A Missouri professor readily admitted to having an abortion for selfish reasons in grad school.
In a column Thursday in the Riverfront Times, Julie Setele, Ph.D., a professor of sociology and criminology at Webster University in St. Louis, defended her abortion and the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
Setele expressed concern about the open Supreme Court seat and the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned. She said women will be “oppressed” if they cannot legally abort their unborn babies.
“It is vital that all people who can become pregnant have that choice,” she wrote. “It is imperative that we have the right to not be parents or to be parents, as we so choose, and that we have the right to raise our children if that’s the choice we make.”
Setele admitted to being selfish and irresponsible when she chose to abort her unborn child at age 24. A graduate student at the time, she said she just was not ready to be a parent.
“The pregnancy was unplanned and unwanted, and soon terminated,” she said.
A common admission in women’s abortion stories, Setele was irresponsible and did not use birth control:
Overwhelmed with teaching my first college course, I forgot to pick up my [birth control] prescription. When my boyfriend came to visit that weekend, after the pharmacy had closed, I told him we’d have to use condoms. He was displeased and said so. Fueled by youthful hubris and a gendered desire to please, I agreed to risk it. When I discovered I was pregnant, he played the romantic Good Guy™, insisting we could make it work, while I served up pragmatic realism. For me, the “choice” was clear. I did not want to be a parent, at least not any time soon and maybe not ever. Four years into a Ph.D program, I had more than enough on my plate. My boyfriend breathed a quiet sigh of relief.
She rejoiced that the state where she was living does not require informed consent (basic facts about the abortion, its risks and alternatives, and fetal development – what Setele called “lies”). Her public employer health care plan (meaning taxpayer-funded) covered 80 percent of the cost of the abortion, she said.
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After experiencing “five minutes of the most excruciating pain of my life,” her abortion was over and her unborn baby was dead – though Setele never mentioned her child in the piece.
Setele basically admitted her decision to have an abortion was a selfish one.
“Then I was free,” she wrote. “I was just me again. … My decision to terminate an unwanted pregnancy prioritized my self-determination. I chose myself, and I am proud every day of that choice.”
But she did not just choose to put herself first, she chose to have her unborn baby’s life destroyed so that she could live how she pleased. Her baby, even at the earliest stage of development, already was a living human being with his/her own unique DNA and, most likely, a beating heart.
Legalized abortion does not free women from oppression. Roe v. Wade oppresses unborn babies by allowing them to be destroyed for basically any reason their mothers’ choose up until birth.