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I want my abortion and I want it now!

by | Jan 23, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams

The March for Life is  this Friday in Washington, DC, and along with a million other amateur and professional photographers I will be snapping photos of a gathering that brings together anywhere from 60,000 to well over 100,000 grassroots pro-lifers. Meanwhile the two most interesting photos to date, in my opinion, are worth discussing for a minute.

The first is actually from 1989 and shows Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, hugging her pro-abortion attorney outside the Supreme Court. I’ve seen it dozens of times and on none of those web pages is there a oh-by-the-way note: Norma McCorvey is now pro-life and has been for years.

The other photo captures the abortion mindset to a “T”: “Abortion on demand and without apology.” None of this “rare” nonsense; indeed, they have no patience even for “choice.” In a word, “I want my abortion and I want it now.”

I thought of that colossal arrogance/ignorance when a friend forwarded me a story that ran at (

The core of Mary Elizabeth Williams argument is (a) those dastardly pro-lifers unfairly co-opted “life” and (b) which is doubly unfair because she also believes life begins at conception but that doesn’t make her “one less iota strongly pro-choice.”

You can see where this is headed by the end of the first paragraph: not well. So Williams tries to preempt some rather obvious criticisms (before moving on to say, who cares?).

“Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.”

There’s lots of other self-indulgent gibberish like this, but let’s just talk about what Williams is saying here first. If what follows sounds cold, I would respond it’s the temperature of the sun compared to what Williams is unloading.

a.   All life is not equal. Williams may or may not limit the inequality to the unborn but my guess is that if you pin her down, the same thresholds would apply to other dependent groups (see below).

b.   She’s the boss. Never mind that the child didn’t create herself. (Come to think of it, all the more reason she is expendible!) The pregnant woman will do what she wants to do because….she is more powerful than the child, the very same rational that feminists have protested when men use it to subjugate women.

c.   If you are “non-autonomous,” it doesn’t take much to send you into oblivion. Dispensing with you only requires that it is “right for her circumstances.”

Williams takes pleasure in an unspoken but obvious assumption: better to be coldblooded than inconsistent. She hammers abortion defenders who dance around, who try to draw distinctions about, when human life becomes a “person.” Who cares? As a society “we make choices about life all the time in our country” (“prisoners in our penal system;  “patients with terminal   illnesses”;and “accident victims”) Williams thunders.

What this has to do with abortion escapes me, but I guess the gist is “life” is “life” and often the disposition of “life” is decided for you by others. And in any event,  this is all in service of justifying that there is no point in pregnancy where the “life” is any less subject to being taken than before. Moment of conception, ten seconds before birth, all is “life” and all is subject to the whim of the more powerful.

All are lives, as Williams concludes, “worth sacrificing.”

I’m not sure if she actually believes this, but maybe she does. Williams draws attention to an op-ed by Emma Maniere (“Why I’m Pro-Choice”) which Williams is convinced turns the tables on pro-lifers. Maniere wrote, “Some argue that abortion takes lives, but I know that abortion saves lives, too.”

Life of mother situations? Of course not. Maniere and Williams are using the imagery figuratively, not in “the most medically literal way.” Abortion as life-saver refers to “the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families.”  

If I told you pro-abortionists could be this hard-hearted, this cavalier, this ruthlessly it’s-all-about-me, some would say I was indulging in hyperbole times ten. In a polite way, some would suggest I was making it up.

Problem is you just can’t make this stuff up. Not if you are a morally sentient human being with even the most minimal sense of justice.

Categories: Abortion