Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion

When the anti-choice choose.
"We too have seen our share of anti-choice women, ones the counselors usually grit their teeth over. Just last week a woman announced loudly enough for all to hear in the recovery room, that she thought abortion should be illegal. Amazingly, this was her second abortion within the last few months, having gotten pregnant again within a month of the first abortion. The nurse handled it by talking about all the carnage that went on before abortion was legalized and how fortunate she was to be receiving safe, professional care. However, this young woman continued to insist it was wrong and should be made illegal. Finally the nurse said, 'Well, I guess we won't be seeing you here again, not that you're not welcome.' Later on, another patient who had overheard this exchange thanked the nurse for her remarks."
(Clinic Administrator, Alberta)

Via Science & Politics.


Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

03 09 06

Hello there:
I found you via a physics blog and you left some interesting comments. I don't wish to get into an abortion debate here, but that woman sounded like a bloviating hypocrite.

It is truly sad when a society is polarized over something that should be a very rare medical decision, much like a hysterectomy. Oh well.

Doctor Logic said...

Yes, abortion is a divisive issue. However, the fact that it is used to divide us is no accident. It is a deliberate strategy designed to drive a wedge between non-affluent, anti-choice Americans and the Democratic Party. It has been used to manipulate people into voting against their better interests.

A middle or working class American who votes for a Republican against a pro-choice Democrat is shooting him or herself in the foot. The Republicans will raise the tax burden on the lower and middle class, defend business at the expense of the people, and oppose public services like public television, national research, infrastructure spending and so on. Republicans divide us over gay rights and choice issues because they would get trounced otherwise.

If we really want to reduce the number of abortions, we should invest in sex education and make birth control more accessible.

Of course, Republicans don't actually care about abortion per se. The Republicans are authoritarians. It's not about whether policies work. It's about whether people obey social rules of order. They think that, if people would only obey sexual mores, all our problems would go away. That's why they reject any tolerance or suggestion that breaking the rules is acceptable. Hence the Republican objection to sex education and birth control.