This was originally published on Off The Main Page on June 21, 2017.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are very much pro-life. But, are anti-abortion activists really that “pro-life?” They talk about a “culture of life,” but what would that look like?
So far, Trump has reinstated a global gag rule, which prevents funding for organizations that provide reproductive health care overseas. He also passed a billthat would allow states to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
Is this what a “culture of life” looks like? These Republicans are cutting women’s reproductive rights. Unfortunately, that is not going to stop women who want abortions from getting them. They imagine a perfect world full of bouncing babies, but many women don’t want that. We would just end up with a bunch of dead women.
Take a look at El Salvador. They have banned abortion completely. Many women die from illegal abortion procedures. Either that or they ingest poisons to try and force a miscarriage.
It is hard to track just how many because these procedures are performed illegally. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 11 percent of these women die from illegal abortion procedures. That is, at least, 2,000 women. Amnesty International reports that 57 percent of deaths of teenage pregnant women in El Salvador is from suicide. We don’t want our country to turn into this.