Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Problems With "Pro-Choice"

The Senate Judiciary Committee hosted a revealing hearing this past Tuesday on S. 1696, the misleadingly-titled “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), S. 1696 has little to do with women’s health and everything to do with advancing the pro-abortion agenda. Testimony from the opposing sides tells us all we need to know about this issue. First in favor of the bill was leftist Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Her comments are littered with euphemisms like “women’s health” and outright misdirection, as when she contends that state pro-life laws restrict “women’s access to safe abortion services.” Baldwin offers very little in the way of evidence, only assertions.

Contrast Baldwin’s testimony with that of Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). Drawing on her medical background, Black undermines the idea that abortion restrictions harm the health of women. She is ready with figures:

Women who have had abortions are at a 37% increased risk of pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies, a 30% to 50% increased risk of placenta previa in subsequent pregnancies, and 18% more likely to develop breast cancer as opposed to the average of just 12%. In the case of women with a family history of breast cancer, this figure jumps to 80%.

Abortions not only pose serious physical health risks, but endanger a woman’s mental health as well. After having an abortion, a woman is 81% more likely to develop a mental health issue, is at a 37% increased risk of depression, a 110% increased risk of alcohol abuse, and sadly, a 155% increased risk of suicide.

Pro-abortion activists rarely address these tragic consequences to women, never mind those to the unborn. But this failure may explain why they’ve been having a rough time lately.

To view Rep. Black’s testimony, click here.

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