3.11.2006

hypocrisy unlimited

Today's Globe And Mail has a sizeable story about the new South Dakota law that criminalizes abortion. It profiles a 51-year-old anti-abortion activist named Leslee Unruh. Ms. Unruh makes a number of claims that should not stand contested, among them, that most women who terminate pregnancies regret it. In fact, they do not. Most women who terminate an unwanted pregnancy experience mixed emotions, chief among them tremendous relief.

But the real devil here is in the details: Ms. Unruh has had an abortion. At 51 years old, she is not going to need another. This woman was able to do what she felt best with her body and her pregnancy because the procedure she chose was safe and legal. Now she wants to make sure no one else has a right she has already exercised. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

This is not uncommon. A fair amount of female anti-choice activists have had abortions. To me, these women are the lowest of the low.

The article is shot through with quoted lies. The law's architect, Roger Hunt, claims the spectre of women dying from unsafe, illegal abortions is "a myth". If only.

He claims the law will be "an economic boon" to South Dakota, and will benefit adoptive parents. The mind reels. Does it occur to Mr Hunt that he's talking about women - about people?? Not breeding machines, goddamn it! Not baby-makers for a state's economy or to build other people's families! How dare this man suggest that a woman should bear an unwanted child so someone else can have a family.

This makes me sick. It makes me so angry I can't see straight. The story closes with this quote from Ms Unruh:
"I know there's a cost when you stand up for what you believe. When I was a little girl, grandfather would say that people will know you by your enemies. Look at my enemies. They're so angry. They're not happy people."
Angry? Leslee Unruh, you have no idea. People like you will drive women to desperate measures that will cost them health and sometimes life. People like you will cause more unwanted children to be brought into the world, more poverty, more crime. People like you want to control other people's most important and intimate decisions.

People like you are ruining their country. Damn right we're angry. You have no idea.

14 comments:

James said...

This is not uncommon. A fair amount of female anti-choice activists have had abortions.

Once again, the side of justice and equality his hampered by being ethical... It would be so nice to simply be able to post the names of all those who took time off the anti-abortion picket lines to have their own abortions done.

Look at my enemies. They're so angry. They're not happy people.

Rape victims are often angry and unhappy; that doesn't speak well of rapists.

I saw a rant that really perplexed me the other day: "Pro-choice? It's not about choice, it's about abortions!"

Are people really convinced that the pro-choice side's only interest is increasing the number of abortions for their own sake? Do they think pro-choicers are getting kickbacks from abortion providers or something?

L-girl said...

It would be so nice to simply be able to post the names of all those who took time off the anti-abortion picket lines to have their own abortions done.

Oh yeah, I've long thought of this. There's a whole branch of the anti-choice movement that calls themselves "abortion survivors" (which drives me nuts on so many levels!!). They say they're trying to save women from making the mistake they made.

Are people really convinced that the pro-choice side's only interest is increasing the number of abortions for their own sake?

I don't know! It's weird, isn't it? I've heard wingnuts talk about the "pro-abortion lobby" and refer to our side as "abortion lovers".

Excuse me, my head is exploding...

Ferdzy said...

The only time in my life that I have come close to having an experience similar to how I've heard other people describe religious experiences is right after my abortion.

The enormous sense of not just relief, but of what I can only describe as grace was overwhelming. I have never since for one moment supposed that I made anything but the right choice.

Frankly, it's not even that much about choice. It's about access. If I couldn't have had a legal abortion, I would have had an illegal abortion, or died in the attempt. That would have been my choice. I'm so glad I didn't have to make that choice. I think this is the most important thing to remember.

L-girl said...

Ferdzy, thank you for sharing that. It's really profound.

I'm so glad when women speak up about their abortion experiences. It shouldn't be a dark secret. We don't have to buy into that all that shame.

Thanks. You're a cool lady to do that.

Lone Primate said...

I'd like to know if the women who have had abortions and are now in favour of restricting the right of other women to do the same would support making the prohibition and punishment retroactive. Surely if they stand by their convictions, they should be equally willing to suffer convictions for what they stand for... no? After all, there's no statue of limitation of murder, and it seems the least they can do for the poor babies they murdered, if that's what they consider them to be...

L-girl said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James said...

Have you heard Senator Bill Napolli's example of a case where an exception to the South Dakota law might be made?

A rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

Does this guy sit around thinking up stuff like this? I'd hate to see the porn collection on his laptop...

It reminds me of a comment a friend made about Rick Santorum: "I've got a frisky live-in gay lover, and that guy still spends more time thinking about man-on-man sex than I do." These guys are obsessed with sex.

L-girl said...

The girl was a virgin. She was religious.

Too bad. Otherwise I guess being raped wouldn't have been so awful. ...?

What is wrong with these people.

James said...

I think Napolli's comments are one of the best examples of how the anti-choice lobby is really about punishing people for enjoying sex. If she wasn't a virgin, it wouldn't matter that "that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life" -- only pure girls matter, though nothing but their purity matters about them.

L-girl said...

I think Napolli's comments are one of the best examples of how the anti-choice lobby is really about punishing people for enjoying sex.

You are absolutely right.

It's also about punishing women for living other than traditional, conservative-condoned lives.

James said...

It's also about punishing women for living other than traditional, conservative-condoned lives.

And many of these "traditions" are things that date back maybe to the 50s.

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sharonapple said...

I guess people won't be surprised to hear that while this is happening, sexism is on the rise in America. A poll was conducted on sexist attitudes in American and Canada and here are the results:

Men are naturally superior to women. (Percent that agreed.)
USA: 1992 -- 31%; 1996 -- 36%; 2000 -- 38%; 2004 -- 41%.
Canada: 1992 -- 26%; 1996 -- 23%; 2000 -- 24%; 2004 -- 25%.

The frustrating part is that this also coincides with the whole political thought in America that feminism is dead -- that all of the battles have been won.