This may come as news to many–but it’s not to me. There is a valiant history of women defending the pro-life position. In fact there was a time when feminists actively campaigned for the criminalization of abortion in support of women’s rights.
One pro-life feminist, Rachel MacNair, calls abortion a “battery”–“Surgery done on a healthy body is mutilation, and such surgery done without adequately informed consent is a battery.”
This is not currently the mainstream consensus, but it once was. Discussing and debating this from every angle will be very important. I for one support getting full information about abortion and what it does out there.
Furthermore, I also acknowledge that where there is the presence of this choice, it holds a magnetic pull for short-term “resolution” of “the problem.” I would not have been immune to it–but supporting women means doing so within the context of our reproductive capacities, not outside it, demanding invasive surgery to eradicate a natural outcome of having sex.
Here ends my rant for today.
Brigitte adds: Allow me to join you in his defence. He’s not the first to make that point, and he won’t be the last one, either. Forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy against her will (say, after a rape) isn’t fair, even if in many cases having an abortion wouldn’t really “solve” that woman’s problems. But neither is pressuring her to have an abortion against her will. And those who think women in Canada today are almost never pressured into having unwanted abortions are deluded.by