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Operation Outcry

Yesterday, I read in the International Herald Tribune an article about a new anti-abortion argument that is so circular in it's logic that it's left me dumfounded. (I cant' find the fucking article to link it.)

It's being made by a group called Operation Outcry.

The argument goes like this:

1. Doctors are banned from doing any voluntary procedure that puts the life of a patient at serious risk.

2. Some studies show that a day or two after an abortion, some women report feeling "depressed."

3. Some people who are depressed commit suicide.

4. Therefore, abortions cause suicide and doctors should be banned from doing them.

The failure in this logic is truly astounding.

I mean, I'm sure that women are not jumping for joy after an abortion - but they might equally be depressed about, say, unexpectedly becoming a single mom.

Also, postpartum depression exists - which means that, like, not getting an abortion carries the same risk, right?

How do these people get so many people to buy into their logic?
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