Pro-life activist Sarah Terzo runs a web site that exposes some of the craziest and most bizarre quotes from abortion practitioners and abortion advocates. She recently posted one quote that is eyebrow-raising.
“Some might suggest that the solution to coercive pregnancy is simply for the woman to wait until the fetus is born, at which point its coercive imposition of pregnancy will cease. This type of reasoning is akin to suggesting that a woman being raped should wait until the rape is over rather than stopping the rapist…. the fetus is not innocent but instead aggressively intrudes on a woman’s body so massively that deadly force is justified to stop it.”
“Few people are going to be comfortable with the idea.”
Eileen L. McDonagh, Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 7, 11–12, 192.
The quote comes from 1996. So surely abortion advocates, almost 20 years later, are wiser and more understanding of the difference between rape and abortion?
Apparently not. Consider this follow up comment from an anonymous abortion activist who defends McDonagh.
Sorry to disappoint you, but McDonagh is correct.
She is right to point out that consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy. If the zygote were to be accorded the status of a person, this would be particularly true, because the woman’s consent to sex would be consent to the particular man’s body part, not consent to this completely different person.
She is right from a scientific perspective. The AMA and its British equivalent acknowledge that pregnancy begins at implantation, not fertilization. And all the evidence points to the blastocyst invading the woman’s bodily tissue, not the woman’s body making the blastocyst enter her tissue.
In fact, research on other placental mammals shows that the female’s immune attack T-cells would cause spontaneous abortion of all pregnancies save those where the embryo is a product of identical twin in-breeding if the embryo did not cause the placenta it makes to starve those T-cells into latency.
A microorganism, too, might not look very forceful, yet some can kill.
So the anti-abortion people need to wake up and face reality.
Face reality? This abortion proponent might want to check her closest mirror.