The futile attempt to “destigmatize” abortionBy Dave Andrusko
As grassroots pro-lifers around the nation were commemorating the approaching 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and preparing for the annual March for Life, pro-abortionists were attempting (yet again) to “destigmatize” abortion.
According to the Huffington Post (an even more reliable megaphone for the Abortion Industry than the New York Times), on Tuesday, the “1 in 3” campaign hosted a six-hour live-streaming event that involved 100 women who “shared their personal stories about and experiences with abortion.”
“The livestream included people of all genders skyping in to the 1 In 3 hosts to tell their abortion stories. Some stories were told live on-air, while others were pre-recorded,” wrote Alanna Vagianos. ”Many of the stories were told by women who have had abortions and others were told by men who have some experience with abortion.”
The “speakout” was timed to coincide with the upcoming 43rd anniversary of Roe and also prompted by the Supreme Court’s decision to hear challenges to portions of the 2013 Texas omnibus pro-life bill, HB2.
As Samantha Allen wrote for The Daily Beast,
“[A]bortion-rights advocates are doubling down on a new approach: going public with experiences that are rarely shared and often shrouded in stigma.” How does the 1 in 3 campaign work to destigmatize abortion? “By harnessing the power of storytelling.”
But, of course, such a gathering requires more than “a Christian minister, a Latina artist, [and] a mother of three” to gather the kind of media attention the organizers so desired. That’s why high-visibility people, including failed Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis; Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of “The Daily Show”; Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards; Amelia Bonow, co-creator of the “#ShoutYourAbortion” movement; and free-lance abortionist Willie Parker appeared on the speakout.
By “storytelling” they mean narratives which fit the narrative: access to abortion is the sine qua non of success and “the best decision of my life.” As Julia Reticker-Flynn, campaign director for the 1 in 3 Campaign, said, “Today we are asking the [Supreme]Court to listen to a different conversation, one that is grounded in the lived experiences of real people.”
But those conversations –“grounded in the lived experiences of real people”–are also about the extinction of lives. This inconvenient truth is habitually ignored by pro-abortionists except when they insist it is in the “best interest” of the child that he or she be vacuumed out, torn to pieces, and/or poisoned.
One other thought from Reticker-Flynn: “Despite the fact that abortion is very common, we rarely talk about our decisions to end a pregnancy .” And the explanation? That offing one’s child is unfairly stigmatized and wrapped in shame.
The solution? Talk loud enough and often enough and reinforce one another’s “story” time and again and they will persuade not only the larger culture but themselves that this “is the best decision I ever made.”
But they can convene and cajole and offer convenient excuses but none of that will ever change the brutality of what has been done and to whom.
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