Sunday, September 2, 2012
Facing the Truth About Abortion
Abortion does not empower women. Although proaborts state that abortion is a woman's right and choice, they are against a truly informed choice. Indeed, even the Supreme Court (476 U.S. at 762, Thornbough) said that information "may serve only to confuse and punish her and to heighten her anxiety." This implies that a woman does not have the strength to deal with truthful information about, according to the Supreme Court, her "right to terminate her pregnancy."
Responding to pictures of aborted babies, surprisingly, even feminist author and abortion advocate Naomi Wolf says "To insist that the truth is in poor taste is the very height of hypocrisy. Besides, if these images are often the facts of the matter, and if we then claim that it is offensive for prochoice women to be confronted by them, then we are making the judgment that women are too inherently weak to face a truth about which they have to make a grave decision. This view of women is unworthy of feminism. Free women must be strong women, too: and strong women, presumably do not seek to cloak their most important decisions in euphemism."
One of reasons women were denied the right to vote is because it was assumed that we, as women, could not "handle" the issues and information. This view of women was harmful back then, and it certainly does not empower women now. The sole result is that women are kept ignorant of the risks, complications, and alternatives to this "fundamental right" to end life. However, with more women speaking out against abortion, especially with deep personal regrets over their own "choice," this is finally beginning to change. There will be a new generation of feminists who are prowoman, prochild, and prolife. Only then will women be truly empowered.