The Coat Hanger Argument & The Flaws Therein


Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about coat hangers. Coat hangers and dirty back alleys. Were abortion to be restricted, they say, women will be lining up for coat hanger abortions in alleys. No, seriously, they’re actually saying that.

In nearly every case, the reason a woman has an abortion is that the pregnancy was unwanted. It is not because of a pregnancy due to rape or incest or because the life of the mother is at risk.:  I am talking here about abortions of convenience, because the mother does not wish to be pregnant. These account for roughly 98% of all abortions in America. With that in mind, there’s something I don’t get. Abortion is, as the left is giddy to tell us, a choice. Don’t want to risk an unsafe abortion? Don’t have one.

The argument seems to be that, as women will have abortions anyway, they should be kept legal for safety reasons. Robbery, assault, and domestic violence are some of the top crimes in America. They are all illegal, and they all happen anyway. Should they, therefore, be made legal to keep them safe? We hear stories of people defending their homes or lives from criminal activity in which the criminals end up injured. Surely breaking the law should not be so dangerous!

Honestly, the “we will just do it anyway” argument is just ridiculous. Breaking the law shouldn’t be safe. If you want to keep abortion for convenience legal, please come up with a better argument. This one isn’t doing you any favors.

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