Banning Abortion Isn’t About “Saving Babies,” It’s About Controlling Women’s Lives

Kathy Copeland Padden
4 min readOct 8, 2018
Women’s … Rights? Is that a thing?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a bunch more sanctimoniously hypocritical than the supposed “pro-life” contingent. Even their self-described moniker is deliberately misleading.

There is nothing “pro-life” about wanting to deny women sovereignty over their own bodies and family planning choices. Their movement is much more accurately classified as “anti-choice,” because their primary purpose is to control women’s reproductive freedom and force them in to giving birth, no matter the circumstances or consequences, including rape or death of the mother.

Parenthood should be entered into deliberately, thoughtfully, and willingly. This is not a decision that any human being, organization, or religion has the right to make for any woman. It’s outrageous that anyone would feel justified imposing their will on others making a choice as forever life-altering as having a child.

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Women are not brood mares or man’s meek helpmate. They have the right to determine their own destiny, and that includes the decision whether or not to bear children.

If your church or personal moral code does not condone abortion, the solution is simple. Don’t have an abortion. No-one will force you to, just as women shouldn’t be forced into carrying an unwanted pregnancy.

It’s not for you to judge other people’s personal medical decisions by the standards of your belief system. Presuming to stick your nose into another adult’s family planning choices is the height of hubris.

And please — don’t spew that “protecting the sanctity of life” horseshit, because if that were the real purpose of the pro-life movement no child, or anyone else for that matter, would be hungry or homeless. So spare us your Republican Jesus logic on this subject.

And by the way, hiding behind religion is a truly shitbag way to push your self-serving agenda. For a bunch that so loudly claims to protect and preserve life, the Super-Devout(ha!)GOP sure seems to take evil glee in punishing children who were the fetuses so near and dear to…

Kathy Copeland Padden

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