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Fighting Abortion Myths December 10, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 8:07 pm

In the Spring I’ll be teaching abortion again.  And I’ve noticed something very disturbing happening over the last few years in the UK: more and more students come into the class already absolutely convinced that there a huge numbers of women who use abortion as their preferred method of birth control, that most abortions involve tearing the limbs off baby-like foetuses, etc etc.  I’m looking for a nice one-stop-shop for demonstrating the falsehood of these myths.  Any suggestions?






9 Responses to “Fighting Abortion Myths”

  1. Sarah Hansen Says:

    The Guttmacher Institute has an excellent video on abortion myths in the United States. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY-bQ6UzhNI And the National Abortion Federation also has a good fact sheet that addresses myths: http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/women_who.html. These aren’t UK resources but perhaps they are helpful.

  2. ChristTS Says:

    I think that one step is to make sure they actually know the facts about reproduction – not the sex part, but the development from zygote forward. It is really astonishing how little even ‘educated’ people know about these matters. While a one-stop place for what goes on in most abortions is great, it will not suffice.

  3. Dr. Force Says:

    I agree with ChristTS. I show students part of the PBS documentary “Life’s Greatest Miracle” because it uses actually images and discusses the size, functions, and development of the embryo and fetus. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/life-greatest-miracle.html

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Rosalind Petchesky does a nice job decoding the Silent Scream film. This is a piece from 1987, but I found it helpful. http://www.visuality.org/feministtheories/petchesky.pdf

  5. Soon-Ah Says:

    I third ChrisTS’ post! Every time I lecture on the birth control’s effects on women’s lives, I’m shocked at how little student’s know about how their reproductive system works. I’ve found it’s difficult to underestimate their understanding of reproduction!

  6. Soon-Ah Says:

    I posted that before I edited…I meant to write, “lecture on the birth control pill’s effects”

  7. Ronado Says:

    Some people believe that from day one cells look like a baby and that in the event of an abortion during the 1st trimester a child will come out. There is a lot of learning to be done about child development.

  8. ChristTS Says:

    Seconds to all. Re Ronado @#7:

    One thing I find astonishing – just one thing – is that most of my students assume that most fertilized eggs will ( barring some extreme circumstance ) make it to birth as a neonate.

  9. Nemo Says:

    Ronado (#7), you are definitely right about more learning to be done about child development, but I think the implications of this are not necessarily what you suppose. There are many excellent resources online (WebMD, MayoClinic.com, etc.) that can impart much expert knowledge about child development, but from what I can see they won’t teach you (just for example) that the developing child doesn’t “look like a baby” at a given stage, rather “Here’s what your baby looks like at X stage.”

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