The Only Difference Between Abortion Bans and Abortion Limits is 1984 Doublespeak

Republicans in Virginia unveiled new “messaging” to address their party’s losing stance on human rights. 

They’re denying that their restrictive laws around healthcare are “bans” instead of using the softer-sounding “limits” to strip women of their rights. 

The Difference Between a Ban and a Limit

The difference is merely semantics. A speed limit of 30 MPH bans drivers from driving above 30. “Limiting” the people who can buy beer bans people under a certain age from buying it. Banning certain books limits the amount of books available to read. 

Banning abortion over six weeks is the same as limiting abortion to under six weeks. 

Limits and bans are two sides of the same coin, but Republicans hope voters are too stupid to figure it out. 

Both Take Away a Woman’s Choice

Whether you call it a ban or a limit, the end result remains. The government gets to decide a woman’s healthcare. The government gets the ultimate say over what a woman does with her body. 

Both limits and bans reduce a woman’s ability to choose. They pretend every pregnancy is exactly the same and refuse to treat pregnant women as the individuals they are, each facing a very unique set of circumstances. 

Abortion limits rarely take extenuating circumstances, such as fetal anomalies incompatible with life and the mother’s overall health, into consideration. In most states with such restrictions, women must be at the brink of death to access care, even though earlier intervention would have been safer for her. 

Don’t Let the 1984 Double Speak Fool You

Republicans know they’re at the losing end of this battle. Most people support abortion rights. They’ve won every time they’ve been on the ballot so far. 

Changing the words doesn’t change the intent. They want the same thing they’ve always wanted: to prevent women from making their own choices about their bodies and their lives. 

Don’t let their clever wordsmith fool you into thinking they’ve suddenly found reason. They haven’t. 

These changes are simply a last-ditch effort to trick voters into thinking their positions are reasonable. They’re not; they never have been. 

Don’t let the new wording fool you.