MY body, MY choice!
How many times do we hear this from pro-aborts? How many times do they insist that abortion liberates women, gives them power over their reproductive lives? To be pro-woman is to be pro-choice, right?
Maybe not so much.
In fact, I'll go as far as saying that abortion, that is, the pro-abortion movement, HATES women. HATES. Yes. Hates. I don't mean that individual pro-abortion folks actually hate women. Many of them ARE women, so obviously, that's not the case here. In fact, I would even argue that these people actually come from a good place. I don't think they hate babies or children or anything like that. Many pro-abortion people have children.
I'm talking about the movement as a whole, from a basic standpoint, almost an unconscious place. Abortion hates women.
Think of what abortion does, first of all. Not only does it end the life of an innocent human person, but in a violent, brutal manner that would seem out of step in our modern society. When you think about something as horrible as partial-birth abortion, for example, you might think you were hearing about some sort prehistoric barbaric society, not the United States of America, the so-called "civilized" West.
So an innocent child is slaughtered, causing a woman's body to become an execution chamber. Does that sound very pro-woman? Do you really think any woman wants her body to become a place of violence and death? Even if she is pro-abortion? Is that what any woman wants? Yet that is precisely what happens when a doctor (often a man) invades her body with sharp instruments or deadly chemicals, all to snuff the life out of the child within. Does that sound liberating?
Furthermore, abortion supports what the Left might term "heteronormative, cisgender patriarchy." I am 1000% sure that is not remotely the intention - rather, I feel pretty sure that the vast majority (99.99999999% at least) believe that a woman's ability to get an abortion if she wants affirms her power and independence, removing the influence of toxic masculinity from her life, especially in that things which matter the most.
The rhetoric these days is that women "need" abortion, and that making abortion illegal or at least hard to get puts women's lives in danger. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham celebrate abortion as a victory for women, almost a sacrament. How can she manage to survive without abortion? She could die! She could experience trauma without abortion. I don't mean to minimize anything that women facing an unexpected pregnancy experience, and I'm sure that finding oneself in that kind of situation would be extremely difficult. That's when these women need support and compassion, not violence and neglect. Convincing women that they can rely on aborting their pregnancy in order to survive, in reality, weakens her.
I always love the image of Rosie the Riveter, who proudly proclaims "We can do it!" And it's true! Women are strong. We are capable and resilient and resourceful - as difficult as a pregnancy can be for some women, The current mentality regarding abortion, therefore, undermines women's strength and in the long term threatens to make women weak, dependent, and permanently scarred. It encourages women to deny their very femininity, to cause women to be alienated from themselves, from their true power as women.
So what is this power? Is it acting like a badass? Acting like a man? The culture is fighting against the feminine these days, allowing it to be appropriated by men who want to dress like women. And while that's going in one direction, we have a woman playing Captain Marvel and Dr. Who, and a new version of Ghostbusters with a female cast. Yay! Now we've done it! Achieved equality! And all we had to do was act like men! But is that really what female power is about? Again, doesn't that just reinforce heteronormative patriarchy? Can't women assert their power AS WOMEN and not as male stand-ins?
This is where the celebration of abortion falls into the whole anti-woman picture. While not every woman will have a child or even get pregnant, every woman has that potential. Our identity as women revolves around that, which is why a man who feels like a woman can never really be a woman, even if he wants to wear heels and makeup. We are wedded, body and soul, as a whole person, and for women, that union creates a woman's heart that is nurturing, generous, inviting. I think of how a queen is defined in the classic epic Beowulf as one who "weaves peace."
Telling women they need abortion, and then brainwashing women to believe they need abortion is abusive toward women because it violates a woman's nature, to its core. It's important for our society to hold up the individual, regardless of gender, and to ensure that their rights are upheld and that they have equal opportunities for success. Certainly, an unexpected pregnancy can get in the way of that, but there are ways to handle it that respect a woman's body and allow the child to live. Once we can all start to see that, we can push back against the abortion dragon and find a new, better way to live that ensures life, dignity, and self-acceptance for all.
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