Apr
30
2017

Pro-Choice: Tunnel Vision

By Katie Kieffer

MN Pro-Life March. Photo copyright Amie Kieffer, AK Artistic Productions

Photo copyright Amie Kieffer, AK Artistic Productions. Image used with permission.

Young women, new research finds, increasingly desire children—yet the pro-abortion movement still shrieks for subsidies. Ladies, strap on your stilettos: life is a cause worthy of digging in your heels.

The National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that since 2002, 4% more women ages 15 to 44 say they anticipate bearing a child in their lifetime. A 4% increase is very significant considering that modern American women are inundated with pressures to “prevent” or “end” pregnancy. Rarely do women hear pregnancy described more as a blessing than a disease. But despite such propaganda—often subsidized by our federal and state governments—more women want to someday become mothers.

These numbers echo a massive Millennial survey by Public Religion Institute in 2015 finding that a majority (51%) of Millennials oppose federally-subsidized abortion services and less than one in three Millennials self-identify as strongly pro-abortion.

As a young woman, on behalf of my generation and gender—I implore the Trump administration to give us more representation for our taxation. Because it has become clear that the Republican Party is currently our strongest political hope for hearing our real views on life.

Democratic National Party chairman Tom Perez announced this month—that for the first time in the history of the Party—it will only support 100% pro-abortion candidates.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.” 

Young women will struggle, ideologically, to identify with Democrats because of hardline stances like Perez’s—and this represents an opportunity for the Trump administration.

Cecile Richards vs. President Trump

While growing numbers of American women embrace life, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is lambasting President Trump and his daughter Ivanka for their so-called “unrelenting attack” against women’s “equity and health-care access.” (By that, Richards means the Trump administration’s lack of financial support for Planned Parenthood.)

With Trump at the helm, many state legislatures across the country have introduced new abortion restrictions and the U.S. Senate quickly unfurled an Obama-era executive order barring states from denying “family-planning” funding to abortion-suppliers like Planned Parenthood.

Richards recently told Cosmopolitan that President Trump spent his first three months in office leveling “an unrelenting attack on every fundamental right we’ve achieved, and particularly that we’ve achieved over the last eight years in getting equity and health-care access.”

Abortion is not a fundamental right because the destruction of an innocent human life that is not endangering another human life is completely contrary to natural law, or reason. And any human decree that violates natural law is unjust.

Richards also hedges in claiming that the Obama administration improved female healthcare. Young women’s healthcare premiums rose between 30% and 180% after the implementation of ObamaCare, and women have far fewer options for insurance plans and providers.

Finally, if Planned Parenthood is in such hot demand, why aren’t low income women flocking to its clinics? Texas is the second-largest state in the union and—of the state’s 4.3 million residents on Medicaid—only 12,500 or 0.29% use Planned Parenthood clinics. 

P.S., Planned Parenthood is Depressing Women

Young people are reporting record levels of depression. Between 2002 and 2014 there was a 37% spike in Americans ages 12 to 20 who reported a major depressive incident. For teen girls in particular, we have reason to believe that their depression is often linked to artificial birth control that interferes with their natural hormonal balance.

In 2016, Danish researchers found that a woman who previously did not have issues with depression was far more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant after she utilized hormonal birth control than a woman who did not use hormonal contraception. The Danish study, published in JAMA Psychiatry—and the first comprehensive study involving over 1 million women ages 15 to 34—followed each woman for approximately seven years over the course of 2000 to 2013.

Among all ages, the study found that a woman’s depression risk spiked 300% after using a levonorgestrel IUD; 200% after using a birth control patch; 60% after using a birth control ring; and 23% after using birth control pills.

Teenage females (ages 15 to 19) exhibited the most negative impacts: girls in this demographic using birth control pills or progestin-only birth control pills experienced an 80% and 120% increased risk of depression respectively.   

Our federal government should stop pushing artificial birth control on teenage females in the form of subsidized “family planning services” or “sex education.” Depression is a horrific condition because it makes an individual more likely to partake in risky or fatal lifestyle choices like drug abuse; chain-smoking; alcoholism; self-mutilation and suicide. There are natural and healthier ways to deter teen pregnancy than methods that can set young women up for mental instability and illness.

Dig your heels in, ladies. Tell President Trump and his daughter Ivanka that you favor ending all federal funding to Planned Parenthood and the growth of a culture that respects and promotes human life and health.

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  1. Ds says:

    solid take, kk

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