abortion without equating pregnant women to slave holders and their personal decisions with the institution of slavery. Claiming that the individual decisions of pregnant women and their families is like or worse than slavery denies the history, the meaning, and the lessons that must be learned from America’s participation in the African Slave Trade and its history of state-sponsored slavery.