By Dave Andrusko
The caption that goes along with the photo to abortionist Jennifer Lincoln’s essay highlights in bold colors why Newsweek would be eager to run it:
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln at an abortion rights rally in Portland, Oregon in May 2022. Lincoln grew up with anti-abortion view, but now supports abortion rights.
The headline to Lincoln’s essay is, ‘I Was Anti-Abortion, Then I Began Performing Them‘.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
After spending most of my life believing abortion was a sin, I performed my first one in September 2007 as an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) intern. I remember the exact date because it also happened to be my birthday, and the significance of those two events coinciding was not lost on me.
Lincoln does not forthrightly explore the “significance” of the coincidence of performing her first abortion on her birthday. That is unfortunate.
She tells us of her “teen parents” who sent her to Catholic schools “determined that I wouldn’t follow in their reproductive footsteps.” Lincoln, of course, makes fun of the elderly nuns and makes light of the church’s teachings on human sexuality.
But why/how did she come to be so cavalier, so proud of the “hundreds of those procedures” she had performed since September 2007? How come nowadays she does so “all without the internal conflict of that first case”? How had” Reproductive health advocacy” become “a core part of who I am”?
Sure that “reproductive freedom was essential,” Lincoln “sought out my residency training program, Oregon Health and Science University, because of their excellent access to elective abortion training. ” However, when the day came to perform her first “procedure,” she was surprised to find herself “conflicted.”
After the “procedure” was over she ducked into an empty room and asked herself, “Was I a fake for saying I was pro-abortion when I found my first one to be so emotional?” This was the moment when her last best instincts lost out:
After a few deep breaths, I realized that I was normal and that none of this was about me. The freedom I had given that patient was what mattered and overtook any momentary internal conflict I entertained. Years later, I’ve also come to realize overcoming purity culture is hard. When your formative years boiled down your entire worth to whether or not you’ve had sex, it’s not a quick unraveling.
Along the way, Lincoln “started to believe that religious beliefs should not be extrapolated into legislation that controls another human’s body.” Years later, “I am now an outspoken advocate for reproductive rights, most notably on my social media platforms, where I discuss topics like abortion, birth control, and more daily with more than 3 million followers. My mantra is that education is empowering and in talking about these topics, we break down the shame and stigma that many of us—including me—grew up entrenched with.”
She ends her essay with a rhetorical question:
Would the sixteen-year-old version of me be shocked if she saw who I’ve become? Definitely. But I’d tell her that it’s OK to change our minds about positions we hold when we realize we were only ever given one side of the story.
The other side being what? That it’s okay to take the life of someone who is not big enough to stand up for him or herself? That the baby you are carrying can be evicted? That it’s the mother’s life or the child’s?
I don’t think so. And if Lincoln gave her 16-year self a fair hearing, perhaps she wouldn’t either.