Accuracy in Media

This week, Vice News weaponized promiscuity to defend abortion.

The piece was prompted by Texas’ new abortion law and what-iffed about the future of Roe v. Wade.

“This was supposed to be Slutty Summer, Hot Vax Summer, the second coming of the Summer of Love,” according to Vice. “People were horny and hoping for sex, the lore went, after spending more than a year trapped indoors. But it was also, perhaps, the last summer of Roe v. Wade.”

Although the promiscuity of a “Hot Vax Summer” is far from the only cause of an aborted pregnancy, sometimes it is. True to its name, Vice defends abortion from that angle.

“Politics limits students’ sex ed in schools, cutting them off from information about abortion, birth control, and STIs,” the author writes. She takes issue with the fact that “[t]wenty-eight states mandate that, when kids receive sex ed, abstinence must be ‘stressed,’ according to the Guttmacher Institute. In 19 states, educators must teach students that it’s best to only have sex once you’re married.”

Stressing abstinence until marriage didn’t use to be so offensive or prudish. Following the science of premarital sex shows it leading to a higher risk of divorce and lower marital satisfaction. More premarital sexual partners also cause higher divorce rates and marital unhappiness.

But for Vice, a less promiscuous lifestyle – even safer sex – is too much to ask of people.

“[W]hether someone changes their sexual habits to adapt to the end of Roe shouldn’t affect whether they deserve an abortion,” Vice says.

It then quotes a source who said, “However a person decides to go about their sex life really should not play into any argument when it comes to legislation. I think a lot of people think of pregnancy as a direct consequence of sex.” The strong implication is that sex should be entirely disconnected from pregnancy (if not all other consequences) by way of abortion.

Now that it’s “too late to stop mob justice from becoming the law of the land” in Texas, Vice would have you think that Roe v. Wade has been effectively overturned. It hasn’t been.

The law enables private citizens to sue anyone who performs an abortion after six weeks or helps a woman undergo one. In response to such a lawsuit, an abortion provider would move to dismiss the complaint and cite Roe v. Wade as precedent. Texas’ law will likely be annulled once a plaintiff sues an abortion provider.

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