I don’t read the New York Magazine, so I missed this one, but apparently they tried to make “things normal” by publishing the stories of women who have had abortions – 26 stories in all.
Naomi Schaefer Riley points out in her article that “the idea that talking about things publicly will make them seem routine does not always work.” Yup. When featured next to mammograms and colonoscopies, abortion is not the same kind of medical procedure.
It’s not the annoying stigma attached to talking about our surgical procedures (frankly I’m happy with the stigma), that women don’t talk about their abortions. It’s that when they do, they do so with deep, often unspeakable pain and regret; with wringing of hands and wiping of tears.
But nothing about these stories will make women just think of abortion as just a “medical procedure.” It is not just the blood and the gore and the pain. … It is the fact that whether you see the fetus as a full human being or a potential one, something has been lost when a woman has an abortion.
What has been lost is a person, who had a future and a right to that future. The injustice of it will never allow abortion to be like other procedures and no amount of talking about it will change that.by