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Today, the official Twitter account for the Women’s March (@womensmarch) tweeted what many of us in the pro-life movement have known for a long time: they are not pro-choice, they are “proudly, unapologetically pro-abortion” (emphasis added).
For years, the left has hidden behind the polite term “pro-choice,” arguing abortion is a solemn, serious medical decision best left up to a woman and her doctor. There was a time they said abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” too. Both those arguments have been undermined by what the left actually does.
They wear t-shirts and vagina costumes and march in Handmaid’s outfits. They have abortion parades on television and invade Catholic masses. They burn crisis pregnancy centers and threaten to outlaw them with legislation. They’ve pushed for unrestricted abortion on demand, going so far as to attempt to codify abortion through all nine months of pregnancy at the federal level earlier this year. The Orwellian-titled “Women’s Health Protection Act” failed in the Senate, 49-51.
The messaging from the left is consistent and clear: women are incapable of agency, unintentionally getting pregnant every day, which makes it a “real issue” (according to VP Kamala Harris); motherhood robs women of independence and career opportunities, and freedom; it is a miserable shackling of women whose lives are much more valuable spending 40-plus hours in a cubicle than raising the next generation of citizens. The Washington Post tried to reinforce this narrative in their piece “This Texas wanted an abortion. She now has twins.“
Twins! The horror!
But the piece doesn’t accomplish what it set out to do: show how oppressive motherhood is. In fact, it showed a young woman (and man, the twins’ father), with a renewed sense of purpose and drive to provide for their new family:
Within a few weeks, Brooke and Billy had a plan. He would join the Air Force as soon as he graduated from high school. Brooke would wait for him to finish basic training, then follow him wherever he got assigned…By November, Billy was paying all of Brooke’s bills. She’d stopped working at Texas Roadhouse after the smell of the meat and grease had been making her sick to her stomach. To swing Brooke’s $330 car payment, they applied for a WIC card and ate ramen or pancakes for dinner. When they overdrafted Brooke’s credit card, Billy worked double shifts until he could pay it off.
Brooke and Billy later married.
It was not perfect, or easy, but it wasn’t a life doomed to oppression and hopelessness.
Enter Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who argued today that abortion restrictions mean women are “conscripted” to work against their will.
See the pattern? Women get pregnant, but have no agency or choice (as if a plethora of birth control options and educational aren’t available), they are enslaved by pregnancy and motherhood. AOC says abortion restrictions are a capitalist ploy to maintain a workforce. No, really, she does. Never mind that corporations — including big ones like Amazon and Disney — have vowed to pay for employees to travel out of state for abortions.
There is only one logical outcome to all this rhetoric, these politics, and this corporate pandering to the admittedly pro-abortion crowd: abortion is the only option. “Choice” was a cheap veneer, a mask that has long slipped down. In the wake of the Dobbs ruling, companies like Disney and Amazon have not offered similar compensation to women who choose to have children or adopt; it is — strictly economically speaking — cheaper to give an employee money for an abortion, after all.
Leftists have said that motherhood offers little, if any, value to society if they aren’t in the workforce (going to far as to suggest outlawing stay-at-home mothers with school-age children); or not “respecting” women who change their minds about being a stay-at-home mom. So while the pressure and policies may not be blatant (yet), the pressure and implication are there: we prefer abortion. We are proudly and unapologetically pro-abortion. We will “encourage” you to have an abortion. We will even pay for you to do so, while actively discouraging and abolishing growing families.
This should, ultimately, a political disaster for the left. Support for abortion drops sharply after the first trimester, and the radical position of being pro-abortion instead of “pro-choice” is off-putting to Americans who understand what abortion is and does. Yet they put little stock in swaying the electorate: they rely on the bullying, complacent media and like-minded politicians to force through their policies.
The work of the pro-life movement did not end with the Dobbs ruling; with this admission — which many of us knew ages ago — it lays out a clear path forward: one that stands in direct opposition to the people who are “proudly and unapologetically” in favor of killing unborn children.Published in