I started my day out like every other.
I had a million things to do today, including two projects I needed to submit to clients. It was your standard “I can’t afford to lose any time” kind of day.
I’m about an hour into my workday, and the phone rings; it’s our daycare (cue the “da da daaaaa” music). You parents know this: whenever daycare calls, your day’s about to take fun little side-trip to Oh Crap-Ville.
Sure enough, my infant son was running a fever of 102, which meant picking him up, bringing him home and soothing him in my arms while simultaneously trying to design a client-facing presentation. (Bonus points if I avoided getting formula or drool on the keyboard. Spoiler alert: I didn’t. Yay me!) I love my son dearly and would do anything for him—as I would for my daughter. But both my children have an uncanny ability to get sick on a day I’ve got a deadline. Never fails.
Yeah, pretty much the definition of inconvenience.
It got me thinking about a video I saw of pseudo-comedian Michelle Wolf’s antics on her Netflix show “The Break.”
In it, she celebrated her “10th Annual Salute to Abortion.” Here’s a snippet (run on sentences not mine):
“Abortion I salute you! Women, if you need an abortion, get one! [throws confetti] If you want an abortion, get one! [throws confetti] If you’re not pregnant but you think you eventually might be and want to order a future abortion, get one! [throws confetti] If you’re pregnant and want to be pregnant, don’t get one! [withholds confetti] It’s up to you, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal and it’s actually a great deal it’s about $300; that’s like six movie tickets! Movie tickets, a bad deal! And women, don’t forget that you have the power to give life and men will try and control that, don’t let them! [throws confetti] God bless abortion, and God bless America! [throws confetti]”
(It’s getting physically hard for me to re-watch this video as I write this.)
Before we go any further, here’s the connection to my little story of parental inconvenience: society would look at me as a thoughtless, cruel woman if I were to tell my daycare provider to pound sand, because picking him up and trying to work while he’s sick and in my arms would be inconvenient.
And yet, society praises women who make the choice to actually kill their child (or as Ms. Wolf calls it, “stopping a baby from happening,” like “Back to the Future and abortion is the DeLorean”) … if in fact that child would otherwise be a burden—or an “inconvenience”—on the mother.
I mean, isn’t it true? Don’t we constantly hear story after story of women who have abortions because it’s not the right time for them? Or that they’ve determined they can’t be a good mother to the child?
So here’s the thing: we’ve all been over the terminology, the biological proof—and even the legal fallacies of Roe v. Wade. And there are and I hope will be many articles dissecting Wolf’s segment line by morally depraved line.
I’m not here to do that today.
I’m here with a simple question: why?
Why is this something you all on the Left so dearly love and treasure? Why do the likes of Lena Dunham actually wish for the opportunity have an abortion? What is it about a risky procedure involving physical and mental torment that is so appealing to you all?
Nicky Minaj called it the “hardest thing I’d ever gone through,” and that it has “haunted me all my life.” Sharon Osbourne called it “the worst thing I ever did,” and also spoke of it haunting her. Kaielyn Lowry spoke of her post-rape abortion as utterly traumatic, saying “I swear they didn’t just suck out my uterus… it felt as though they had taken every fiber of my being … I felt a mother’s grief.” Sherri Shepherd said “I was sleeping with a lot of guys and had more abortions than I would like to count … I felt if someone killed me, it wouldn’t even make a difference.”
These are just the voices we’ve heard, largely because they’re celebrities (many of whom are shockingly still pro-choice). There are myriad other women going through this; dealing with the trauma of what they’ve done.
And I think that’s exactly why you all have to shout so loudly in favor of abortion.
You must shout, because the reality of humanity is otherwise deafening. You must be vulgar and “funny” in order to distract from the the blood and gore of every single solitary aborted child. You must write people like me off as lunatics and fringe elements, in order to silence what I think you know deep, deep down to be true.
I’ve been pregnant twice, and each pregnancy involved a ton of medical visits, blood tests, exams, vitamins, dangerous foods to avoid, flight restrictions, exercise restrictions … and about a million things you are and aren’t supposed to do in the interest of protecting that child’s life. That’s because that’s what pregnancy is: protecting a new life until that life is ready to be born.
Abortion does exactly the opposite, and everyone knows it.
That’s why you all give excuse after excuse (“I wasn’t ready;” “I didn’t have money;” “It wasn’t the right time in my life”) every time one takes place. If abortion wasn’t taking a life, there’d be no need to justify it. Do you feel the need to endlessly justify the removal of a tooth? Or a cancerous skin cell? Or an appendix?
No, because there’s no inherent, innate understanding that those are unique beings with rights.
Bottom line: I think you simply want the power to control life without the consequences.
Bottom line: I think you make it about empowerment and feminism and women’s rights because it’s an easy, politically correct, socially popular mask for something horrible.
Bottom line: I think you make it about what’s “right” for the children (i.e. the mother’s not ready/doesn’t have the finances/isn’t emotionally stable/isn’t in a relationship/isn’t married) because that sounds nicer than the selfishness that’s ultimately at hand here.
Bottom line: prove me wrong.
If it’s really about the children, explain to me why “stopping” anywhere from 650,000 to 900,000 babies a year is a good thing, when there are literally millions of couples dying to have a baby to hold in their childless arms.
Explain to me why—if you’re really “for the women,”—why you don’t advocate for the less dangerous, less physically invasive, less emotionally traumatizing option for a woman who doesn’t want or can’t care for her child? If it’s about the mother not being ready for the child and/or not having the resources to care for the child, then why, for the love of all humanity, wouldn’t you advocate for adoption? Why?
Go ahead. Prove me wrong.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree