Nothing like being called “evil” to warm my heart on a freezing Wellington night.
But there’s something that keeps cropping up that I need to address.
It’s this notion:
Even women who believe in abortion would know down deep what they’re doing and try to block out that side of it.
Women are in denial, people (or the more common alternative, women don’t realise it’s a Baby(TM)).
Women just don’t know – or pretend not to know – that what’s growing inside them (and using their bodily resources and permanently altering their body and potentially damaging their health or even killing them) is a precious rosy-cheeked infant just waiting to compose symphonies and cure cancer.
Women, you see, are a bit thick.*
Maybe women do actually know It’s A Baby.
Maybe that’s why they want a fucking abortion.
Maybe that Baby is the result of rape. Maybe that Future Beethoven will forever connect her to an abuser and give him another weapon to use – heck, another victim. Maybe that Precious Life is going to kill her. Maybe that Gift From God is going to take resources and energy to raise which she can’t give – oh, and fuck off especially on this one, fundies, unless you have honestly never bitched about women getting welfare to raise the children you want to force them to have.
Maybe she really, really wants this child, has planned for this child, has prayed for this child, and there are complications which mean its life will be nasty brutish and short. Or she gets diagnosed with cancer and if she doesn’t get chemo they’ll both die. Or she has a family history of illness that she doesn’t want to pass on. Maybe this is the most fucking heartwrenching horrible decision she has ever made, and yes! Yes, spucwits, maybe she WILL regret it, and feel terrible, and hate herself, and feel like she thoroughly deserves the harsh judgment you so like to pretend you’re not passing out. And yeah, she probably doesn’t want to think about The Horror She Is Committing.
But she still knows it’s a fucking Baby(TM). She still knows it would, with time and frankly luck on the health front, be born and become an autonomous human being. She knows that by having an abortion she will stop that Innocent Potential from ever being fulfilled.
The only thing that is certain, when people start saying “women hide the truth from themselves” and “women need to understand It’s A Life Growing Inside Her [against her will]”? Is that those people think women are stupid and thus denying them choice is a-okay.
When women seek an abortion, they know they have a Baby(TM) growing inside them. They’d like it to stop. That’s why they want an abortion.
PS. Chris Trotter seems oddly defensive about me commenting on his post, with that whole “OH I AM SO HONOURED YOUR MAJESTY” shtick (oh man, don’t I qualify as a “Comrade”?). Dude, you quoted me. That’s how these Internets work.
And he still doesn’t understand this “numbers without context are meaningless” concept. Did y’all know that in the past two years my salary has doubled? Quick Chris! Draw conclusions about the economy and state of NZ workers’ rights without bothering to find out if it’s because I finished uni and changed jobs, that’d get in the way of soulful rhetorical questions!
Also (dammit woman, get some impulse control) apparently Chris’ post could not possibly contribute to stigmatizing abortion. This is because Chris is a pansy effeminate bitch, and in saying that I cannot possibly have contributed to societal discourse which devalues the non-masculine because society already does that.
PPS. I also love the way some people have reacted entirely predictably to my shits-and-giggles comment. It’s hard to pick what’s really funny about “abortion images” though; is it the obviously fake stories attached (the doctor put it in the microwave and drank it through a straw!!!)? Is it the way that a smudge of jelly really fails to make the antichoicers’ “it’s a BABY!!!! With feet and an appendix!” arguments? Is it the fact that, in the age of Saw movies, even real-looking gore doesn’t really pack a punch – thus revealing the images’ creators for the out-of-touch privileged old wankers they are?
*And isn’t it fucking amazing how yet again, the reactionary forces of privilege use the same bloody arguments in every single issue? See also, “fat people don’t realise they’re fat.” Because they live in basements, apparently, with no access to mass media.