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Lisa Edelstein in Coat Hanger Abortion Ad

Coat Hanger Abortion Ad: Actress Lisa Edelstein Goes There

Maybe pro-lifer du jour Justin Bieber would favor safe and legal abortions after watching this ad. House actress Lisa Edelstein stars in the new spot from MoveOn.org that's taking on new legislation attempting to limit access to abortion.

In the ad, Lisa's voice-over says: "Decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back alley abortions. Or, they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse. So when the Republican Party launched an all out assault on women's health, pushing bills to limit access to vital services, why is the GOP trying to send women back . . . to the back alley?"

She's then seen reaching for a coat hanger in a closet. Nancy Pelosi has called the bill disrespectful of the judgment of American women and "the most comprehensive and radical assault on women's health in our lifetime." Do you think a powerful commercial like this one can change people's minds?

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HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 4 years
If you are against women have a choice what to do with their own body then DON'T HAVE AN ABORTION!! This commercial is awesome. As someone already said, making abortions more difficult to have or illegal will not stop people from trying to have them. There are many reasons why people do not opt to have a child and its no one's business. The government and all you pro choice people need to get out of other women's vaginas!
stephley stephley 4 years
Own opinion = of course Own facts = no
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years
Look, it is clear that you have your opinion, and it is what it is. I find the whole abortion issue troubling, and have said what i needed to say. So guess what I am done with this thread.
stephley stephley 4 years
You think that right now, only a handful of people know the breakdown concerning race & abortion? That minority women, minority politicians are unaware of statistics? http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html "Thirty percent of abortions occur to non-Hispanic black women, 36% to non-Hispanic white women, 25% to Hispanic women and 9% to women of other races. Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic." I'm conflicted about phrases like "infants to meet demand" - as if women should be cranking out babies for adoption. In state books, you see thousands of older children who have been waiting since infancy but weren't adopted because they didn't fit the perfect new baby fantasy. Adoption is a multi-billion dollar business and it does have a very dark side, with potential life-altering, negative impact on the child, the birth mother and the adoptive parents.
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years
As to black infants, they are as easy to place as white babies, the fact is there are not enough infants to meet the demand. Maybe 30 years ago it might not have been true, but today... Here is what you do go up to your library, and ask to see the latest "Blue book" on infants/children available for adoption. See how many infants you find.
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years
I do not look at abortion as black or white, on the contrary, i am quite conflicted on the subject. I do know that there has to be checks and balances, and true knowledge as to options. If the conservatives were pro choice, and the liberals pro life, and you look at the statistics as to the percentage of abortions performed on minority women, I am sure there would be screams of racism and genocide.
GregS GregS 4 years
Grandpa, thank you for adopting. I truly mean that. You are, sadly, far from the norm. While it is indeed preferable for a woman to carry to term than abort, there's 9 months of support that she will need. When babies are having babies, the grandparents and other family members of the young woman have to be involved and supportive. Sadly, that's not a common occurrence - highly unlikely in most cases. Then, too, you're asking the young woman to give up the baby after she's carried it for all that time. In the case of your example, a 13 yo girl. Could she give it up?Morality is one thing. Religion is another. Practicalities and realities a third.In my minds eye, there IS no black and white answer. Your morality/religion/reality is different than mine. Why should yours trump mine, or vice versa?
GregS GregS 4 years
Grandpa, thank you for adopting. I truly mean that. You are, sadly, far from the norm. While it is indeed preferable for a woman to carry to term than abort, there's 9 months of support that she will need. When babies are having babies, the grandparents and other family members of the young woman have to be involved and supportive. Sadly, that's not a common occurrence - highly unlikely in most cases. Then, too, you're asking the young woman to give up the baby after she's carried it for all that time. In the case of your example, a 13 yo girl. Could she give it up? Morality is one thing. Religion is another. Practicalities and realities a third. In my minds eye, there IS no black and white answer. Your morality/religion/reality is different than mine. Why should yours trump mine, or vice versa?
stephley stephley 4 years
We are in pretty complete agreement H. I would just say again that choice must remain with the woman who is pregnant - neither the government nor anyone else should dictate whether a woman will be used as an incubator for a couple waiting to adopt.
stephley stephley 4 years
We are in pretty complete agreement H. I would just say again that choice must remain with the woman who is pregnant - neither the government nor anyone else should dictate whether a woman will be used as an incubator for a couple waiting to adopt.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 4 years
