The first time I had a boy in my room with the door closed, I got a lecture and a pair of abortion feet. You know that little pair of feet anti-choicers use to intimidate women? I was working on a school project with a boy, and got abortion feet. No one talked to me about the feet or why they’d been left in my room. My dad is one of those men who stands outside clinics with signs showing giant chunks of baby. Who violates privacy and pretends Planned Parenthood is only an abortion clinic. That’s where you go to have giant chunks of baby removed, fallen women. To stamp out baby heartbeats.
The results of an abortion procedure look like a heavy menstrual flow. If you didn’t know that, take some time to research the facts of abortion. The Guttmacher Institute is supported by science and research rather than ideology. Start there.
I want you to consider something whenever you talk about abortion as murder. I want you to think about the doctors and nurses and support staff who come to work amid death threats to give women, men, and teens full reproductive healthcare. People who know that abstinence-only education leads to more pregnancies. That limiting access to birth control increases pregnancy and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. People who know that women’s bodies are not chattel. You’re judging us, my friend. You’re judging women. You’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and you believe that women having sex is wrong. That we should pay for our choice to be sexually active with AIDS and a baby and then we’ll learn to love Jesus.
Is that what you’re saying? No. It isn’t, is it? You’re saying a good Christian family will give that baby a home and a life. Like the people who adopted Mary. Only that didn’t work out like the brochures. Morality is one of those words that’s sharp at both ends. And you would like me to believe, with your abortion feet and your bully tactics, that you know better than I do. That you will save me from my own depravity. Abortion is a legal medical procedure. Performed 3% of all services by Planned Parenthood. 3%. It may be a moral decision for the woman contemplating having one. But it may not. Either way, it’s up to her and has nothing to do with you.
You’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, and I remember what that was like. There wasn’t room in my head to consider that I was being sold these myths by men. Everyone marching outside the Planned Parenthood, shoving their doctored signs in the faces of my fellow citizens, was a man. They are in the business of shaming women, and they have enlisted you to help. There were dozens of abortion methods commonly used during the time of Christ, but the Bible never mentions abortion. Don’t you think that’s remarkable?