The election season is in full swing and the enforced pregnancy groups have decided to use their democratic right to educate us about the evils of abortion in a series of week-long TV advertisements. According to Radio NZ these advertisements are are primarily aimed at convincing young women abortion just isn't right. I don't see how they could possibly think that given that most of the advertisements cast women as evil villains.
First up Right to Life tell us that a city the size of Wellington has been wiped out due to the cumulative number of abortions performed in New Zealand since 1977 in order to increase the perceived number of abortions that take place in New Zealand.
Next up we have some good old women blaming, as apparently the womb is the most dangerous place for a baby to be due to abortions. Evil women, evil women!
But the advertisement I found most offensive as a young(ish) women is the implication that abortion causes cataract operations, hip replacements and cancer treatment waiting lists. Yup them selfish women are clogging up the health system with their urgent need to have abortion. It goes with out saying that abortions need to be performed in a timely manner otherwise you end up with an enforced pregnancy
It also goes without saying that pregnant women tend to require a lot of health resources especially when it comes to the point when they give birth. But nobody chides them for forcing a little old lady to wait longer for that hip operation. I hate the idea that somehow we can pick and choose our who gets healthcare on the basis of personal ideology. Nobody has ever mentioned how evil and selfish idiots like this are who will require far more health resources that a young woman seeking an abortion.
Interestingly though the ones who tend to be the most strident critics of abortion also tend to be the ones who start pointing fingers at DPB mums for being unable to financially care for their children.
That's not right either.