***major correction - "as for legalities it also makes sense to me that if a government is going to deem abortion legal than (it should NOT work purposefully to block what it deems legal)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 4 years
"What valid reasons are there for restricting abortion?"With the exception of non-medical reasons in the final trimester I don't have a problem with abortion. Basically the way I see it from life observation and reading peoples comments is that abortion is brought on by in most cases hardship and a smaller percentage for medical issues relating to the mother, child or both. Well seems to me society needs to work harder to reduce those hardships and science needs to work harder to reduce those medical issues that would spurn an abortion.As for legalities it also makes sense to me that if a government is going to deem abortion legal than it should work purposefully to block what it deems legal. That's like telling people they can drive then putting concrete barriers across the freeway.I also agree with grandpa on the subject of adoption. It may be true from one perspective that there aren't enough adoptive parents but the reason is not for lack of desire but rather for hardship to actually adopt a child. This too is yet another angle abortion can be reduced and probably the simplest hurdle of them all to conquer in a bi-partisan manner.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 4 years
"What valid reasons are there for restricting abortion?" With the exception of non-medical reasons in the final trimester I don't have a problem with abortion. Basically the way I see it from life observation and reading peoples comments is that abortion is brought on by in most cases hardship and a smaller percentage for medical issues relating to the mother, child or both. Well seems to me society needs to work harder to reduce those hardships and science needs to work harder to reduce those medical issues that would spurn an abortion. As for legalities it also makes sense to me that if a government is going to deem abortion legal than it should work purposefully to block what it deems legal. That's like telling people they can drive then putting concrete barriers across the freeway. I also agree with grandpa on the subject of adoption. It may be true from one perspective that there aren't enough adoptive parents but the reason is not for lack of desire but rather for hardship to actually adopt a child. This too is yet another angle abortion can be reduced and probably the simplest hurdle of them all to conquer in a bi-partisan manner.
stephley stephley 4 years
More couples than newborns, possibly - certainly white newborns. But there are babies and plenty of other children available for adoption. I took home a 3-month old 6 months after filling out my application - before her, the agency discussed placing newborn, twin boys with me. I'm ethically opposed to people dictating what kind of child they will adopt like a puppy at a pet shop. It’s arrogant to think that women are unaware of their options.
stephley stephley 4 years
More couples than newborns, possibly - certainly white newborns. But there are babies and plenty of other children available for adoption. I took home a 3-month old 6 months after filling out my application - before her, the agency discussed placing newborn, twin boys with me.I'm ethically opposed to people dictating what kind of child they will adopt like a puppy at a pet shop. It’s arrogant to think that women are unaware of their options.
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years
There are more couples looking to adopt then there are available babies to adopt. Three of my five children are adopted, and my wife and I did foster care . taking crack babies for almost 20 years in both New York and Washington State. The waiting list of couples looking to adopt is heartbreaking. We had one of our foster children adopted at the age of 4 by a couple that had waited 18 years, and had given up hope of ever adopting. There alternatives to abortion, and women should be made aware of those options. Oh and by the way, my objections to most abortions are not religious based, but ethically grounded.
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years
There are more couples looking to adopt then there are available babies to adopt. Three of my five children are adopted, and my wife and I did foster care . taking crack babies for almost 20 years in both New York and Washington State. The waiting list of couples looking to adopt is heartbreaking. We had one of our foster children adopted at the age of 4 by a couple that had waited 18 years, and had given up hope of ever adopting.There alternatives to abortion, and women should be made aware of those options. Oh and by the way, my objections to most abortions are not religious based, but ethically grounded.
stephley stephley 4 years
More importantly Hypno – What valid reasons are there for restricting abortion?
stephley stephley 4 years
Remember, most anti-choicers cite religious reasons and are dead-set against abortion no matter what – if pro-choice groups only fight “winnable” battles, the few women who do need third trimester abortions - perhaps because the fetus carries a serious condition that will cause serious medical costs and early death - become expendable even though their need is great. Anti-choice groups make a big issue of third trimester abortions NOT because there are so many of them, but because the pictures and details are more gruesome. This is from http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html (the site of choice for 4.0 anti-choicers) as of January 2011:“The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. Fifty-eight percent of abortion patients say they would have liked to have had their abortion earlier. <b> Nearly 60% of women who experienced a delay in obtaining an abortion cite the time it took to make arrangements and raise money. </b>Teens are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 weeks of pregnancy, when the medical risks associated with abortion are significantly higherEighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15-17 obtain 6% of all abortions, teens aged 18-19 obtain 11%, and <b> teens under age 15 obtain 0.4%. </b><b> About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children. </b><b> Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children). Twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100-199% of the federal poverty level. </b> FROM ABOUT.COM<b> 1.5% (of abortions) are performed after 20 weeks (5 months)of gestation. Many attribute the steady decrease in the proportion of abortions performed after the first trimester to increased access to and knowledge about birth control practices and safe, legal abortion services. </b>Women who have abortions after the first trimester are generally younger and poorer than the statistical average of all who have abortions. Women under 18 years old obtain 30% of their subgroup's abortions after the first trimester. Common Non-Medical and Personal Reasons for Third Trimester Abortions -- Lack or lack of recognition of pregnancy symptoms, particularly by adolescents -- Inability to afford a first trimester abortion -- Inability to locate medical assistance during first trimester (due to lack of local medical professionals) -- Lack of financial resources, emotional support, and/or partner
stephley stephley 4 years
Remember, most anti-choicers cite religious reasons and are dead-set against abortion no matter what – if pro-choice groups only fight “winnable” battles, the few women who do need third trimester abortions - perhaps because the fetus carries a serious condition that will cause serious medical costs and early death - become expendable even though their need is great. Anti-choice groups make a big issue of third trimester abortions NOT because there are so many of them, but because the pictures and details are more gruesome. This is from http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html (the site of choice for 4.0 anti-choicers) as of January 2011: “The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. Fifty-eight percent of abortion patients say they would have liked to have had their abortion earlier. Nearly 60% of women who experienced a delay in obtaining an abortion cite the time it took to make arrangements and raise money. Teens are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 weeks of pregnancy, when the medical risks associated with abortion are significantly higher Eighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15-17 obtain 6% of all abortions, teens aged 18-19 obtain 11%, and teens under age 15 obtain 0.4%. About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children. Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children). Twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100-199% of the federal poverty level. FROM ABOUT.COM 1.5% (of abortions) are performed after 20 weeks (5 months)of gestation. Many attribute the steady decrease in the proportion of abortions performed after the first trimester to increased access to and knowledge about birth control practices and safe, legal abortion services. Women who have abortions after the first trimester are generally younger and poorer than the statistical average of all who have abortions. Women under 18 years old obtain 30% of their subgroup's abortions after the first trimester. Common Non-Medical and Personal Reasons for Third Trimester Abortions -- Lack or lack of recognition of pregnancy symptoms, particularly by adolescents -- Inability to afford a first trimester abortion -- Inability to locate medical assistance during first trimester (due to lack of local medical professionals) -- Lack of financial resources, emotional support, and/or partner
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 4 years
How do you lady's feel about final trimester abortion outside of a mothers health in danger? Do you feel Dr's who perform final trimester abortions outside of the medical needs of a mother are justified in doing so? The reason I ask is because it is your opponents belief that the majority of pro-choicers are for unrestricted final trimester abortion outside of a mothers medical need. If this is not the case perhaps a more effective approach to the situation is correcting a misunderstanding rather than butting heads on the general issue as a whole. In other words dissecting your War into winnable battles would be far more rewarding for the cause and far more effective in discounting your opponents unfounded concerns. If indeed they are unfounded.
stephley stephley 4 years
There are advertisements calling for foster & adoptive parents all over L.A. Even if there are plenty of adoptive parents, there are other valid personal, emotional and physical reasons why a woman might choose not to continue a pregnancy. It is not up to anyone else to force that decision on her. Abortion should never be outlawed.
GregS GregS 4 years
Katialoves - talk to any social service worker that actually deals with families before you go saying that there are a lot of adoptive parents. There aren't. Never have been. Only in the dreams of Pro-lifers. When it does come to pass, however, that there are enough adoptive parents to take care of the unwanteds, then readdress the issue and outlaw abortion.
GregS GregS 4 years
"A 13 year old girl does not have the maturity to understand if she is being taken advantage of by an adult or a relative." But she DOES have the maturity to be a mother for the next 18 years?
stephley stephley 4 years
Your impressive concern for 13-year olds (who are a fraction of the fraction (about 1%)) of abortions performed on girls 15 and under highlights the point of the thread - which is the unsafe alternatives women resort to when safe, legal abortions are not available. As long as abortion is safe and legal, your pregnant 13-year will have a place where she can meet with professional counselors who will help her make an informed decision. She won't get that in a back alley.
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