Further bizarre commentary about the woman who posted photos of her own abortion
By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life News today has already taken one look at the anonymous woman who took photographs of her own abortion and posted them at www.thisismyabortion.com. Doing so is bizarre by almost any standard, but the more I surf various pro-abortion sites the more I realize that many found the action not only acceptable but liberating.
This was brought to mind today when I read an article by Jenna Clarke, who is the entertainment and lifestyle reporter for WAtoday.com .au (WA stands for Western Australia). What a headline: “A photo album called ‘abortion.’”
As is often the case, it makes no sense to try to follow what Ms. Clarke is arguing. She jumps from one topic to another like a firefly.
The subtext of the piece is one you read a fair amount of in places like Australia and Great Britain: hammering American pro-lifers combined with a warning that some local pro-lifers “are beginning to use similar tactics as the ‘Right To Life’ movement over in the [United] States.” Translated: a Movement that seemed to be moribund in places like Australia is springing to life.
So what has this to do with taking photographs of one’s abortion? Well, thanks to thisismyabortion.com, the issue of abortion is being “clarified and demystified” for young adults in Australia, according to Family Planning WA chief Steve Blackwell. “It is a good thing for some women to see as they are confronted by those lifelike foetuses from the ‘Right To Life’ protesters and it’s not true, so from that point of view I think [thisismyabortion.com] is a very good use of the media.”
But if you actually go to thisismyabortion.com, the woman has documented” nothing. It’s just four pictures of two jars. The first two pictures show the jars empty; the next set show one of the jars with blood in it.
Cassy Fiano, a brilliant blogger, investigated the woman’s site. She writes,
“Of course, it only takes about thirty seconds of critical thinking to spot the massive holes in this entire argument: that pro-lifers are lying and falsifying post-abortion photos, and that this is all an abortion at six week entails, and we can trust her because hey, she has pictures. Never mind there are only four pictures. What happened before or after those four pictures were taken? Don’t worry about that. That jar may have filled up even more with blood, but don’t think about it.”
Of course the point of the photos is to leave the impression that there’s nothing there and that there NEVER was. This, by implication, is a critique of photos of abortions that show babies who’ve been aborted later in pregnancy. Fiano observes
“What’s interesting (but mostly hypocritical) is how the use of post-abortion images is deemed perverse, sensationalist propaganda which serves no educational purpose whatsoever. But four rather meaningless photographs which explain absolutely nothing to a woman about what her baby looks like at six weeks, how he or she is developed, how the abortion will actually be performed, and what it will feel like is somehow praised as educational. Huh? How does that make any sense at all? Pro-abortion activists love to use the word ‘choice,’ and they claim to be all for women making an informed choice. Why, then, do they have such a problem with actual images that show what an abortion is like?…. The reality is that they don’t want the truth to come out or for women to be fully informed. Honesty and transparency hurt the abortion business.”
There will be more such stories, not because of a healthy coming-to-grips with a tragic decision but because the Abortion Industry and its media apologists believe it desensitizes the larger public to the horrors of abortion.
Not so. In fact, it will likely have the opposite impact—which is a classic instance of being hoisted on your own petard. Abortion is a horror that can never be sanitized or made acceptable.
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