By Dave Andrusko
Imagine if you can, you’re part of the increasingly confident, increasingly zany wing of the Pro-Abortion Movement. These are the militants who really do believe that “telling your abortion story” will open the door to wider public acceptance just as saying “Open Sesame” opened the entrance to the cave filled with treasure.
No doubt they’d preferred Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards to have gone several steps further. But they’ll settle (for now) to have the President of PPFA give an interview to Elle magazine where she matter-of-factlysays having her abortion “wasn’t a difficult decision.”
Tara Culp-Ressler is one of those never-enough, never apologize (“Apologize? For what?”) scribes. Here’s the key paragraph from the Elle interview (published today) that Culp-Ressler understandably latches onto in her essay for ThinkProgress:
“I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision. Before becoming president of Planned Parenthood eight years ago, I hadn’t really talked about it beyond family and close friends. But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me — and millions of other women around the country.”
Culp-Ressler’s next paragraph would be amusing (when it comes to the voluntary nature of the decision, she is so transparently insincere) if what it signaled wasn’t so sad:
“There’s been a move toward encouraging more women like Richards to speak up about the fact that they’ve had an abortion, a type of ‘coming out’ process that can help shift societal attitudes about the procedure. While advocates say that no one should be obligated to disclose their personal medical history, putting a personal face on the common reproductive health experience — one in three U.S. women will have an abortion before the age of 45 — can help influence the national conversation.”
Culp-Ressler and her ilk believe public sentiment will shift if enough women “out” themselves. Here are a couple of thoughts why this is such a profound misreading.
Pro-abortionists are puzzled that the same time the public as a whole, and particularly young people, have become more “liberal” on a panoply of issues, they (and especially young people) have not embraced the philosophy that equality for women requires lethal discrimination against unborn children.
But is it really so difficult to grasp why people balk at abortion? Not to anyone who has not drank the Kool Aid.
But that’s a rhetoric question, if you are talking about the absolutists like Culp-Ressler, indeed a stupid question that irritates them to no end.
To them abortion is not only no big deal. It is only any kind of a deal because (as Hanna Rosin told us in her review of Katha Pollitt’s new book) pro-lifers have “brainwashed” the public.
Obviously, this is the pot calling the kettle black. In the most unsubtle manner possible, they are trying to brainwash women into celebrating a decision that in many cases is eating away at their souls.
But that’s merely a means to an end for the Culp-Resslers. They want you and I and most everyone else who hurt for these women to take a pass on the decision to take these children’s lives.
In other words, if we feel for them for having made this dreadful decision (and we do), we are supposed to say, “okay, what you did was fine, even laudatory.”
Culp-Ressler pretends they are not pressuring women to speak about their abortion. Of course they are.
But only a particular kind of woman, someone who (at least on the surface) has largely made peace with her decision. Not so for the women who recycle the horror of that moment over and over again. That doesn’t fit the approved narrative.
I have an acquaintance who is a friend of one of the many prominent pro-abortionists who insists her abortion registered so little on her moral Geiger Counter, she rarely ever thinks about it. But my acquaintance knows, I know, you know, and—at some level–the woman herself knows, this is a massive exercise in self-deception.
The bitter irony is the bolder they tout the insignificance of taking their child’s life, the louder the message the average America receives: these women do not think like me.