The Normalization of Abortion

This much seems apparent, that if something is normal it needs no justification. As far as I am aware, there are few parades in support of sleeping, falling in love or eating bread, and fewer websites in flagrant support of wearing clothes. Normal things are either self-evidently normal, or they ain’t normal.

Thus making an effort to change public attitude towards abortion, as the new campaign My Abortion My Life is doing, fails from the very outset. If abortion were “a normal and necessary part of women’s reproductive lives and health”– i.e. if the creators of the website were telling the truth — there would be no need for their website. Of course, this sort of denial is ridiculous — the last time I checked anything that destroys life, increases cancer risk, and creates such visceral debate as abortion isn’t a normal part of women’s health. Unless one truly believes that women don’t deserve any better.

But it is worth pointing out that normalcy is no indicator of goodness or evil. Democracy is abnormal. A lasting family is increasingly abnormal. A child who hasn’t seen hardcore pornography by the time he is 16 is abnormal. What needs be discussed is not whether these things are normal, but whether they are good. One judges a tree by its fruits, not by its commonness. Poison ivy is normal — that doesn’t mean it is a benefit to the garden. Which is precisely my point. All the hopeless attempts at normalizing abortion are really just attempts to avoid the question of whether abortion is good. From their website:

The facts are clear.

About ONE IN THREE WOMEN in the U.S. will have an abortion during her lifetime.

About 50 MILLION WOMEN have had abortions since the Roe v Wade decision in 1973.

Even if you aren’t among them, it’s likely that someone close to you has been touched by abortion. Yet you probably don’t get to talk about it very much.

Imagine what will happen if just a small fraction of us who have been impacted by abortion begin to break the silence!

Abortion advocates of this bent are akin to equivocating children — “But everyone else is doing it!” To which any one with working brain can and should reply, “So?” But when you give it some thought, that sort of language could equally be applied to a pro-life website. Imagine what will happen if just a small fraction of us who have been impacted by abortion begin to break the silence, indeed. I cannot help but wonder, if My Abortion My Life’s aim is to “create a new and positive conversation about abortion,” will they be censoring the voices of those women for whom abortion was a negative experience? How could they not?

  • Tom

    You seem to have overlooked the point that programs such as this are only brought about as a response to the initial propaganda led campaigns by people such as yourself.

    If the likes of you didn’t try to campaign against the normality of abortion then things such as “my abortion, my life” wouldn’t need to point out the obvious. You are the one trying to change public attitudes.

    No-one campaigns for the wearing of clothes because no-one conducts a virulent campaign against the wearing of clothes.

    “Imagine what will happen if just a small fraction of us who have been impacted by abortion begin to break the silence!” – I’d love to see that. Millions of women stating that their abortion was a positive experience and prevented a negative impact on their lives. Nor did it increase their cancer risk.

    • Guest

      Suppose I showed you a country that has no active pro-life movement, very little religious influence, and no social stigma surrounding abortion providers.  If what you’re saying is true, I would predict that abortionists would have no problem showing women the ultrasound beforehand (as abortion is nothing more than a simple surgical procedure).  Is this actually the case in a country like China?

      How do you explain why children, and even birds, understand that a fetus or embryo is not substantially different from a baby that’s already been born?

      http://liveaction.org/blog/embryology-experiment-breeds-future-pro-lifers/

      I can assure you that our “propaganda led campaigns” don’t significantly affect birds or kindergarteners.

      There have been studies published in peer reviewed journals supporting the hypothesis that abortion causes mental health problems, as well as that it increases the risk of breast cancer.  You’re simply going to have to deal with that.  Some studies show otherwise, but I don’t think you could honestly conclude that scientific consensus exists in this area.  I certainly wouldn’t use these studies to dismiss the trauma millions of women have faced due to having an abortion.  Nor would I feel comfortable telling a woman considering having one that she will not be at increased risk for breast cancer or mental health problems.

      Abortion is not wrong because it might have negative health consequences or because many women regret it.  Smoking is still legal, despite the physical harm that it causes.  Likewise, many women regret voting for Barack Obama (George W. Bush), but that doesn’t imply that casting those votes was morally wrong.  Abortion is wrong and should be outlawed because it kills a human being.  No number of propaganda campaigns or pro-abortion testimonies will ever change that.

      • Tom

        “There have been studies published in peer reviewed journals supporting
        the hypothesis that abortion causes mental health problems, as well as
        that it increases the risk of breast cancer.” – if you actually read them they don’t demonstrate any causal link between abortion and mental health problems and the alleged breast cancer link ones have been refuted.

