And no, this post is not about Mark Foley. I did find this rather creepy:
At a pivotal time in the abortion debate, Ms. magazine is releasing its fall issue next week with a cover story titled “We Had Abortions,” accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration.
The publication coincides with what the abortion-rights movement considers a watershed moment for its cause. Abortion access in many states is being curtailed, activists are uncertain about the stance of the U.S. Supreme Court, and South Dakotans vote Nov. 7 on a measure that would ban virtually all abortions in their state, even in cases of rape and incest.
“All this seems very dire,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which publishes Ms.
“We have to get away from what the politicians are saying,” she said, “and get women’s lives back in the picture.”
Even before the issue reaches newsstands Oct. 10, anti-abortion activists have been decrying it. Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, wrote in a commentary that when she saw a Ms. announcement of the project, “the evil practically jumped right off the page.”
I am not sure if this is the best tack to keeping abortion rights. From my perspective, I am pro-choice because I think what a person does with their doctor should be their business. That doesn’t mean that I support abortion left and right, it doesn’t mean I think abortions should be celebrated or trumpeted- it means I support women having the choice to do what they they think is best for them.
And I guess I just don’t understand how trumpeting that you have had an abortion helps the cause- if anything, it will allow people to paint the pro-choice crowd ( namely, folks like me who would never choose to have an abortion but support the right of others to make their own decisions) as creepily pro-death, pro-abortion, etc.
I guess I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this seems, well, distasteful and ill-conceived.