The New York Times is on a pro-abortion tear. First it was Amy Richards. Now today it is Barbara Ehrenreich. I thought nobody could be worse than Thomas Friedman. I was wrong.
Abortion is legal - it's just not supposed to be mentioned or acknowledged as an acceptable option. . . . You can blame a lot of folks, from media bigwigs to bishops, if we lose our reproductive rights, but it's the women who shrink from acknowledging their own abortions who really irk me. . . .This is not a "pro-choice" argument, it is a pro-abortion argument. What is Ehrenreich saying? Nothing more or less than that abortion is a Good Thing that women should take full ownership and pride in.
Honesty begins at home, so I should acknowledge that I had two abortions during my all-too-fertile years. You can call me a bad woman, but not a bad mother. I was a dollar-a-word freelancer and my husband a warehouse worker, so it was all we could do to support the existing children at a grubby lower-middle-class level. And when it comes to my children - the actual extrauterine ones, that is - I was, and remain, a lioness.
Choice can be easy, as it was in my case, or truly agonizing. But assuming the fetal position is not an appropriate response. Sartre called this "bad faith," meaning something worse than duplicity: a fundamental denial of freedom and the responsibility that it entails. Time to take your thumbs out of your mouths, ladies, and speak up for your rights. The freedoms that we exercise but do not acknowledge are easily taken away.
One can complement Ehrenreich on her refusal to abdicate responsibility for her moral choices. The fact that she justifies them so shamelessly, however, should frighten us all. She does not shrink from the acknowledgment that through abortion she killed two of her "children"; that a fetus is a "baby"; and that relative poverty is a morally justifable ground for eliminating human life (that is, poor people aren't worth as much as rich people, and why don't those Africans just kill more of their "children" already and stop being poor?).
Ehrenreich is a self-professed "lionness" when it comes to defending her "extrauterine" children, but those children know that their lives are built upon the deaths of their siblings -- deaths which their mother maintains were Good Things.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the greatest American feminists, said "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." That feminists today would look to trailblazers such as Stanton instead of NOW!
I suspect these recent articles by Richards and Ehrenreich will have exactly the opposite effect of their intentions. They reveal the truth about the moral values of those who most radically support abortion rights: that abortion is infanticide (as Elizabeth Cady Stanton called it) and that infanticide is OK.