5 facts about abortion

Jul 10, 2016

By Michael Lipka

More than four decades after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are still battling over the issue in court. Most recently, on June 27, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required abortion clinics in the state to meet the same health and safety standards as medical centers that perform outpatient surgeries. The Texas law also required doctors who work at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision reversed a lower court ruling last year that had upheld the law. The high court’s ruling could very well seal the fate of similar laws in 12 other states, some of which were already on hold pending this latest ruling.

Texas officials had argued that the law was necessary to protect the health and safety of women. They pointed to cases such as that of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who in 2013 was convicted of killing babies born alive, as justification for tightening health regulations at clinics.


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7 comments on “5 facts about abortion

  • Those delusional teachings about mythical “ensouled zygotes”, have a lot of unnecessary suffering to answer for!

    Fortunately, the development of drug induced abortions, rather than surgical procedures, has made the process simpler and more difficult for bigots to obstruct!

  • Alan4discussion

    development of drug induced abortions,

    And science marches on, hooray!

    Now if we can just hold on to those Enlightenment values at the same time we’ll be getting somewhere!

  • I am going to say this. Do you have memories from when you were an embryo? Or a Fetus? No, you simply do not. You were as far as we can define it, not a living human being, or a sentient life form. You were a mass of cellular life, certainly, but you were not in anyway coherent.

    Why is it morally wrong to kill this blob of flesh, if it is not morally wrong to kill countless animals just to feed yourself?

  • I have to wonder about that graph: do 75% of WASPs think abortion is morally wrong BECAUSE of their religion? Or does their religion fit snugly into their moral compass, and as a result abortion fits in there as well? I mean, if they were to drop their religion tomorrow, would they still think abortion is morally wrong? Are the two tied?

    I’m no fan of religion, but it seems those who follow a belief system unquestioningly would also be more likely to jump on the moral bandwagon without much introspection. At least, it seems that way to me. So how much blame can you lay on religion, and how much on personal moral grit?

  • Vicki

    But wait! Must we assume that the Evangelicals are WASP’s? I admit that I want to put some space between them and myself. The old guard WASP’s here in New England are devoted to the Mainline Protestant category but I’ve never been in an Evangelical church and can’t comment on the composition of those congregations. Still I think throwing the WASP factor into this might confound our variables. Hmmm.

  • Do you have memories from when you were an embryo?
    You were a mass of cellular life, certainly, but you were not in anyway coherent.
    Why is it morally wrong to kill this blob of flesh, if it is not morally wrong to kill countless animals just to feed
    yourself?

    No, and Alzheimer’s patients don’t remember what happened yesterday. Should they be all murdered? I am often incoherent; does that mean I deserve to die? Eating animals? Animals are not made in God’s image, for your information. So therefore, you are all wrong and will go to….
    Blob of flesh! Not very flattering. —This is the work of our Divine Creator, you know! Have some respect.

    (Kidding!… Doing a parody of a pro-life troll. I wonder if this infernal and noxious issue will ever be resolved. It is like Dracula; it never dies.)

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