Tiny Pasture is taking me and other female bloggers to task for suggesting that abortion is just another form of birth control and not the slaughtering of innocents.
And I am flip about it. I think it’s clear why I’m flip, but let me be explicit.
I’m flip about abortion because most anti-abortion folks in this state aren’t themselves serious about ending abortion. They always make it like if pro-choice people were just sorrier, if we just threw ourselves on the ground crying about what a great tragedy abortion is and how it’s always wrong, wrong, wrong, but sometimes we need it, pretty please, they could be moved to maybe let us have abortions when our own lives are at risk (with them getting to determine what “at risk” is) or when we’ve been raped (with them getting to decide if we’ve been “raped” enough). But that’s not true. There isn’t sorry enough.
And if there isn’t sorry enough, I refuse to be sorry at all.
Instead of wasting my time trying to figure out how to be sorry enough to prove to them that I need to be able to control my own body and what happens to it, I’m taking the time to look and see what these anti-abortion folks are actually doing to make sure that women who don’t want to be pregnant can keep from getting pregnant and to make sure that women who would love to have a child can successfully carry that child to term, have it, and raise it and its siblings in a safe and healthy manner.
I think you know what I see.
From most of them–jack shit.
They don’t want abortion, but they don’t want to extend unemployment benefits so that families don’t have to chose between having another kid and having everyone eat. They don’t want abortion, but they don’t want schools to teach kids anything but abstinence. They don’t want abortion, but they want to pass a bunch of legislation making it as easy as possible for men to get out of paying child support. And the worst, they don’t want abortion, you know, except when it’s their precious daughter who needs one or when it’s their wife’s life at stake, and then they want to be the exception to the rule they’d like to force the rest of us to live by.
Well, if I seem unserious about the subject, it’s because I see you for who you are–recklessly unserious about it.
You want to boss women around, but you don’t want to do anything that would actually help a woman choose to have a baby.
So, fuck it. If you’re not going to take the problem seriously, you don’t get to dictate that I do.