Many women get tattoos of the names of their children or loved ones as a permanent symbol of their devotion.
But Robin Pereira’s new tattoo celebrates abortions.
The Washington, D.C. abortion activist told the Independent that her coat hanger tattoo is a symbol of protest against pro-life laws and policies enacted by President Donald Trump and other politicians.
“I hope the tattoo can spark a conversation,” the 23-year-old said. Her tattoo shows a small wire coat hanger, a symbol of dangerous back alley abortions, and the words “never again.”
Pereira said she “cried and cried” when Trump won the election, and she is afraid that abortions will become illegal again someday soon.
“This tattoo symbolizes that we will never forget the women who died because they wanted autonomy over their bodies,” she said, adding that the women died before abortions were legal because a doctor was not present.
“This tattoo is a promise to myself that I will never let history turn its back on women,” she continued. “Although I do not know the names of all the women who died in back alley abortions, I will never forget them and I never want to hear of another women dying from a self-induced abortion.
“There is no such thing as stopping abortion, you just stop safe abortion,” Pereira said.
Pereira’s desire to protect women is honorable, but her solution is horribly flawed and misguided. Killing a child never should be an answer to suffering.
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There are some major flaws in her comments to the news outlet. First, her claim about doctors and safe abortions is contrary to what the abortion industry in America is trying to do right now. In Arkansas, abortion groups are fighting a law requiring that board-certified OB-GYNs abort unborn babies. In other states, they are fighting to allow nurses and midwives to perform abortions. In still more, they are working to overturn laws that simply require a medical professional to be present for the abortion. These actions show that it is not pro-lifers but the abortion industry that is trying to make abortion less safe for women.
Second, Pereira, like many, have bought into the abortion industry’s lies about how many women died from back alley abortions prior to Roe v. Wade. A recent fact check by the Washington Post found that Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups use “shoddy” data about women’s abortion deaths prior to 1973.
The liberal newspaper found what pro-life advocates have been saying for years: that few women died from abortions in the decade prior to Roe, and a rise in the use of antibiotics appears to be the biggest factor in the drop in maternal deaths, not legalized abortions.
Third, despite what Pereira claimed, there is strong evidence that pro-life laws, educational efforts and support programs do prevent abortions. Even well-respected pro-abortion researchers with the Guttmacher Institute and the University of California San Francisco admit that pro-life laws save lives.
“Stop saying that making abortion illegal won’t stop people from having them,” noted researcher and abortion activist Diana Greene Foster wrote in a recent column at Rewire. “[O]nly 48 percent of unintended pregnancies are aborted in countries where abortion is illegal compared to 69 percent where it is legal indicates that many women have to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.”
Pereira is wrong. Making abortions illegal will not destroy women’s lives or put them in danger. Pro-life efforts save lives by preventing hundreds of thousands of unborn babies from being slaughtered and their mothers from the pain and regret of aborting a child.