Abortion Isn’t Radical — The Prolife Movement Is

Abortion is necessary healthcare

Amber Fraley

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National Network of Abortion Funds

“You’re killing babies!” It’s the rallying cry of the “prolife” movement. The problem is, that’s a bald-faced lie. Killing babies is illegal. Abortion removes a pregnancy. Nothing more. It’s not “murder.” It isn’t “cruel.” It isn’t “barbaric.” The embryo or fetus being removed can’t think or feel. It doesn’t know it exists.

The fact is that ninety-one percent of abortions in this country take place at 13 weeks or less. Yet the prolife movement would have people believe that in the United States of America infanticide exists and healthy babies are routinely ripped from women’s uteruses and chopped into pieces. It’s utter nonsense. No patient asks for that procedure, and if they did, no doctor would perform it.

While the “prolife” movement sticks to the false notion that pregnancy is some sort of magical, spiritual act protected by God, nothing could be further from the truth. First off, “God” (or mother nature or whatever) aborts more pregnancies than humans ever could. Building a human being from scratch is an incredible, complicated feat that requires billions and billions of successful cell divisions and replications without too many errors, or the pregnancy fails. Because humans are so complicated, our pregnancies fail far more often than other mammals. Eighty percent of mice embryos go on to develop to the blastocyst stage, five days after fertilization. Only thirty percent of human embryos will survive those first five days. That means that from the get-go, two thirds of human pregnancies fail all on their own, often without the person who would’ve carried the pregnancy ever knowing they were carrying a fertilized egg.

And that’s just the beginning. Next the blastocyst has to successfully implant into the uterine lining. But fifty percent of those fertilized blastocysts will never implant and they’ll end up on a pad or a tampon, in the trash or flushed down the toilet with the pregnant person’s period, which may not even be late.

After that, as the embryo, and then the fetus, continues its billions of cell divisions, the pregnancy can still miscarry at any stage of development. After that, the baby has to survive childbirth. Even in this modern age, babies still die during the…

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Amber Fraley

Writing about abortion rights, mental illness, trauma, narcissistic abuse & survival, politics. Journalist, novelist, wife, mom, Kansan, repro rights activist.