“We must take to the streets not merely to chant and make ourselves feel better, but to risk and anticipate confrontation.
We should not be afraid to throw a brick if a brick needs to be thrown. There are times when a single instance of violence is a justifiable response to pervasive and encompassing oppression by the state.”
Meredith Talusan “We’ve Always Been Nasty” in Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America (New York: Picador, 2017) 205
Mark Mercer; a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary’s University:
“At conception comes a new human being.
Abortion, then, involves the killing of a human being. But that abortion involves the deliberate killing of a human being is no reason for abortion to be illegal. Nor should one be morally troubled by it….
A human fetus… though human, has only a rudimentary awareness of its environment and lacks self consciousness entirely. It has no interest in living, for it can have no interests at all.
Because a fetus is not a person, killing a fetus is not killing a person.”
In the section on Abortion Counseling, you can read stories from former Planned Parenthood workers and former Planned Parenthood patients talking about how PP denies that a pregnant woman is carrying a “baby.” Instead, they use words like “products of conception” or “fetal tissue.” But in a video on YouTube aimed at teaching children about sex, PP admits they knew it was a baby all along. The video narrator says:
“With younger children you can keep it simple and direct. For example, you can say “A baby grows in a parent’s belly and comes out of their vagina.” That may be all it takes to satisfy their curiosity. If they ask, “How does the baby get in the belly?” You can say something like, “Most women have tiny eggs in a special part of their belly. Most men have very tiny seeds, called sperm. If sperm and egg meet they can grow into a baby.”
“When I met my doctor, she did her best to put me at ease. Dr. Woods was happy to talk about how the ‘war on women’ was affecting her practice. By the time she put me in stirrups, I felt righteously indignant. That feeling disappeared pretty fast, right around the time of the transvaginal ultrasound. I didn’t enjoy being probed with a giant wand, or hearing the 9-week-old fetus’ heartbeat. I had already gone through plenty of soul-searching, and this wasn’t going to change my mind.
I expected to be sedated for the actual abortion, but Dr. Woods only used local anesthesia. While the whole procedure took about 15 minutes, the pain left me blanched and hyperventilating. When it was done, she gave me a copy of the ultrasound photo: a little curlicue blob against black. She wasn’t required to do this. I didn’t know what to make of it….
Sweat-drenched, I sipped apple juice and lay in the exam room for a bit—but not for too long. Another patient who had traveled miles and miles to be here was waiting for her turn.”
This quote originally appeared in the article “The Waiting is the Hardest Part: A red-state transplant gets a glimpse of the dystopian future of abortion rights” in Tomorrow magazine.
From pro-choice Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger, and International Planned Parenthood Council Chair:
“While abortion opponents argue that the taking of human life is prima facie is evidence that abortion does not serve a biological purpose, I would argue otherwise… While abortion takes life, it enables life to reproduce itself successfully, not on nature’s terms but on human terms. The unborn child is not just an innocent life. While it is the epitome of human destiny and the greatest potential joy that humanity can create, it is also a liability, a threat, and a danger to the mother and to the other members of its family. In order to survive, humanity has necessarily taken preborn life to preserve other life all throughout its evolutionary history.”
Alexander Sanger Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom in the 21st Century (New York: Public Affairs, 2004) 261
A pro-choice woman who had two abortions said the following:
“We must go on with our heads held high. During the April 89 March for Women’s Lives, I felt real strong, real sure in my beliefs, I felt wonderful. I looked at those anti people and they were missing the point, they were ignorant, they were not as compassionate as we were, as human, they were so blinded… Women have choices in life and women cannot keep bringing children into the world that are going to starve and be a drain on the system or turn them into alcoholics. It’s just not fair to the child…. Children are too special.”
Patricia Launneborg Abortion: A Positive Decision (New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1992) 63
The following is from feminist Karen Houppert, in response to an article by Gregg Easterbrook. Easterbrook claimed that unborn babies should not be aborted in the third trimester because their brain patterns at that stage are similar to that of adults. Houppert supports third trimester abortion. She says:
“According to Easterbrook’s new science, at 24 weeks the fetus’s “cerebral cortex becomes “wired,” and “fetal EEG readings begin to look more and more like those of a newborn.” Easterbrook contends that the “hopelessly confusing viability standard should be dropped in favor of a bright line drawn at the start of the third trimester, when complex fetal brain activity begins.”
It is at this point that feminists who’ve been around the block once or twice might fight the temptation to take this earnest neoliberal by the hand and lead him gently back to the point of contention: What does it mean that this fetus acquires “personhood” inside the body of another?
Memo to Gregg: Yours is that same tiresome argument about when life begins. Randall Terry [founder of Operation Rescue] and his minions call them the “preborn.” You’ve simply modernized, adding the intellectual’s imprimatur by invoking science to define “signs of formed humanity.”
But get this. Most of us feminists don’t even disagree with you. We might quibble with the notion that “personhood” is bestowed at precisely 24 weeks when the brain waves are first detected on an EEG, because, in general, when a pregnancy is a welcome one, we women tend to bestow “personhood” immediately. (We change the way we eat; “You’re eating for two now.” We pass around sonograms and coo at those 10 little “signs of formed humanity.” We mourn when we miscarry.)
… Our jaded feminist gives a weary nod and says, “Remember, this fetus is being carried inside a woman’s body. The question,” she reminds him, “is not, “When does life begin?” But, “Can it ever be moral for a woman to be pregnant against her will?”
Karen Houppert “The Meaning of Life” The Nation vol. 270, March 13, 2000 P7
Abortionist Dave Turok, of Salt Lake City, talking about a bill that would require abortionists to tell their late-term abortion patients that their babies can feel pain:
“Turok said telling those women their fetuses feel pain is heaping torment upon torment. “These women have real pain,” he said. “They did not come to this decision easily. Creating another barrier for them to get the medical care they need is really unfair.”
According to The Salt Lake Tribune :
“The draft law allows doctors to remain silent in emergencies, cases of rape or incest or if the abortion is meant to prevent the birth of a child with “grave defects.”