The Positive Abortion Narrative
The Positive Abortion Narrative wasn’t the original title for this post:
I wanted to call it :Women Celebrate the Right to Kill.
But that’s a little harsh, isn’t it? I’ve read and heard the experiences of too many post-abortive women to believe that they celebrate abortion. Most are devastated.
I’ve read about women who immediately regretted their abortion, but didn’t admit it. Some put on an act, sometimes beginning right at the abortion centre to pretend they were happy or indifferent. But there seem to be some women, perhaps many, who really love abortion and want to see it elevated to the status of a human right, and a natural part of our reproductive lives.
But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for abortion-minded women to believe that their baby is just a blob of cells or tissue. Many are still told this of course, but information about life in the womb is so readily available it’s hard to believe that women, especially older and better-educated ones, can deny an unborn baby’s humanity. So if their unwanted pregnancy is not ‘just a blob’, abortion advocates must look elsewhere for justification. Many are starting to justify abortion based on the concept of ‘wantedness’, an idea promoted by utilitarian ethicist Peter Singer. This is a little different from the old ‘choice’ arguments which tended to rely on disproving the unborn child’s humanity. And an important part of this narrative is personal testimonies from women who have no regrets about their abortion.
The following testimonies are quite startling - they are a far cry from the stories we have heard by women who are grieving for the loss of their child, and whose lives have been shattered by their abortion. The comments that follow some of the posts are equally eye-opening: if it’s hard, as a pro-life Christian, to realise the extent of the abortion culture, and that many are as passionate about promoting abortion as we are about ending it, then read through the comments. You’ll be left in no doubt.
What Abortions Should Be Like
This post from 2013 entitled, “What Abortions Should Be Like” takes the reader to an imaginary world filled with the patient’s favourite celebrities, who are attentive to her every need and eager to ease her through the abortion process. All the little comforting details are included - music, bathrobes, plush carpet - but no gruesome facts about the actual abortion process. It’s ironic to see Maya Angelou’s name mentioned so many times; although her work is often used by radical feminists to further their agenda, Angelou herself chose life instead of abortion as a teenager, a decision she said was based on love for her child.
A Fluffy Robe, A Cup of Tea, and an Abortion
Perhaps the author of What Abortions Should be Like would like to try the soon-to-be-opened ‘spa-like’ abortion centre in Maryland. This Washington Post article describes the clinic, which owners hope will be the first in a chain, as an attempt to destigmatize abortion.
I Just Had an Abortion
The next post, “I Just Had an Abortion”, was written in January this year, and the African-American author says she has no regrets about her abortion. Instead, she writes that she is haunted by the ‘anti-choice protesters’ outside the abortion centre, whom she says tried to shame her into ‘keeping her race going’ by telling her that unborn black children are aborted at a higher rate than little white babies.
I Survived, But Many Don’t : I Had an Illegal Abortion
I first read this story months ago, and honestly, it has haunted me ever since. It was written by a woman who chose to abort her baby using a home-made manual aspirator. She wanted the experience of an illegal, backyard abortion, even though abortions are freely available and legal in her state.
In “I Survived, But Many Don’t: I Had An Illegal Abortion”, the author tells of the overwhelming physical pain, and her mixed emotions about the abortion. Was it her choice? Was it the father’s choice? She chooses to punish herself by enduring terrible suffering, and by killing the baby she could easily have kept.
Sister Apple, Sister Pig
If all that isn’t disturbing enough, little children are being indoctrinated into the pro-choice mindset. This ebook, entitled “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” , is a children’s picture book written about a family whose first child was aborted and describes a conversation about the ‘ghost child’.
When I read this, part of me was thinking CHILD. ABUSE.
The family in the book lives in the country and are casually cooking kale. They look like they are trying to live a natural lifestyle, maybe organic and self-sufficient. But they are celebrating one of the most unnatural things parents can do - they killed one of their own children, apparently for financial reasons. And they have made their surviving child part of the story - part of the decision - if you like.
More Abortion Stories
There are many more stories online by women who have had abortions and are happy to tell about it. Women on Web, is an online service associated with Women on Waves, the abortion-boat project. Both projects provide information to women seeking abortions in countries where it is still illegal. They specialise in the online supply of the RU-486 abortion pill. While most of the stories on the Women on Web site are positive ones, there are many from women who suffered greatly either physically or mentally, or both, following their abortions.
So, was my original title too harsh? Are women who don’t regret abortion celebrating it? Positive abortion stories make me think so. But we know from experience that it is only a matter of time until many of those mothers acknowledge the loss they have inflicted on themselves and on the world.
There is hope after abortion:
If you are suffering after an abortion, or facing an unplanned pregnancy, you will find help here at Pregnancy Counselling Australia. Please call their national helpline on 1300 737 732.