Live Tweeting Abortion: Experience Shows Abortion Still Hurts Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Live Tweeting Abortion: Experience Shows Abortion Still Hurts Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 5
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Angie Jackson made national headlines recently when she decided to use a combination of Twitter and YouTube updates to document her abortion using the dangerous mifepristone abortion drug. Two pro-life advocates say the experience shows abortion still hurts women.

As reported, Jackson, who called herself Angie the Atheist, prompted shock from pro-life advocates for live-blogging her drug-induced abortion.

Shortly after swallowing the chemical abortion drug, RU 486, the 27-year-old single mom began posting live updates on Twitter and YouTube. More than 119,000 watched her first video.

“Um, yeah, I’m having an abortion right now. It’s not that bad. It’s not that scary,” she said, smiling broadly into the camera.

But Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute noted "over the next few days, Angie’s updates increasingly detailed bleeding, dizziness and severe pain, along with an admission that she quickly exhausted her first supply of painkillers."

"Though the Florida woman said she pursued abortion because of health risks, the irony is the abortion itself could have killed her and will likely leave long-term side effects," he said. "RU 486 is far from safe. At least 12 women died after taking the human pesticide, and more than 600 adverse effects have been reported to the FDA, including heart attacks, hemorrhaging, and surgery to repair damage."

"Many women also say the convenience of having an abortion in their own home is, in fact, a lonely experience, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised people like Angie are coping by turning to social media for support," Mattes says.

Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life says the Live Twitter Abortion has made it so the pro-abortion side of the debate has "lost control of the narrative."

He notes a Newsweek headline saying, "A Florida woman tweeting her abortion is trying to take the shame out of the procedure."

Abortion is still "stigmatized," and, worse yet, "pro-choice organizations lost control of the narrative," he says of the article. They actually gave it away (to women who regret their abortions) by "ignoring the conversation about abortion, even if it was a difficult one to approach."

Andrusko says the typical post-abortion narrative is not a good one.

"Why do so many women who have abortions either verbally express their profound regret or acknowledge that second hand by refusing to discuss what happened," he asks.

"As anyone who has ever worked at a woman helping center/crisis pregnancy center will tell you, most women consider/complete an abortion out of sense of sheer desperation," he says.

"Too often they have been abandoned by the men in their lives or are on the receiving end of incredible pressure to abort. When the "woman" is, in fact, a girl, she really needs a helping hand and expressions of support. Without that, it is easy to see why they believe abortion is their "only option,’" Andrusko notes.

And this is where the pro-abortion side comes up short, Andrusko explains.

"Pro-abortionists and their colleagues in the media subscribe to the theory if you drown the public in abortion stories, people will either become desensitized to the ugly brutality of abortion or become resigned to it as somehow "normal,’" he says. "
You would think the undeniable pro-life shift in public opinion–not to mention the very negative response to PPFA’s tasteless "I had an abortion" Tee-shirt campaign–might have taught them something. But in fact they draw the opposite conclusion."

He concludes: "The abortion set, never a slave to taste, discretion, or the cruelty of abortion, will never run out of new and imaginative ways to try to persuade the public that aborting/not aborting is no different than choosing Coke over Pepsi. But there is no more chance of that than Barack Obama telling the truth about abortion and health care "reform.""

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