by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat
... In order to see things working out their way, they have to imagine the world different than it is....
And abortion supporters need this to keep going - they need to keep looking forward to the vision they have in mind. But what they lose along the way is a deeper understanding of why abortion isn't accepted in public and medical life. Rather than trying to understand why support for abortion dwindles, they turn away, they cover up, they try to hide the discomforting part of abortion from patients, from nurses, from themselves....
Somewhere in these women's stories lies the reason why abortion still causes hesitation for much of the American public; the reason why many women who support the availability of abortion in the abstract say they wouldn't do it themselves; the reason why many doctors who support abortion in polls don't perform them in their offices. But abortion supporters, like those quoted in Bazelon's article, find it hard to look closer to understand these reasons and grapple with them.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, acknowledged that his side had won a round.
"If they now do what they say they are going to do, that would be good," Johnson said of the Obama administration. "But in our view they are doing it because the spotlight has been put on them and we blew the whistle."
[Photo via The New York Times]
Bazelon is one of the many abortion advocates that just don't get it. But I can't help but notice the rhetoric is strangely familiar, as is some of the rhetoric in the comments. Abortion advocates are obviously unable to conceive an original thought and seem to be parrotting each other. They seem to think that pro-lifers are skulking around medical schools wagging our fingers at the students. It just doesn't seem to occur to them that tearing apart an unborn child might be unsavory, even if you lived in a vacuum with no prolifers to influence you.
With the pro-choice media doing it's best to help the abortion industry, it might seem to be disheartening. But the repetetive rhetoric and lack of enthusiasm is very uplifting! I see it as a good sign.Posted by: ninek at July 19, 2010 3:36 PM
My guess would be that most pro-choicers, doctors included, would never want to perform an abortion themselves. Even if they think it should be legal, I think they still have an inherent sense that performing even one abortion would be at least a little disturbing, not to mention doing it on a regular basis.Posted by: Marauder at July 19, 2010 5:43 PM
I found the article by Ms. Bazelon more like a romance novel (9 whole pages/17 if you print it).
She might go on and on on how much these doctors have suffered and struggled to make abortion mainstream. But the truth lies in the same lines she wrote.
Some doctors set themselves "a limit" on how far along they will perform the abortion. (Because they can clearly see the baby move on the ultrasound).
She carefully chooses her languange to de-humanize the pre-borns, so they are just "pregnancy tissue".
Sad to see the lenghts people will go to advance their agenda.
And yet, they wonder why their retoric "cannot become mainstream".