Among all the arguments against the extremely modest abortion regulations being proposed in Texas, this one from Burnt Orange’s Ben Sherman has to be the most bluntly forthright and entertaining. It turns out the issue is really about men’s ability to control their bodies:
Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.
Ah yes, appealing to people’s best instincts. But you really have to admire the self-confidence: ”They’d be hooking up with me willy-nilly, except that now there’s this new threat of having to get a back-alley abortion after 20 weeks.”
This doesn’t seem any more of a winning argument than the “Hail Satan” chant that the orange late-term abortion mob adopted last week in an attempt to rile pro-life opponents.
I won’t go into the back-alley abortions claim, the evidence for which was fabricated decades ago, nor the hyped (and sadly, false) claim that this Texas law will put nearly every abortionist in the state out of business for good.
But it does make me wonder — what do those Frenchmen do? After all, abortion in France is forbidden in most circumstances after 12 weeks of pregnancy.