“I regret my abortion!” says Dr. Alveda King in response to the NY Times article on abortion discussion

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is cited in the New York Times article below:

The thing is the article seems to still be trying to approve abortion by taking away the stigma associated with it. There is little or no mention of the civil rights of the baby who is killed by the act of abortion. There is also no substantive attention given to the thousands of testimonies on record of the women who have suffered long term effects from abortion, not to mention invasive surgical and chemical birth control methods. Some of these lasting negative effects include death, infection, sterilization, depression, disease, relational distress and other effects.

For example, in one paragraph, an “expert” says that abortion doesn’t define a woman. That is misleading because abortion actually changes women, and there are not as many who say that abortion changed them for the better as there are women who say that abortion divested them for a very long time.

At least the article says that abortion (which is actually murder of a living baby) is complex, and more discussion is needed on the subject.
Here’s the excerpt below:

Even with the new openness, talking about abortions largely remains taboo. In part, experts say, this has to do with the stories being so disconnected. “For one woman to do this, its one media blip; another woman blogs her experience, and that’s another blip,” says Kate Cosby, a researcher at University of California—San Francisco who focuses on the stigma and emotions involved in abortion. The discussion often turns to one about celebrity and fame seeking, as it has with Jackson, rather than a more thorough discussion of the procedure.

Perhaps it’s something about the nature of abortion itself: it generally does not define a woman’s identity nor engender community formation. “When you’re gay, you’re gay forever, it’s an identity,” says Cosby. “But when you make an abortion decision, it’s probably not going to define you, so there’s less motivation to advocate for that right.” In fact, Cosby’s research has shown women who have abortions specifically try to distance themselves from others who have had the same experience. They don’t want to consider themselves part of the stereotype, the woman who is sexually promiscuous and careless about birth control. Like one woman who terminated a pregnancy when she learned her baby would have Down syndrome. “I don’t look at it as though I had an abortion, even though that is technically what it is,” she told the New York Times. “There’s a difference. I wanted this baby.” The irony, of course, is that by removing themselves from their abortion experiences, these women are perpetuating the same stereotypes they seek to avoid.

Changing the stereotypes that come with abortion, and the stigma they engender, is not necessarily impossible. But it requires a larger, more complex discussion.

One Response to ““I regret my abortion!” says Dr. Alveda King in response to the NY Times article on abortion discussion”

  1. Jessi says:

    Just have to say:
    The woman who had her son or daughter with Down Syndrome killed DID NOT want that baby. She wanted a hypothetical perfect baby. And when it turned out her child she was carrying was not such a baby, she hired a murderer to tear that child limb from limb. If she wanted her baby, she wouldn’t have killed her baby.

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