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Abortion voices

June 14, 2015

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, is expecting twins. Which gives her the opportunity to address those who imagine some tension between that and her work. She hears people say:

‘Now you know what it’s like, so there’s no way you can stay in your position and continue to do this work.’ As though as soon as you get pregnant, you abandon any previous sense that you had around a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Valerie Tarico explains that part of why she is for abortion is the daughter she otherwise would not now have:

All around us, living breathing and loving are the chosen children of mothers who waited — who ended an ill-timed or unhealthy pregnancy and then later chose to carry forward a new life.

Refinery29 interviews a doctor who provides abortions in the deep south.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2015 10:59 am

    I think the anti-abortion position is one of lack of compassion for women and a twisted understanding of what is “sexually proper”. I think most of us who are mothers and have had pregnancies understand what it would have been like if those pregnancies occurred for the wrong reasons, with the wrong partner, at the wrong times, jeopardizing our health, present and future, and limiting or eliminating our choices to fulfill our life’s sensible objectives, such as having a healthy and happy family life and the ability to commit to the care of our children for 25 years. Anything else is hypocritical excuses, sexual taboos, and unrealistic expectations of sexual purity and complete absence of sexual mishaps, even among responsible consenting adults. Happily those of us with the means, will always be able to have an abortion if we ever need one. We continue to make the US a very hard place to be poor in.

  2. Pieter B, FCD, OMG permalink
    June 16, 2015 12:21 pm

    Most pro-choicers as quick to say that they’re “not pro-abortion,” invoking the “safe, legal and rare” trope. I am shamelessly pro-abortion; there are times when it is not just necessary, but the right thing to do for the woman, the potential child, and society.

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