Abortion enthusiast Laura Kaplan is plugging her book about "Jane," a criminal abortion syndicate operating in Chicago from 1969 to 1973.
Kaplan and her accomplices probably meant well. But it is a grave disservice to women to perpetuate the myth that women aren't fully human if they can't have abortions. How much sense of your own worth can you have if the only thing that makes you feel human is pulverizing your unborn child?
Suffragist Mattie Brinkerhoff wrote, "When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged."
"Jane" fostered this wrong, and its apologists continue to nurture this wrong even today. They can't even see how pitiful it is. They are like the woman who refuses to press charges against her abusive husband because even his poisoned love seems better than no love at all. The idea that there can be something better--a world where women's lives and bodies are respected--never occurs to them. They buy into the idea that the ability to bear children makes women inferior, and that only through surgery can they be as good and important as men.
Every abortion is an admission of defeat at the hands of a male-dominated society that has no room for women and children. "Jane" contributed, by their own estimates, 11,000 children to the body count.
And they are blind enough to be proud of what they did. It's truly pathetic.