I know we’re not supposed to make Nazi comparisons but Hannah Arendt nailed it with that phrase.
Abortion opponents say women seek abortions in haste and confusion. Pro-choicers reply: Abortion is the most difficult, agonizing decision a woman ever makes. Opponents say: Women have abortions because they have irresponsible sex. We say: rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormalities, life-risking pregnancies.
These responses aren’t false exactly. Some women are genuinely ambivalent; some pregnancies are particularly dangerous. But they leave out a large majority of women seeking abortions, who had sex willingly, made a decision to end the pregnancy and faced no special threatening medical conditions.
We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives. We need to say that is their right, and, moreover, it’s good for everyone that they have this right: The whole society benefits when motherhood is voluntary. When we gloss over these truths we unintentionally promote the very stigma we’re trying to combat. What, you didn’t agonize? You forgot your pill? You just didn’t want to have a baby now? You should be ashamed of yourself.
The second reason we’re stuck in a defensive mode is that too many pro-choice people are way too quiet. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly one in three women will have had at least one abortion by the time she reaches menopause. I suspect most of those women had someone who helped them, too — a husband or boyfriend, a friend, a parent. Where are those people? The couple who decided two kids were enough, the grad student who didn’t want to be tied for life to an ex-boyfriend, the woman barely getting by on a fast-food job? Why don’t we hear more from them?
Only someone with a seriously fucked up moral compass could say that shit.
Pregnancy would have made me miss Spring Break in Cancun! How dare you try to make me feel guilty! Hands off my body!
At least she was honest about one thing – most abortions are for convenience. They aren’t all the result of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. Most of those discarded kids are just unwanted.
But wait! There’s more!
Women aren’t the only ones who need to speak up. Where are the men grateful not to be forced into fatherhood?
Well here’s Touré Neblett:
This week brought us the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and made me reflect on a moment from 15 years when I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out and then she got pregnant, and I was terrified. I have always known the importance of family and building kids into strong adults and I know I would not be who I am if not for growing up under the watchful eye of two people who loved me and loved each other. I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did, we did, and in some ways that choice saved my life. I was not then smart enough or man enough to build a family or raise a child, and I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.
Touré goes on to explain how he later had a child with a different woman and he really loves that child so that makes it all okay. He also said that there’s “something undeniably misogynist about the impulse to deny a woman’s dominion over her own body and limit her ability to shape her life – and impose another sense of morality on her.”
See? Touré has high moral principles!
One problem that the Left keeps running into is when they are completely honest about what they think people turn away in revulsion. They spend so much time in a leftwing echo chamber that they forget that most people don’t agree with them. Bill Clinton was successful because he understood that. That’s why he emphasized that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.”
Kermit Gosnell and the recent Planned Parenthood videos have exposed the ugly truth – a lot of what takes place in abortion mills is not safe, legal or rare.
Seriously, these people make me sick:
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
It’s just a short step of logic and morality from abortion on demand to euthanasia for anyone who is a burden, like the disabled and the elderly. Or as the Nazi’s called them, “Useless mouths.”