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May 21, 2019

They only care about controlling women’s bodies

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Sex — Scottie @ 06:15

A Methodist Pastor Is Brilliantly Calling Out the “Pro-Life” Crowd’s Hypocrisy

A Methodist Pastor Is Brilliantly Calling Out the “Pro-Life” Crowd’s Hypocrisy


“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage tha..See More

You can see why that statement was so powerful. It’s a perfect encapsulation of the Christian Right’s hypocrisy about abortion: They get to hoist up the “pro-life” banner while avoiding all the political work that goes into making actual people’s lives better. They get to pretend to have the moral high ground while directly causing others to suffer. And here was a Christian pastor saying what secular liberals and other progressive religious groups have been saying for years.

Dave Barnhart

last Wednesday

If Alabama politicians and preachers really cared about preventing abortion, we’d have comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in schools. This new bill criminalizing abortion is entirely about controlling sexual behavior and taking away bodily autonomy.

A few years ago, some conservative clergy proposed a resolution in our local denominational body about defunding Planned Parenthood. The resolution was tabled until we could talk through it. I offered to meet with itSee More 

As he says, the authors weren’t interested in his thoughts. They certainly didn’t care about reducing the number of abortions.

The fact is, if comprehensive sex education and free/easy access to birth control made elective abortions almost entirely disappear, pro-life zealots would still whine about the existence of Planned Parenthood.

They aren’t interested in lowering abortion rates. They only care about controlling women’s bodies. They’ll punish them for having sex (in the case of Alabama, even when the women didn’t want it) or they’ll punish them for not wanting to raise a child in certain conditions.

The entire “pro-life” movement hinges on getting a whole bunch of people obsessed with something that doesn’t exist to the point where reasoning with them is all but impossible. It’s the same thing religious leaders do with God.


  1. I can’t remember where I saw it but there’s fertility clinics in Alabama with fertilized eggs in freezers … waiting to be implanted in women. But after a certain amount of time, if they aren’t used, they get destroyed. NOBODY IN ALABAMA IS TRYING TO SAVE THESE FERTILIZED EGGS. In fact, the legislators said that they didn’t care about those eggs because they weren’t in a “pregnant woman”. It isn’t about the so-called babies AT ALL. It’s all about controlling WOMEN.

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    Comment by silverapplequeen — May 21, 2019 @ 06:22

    • Hello SAQ. Yes I watched a clip about that. The male law maker was flustered that the other person couldn’t see that it was the women’s body that was the point. The republican kept saying he did not know the science and did not know the answer but it was not important because it was not in a woman, not pregnant. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — May 21, 2019 @ 06:26

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