By Dave Andrusko
Okay, I’m not about to poke fun at self-described “pre-Roe or ‘menopausal militia’ leaders” who are trying to convince themselves that younger feminists are worthy of having the “torch” passed to them. When I have time I’m trying to figure out what lines of argument they are using on themselves to persuade everyone that all is well.
To take just one example, on one pro-abortion site, they’ve started a series of articles “published in conjunction with Choice USA in an effort to highlight the importance of inter-generational dialogue within the reproductive justice movement and to uncover ways to work together across generations in order to sustain and thrive.”
Okay, let’s look at the initial two articles, the first (in January) by a male college student, the second (this week) by a Black female. Talk about ships passing in the night.
The young man talks about how three and a half years ago (so naïve he did not even know that abortion was controversial) “my best friend faced an unintended and unwanted pregnancy. I began to truly understand the meaning of choice.”
He then uses the reminder of his space to offer his bona fides, to demonstrate that young people like himself are “celebrating Roe” but in a new way. “We are taking the strategies of our pro-choice predecessors, and reinventing them to meet our needs,” he writes.
It’s interesting that in his last paragraph, he writes, “We also understand that Roe provides the anti-choice movement with an opportunity to capitalize on young people.” Hmmmm. Wonder what THAT is supposed to mean?
The African-American feminist uses most of her space to explain why she’s still angry after all these years. Her bottom line is an interesting admission/plea for understanding: “To the young feminist today, what I understand and appreciate about the many young feminists in my life and in the movement is that they are about much more than being passionately PRO-CHOICE.”
By this she means, “I believe that too often we see a different experience or opinion as a sparring point, but now, more than ever, we must see this as a broadening of our cause. Young feminists are not laser-focused on abortion, and that’s okay. Let’s accept their broader reproductive justice agenda.”
She concludes with counsel to both the youngins and the oldsters: give peace a chance. Kids–“create new and fresh ways to deliver our message to the masses and strengthen our armor in the fight for reproductive justice.” Adults [“pre-Roe or ‘menopausal militia’ leaders”] “pass the torch without fear or apprehension!”
I cannot wait for Part Three!