“Abortion on demand.” “The stigma is bullshit!” “It should be on the dollar menu at McDonald’s!”
During a segment of her new Netflix show The Break, Michelle Wolf stacked up one hogwash slogan on top of another. While none of it was funny (her laughing audience begs do differ), it sure was impressive how casually Wolf spread pro-abortion propaganda under the disguise of comedy. So, kudos to her and her team.
Actually, let me qualify this statement because it actually was humorous when Wolf described “pro-life” as a propaganda term, right after claiming that Supreme Court justice Kennedy’s retirement “could be catastrophic for reproductive rights.” Reproductive rights? As long as you can find a willing partner (and nowadays, not even that is necessary), anyone has the right to reproduce. But this, of course, wasn’t what she really meant.
The gruesome segment ended with Wolf patriotically saluting abortion and cheering, “Women, don’t forget you have the power to give life, and men will try to control that!” Considering that only 9 other countries in the world report a higher abortion rate than the U.S. (among them Cuba, Romania and Russia), it certainly does make us unique. But should it really make us feel proud as a nation?
No, I don’t want to go back to a time where women risked and even lost their lives in an attempt to end an unwanted pregnancy. However, I also don’t want to live in a time where women celebrate ending a life.
Abortion is not a cause for celebration. It’s a terribly difficult choice that women and men make. And it should be. While a propagandist dressed up as a comedian jokingly claims that abortions aren’t a big deal, women who actually go through such a traumatic experience may beg to differ.
No matter how hard pro-abortionists try to downplay the extremely painful and distressful event of extracting a life from a woman’s womb, they cannot talk away the mental health issues women may experience afterwards. Consider soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Yes, you can prepare them with slogans like, it’s the enemy, you are fighting evil, and your country will thank you. But as humans, we understand the preciousness of human life. Isn’t’ that what makes us human in the first place?
Of course, there are valid reasons to chose to end a pregnancy, like rape, incest, or major health issues. However, the majority of women make that choice because they don’t feel ready for a (or another) child. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about teenagers. According to the CDC, more than half of women who terminate a pregnancy are in their 20s. Only a tenth of them are adolescents. On top of that, over a third (!) of women who terminate their pregnancy had one or more previous abortions.
Is this something to celebrate?
Our society is in bad shape when the possibility of bringing a healthy human to this world is deadly crushed because of irresponsibility. And that’s exactly what it is. When adult women get knocked up, repeatedly, they are being irresponsible.
My body, my choice.
Yes, we are the sex who is capable to give life. But the power of giving life is not only a privilege, it is a responsibility (do I sound like Spider-Man?). Because biology makes it possible for us women to become pregnant, it is our responsibility to choose wisely with whom, when, and how we have sex. If women believe it is their choice to decide about the fate of an unborn life, then it is their responsibility to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
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