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I live in Texas where obtaining an abortion after six weeks of gestation is problematic due to a new law that allows citizens to sue those individuals that facilitate an abortion. (Disclosure: I don’t know enough about the law to intelligently comment on it specifically, but I am pro-life so it seems fine to me. Also, I volunteer at and financially support my local crisis pregnancy center.)
Ms. Thurman wrote a piece in the Washington Post revealing her own teenage abortion while complaining that the Texas law creates a human rights crisis. Since Ms. Thurman has revealed such personal information, I have a few questions, comments, and rank speculations about it.
1. Check out the following passage:
“I started my acting career at 15, working in an environment where I was often the only kid in the room. In my late teens, I was accidentally impregnated by a much older man. I was living out of a suitcase in Europe, far from my family, and about to start a job.”
“Late teens,” “impregnated by a much older man”- notice how vague she is here. My speculation – she was underage and had been impregnated by some executive who worked in the “film industry”. Hollywood is a cesspit. If she was more forthright about the true nature of the situation, the story would likely turn to the abuse of a teen girl and the abortion as a cover-up for the “much older man”. Given that many abortions are sought under just these circumstances, Uma doesn’t want to take the spotlight off the women’s empowerment angle to pivot to the sexual predator angle.
2. Also note that she was “about to start a job” and “was just starting out in my career” at the time. Once again, the true nature of abortion is revealed. It’s largely about convenience for the mother and avoiding the “time out” in life it takes to gestate a baby.
3. This passage:
” [the abortion] was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced. Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.” (For her other three children that survived the trip out of her womb.)
Selfish, selfish people! And, now that she is an over-the-hill actress (Hollywood is brutal for women over age 30), I wonder if she will ever regret the absence of the love and joy (and maybe even the heartbreak) of a child that she did not permit to be born? Maybe she doesn’t and maybe she won’t, but my guess is, as the years roll on, age will clarify to her the real things in life over the accolades of a fickle industry and box-office paychecks.
4. Why, in these discussions, doesn’t anybody point out that teens/young pregnant women do not have to actually raise the child? I have been a part of a number of adoptions. I did one adoption for a teenage girl in which she had the baby, put the baby in the care of the selected adoptive parents, and was discharged from the hospital within 24 hours. I went to the young lady’s home a few days after birth to get the final relinquishment signed. She was literally getting dressed to go to her senior prom and if you didn’t know it, you would have never known she had just had a baby. This is why I say these starlets are selfish – they want the career so badly and they can’t even be bothered to give the baby life and place them for adoption.
How many Hollywood actresses have shouted their abortions and praised it for allowing them the life they now have? How many Hollywood actress wannabes have had abortions due to “Weinstein” type circumstances and never made it big? So many other women tell stories of being grateful that they did not go through with an abortion and find joy in their child. Much like suicide, abortion is a permanent solution to a temporary problem or set of circumstances.
I am sad for Uma Thurman. But mostly I am sad for Ms. Thurman’s child that never took a breath of air due to her “choice”.Published in