Abortion issue guides from Public Agenda - public thinking and public policy on the issue
Abortion: All Sides of the Issue covers the questions involved, terminology, various facts which bear on the issue; lots of informative articles
Abortion Clinics Online directory and information
Abortion Facts.com gives both the pro-choice and pro-life arguments in several different ways, plus lots of additional information
Abortion Law Homepage "to help people, regardless of their political bent, understand the background and state of abortion law in America"
Abortion TV pro-life - "everything schools, government, and abortion clinics are afraid to tell or show you"
After Abortion.org "the web's most complete source of information on the aftereffects of abortion and post-abortion healing"
From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond history of abortion rights in America; five part streaming video
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) pro-choice news and information
National Abortion Federation pro-choice - abortion facts
"...a minority Congressional report charged on July 17...said twenty of twenty-three federally funded centers contact by staff investigators requesting information about an unintended pregnancy were told false or misleading information about the potential risks of an abortion"" (No Comment. The Progressive, Sep. 2006: 11).|
"Did you know that since January 1, women in Texas have not been able to obtain abortions from the sixteenth week of pregnancy on?...
"HB15 is a flagrant violation of Roe v. Wade, which allows states to regulate second-trimester abortions only to protect women's health" (Katha Pollitt. "Down and Out in Texas." The Nation, May 10, 2004: 9).
"Allowing women to decide for themselves on whther to end a pregnancy flies in the face of the whole idea of a strict father family model. In the strict father model, it is the father who decides whether his wife or daughter should have an abortion... If the father is to maintain control over his family, then the women in the family cannot freely control their own sexual behavior and their own ability to reproduce... Abortion is a stand-in for the larger issue: Is strict father morality going to rule America?" (George Lakoff. Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: 104-105). [see Family Values]
"Use wedge issues, cases where your opponent will violate some belief he holds no matter what he says. Example: Suppose he brings up abortion. Raise the issue of military rape treatment. Women soldiers who are raped (by our own soldiers, in Iraq, or on military bases) and who subsequently get pregnant presently cannot end their pregnancies in a military hospital, because abortions are not permitted there. A Military Rape Treatment Act would allow our raped women soldiers to be treated in military hospitals to end their rape-induced pregnancies. The wedge: If he agrees, he sanctions abortion, in government-supported facilities no less, where doctors would have to be trained and facilities provided for terminating pregnancies. If he disagrees, he dishonors our women soldiers who are putting their lives on the line for him. To the women it is like being raped twice--once by a criminal soldier and once by a self-righteous conservative" (George Lakoff. Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: 118).
The REAL Agenda of ProLife"...both Merck and GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that they have conducted successful trials of vaccines that protect against the human papilloma virus. HPV is not only an incredibly widespread sexually transmitted infection but is responsible for at least 70 percent of cases of cervical cancer...
"The Christian right doesn't like the sound of this vaccine at all. "Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful," Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council told the British magazine New Scientist, "because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex"...
"What is it with these right wing Christians? Faced with a choice between sex and death, they choose death every time... Ah, Christian compassion! Christian sadism, more likely...
"As they flex their political muscle, right-wing Christians increasingly reveal their condescending view of women as moral children who need to be kept in line sexually by fear. That's why antichoicers will never answer the call of prochoicers to join them in reducing abortions by making birth control more widely available: They want it to be LESS available. Their real interest goes way beyond protecting fetuses--it's in keeping sex tied to reproduction to keep woemn in their place. If preventing abortion was what they cared about, they'd be giving birth control and emergency contraception away on street corners instead of supporting pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions and hospitals that don't tell rape victims about the existence of EC" (Katha Pollitt. "Virginity or death!" The Nation, May 30, 2005: 9).
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