California Attorney General Rob Bonta joined 23 other state attorneys general in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Texas’s law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected while the high-stakes legal battle over the law’s constitutionality continues.
Bonta claims Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) – Texas’s ban on almost all abortions after six weeks – has “plunged us into a preventable healthcare crisis.” The brief filed by the coalition of 24 attorneys general describes abortion as “a safe and common medical procedure,” and asserts that forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term creates “a greatly heightened risk of death.”
But the facts simply don’t support the notion that, without abortion, women’s lives are at stake. Pro-abortionists like Bonta grossly overstate the prevalence of life-threatening pregnancies while using euphemisms like “fundamental reproductive healthcare” to obscure the reality of ending the life of an unborn child and the reasons why the vast majority of abortions are performed.
Over 90% of abortions occur within 14 weeks after conception – long before doctors are able to diagnose a number of life-threatening pregnancy complications. Preeclampsia, for example, which affects 3-5% of women and is treatable, is typically diagnosed around the 20th week of pregnancy. Placenta previa, another complication that is far less common, develops during the third trimester. Not to mention – Bonta and other abortion advocates conveniently overlook that highly effective medical interventions exist for these types of conditions.
The overwhelming majority of abortions have little to do with providing “critical health care,” despite the campaign by numerous prominent officials like Bonta and Governor Gavin Newsom to portray abortion as an essential medical procedure. A previous study found that nearly 9 in 10 women said they sought an abortion because either a baby would have interfered with their education or career, they lacked the maturity to raise a child, they didn’t want to be a single mother, or they couldn’t afford a baby.
The 24 signatories of the amicus brief themselves admit the fight for abortion is more about so-called “reproductive freedom” than healthcare.
The controversy sparked by the Texas law compelled a number of high-profile women to share how they had an abortion to avoid derailing their careers. Actress Jameela Jamil said getting an abortion was the “best decision” she ever made – a sad reflection of today’s selfish society – saying it was better “both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially.”
Inconvenience, financial imposition, and immaturity are not grounds for ending the life of an unborn child. The legal fight against SB 8 endorsed by Bonta and other pro-abortionists is merely another attempt to move the goalposts and frame abortion as “healthcare” in an attempt to desensitize young women to the magnitude of the choice to end the life of an unborn child.
The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments regarding this case on November 1. Science is in favor of the unborn child; let’s hope the justices’ legal analysis is too.