Sunday, June 01, 2008

When pro-choice women who have had abortions speak out

I've been meaning to write this post but I've been too tired to do so, and other things have gotten in the way.

It has to do with the group I'm Not Sorry-- which features women who are not sorry about having undergone abortions.

I am certain there are lots of women who are completely bereft of any regret for their abortions, and some may be even be profoundly gleeful and grateful that they had that opportunity to get rid of their fetuses.

Just like I know that there are people who smoke 2 packs a day and don't die of any smoke-related diseases.

But the number of women who suffer negative consequences from abortion is not negligeable. At all.

I like when women talk about their abortions. It's the best evidence of how crappy abortion is, on so many levels. Not only does it kill a baby, it's just not a nice operation-- physically, symbolically, spiritually.

Pro-abortion activists don't talk about abortion, or if they do, it's couched in euphemistic language. They talk about the woman, about the right to control her body, about the alleged consequences of not having the abortion, and about how evil the opposition is.

But they do not expose abortion for what it is, close up and in plain English.

That's why they never try to counter abortion photos from the pro-life side with their own abortion photos.

That's why when they describe abortion, they do not use plain English like "the fetus is sucked into the aspirator" or "the fetus dies". They say "aspirator sucks the products of conception" or "abortion terminates a pregnancy".

They readily dismiss the stories of women who've had negative reactions as ideologically inconvenient. Feminism is supposed to be about valuing women's experiences. But many feminists do not value these women's experiences. They attribute their mental anguish or suffering to prior health issues (as if that should be a reason to dismiss them) and will not critically examine the nature of abortion itself.

Many feminists assume that when women undergo abortion, they know what they're doing.

I can tell you from my experience debating the issue, that there is widespread ignorance about what an abortion does. I know that many women know-- I know women aren't collectively that dumb-- but there is still a lot of ignorance about the progress of a pregnancy, the development of the fetus, the biological status of the fetus, i.e. he's alive, and so forth.

But the people whose livelihoods depend on abortion will not speak plain English to those looking for answers.

It's like abortion is something to be ashamed of. Because you don't cover something that's not shameful with euphemism.

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