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Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007

It's the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and the New York Times asks, Is There a Post-abortion Syndrome?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: It doesn't matter, because the anti-choice/anti-sex Christian Right will just keep saying there is until people believe it.

We all know the Christian Right has no use for truths of the scientifically demonstrable kind. Whether it's evolution or global warming or comprehensive sex education, they believe what they want to believe in the face of all other evidence.

From the NYT article:

Last March, Arias took [daughter] Jessica on a monthlong ministry to Israel. They are both interested in Messianic Judaism -- a mezuza is nailed to the doorpost of the family's home. For Arias, the trip was glorious. She ministered on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. (On a previous trip she threw her wedding ring into a valley, pledging to live as a new virgin.) She returned home to the news that [other daughter] Jacqui was pregnant. "I was the last person they told," she said of Jacqui and her boyfriend, whom Jacqui met in church. Arias taught her daughters about saving themselves for marriage but not about contraception. "Abstinence works better than birth control, really," she said. "It's just that people don't do it."

You know what? That means it doesn't work.

There aren't very many of these "true believers" in dangerous lies, but they're fervent and noisy and they have the ears of some powerful people:

The number of women who seek out groups like Rachel's Vineyard is a small fraction of the number of American women who have abortions. Almost 3 million of the 6 million pregnancies that occur each year in the United States are unplanned; about 1.3 million end in abortion. At the current rate, about one-third of women nationally will undergo the procedure by age 45. The number of women who go to abortion-recovery counseling is probably in the tens of thousands, and the number who become dedicated activists is at most a few hundred. And yet they and their cause are emerging as a political force.

The NYT article is enlightening and maddening. Read it. Then celebrate the fact that these loons don't have complete control of your sex organs -- yet! -- by giving your time and money to fine organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and other groups that will protect your rights to abortion, contraception, and accurate health care information.

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