Woman Under Fire for Twitter Update on Miscarriage, Wanting an Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 1, 2009
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A woman in Wisconsin is generating national attention for herself because she recently sent an update on the popular web site Twitter saying she was in the middle of a miscarriage. The woman said she was happy about having the miscarriage because she could not obtain an abortion.
Penelope Trunk, the 43-year-old writer of the aptly named "Brazen Careerist” blog sent this recent Twitter message: "I’m in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage."
She followed it up with the profanity-laden, "Thank goodness, because there’s a ****-up 3-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin."
Trunk has admitted in an interview on CNN that she is the mother of two children and once had a miscarriage that made her "sad" — making it so the tweet has some semblance of reality.
She also had two abortions.
"I got two abortions to preserve my career. To keep my options open. To keep my aspirations within reach," she said in a follow-up tweet. "I bought into the idea that kids undermine your ability to build an amazing career. And here I am, with the amazing career."
"But also, here I am with two kids. So I know a bit about having kids and a career. And I want to tell you something: You don’t need to get an abortion to have a big career," she added.
From the commentary that has followed the infamous Twitter update, it appears Trunk’s message was a publicity stunt that has attracted her considerable negative attention and national focus.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger, noticed the hub-hub about Trunk’s message and she points out the hypocrisy of it.
"But if abortion is such a grand constitutional right with no stigma or consequences, who cares if one expresses relief at miscarrying so she doesn’t have to abort," she said in response.
Stanek points out that Trunk is now divorcing from the father of one of her aborted children — which points to the problems abortion causes for women.
"What comes first, messed up relationships due to abortion, or abortion due to messed up relationships?" she writes.
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