So I have worked on a few divisive issues over the years and I generally understand how complex political and social issues can be. I am known for being even-keeled and I come across as more or less reasonable in most situations.
But enough is enough. I am slowly becoming that friend who posts way too many facebook status updates on issues of the day. I contemplated giving out copies of this movie as Christmas gifts this year. And today I have another rant for you.
Following is an absurd twisting of facts from moveon.org, which I saw advertised on facebook:
A far-reaching anti-choice bill, introduced by Republican Chris Smith and supported by 173 members of the House, includes a provision that could redefine rape in the realm of federal funding for reproductive health care.
Right now, federal dollars can’t be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger. But the Smith bill would narrow that use to “cases of ‘forcible’ rape but not statutory or coerced rape.”
As far too many women know, bruises and broken bones do not define rape – a lack of consent does. Please sign the petition today.
Sounds awful, right? But please do not be deceived by the overt misrepresentation of the issue here.
This bill is not about rape, or any lack of sensitivity toward victims of rape. It does not deny access to legitimate medical care or counseling, or the right to prosecute an attacker.
Abortion is NOT “reproductive health care.” Take a moment to google abortion procedures and understand how abortion hurts women and kills living human beings.
This bill is about keeping federal funds from paying for abortions that kill babies and often leave women with additional emotional and physical scars. I won’t slam you with statistics here because I invite you to conduct your own research, but suffice it to say that women are often coerced into abortion and many report symptoms of depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder following an abortion.
Abortion is not safe or rare in America.