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If one abortion is okay, why not two abortions in three months?

by | Aug 13, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Last week we wrote about a woman who is wrestling with the aftermath of an abortion she had 15 years before. Only, in her case, she’d  adopted the self-defensive posture: her abortion  “was—and still is–the best decision I ever made.” 

She’d undergone her abortion alone—her boyfriend had no interest in accompanying her to the abortion clinic and she had not told her parents (“who I knew would have come with me if I wanted”).  

Out of this “feeling of loneliness,” her life was changed and she became a full-time abortion activist, fluent in abortionspeak.

Beyond what you can glean from her individual situation, one of many things I’ve learned over the years in reading the accounts of “people” (aka women) justifying their abortions is that they loathe the very suggestion that they need any reason, let alone a justification, to do what they want with the unborn children they typically have created out of carelessness. Sometimes they offer a reason but before long, it’s nothing more than the equivalent of clearing their throats.

And, if you think about it, there is a kind of invidious logic to going from at least making a pass at hinting you may regret what you’ve done to the victim  to celebrating abortion as “necessary self-care.”

Rewire.news specializes in these “I’ll raise your one abortion with my multiple abortions” narratives. The “best,” if you will, may be “What It’s Like to Have Two Abortions in Three Months: having multiple abortions—and you’re not reckless or stupid for becoming pregnant again,” is a head-scratcher.

The author, Paige Alexandria, tells us about how “being there” for one of her best friends who’d had two abortions in three months “was a powerful moment for me…”

Why, you might ask?

because years earlier she supported me through my own abortion. Back then, she didn’t think she’d ever be able to make the decision I did.

So (a) Alexandria gives “Chelsea” support, and, making it more “powerful, ” is that (b) once upon a time Chelsea didn’t think she could abort once, not to mention twice.

This goes far beyond a lack of self-awareness. This is a calculated obliviousness  to what they are saying and what they are doing to whom. Alexandria tells us her friend’s first abortion was “a surgical abortion, a procedure she found comfortable.”

“When she found out she was pregnant again three months later, Chelsea said she had no doubt this time that an abortion was the right decision for her. The most frustrating part of the experience, she said, was learning she was pregnant a second time after having unprotected sex once after her first abortion.

This time, she preferred to complete the process in her own home, through a medication [chemical] abortion.

Why?

“My first experience taught me that it was difficult to be away from my children for hours while I waited at the clinic, so I decided to go with a medical [chemical] abortion, which didn’t take as long

Get it? It was difficult for Chelsea to be away from the children she’d allowed to be born while she was away snuffing out their sibling. Better for everyone (except the hapless baby) if she aborts at home in her bathroom.

Finally, Alexandria quotes a Dr. Jennifer Wider who

told Glamour in 2016 that multiple abortions (even within a short time frame) generally don’t affect fertility, nor is there any medical reason to encourage fewer abortions. Still, much judgment and stigma remain.

Despite being exposed to anti-choice rhetoric and imagery on social media, Chelsea refuses to harbor any negativity over her decisions. She credits her attitude in part to the power of storytelling and activism by others who’ve had abortions.

Why harbor any negativity? That’s so 1990ish. The next thing you know someone might talk (as the Clintons did up until about the time Hillary decided to run for President) about abortion being “safe, legal, and rare.”

But that is silly, right? After all, tissue is tissue, empowerment is empowerment, and dead is dead.

As Chelsea put it bluntly, “If you’re comfortable having one abortion, then there’s no reason not to be comfortable with others. You’re not reckless or stupid for becoming pregnant again.”

A coldblooded, coldhearted crew, if ever you met one.

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