"Suggesting that abortion be “safe, legal, and rare,” and crowing that “no one likes abortion,” accomplishes nothing for women’s rights. Pandering to the anti-choice movement by implying that we all find termination distasteful only fuels the fire against it. What good is common ground if it must be achieved at the expense of women who have had or will have abortions? Those women need advocates like us more than we need support from anti-abortionists. Rather than trying to cozy up to the forced-birth camp, women who value their freedom should be proud to say that they like abortion. In fact, they should venerate it whole-heartedly. Abortion is our last refuge, the one final, definitive instrument that secures our bodily autonomy. What’s not to love?"
I Love Abortion: Implying Otherwise Accomplishes Nothing for Women’s Rights | RH Reality Check (via greaterthanlapsed)
THIS!!! This is why I so deeply dislike the “abortion is shitty but necessary I guess”/”i’m pro-choice but not pro-abortion!”/”abortion is OK but not when sluts use it for birth control” approach that a lot of otherwise pro-choice people take. How often have we heard the line about “a woman wants an abortion like a trapped animal wants to chew off its own leg”? An anti-choicer coined that phrase. And it’s not true. I know women who were thrilled to have their abortions.
(I wrote about this same topic last year for Persephone Magazine, if you want to know more about it.)
Hm…I say those things, but not to cozy up to any forced-birth believers or anything. I just think we know enough about how to not get pregnant at this point that abortions should be rare. Birth control should be free, abundant and acceptable. Accidents still happen, rape (unfortunately, terrifyingly, unacceptably) still happens- abortions will still happen. I just think preventative care is always preferable, when possible. I think our right to not get pregnant is as important as our right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
In what can only be called an astounding move by an Administration that pledged on inauguration day that medical and health decisions would be based on fact not ideology and for which women are a major constituency, today Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services overruled a much-awaited decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women of all ages.
According to the New York Times, “no health secretary has ever [overruled an FDA decision] before.”