Are liberal women really proud to have abortions?
Taking a nod from the gay pride movement, abortionists are calling on women to celebrate their abortion experiences on Twitter with the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion. Really.
The goal, according to Amelia Bonow, 30, who posted on Facebook on Sept. 19 that she had had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Seattle last year, was to encourage women who had kept their abortions secret to speak up. “A shout is not a celebration or a value judgment; it’s the opposite of a whisper, of silence,” Ms. Bonow said in an interview. “Even women who support abortion rights have been silent, and told they were supposed to feel bad about having an abortion.”
For good reason. An abortion is the ending of a life.
Above is Lindy West, one of the creators of #ShoutYourAbortion.
“The problem for a long time was that this stigma felt like a negative cloud,” said Kate Cockrill, the executive director of Sea Change, a nonprofit organization she helped found two years ago to attack the stigma.
Why is it a problem when ending the life of a baby is considered a "negative cloud"?
Many of the Twitter messages showed the emotion surrounding the decision to have an abortion. Some women wrote about being pregnant and scared at 15, or living with an abusive man who might harm a child.
So rather than risk giving birth to a child who might be abused, better to kill the child, the liberal thinking goes.
Many were already mothers, but said they were not ready for another child when they discovered they were pregnant.
Oh, well, if it's not convenient, what's the big deal? It's like returning a pair of shoes, except the shoes are a baby and the return is a death sentence.
Not everyone is in love with this agitprop campaign.
Someone using the name Lindsay* posted, “#ShoutYourAbortion is trending ... what a sad day. That’s like Hitler tweeting #ShoutYourGenocide.”
But liberals still try to tug on our heartstrings:
During a legislative battle in 2011, Representative Jackie Speier, her eyes narrowed and voice choked with rage, revealed on the House floor that she once had an abortion.
“I’m one of those women” who had an abortion, she said, adding that it was because of a medical emergency.
When liberals have an abortion, isn't it always a medical emergency? Or, at minimum, somewhat of an inconvenience?
The Seattle women who chose to bring abortion from the shadows this time around are writers and activists.
Abortion was "in the shadows"? What's next, abortions in the parking lot of Home Depot?
“One of the final hurdles is getting it into people’s heads that the reason for an abortion doesn’t matter,” Ms. West said in an interview. “Women own their own bodies, and you just can’t force someone to bring a baby into the world.”
On her Facebook page, Ms. Bonow said: “Having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way. Why wouldn’t I be happy that I was not forced to become a mother?”
These leftist women view it as as being "forced" to let their babies live. How inconvenient for them!
Now that having an abortion is something to be proud about, will there be annual abortion pride marches, complete with masculine-looking ladies like Ms. West gyrating on floats in the shapes of vacuums and eggbeaters?
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.