Teen Vogue, the publication targeting underage women famous for promoting prostitution and penning explainers on anal sex, is back with a hot new take: this time, about how abortion is not only OK, but popular.
This is how TEEN VOGUE initially framed their argument -- starting with demonizing pro-lifers, of course:
Abortion is almost always presented as a divisive and contentious issue. How can it not be when clinic workers know their protesters by name? When clinicians have reported more than 3,000 incidents of protester obstruction and more than 1,000 cases of trespassing at facilities? Since at least the first major wave of murders of abortion providers and their staffers in the 1990s, abortion has been largely presented as a ride-or-(literally)-die issue.
“The truth is, though, abortion is largely condoned. One could even say abortion is popular,” the magazine read by 14-year-olds continues.
Oddly, though, the article then goes on to prove the exact opposite point by detailing the stark divides among the American population when it comes to abortion, explaining that only 12 percent of Republicans think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, and that “[t]he number of Republicans who said abortion should be illegal increased by seven points from 25% to 32%” since 1975. And while the number of Democrats who identify as “pro-choice” has risen, the number of Republicans who say they’re “pro-life” has also jumped, further widening the divide.
Additionally, Gallup, the poll Teen Vogue used to make (and ultimately disprove) their point, found in 2018 that only 31 percent of women said abortion should be legal under any circumstances. According to Gallup’s more recent numbers, more than half of the country thinks abortion should be legal "only under certain circumstances," while 1 in 5 Americans say it should be illegal no matter what.
Even still, Teen Vogue ends their piece with the argument, “Abortion may have incredibly vocal opponents, but polling that’s been conducted since before abortion was legal shows that reproductive choice was and remains popular. Maybe it’s time for the national media to treat abortion supporters as the loudest voices in the room.”
Interestingly, Teen Vogue – again, a publication targeting an audience of young women not yet old enough to buy beer at the local supermarket – conveniently omits several other polls relevant to the abortion debate. Also in 2018, an analysis of 22 studies on abortion and mental health published in the British Journal of Psychiatry showed that women who had an abortion faced an "81% increased risk of mental health problems.” In another study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, David Reardon, Ph.D., founder of the Elliot Institute, and Philip Ney, M.D. of the University of British Columbia found that "women who aborted a first pregnancy were five times more likely to report subsequent substance abuse than women who carried to term and they were four times more likely to report substance abuse compared to those who suffered a natural loss of their first pregnancy (i.e., due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or stillbirth)"