I do think it’s important to understand what pro-choicers are thinking. Incidentally, I use the term “pro-choice” to be conciliatory, though I think that term–all terms in the abortion debate, in fact–fall quite short of what is really going on. Or perhaps better put, they are themselves clichés that create tension and raise up stereotypical images. Ie. Not Helpful.
Anyhoo, so I read blogs like this with interest. Not to make fun, which admittedly would be easy enough, but with an acceptance that this view is out there–and it makes sense to some women. And I really do wonder why. Because it makes no sense at all to me.
Anti-choicers like to defend themselves against the charge of misogyny by saying they simply believe that life begins at conception. What they fail to understand is that “life begins at conception” is a misogynist statement. It’s the erasure of a woman’s role in making new people, and a claim that the only effort that counts is the effort a man put into ejaculating.
I’ve been invited to talk at a university campus in the fall about why abortion is an injustice for women–will be a sceptical, if not outright hostile audience. But that’s what I believe–not only is abortion not a right, but rather marks a grave injustice in particular for women. So I plan on putting a lot of effort into that paper–it’s months away but I’ll post it when I’m done.by