Saying that you wish your mother had aborted you because she would have been better off is certainly provocative.
As long as anti-choicers are spinning (sometimes obviously false) narratives about last-minute epiphanies and divine deliverance, we need people like Beisner to tell their own stories—even the deep, dark, painful ones—about the necessity of abortion for women’s equality.
There is no reasonable way, ever, to prove this is true. I could say “My parents would have been better off had they emigrated to the UK,” or “I would have done better in life had I gone to Harvard,” however, since we only get one go round in life, and my parents came to Canada and I went to UofT, none of this can ever be proven.
The Sliding Doors phenomenon is reserved for the movies. This is why it is entirely not compelling to me to hear someone say “I wish my mother had aborted me” claiming she would have been better off. She doesn’t know. No one knows. “Better off dead” philosophies aren’t generally very compelling. For who is to say an abortion would not have caused her mother to commit suicide or some other tragedy? Wouldn’t be the first time.by