Liberal blogger Ben Sherman opposes the Texas abortion-limitation bill approved by the state House because, he claims, it will limit sexual opportunities for straight guys. Seriously.
"Your sex life is at stake," Sherman writes on the Burnt Orange Report. "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." (Emphasis added).
Sherman also says that if this bill is passed, "having sex becomes a much, much riskier proposition for women and men."
"It becomes much, much riskier for women who currently count on access to safe, legal abortion because now an accidental pregnancy could mean death or serious infection. It also becomes riskier for us men, who may well end up fathers well before we intend."
In other words, Sherman thinks using abortion merely as a form of birth control is no problem.
Sex isn't the only reason Sherman believes the bill hurts bros. He also claims that the bill makes abortion "inaccessible for millions of Texas women." He writes that because of this, "your girlfriend's/wife's life will be in danger," men's right to choose will also be taken away and it will remove the man's decision of when and if to have children.
This bill does not make abortion "inaccessible" for Texas women. Sherman claims the Texas abortion-limitation bill would "close all but six abortion clinics in Texas," an assertion that recalls those by pro-abortion advocates in Pennsylvania when a similar bill was passed in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell horror.
Since the Pennsylvania law was passed, just five abortion clinics in the state have closed, leaving 17 still operating. There are currently 42 abortion clinics in Texas.
Like the Pennsylvania bill, the Texas proposal requires abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards that govern other ambulatory surgery centers. The measure (introduced in response to Texas' own abortion horror story) does go further by banning abortions beyond 20 weeks (five months) gestation, although it does include exemptions.
Sherman ignores the fact that abortion is an ambulatory surgical procedure just as are appendectomies and hysterectomies. Instead, he asserts without proof that the Texas proposal will create "black markets for unsafe abortions," pushing women into "potentially fatal back-alley abortions." He doesn't explain why having an abortion should be at least as safe as undergoing an appendectomy. After all, if women's health is the issue, shouldn't a clean facility be the number one priority for all patients?
Sherman also claims that, "even if you want to have kids, you probably don't want an accident to make you a father before you're psychologically ready and able to care for a child."
The defense of abortions at five months (well into the second trimester of pregnancy) also ignores public opinion. A 2013 Gallup poll showed that 64 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in the second trimester (remember this bill bans abortions past 5 months, the middle of the second trimester).
More recently, polls have been conflicted. A Democratic polling firm found 51 percent of Texas voters opposed the abortion bill, while the National Journal found that Americans support a ban on late-term abortions by 48 percent to 44 percent. And a June University of Texas poll found that 38 percent of Texans wanted abortion-restriction laws to be more strict (compared to 26 percent who said less strict and 21 percent who wanted them left alone).
Opposing an abortion ban because it might lead to less casual sex is a disturbing stance that negates the role of responsibility in sexual relationships.