About a week ago I wrote about a “Reproductive Justice Advocate” who lamented that the biggest problem with our abortion laws is that late-term abortions are not accessible enough, and too many people—including pro-aborts—are too judgmental. She lamented that women who decide to have an abortion late in their pregnancy are forced forced! to go to slaughterhouses like “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell’s in order to get what they want.
Today, Mark Steyn eviscerates such a notion in a column that should make you a little queasy. He references real stories of real people who were really hurt, maimed, and mutilated by the abortion industry (like the girl who was rushed to the hospital after an abortion-gone-bad, only to have treatment delayed by frantic doctors who couldn’t locate one of the dead fetus’ arms: it was on the floor of the abortuary, having been ripped off in the abortion-gone-bad).
The back alley is back, and supersized: The above New Jersey clinic performs 10,000 abortions a year. When the pro-choice rally ends and Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd and other celebrities d’un certain age return to Hollywood, and the upper-middle-class women with the one designer baby go back to their suburbs, a woman’s “right to choose” means that, day in, day out, the blessings of this “right” fall disproportionately on all the identity groups the upscale liberals profess to care about – poor women, black women, Hispanic women, undocumented women, and other denizens of Big Government’s back alley.
A government back alley, licensed and supposedly regulated, is worse than the old kind, because it implies the approval of the state, and of society. That’s what Gosnell thought he had, when he murdered those babies and mutilated those teenage girls. That’s what Planned Parenthood think they have, when they facilitate the sexual exploitation of Third World children.
The back alley never went away. Spousal and child abuse are both up considerably. Divorce and depression are up. Unintended pregnancies are up. What has the abortion-nearly-on-demand helped?
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Live Action is wise to release their videos over time rather than all at once. The pro-abortion controllers of much of the media, as we saw with the “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell horror, are adept as memory-holing big stories that are one-time affairs that don’t fit their agenda. Spread the revelations out and even they can’t completely sweep it under the rug.
But where is the National Organization of Women on the treatment of women at the hands of monsters like Gosnell? (And if you think he’s the only one like him, the law of averages laughs at you.) Where is NOW on the revelations about Planned Parenthood? Rhetorical questions, of course: we know where they are: the “reproductive justice activist” I talked about before gives us the answer.
And it’s the same answer such people always give when confronted with the messy reality that resulted from the adoption of their anti-humanity policies: “the real problem is we didn’t go far enough down the path I prefer.”
Yes: the real problem is that we have a collective, preternatural abhorrence of mothers desiring to kill their children that we have to get over. The problem is that we have a societal bent against allowing doctors to force scissors into the backs of babies necks and either snip their spinal cord or vacuum out their brain that we must set aside. That’s the real problem: our pesky consciences. If we can just kill our conscience (perhaps put a pillow case over its head and whack with a baseball bat until it stops making us feel guilty) then we will finally achieve the just and humane society people like the “reproductive justice activist,” “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell, and all those Planned Parenthood child-sex-slave enablers try to promote.
But also, and to respond to some of the commenters in a previous post who advocated abandoning any and all legislative strategies to combat abortion, note how many of the women Steyn talks about were forced to have abortions after they chose not to. Again, this was only a couple, but they’re the couple we know about; there is no way of knowing (due to the lax-to-non-existent reporting) how many other women are coerced to have an abortion even if they never desired to have one in the first place. Sidewalk ministry and working to change hearts and minds is laudable and needed, but it doesn’t help a vulnerable woman in a seemingly impossible situation who is coerced by “loved” ones into aborting her child at a place like Gosnell’s slaughterhouse. It doesn’t help the girl who wants to keep the baby, but whose boyfriend, husband, mother, father, friends are putting pressure on her to abort the baby. Legislation is needed to outlaw abortion, or at the very least greatly improve the ability of pro-life support networks to succeed.
The “back alley” abortionists may continue, but they would at least be unmistakably back-alley, not main street.