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ls this policy consistent with the belief that abortion is child murder?
ls this policy consistent with the belief that women should face consequences for having sex?
Abortion bans which expressly protect the mother from all legal consequences.
No one would endorse a law saying that parents who pay contract killers to murder their four-year—old may in no circumstances be punished.
By cutting off women from abortion, these laws will tend (in theory, at least) to force women who have sex to bear unwanted children.
Opposing contraception and comprehensive sex education.
Pushing contraception and sex-ed on teens is how countries like Belgium have achieved the lowest abortion rates in the world. No one who genuinely thinks abortion is murder could rationally oppose policies that would save tens of thousands of children from being murdered.
The less teen girls have access to contraception and sex ed, the more likely it is that they will suffer consequences (STDs, pregnancy) for having sex.
Abortion bans which provide exceptions for rape and incest.
No one would say that it is acceptable to murder a four-year-old because of the circumstances of the child’s conception.
Exceptions for incest and rape are consistent with a belief in punishing women who have sex; since incest and rape victims are not to blame for having sex, they are exempt from punishment.
Banning the intact D&X abortion procedure (sometimes called “partial birth abortion”).
Banning late-term D&X abortions (or any other particular procedure) will not save a single fetal life, since doctors will switch to other procedures.
The other procedures doctors switch to may have a higher risk of injuring the mother, thus making it more likely that she suffers consequences.
Advocating less generous welfare for poor single mothers.
According to conservatives, welfare encourages poor women to have children. If one believes that abortion is exactly the same as murder, it should be worth paying for welfare to lower the child murder rate.
By keeping poor single mothers poor, opposing welfare increases the consequences of having sex.
Opposing a vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Opposing this vaccine does not support or contradict the belief that abortion is murder.
If the vaccine is successfully blocked, nearly 4,000 American women a year, all of whom have chosen to have sex, will die of cervical cancer. Allowing the vaccine would spare them this consequence.
Morally condemning extremists who bomb abortion clinics.
If abortion is exactly the same as murder, then abortion in the U.S. is evil on a scale greater than The Holocaust, and people who bomb abortion clinics should be idolized.
If more clinics were blown up, more women might have to face the consequences of having sex.
Opposing U.S. government funding for the U.N. Population Fund.
The UN Population Fund does not provide abortions, but it is probably the world’s leading provider of birth control and reproductive health education to the third world. Defunding the Population Fund leads to tens of thousands of additional abortions every year. (Contrary to anti-choice claims, the Population Fund does not support forced abortion in China.)
Cutting off funding to the Population Fund makes it more likely that third world women who have sex will suffer consequences such as S’I‘Ds, unwanted childbirth, ﬁstula, and maternal death.