A new trend is giving abortion clinics a makeover. No longer cold and sterile places, the abortion clinic of the future will be a ‘spa.’ Many in the movement are trying to take any mystery and shame out of the term- and act- of abortion. They believe in calling abortion…abortion… and boldly stating that it can be a good thing and should carry no negative connotations whatsoever. In fact, they say, it should be celebrated and performed in a “warm, welcoming environment.” It should, in short, be no different than getting a manicure or a massage.
Katha Pollitt is in favor of this. She is proudly on record proclaiming that abortion can be the most moral choice for the fetus, if it would otherwise be born into a difficult, challenging environment. By this same “logic,” the moral thing to do for kids or adults in brutal or hopeless environments would be to kill them. The death penalty, then, should not be seen as cruel, but as a humane reprieve from a lifetime of miserable existence as a slave in a cement cage. Physician-assisted end-of-life killings should also be universally celebrated rather than controversial. (There might well be less need for murder, the death penalty, and Death Panels if we just killed everyone before they were born).
She has some other truly remarkable beliefs and quotes. She avers that our society has turned “an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive.” No different than going to the bathroom. She says abortion should simply be viewed as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life. Really? Abortion prevents reproduction and is therefore- by definition- not part of a woman’s reproductive life.
She also says that it is time we “reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.” Is this a bit? Would that it were so. Mothers aren’t being killed. They are killing their babies. And, in most cases, the law affords them the right to do this. Now, they demand the ‘right’ to do so without consequence or questioning. And in a ‘spa’ setting!
The littany of Pollitt’s abortion quotes is long and stupefying. We continue: “The unwillingly pregnant woman faces a terrifying loss of control over her fate.” Who has a lack of control over their fate here?!! The pregnant woman had control over whether she could get pregnant or not. She will decide whether to keep- or abort- the baby. The baby had/has no control over any of this.
Abortion is “good for women. It’s good for children. It’s good for men. It’s a normal fact of life and has been since ancient times.” So trumpets Katha. It’s good for children? That’s just preposterously sick. Good for men? I thought that would be anathema to these ultra-feminists. And it isn’t a ‘normal fact of life.’ It precludes it. It certainly couldn’t have been too ‘normal’ in the past or most of us wouldn’t be here.
There’s more where that came from, though! Another quote. “Why must the women apologize for not having a baby just because she happened to get pregnant. It’s as if we think motherhood is the default setting for a woman’s life from first period to menopause and she needs a note from God not to say yes to every zygote that knocks on her door?”
“Happened to get pregnant?” No different than ‘happening’ to get the flu, apparently. She cries out, “If you need an abortion to live your life as you see fit, then pro abortion is exactly what you are.” This is self-absorption at the highest (lowest, basest?) level.
Contrast this with the example that Easter gives us. Self-sacrifice, humility and love for others.
He died…that we might live on.
Part II- Soon