Guide: Fight for abortion rights with FFRF
Women across the country desperately need your help in defending abortion rights from religious attacks. These are troubling times, and the onslaught of abortion bans feels disheartening and scary, especially for women of color, immigrants, rural women and members of the LGBTQ community. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is committed to defending secular values and the separation of state and church. This includes abortion. Please read how FFRF has been fighting for these precious rights and how you can defend abortion rights in your community.
Abortion bans are anti-science
Stick to science and facts when discussing abortion rights. To be sure, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and personal decisions about abortion. However, as we live in a secular nation, health care laws should only reflect science and should be immune from religious impositions. The science proves that there is no basis for abortion bans — there are only religious motivations.
Here are the facts:
• Abortion is an extremely safe procedure, especially when conducted early in a pregnancy. Indeed, 90 percent of abortions happen within the first 12 weeks of gestation.
• Major complications occur in less than a quarter of 1 percent. To put that in context, there are more complications from wisdom tooth removals and tonsillectomies than from abortions.
• Researchers have found that pregnant people are 14 times more likely to die during childbirth than they are from any abortion complications.
• Studies have shown that 99 percent of individuals who obtain an abortion feel relief, not regret.
• Countries that have banned abortion prove that abortion restrictions do not reduce abortion rates. Instead, they make abortion care more dangerous. This has resulted in numerous preventable pregnancy-related deaths around the world every year.
• In Texas, maternal deaths rose from 72 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 148 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2012 after abortion restrictions.
• The American Medical Association does not support abortion bans and says that it will always defend science.
• The U.N. Human Rights Commission has asserted that abortion is a human right, that denying abortion access is linked to discrimination and that it can constitute gender-based violence, torture, and/or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
• The so-called “fetal heartbeat” in so many abortion legislation is a misnomer. Dr. Ted Anderson, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an organization representing 58,000 physicians in the United States, remarks that the phrase is intended to hide its anti-science roots. Instead, Anderson explains that the pulsing is “electrically induced flickering of a portion of the fetal tissue that will become the heart as the embryo develops.”
And yet, despite these facts, abortion restrictions abound. To be sure, abortion bans are driven by a religious minority which seeks to impose its extremist worldview on a secular nation. The year 2021 has been record-setting in adoption of abortion restrictions —106 abortion restrictions have become law in this year alone. For context, the previous record for anti-abortion legislation was in 2011 with 89 restrictions.
Women’s rights demand our secular voices and we are grateful to have you in this important fight.
Written by FFRF's Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights Intern Barbara Alvarez. Photo by Chris Line.