House votes to ban federal funds for teaching abortion procedures

Now that you’ve come down from the sugar high of the last post, it’s time to focus on something that isn’t sweet at all — that the House has passed a measure that would block federal funds from being used to teach doctors how to perform abortions.

Though this bill likely won’t make it through the Senate, its mere existence is beyond frustrating. Anti-choicers are willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone in their quest to eliminate (legal) abortion completely, and using federal funding as a foundation for their efforts (whether it be Planned Parenthood or hospitals) hurts not only the women they perceive as immoral and heartless for getting elective abortions, but also the people who (1) go to family-planning clinics for other services and (2) people whose abortions are not elective, but rather are necessary to save the life of the mother.

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures out there — if done by a medical professional who is properly trained. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that only 0.3 percent of abortions lead to a complication that requires hospitalization. When you try making access to safe abortion more difficult, you might succeed in preventing some women from getting abortions — but you’ll also drive some women to get unsafe, life-endangering abortions. Or you might have women in hospitals, bleeding to death because no one is trained to perform a life-saving abortion procedure. Who are anti-choicers really socking it to then?

Abortion is a medical procedure, and it saves lives. To try to curb unintended pregnancies or abortions by holding federal funding hostage in hopes that hospitals won’t teach medical students how to perform abortions is irresponsible, misguided, and dangerous.

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