        • Guest

          You fail to specify any examples regarding the mental health issue.

          A new study supporting the abortion-breast cancer hypothesis seems to come out every year.  So claiming that all of them “have been refuted” is a very bold statement, especially coming from someone that never cites any sources.

          Furthermore, virtually all cancer experts agree that carrying a pregnancy to term, having babies early in life, giving birth to many children, and breastfeeding can all significantly reduce breast cancer risk.  So it seems that abortion, at least indirectly, can contribute to breast cancer.  This is not something that abortion clinics ever admit to.

  • Coo Per16

    Women already broke the silence. THeres many post abortion groups who speak out against the horrors of abortion.

    Women deserve better.

  • Missydawn5

    Abortion isn’t normal or natural. It isn’t natural to destroy something out of convenience. Preventing your pregnancy by abstaining or using protection should be normal though.
    The only way to have a normal end of a pregnancy is to give birth or through a miscarriage. Those are things that will happen on their own. Abortion is a sad and intentional end.

  • Bob Rodriguez

    Face it you guys have lost.  RoeWade is not going anywhere, and each time personhood amendements have come to votes your side gets skewered like shrimp.  Abortion is the right upon which all others are predicated.  Much like guns, if the government can take our reproductive choices my guns and other rights are not safe.

    • Bridget

      Interesting that you should say “all other” rights are predicated on abortion. I was just thinking the same thing, although in a little different light. Unborn children have no rights when abortion is legal. If that remains the status quo for too much longer, why shouldn’t you lose your rights, too?

    • lakingscrzy

      Well then, guess we better get on reviving dredd scott.

  • Karie Mitchell

    There is a group of women who are talking, it’s called “Silent No More”.  They have plenty to say about abortion.  Funny how “My Abortion, My Life” doesn’t link to that….

  • Barb

    I wear a “I regret my Abortion” pin.  I have not had women come up to me and say, “I’m so glad I had my abortion.”  I have had women thank me for wearing the pin and then proceed to tell me about their regretted abortion experiences.  And some have told me about the children they have because someone encouraged them during a time of crisis.  One told me about her grandchild born when she and her daughter resisted other family members urging abortion. She did not want her daughter to go through the anguish she experienced from her regretted abortion. 
    I’m sure there are women who do not regret their abortions.  They frighten me with their hard-heartedness.  I hope none of them are nurses attending to me or one of my loved ones during a medical necessity.  We are safer with pro-life medical personnel.

    • Anonymous

      Probably women who are relieved they had an abortion would not tell you because of the anti-abortion views reflected in your pin.

  • Furious C

    ^And we wouldn’t need to come up with these obviously biased web sites If it weren’t for you meddling kids!

    Also, making an analogy between killing babies and wearing clothes is weak.

  • Guest

    The first thing my mother said after a taxing pregnancy and a trying 24 hours of labor with me was “I would do that again.” (And she did, two more times, along with one miscarriage). I am saddened that a human child, our offspring, without which the human race would not continue, is seen as harmful, that the mother (and/or the entire human race) does not “benefit from the association.” One can hardly equate a human child with a tapeworm. A tapeworm will never be anything other than a tapeworm. A fetus, even if not seen immediately as a human (which is incredibly debatable science), will grow to be a human being, a person with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That child could grow to cure cancer, fight poverty, or even simply love another human.  A tapeworm is always a tapeworm.

    Please, if nothing else, try to see the pro life movement as one founded in love. Yes, we get heated, as do you. Yes, things are said that are unfair, rude, and sometimes cruel. And yet, we are rallying to the defense of children, and culture. Please know that I am praying for you, and that I love you.

  • Ducats69376

    Let’s
    suppose a friend is planning an abortion. You had always assumed
    that if anyone would not get one, she wouldn’t. On Wednesday she had
    the abortion, and a week later she called to tell you the news. “Oh
    no,” you say and instantly begin to feel bad. Interesting isn’t
    it? The event has already taken place, it’s long over. But now, as
    you think about the event, you start to feel bad. Clearly the event
    itself didn’t make you feel bad. It happened seven days ago and you
    didn’t even know about it. Your thoughts about the event are the
    guilty party, responsible for the way you felt. The event was
    certainly “real” but it meant nothing to you—it was
    neutral—until you were able to bring it to life through your
    thinking. Interestingly enough, had your thinking interpreted the
    news differently, you would have felt differently. You may just as
    easily have thought to yourself, “Oh well, I guess only she can
    know what is best for her.” This thought may have left you with a
    feeling of compassion and understanding.