When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense

At the time of the Roe v. Wade decision, I was a college student — an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student. That particular January I was taking a semester off, living in the D.C. area and volunteering at the feminist “underground newspaper” Off Our Backs. As you’d guess, I was strongly in favor of legalizing abortion. The bumper sticker on my car read, “Don’t labor under a misconception; legalize abortion.”

The first issue of Off Our Backs after the Roe decision included one of my movie reviews, and also an essay by another member of the collective criticizing the decision. It didn’t go far enough, she said, because it allowed states to restrict abortion in the third trimester. The Supreme Court should not meddle in what should be decided between the woman and her doctor. She should be able to choose abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

But, at the time, we didn’t have much understanding of what abortion was. We knew nothing of fetal development. We consistently termed the fetus “a blob of tissue,” and that’s just how we pictured it — an undifferentiated mucous-like blob, not recognizable as human or even as alive. It would be another 15 years of so before pregnant couples could show off sonograms of their unborn babies, shocking us with the obvious humanity of the unborn.
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22 Responses to When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense

  1. wayne says:

    I always laugh at the “It’s my body” defense. If that can be a reasonable excuse, why can’t I smoke dope? It’s MY BODY!

  2. carolinaTURTLE says:

    i believe abortion is murder, but i also consider most people that support abortion to be my enemy. if my enemy wants to murder it’s own children in the womb, that’s one less enemy i have to kill on the battlefield. So let abortion be legal. My “side” won’t be committing that atrocity based on the simple reason that it might be legal to do so.

    And if those unwanted children were born into this world? I imagine most of them will be raised significantly using taxpayer support! am i wrong?
    -carolinaTURTLE

    • Rob says:

      Sadly, I’ve come around to a similar conclusion. If my enemies, and they are now enemies, want to exterminate their own offspring, then why should I stand in the way?

  3. Bill says:

    Supporters of abortion must have blinders on or be totally depraved with no semblance of a conscience . Clearly a new life is begun when the sperm enters the egg. That new single cell has a brand-new DNA, never before seen in the world. Abortion not only kills another human being but does extreme psychological damage to the mother. The absolute hypocrisy of the left on this subject is jaw dropping.

  4. LargeMarge says:

    “Right to choose” and “pro-life” seem to overlook that whole pesky firearms issue.

    Do the “pro-life” crowd encourage infringing on firearms?
    Do the “right to choose” crowd infringe on rights of firearms users and owners?

    Hypocrites.

    • Bill says:

      I’m kinda missing your point, at least on the “Pro-Life” side. Killing a helpless baby is in no way related to the right to self protect. In fact, the Declaration of Independence contains the phrase:”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We all have a right to life, including the yet to be born. Nobody is granted the right to terminate the life of another except in the case of that other presenting a real,active, and tangible threat to your life or the life of another innocent person. All the Pro-Lifers that I know, and there are many, fully support the right to self protect, and support the 2nd amendment.

  5. Rick says:

    “But at the time, we didn’t have much understanding what abortion was. We knew nothing of fetal development.”

    BULLSHIT!
    She uses ignorance as excuse for her denial of fact.

    A 7th grade science class explained in detail all of what she presupposes to not know. She knew alright but she was as purposefully deluded as the rest of them.

    • tallow pot says:

      Roe vs. Wade was in 1973. There wasn’t any sex education in schools until 197_? and then not in all states.

      • WestcoastDeplorable says:

        You must be a Gen Xer or Millennial because the elementary school I went to in Louisville, KY had a special segregated night, one for the boys & their dads, and one for the girls and their moms, to discuss SEX! and the biological process resulting in creating a baby. This was probably about 1963.

        • Anon says:

          Different places did different things. I graduated in ’79 in Georgia and there was not any sex ed classes in high school – that happened in health class in college after we all had been sexually active for 3 or 4 years.

          • Wirecutter says:

            We had sex ed in 8th grade back in 1972, but that was at a Department of Defense school in Germany.

            • Bill says:

              6 grade in 1969, in California. Back then it was just biology and none of that sodomy and tgiflgbqlsmft crap

      • rob says:

        What?!?

        Your junior-high history teacher taught you that there was no sex education before 1973? She was unqualified to teach, and what’s worse than that is that you bought it without questioning it. What happened to “Question Authority?” Isn’t that one of your generation’s mantras?

        I can promise you that we were all, boys and girls, taught the basics of conception in the midwest in the ’50s – in public schools. We were taught identifiable truths, unlike the propaganda that you apparently got.

    • Jeremy says:

      Rick, while the knowledge existed in the medical community, for the public at large there was little knowledge.

    • BlueMntCeltic says:

      You are correct, my H.S. science class (1967) had a set of human fetus’ up to about month 6 in glass jars. Don’t ask me how they got there, but our H.S. had them and we weren’t all that hifalutin’. Yeah, they knew.

  6. FaCubeItches says:

    I always love how the Wymyn’s Right!!!!! crowd suddenly changes their tune when the issue of child support comes up. If the wymyn wants to whack the kid, she whacks the kid, with no input from the father. If she wants to keep it, she keeps it. If the father agrees to support the kid, fine, but if not, he should only be on the hook for 1/2 the cost of an abortion, since he has no say either way. Oddly enough, the wymyn don’t see it that way, however.

  7. Sanders says:

    It was about 1994 or so. A girl I knew got pregnant by a guy who worked with me. She was looking at getting an abortion. I begged her not to. I told her my wife and I would adopt the baby and raise it.

    She got the abortion, anyway. Then she pretty much lost her mind afterwards on booze and drugs after the guy broke up with her – to go back to his wife.

    • carolinaTURTLE says:

      I came back after class to my dorm room and my roommate was sitting at his desk, kinda spaced out. “You ok?” I asked… in almost a whisper he slowly said “my x-gf decided a year ago today to get an abortion, and i still think about it a lot…”

      i never really kept in touch with him, but i imagine many more like him (2 other comments on THIS post already so far) that for whatever reason made that decision once and now will carry that guilt the rest of their lives.

      As a teenager the argument seemed logical enough, but fortunately for me – that is one experience that i myself do not have to wrestle with directly.

      But then there are the multitudes living in dystopia for which 9 months is just too long of a break from the drugs and the partying. And in many ways i truly believe the blame goes back many generations anyway. But by no means do i think my hard earned paycheck should continue to support that zero sum process, either!

  8. singlestack says:

    The “my body my choice” argument is utterly self-centered and narcissistic. It isn’t about a woman’s body, it’s about the life she and a man created. Men are treated as non persons when it comes to abortion. No one cares about the cruelty men are subjected to when a woman decides to kill his child and he has no say.
    Killing the innocent because they’re inconvenient is murder.

Play nice.