I have so much to say about the #ShoutYourAbortion trend, the Defund Planned Parenthood Bill and the 20 week abortion ban I can barely keep it all in. Forgive me if I get a little pro-life crazy over the next week but there is just too much to talk about.
I would like to start with a very simple fallacy of the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign that has been sweeping the internet and disgusting anti-abortionists everywhere.
Listen up: Margaret Sanger actually loathed abortion. That’s right, old Maggie Sanger, the champion of the women’s right, right-to-choose and feminist movements actually saw abortion as barbaric and shameful (or at least that’s the face she thought was most tactful to give to her birth-control crusade). This was a woman who was an open eugenicist, a known racist, who laid the foundation for the philosophy of contemporary feminism with the statement that “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” (A Parent’s Problem or Woman’s? 1919)
And yet, the cause she championed was for the widespread availability of birth control, and for family planning clinics to be established in the low-income neighborhoods of the “undesirable” sectors of society-not for widespread abortion.
What would she think of #ShoutYourAbortion? Well, I do not believe she would be too fond of it or the contemporary statistics on abortion. She stated, in Chapter 10 of her book Women and the New Race, “While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.” This was because she felt these women should have been given birth control to avoid abortion.
Did she consider abortion to be taking a human life? Why yes, she did, or at least she wanted people to think she did. From her 1938 Autobiography, “To each group we explained simply what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not begun.”
The “reproductive rights movement” has shifted from women who want to remove the social stigma of birth control to women who adamantly campaign in favor of not choice, but abortion itself. Surely if it were about choice, women would be encouraged to choose abstinence outside of stable marriages, to chose partners who could support them, to choose safe sex, to choose to learn their bodies so as to avoid intercourse when ovulating. Surely there would be more funding placed on services for prenatal care-something else Sanger felt was incredibly important-she stated in a speech to the Sixth International Neo-Malthusian and Birth Control Conference:v”Human society must protect its children–yes, but prenatal care is most essential! The child-to-be, as yet not called into being, has rights no less imperative.”
The unborn child has rights? Once again this is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, sounding like the most ardent of pro-life advocates! Margaret Sanger, who’s “legacy” has resulted in the in-utero murder of millions of American citizens, advocating for prenatal care over abortion. Why aren’t American tax dollars going to this cause? To adoption services, homes and schools for teen mothers, campaigns to demand better maternity leave for professional women?
Trust me, I abhor Margaret Sanger and her eugenic aims as much as the next pro-life Christian. But I used to be a pro-choice feminist and let me tell you, #ShoutYourAbortion is making a mockery of the only justifiable aspect of the reproductive rights movement, which is to assist women in avoiding pregnancy-and avoiding abortion.
Even if you can convince yourself that murdering your unborn child was merciful, you should absolutely be ashamed of yourself for the face you are putting on the pro-“choice” movement. This is not pro-choice. This is pro-abortion.
One final thought on #ShoutYourAbortion (at least for now): it is such a slap in the face to women everywhere who have lost children or never been able to conceive. I believe it also pressures women into feeling like they need to express pride for something that they might need to contend with their shame for. Every single abortion ever successfully preformed has taken a human life and no matter how you twist the procedure to justify it, there will always be those of us who morn that loss of life. Don’t forget to pray for and reach out to those women who might be particularly hurt by this campaign, either by seeing-or participating in it.