Anti-Abortion Christian Activist Urges False Imprisonment Of Women Seeking Abortions

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The image at right is deeply disturbing and entirely unsurprising: anti-abortion “Christians” are advocating for infiltrating networks of pro-choice activists who are providing transportation and help to women impacted by HB2, Rick Perry's back-door abortion ban.

That's false imprisonment: picking up a woman, driving her around aimlessly for an hour, and forcing her to miss a doctor's appointment in an effort to deny her her rights. That's a crime.

Efforts such as those described above severely hurt the women who are struggling to access transportation and funds in time to comply with the medically unnecessary hurdles put in place before they can access an abortion.

The actions urged by the so-called “Christian” individual above will have a disproportionately more significant effect on poor women and those who are most desperate.

I'm pretty sure that the broad array of deception involved in such an effort falls squarely under that whole prohibition on lying, but then again I'm not an ideologically inconsistent anti-choice advocate, so I'm not entirely sure.

More below the jump about Fund Texas Women and what efforts are emerging to support the women facing increasing obstacles to accessing their right to choose in Texas.  The increasing hurdles to access put in place by the Republican-majority Legislature — mandatory sonogram with 24-hour waiting period, clinic closures across Texas, unnecessary doctor visits for administering medical abortion, ambulatory surgical center requirements — are combining to create a crisis-level situation in which over 22,000 Texas women will be unable to access an abortion each year.

That's the intent of this law and that's the intent of the “Christian” above — to prevent women from accessing their basic right to an abortion.

For those unfamiliar with Fund Texas Women, they are a new organization founded to support the increased costs women are facing as they must travel further distances and for greater lengths of time to access their rights. Their site already includes a map of clinics and a map of Greyhound bus stops. It's worth noting that cuts to Megabus service routes will leave many women with decreased transportation options to a clinic.

The stakes are dire, so to see a so-called “Christian” advocating for further deception to disrupt this process and try to “trick” a desperate, poor woman into missing an appointment in an already strained system is just sick.

I don't know about y'all, but I liked the anti-choice movement better when they stuck to praying to end abortion, rather than killing doctors, bombing clinics, and now openly lying to women.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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