The Republicans openly and gleefully putting forth an agenda that demonstrates their unreserved hatred of women has brought up a lot of stuff for me. Sure, it’s disappointing to know that the roughly 1/3 of the country that they represent infantilizes and loathes women, but I could probably tough that out if we could have an adult conversation about abortion. It’s awfully hard to do that, however, when even people who are supposedly on your side let the enemy frame the debate.
My biggest problem with the abortion conversation is that it always starts with this sort of concession: “Listen, we all agree that abortion is the ickiest, grossest, most tragic thing EVAR, and it makes my pet unicorn Princess Sparklepretty cry glittery pink tears! But it has to remain legal so that slutty, irresponsible women won’t be forced to have black gay rape babies!” Well, no. Actually we don’t all agree.
I don’t think abortion is terrible. I don’t think abortion is wonderful. It is what it is. Similarly, I don’t think miscarriages are terrible. I don’t think they are wonderful. They are simply a part of life. And most miscarriages happen roughly around the same time most abortions are performed (at 8 to 10 weeks, when the fetus–while very squirmy and cute in sonogram pictures–is nothing resembling viable). That makes GAWD the biggest aborty-lover of them all!!!!!
As long as people are having sex, there will be miscarriages, unwanted pregnancies and abortions. It’s just a fact of life. Guess which part of the highlighted sentence bothers the forced-birthers the most? HINT: It’s not “abortions.”
Jon LaJoie, take me away…