By Dave Andrusko
As we reported elsewhere [“Abortion on demand bill defeated in New South Wales”], New South Wales recently became the second state in Australia to reject proposals that would have removed abortion from the criminal code altogether and also established “safe access zones” (aka buffer zones) around abortion clinics. Anyone wanting to pray for the mother who came within that zone would’ve been subject to huge fines and possible jail time.
The other Australian state was Queensland.
The resounding 25-14 defeat of The Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016 was greeted with cries of “shame” from angry pro-abortion activists in the public gallery and wildly biased newspaper stories which uncritically recycled every pro-abortion talking point.
And then there were the interviews, including one with a woman who had aborted, which ran under the headline “I don’t regret my abortion, so don’t expect me to feel bad about it.”
“Lindsay,” now 36, told reporter Alana Schetzer that she “grew up believing in a woman’s right to chose what to do with her body, and after having an abortion herself almost 10 years ago, her convictions are stronger than ever.” Her pregnancy was a “fluke,” she said, which turned into her “worst nightmare,” and the decision to end it “easy.” She said
“It’s not like it’s portrayed in the movies – I didn’t walk along a beach by myself or take days of tossing and turning over it. I always knew that I didn’t want children and it took a nano-second to decide to get an abortion.
“…I don’t regret my abortion, so don’t expect me to feel bad about it.”
Later, according to Schetzer, Lindsay added that “ one of the worst things” is “how she feels that it frames women as ‘reckless’ for getting pregnant in the first place.”
“I’m not a cold-blooded monster but I also didn’t want to be pregnant. Why is it so controversial that I made a decision about what I want inside my own body?”
And for good measure, she tells Schetzer
“Abortion makes a lot of people emotional, because it involves a potential baby. But that’s just it – it’s a potential being. Women are actual people and we should be able to decide what to do with our bodies and our lives.
“I think of myself as pro-life, because women’s lives matter.”
What to say? There’s probably nothing that would persuade Lindsay to re-evaluate her decision to end the life of her “potential baby.” Distancing is always at the core of making it possible to do awful things to powerless people. If a baby is only a “potential baby” rather than a baby with potential, then what’s the big deal about getting rid of a “fluke”?
Likewise, it’s an understandable rationalization for her to tell us she does not “regret anything.” But why does “it really annoy me that people expect me to feel guilty or bad about it”? Just false expectations on the part of busy bodies?
Or is there something rumbling around in her conscience that knows she is telling herself a convenient lie to avoid an inconvenient truth?