By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. This appeared a year ago in NRL News Today. Its subject is an anthology whose embrace of the violence of abortion is jaw-dropping, even by anti-life standards.
The pro-abortion site rewire.news is very much worth reading. There you come face-to-face with the secular religion that is undiluted abortion fanaticism. In their sheer ugliness, the posts reveal with startling clarity what happens when “people” (rewire’s preferred choice of words over “women”) worship at the idol of absolute power over hapless and helpless unborn children whose “sin” it is to be inconvenient.
That these children didn’t magically wish themselves into existence is one of those inconvenient facts which explain why abortion proponents’ default position is to talk about rape and incest.
Today they offered up excerpts from Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, which rewire.news tells us is poet “Annie Finch’s anthology of abortion poems, stories, and essays” where “she reflects on how literature on abortion is necessary on both a personal level and a larger societal one.”
The excerpt starts with, “I had an abortion in 1999,” followed by these nine words:
Searching for literature to help me absorb my experience….
“Absorb my experience”? Just wondering but could that be another way of saying she is “explaining the abortion away”?; or “making peace with my conscious”?; or proving to herself that any negative thoughts are merely the “imposition of the patriarchy determined to reduce women to breeders”?
This is the introduction to why she put the book together….
I realized that I had rarely read anything about abortion (and I have a Ph.D. in literature). I was astounded to discover that there was no major literary anthology about one of the most profound experiences in my life and that of millions of others. A physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, political, and cultural reality that navigates questions of life and death, abortion should be one of the great themes of literature.
Would “one of the great themes of literature,” as dug out from “lyric and narrative poems, plays, short stories, tweets, memoirs, flash fiction, rituals, journals, and excerpts from novels,” offer us any insights beyond warmed-over anti-male platitudes? Judging by the excerpt only (which is all I have to work with), no.
Why am I not surprised?
What also comes as no surprise, because it is a staple of the pro-abortion lexicon, is to transliterate good into evil and pretend we won’t notice. For instance, the first category of Doublespeak (to borrow from George Orwell) is “Abortion as an act of love.”
In a perceptive and forward-thinking article, “Abortion, Killing, and Maternal Moral Authority,” the philosopher Soran Reader points out that mothers choose abortion as a loving act of caretaking, whether for existing children or for the child they choose not to have.
“Loving act of caretaking.” Would that come to your mind—to anyone’s mind—if you were to trade in these word games for the brutal reality of what happens in an abortion—and to whom? That is why, to again borrow from Orwell, pro-abortionists speak Newspeak. The rest of us—the proles, as it were—speak Oldspeak.
You get the picture. Judging by the excerpt, Finch is settling scores with lots of the usual villains which obsess so many pro-abortion writers. This includes, first and foremost, the aforementioned Patriarchy, the thread that runs through the entire screed.
Finch is freed to vent her spleen six days a week and twice on Sundays. Unfortunately, every year nearly 900,000 unborn victims pay the price for the exercise of “reproductive justice.”