A non-harmful opinion: Apples are better than oranges.
Why is this non-harmful? Oranges don’t care if you prefer eating apples. No one gets hurt. There is no stigma between apples or oranges or liking one over the other. Holding this opinion is not going to hurt others and it is not going to provoke laws against apples or oranges or people who eat these fruits.
A harmful opinion: Abortion is terrible and anyone who gets one is a murderer. Anyone who supports abortion is baby-killer.
Why is this harmful? An opinion, such as the above, inspires laws against abortion. It inspires limitations on our laws and those laws makes safe abortion less common and back-alley abortion more common. It stigmatizes and hurts people who have had abortion, which may lead them in a downward depression spiral, shame, and guilt, which they do not deserve.
Yes, opinions can harm.
If you are actively attempting to prevent a pregnancy by use of a proven birth control, then an accidental pregnancy is not irresponsibility, nor is it a mistake.
To make a mistake, you have to have done something wrong. No birth control is 100% effective.
Safe, legal, and consensual sex is neither wrong nor irresponsible.
Pregnancies sometimes just can’t be avoided completely.
If your birth control failed you, do not let people make you believe your actions were to blame in any way.
Myth #3 Criminalising abortion ensures a low abortion rate.
But the truth is much simpler
Truth #3: Women have abortions regardless of whether the procedure is legal, and restrictions just make abortions less safe.
Myth #4 Making Abortion more widely available will result in its use as a method of Contraception/Birth Control. But the truth is much simpler: Truth #4: There is no credible evidence that if abortion was more accessible that sexually active people would use abortion as a method of birth control.
Myth #5 Making Abortion more widely available will result in many late term abortions
But the truth is much simpler:
Truth #5: Where abortion is prohibited or difficult to access, the chances are higher for late-term abortions to occur.
- See more at: http://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2014/03/05/myth-5-making-abortion-more-widely-available-will-result-in-many-late-term-abortions/#sthash.6LgLKA3Z.dpuf
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a) it’s unpleasant to look at. This does not make an abortion WRONG, it’s simply gross. A heart surgery is equally unpleasant to watch. An amputation is not something I want to see. These things are not wrong, but I don’t want them plastered all around the world so I can’t avoid looking at them. I do not enjoy it.
Fun fact: In an actual abortion, most of the blood comes almost exclusively from the uterine lining (like a period), not from the fetus.
b) it’s often unrepresentative of most abortions: many of the images shown are actually of miscarriages and late term abortions. neither of these are “wrong” either, but they look quite different from the majority of abortions which do occur, earlier in the pregnancy.
c) it is hugely manipulative and insensitive. many who have chosen to go through abortion have had traumatic experiences and are still healing emotionally. Again, this grief does not make it wrong, it is simply a part of it. To show images like this is to make the healing process that much more difficult. You do nothing but increase the stigma and make it harder for that person to move on. It is equally insensitive toward those who have experienced miscarriages, who are not even the target of your hateful ignorant bullying, but are caught in the crossfire.
showing these images is proof to me that you have no consideration for the people who are pregnant or considering abortion, and that your priorities are more about HURTING them than anything else.