In a recent article in Salon.com, pro-abortion writer Valerie Tarico explains that she’s not only pro-choice— she’s pro-abortion.
She writes, “Recently, the Daily Kos published an article titled I Am Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion. “Has anyone ever truly been pro-abortion? Uh. Yes. Me. That would be me. I am pro-abortion like I’m pro-knee-replacement and pro-chemotherapy and pro-cataract surgery. As the last protection against ill-conceived childbearing when all else fails, abortion is part of a set of tools that help women and men to form the families of their choosing. I believe that abortion care is a positive social good. I suspect that a lot of other people secretly believe the same thing. And I think it’s time we said so.”
Here are some of her reasons:
* I’m pro-abortion because being able to delay and limit childbearing is fundamental to female empowerment and equality.
* I’m pro-abortion because well-timed pregnancies give children a healthier start in life.
* I’m pro-abortion because I take motherhood seriously.
* I’m pro-abortion because intentional childbearing helps couples, families and communities to get out of poverty.
* I’m pro-abortion because I believe in mercy, grace, compassion, and the power of fresh starts.
While these reasons are pretty standard in the pro-abortion community, some of her other arguments for abortion are outrageous. For example, Tarico explains that abortion should be legal because reproduction is a highly imperfect process, in which “God or nature acts as the world’s biggest abortion provider.”
She even says she believes that “nature’s way of producing healthy kids essentially requires every woman to have an abortion mill built into her own body.” In other words, she believes that since some babies die in childbirth, are miscarried or are born prematurely abortion is ok. Every year in the United States, thousands of women miscarry and give birth to babies prematurely, and I wonder how they would feel about Tarico comparing their experiences to “God’s abortion mill”.
Then she goes on to compare an unplanned pregnancy with a fatal car crash.
She writes, “Many years ago, my friend Chip was driving his family on vacation when his kids started squabbling. His wife Marla undid her seatbelt to help them, and as Chip looked over at her their top-heavy minivan veered onto the shoulder and then rolled, and Marla died. Sometimes people make mistakes or have accidents that they pay for the rest of their lives. But I myself have swerved onto the shoulder and simply swerved back. The price we pay for a lapse in attention or judgment, or an accident of any kind isn’t proportional to the error we made.”
The truth is there are countless woman who’ve become pregnant at an unplanned time but they would never say their children are mistakes or argue that they are “a price they have to pay” for their “lapse in judgment”.
Finally, Tarico says that she’s pro-abortion because she loves her daughter. In an article titled by “My Abortion Baby”, Tarico shares how she had an abortion before getting pregnant with her daughter because her firstborn had a rare fetal abnormality. She explains, “My husband and I felt very clear that carrying forward that pregnancy would have been a violation of our values, and neither of us ever second guessed our decision. Even so, I grieved. Even when I got pregnant again a few months later, I remember feeling petulant and thinking, I want that baby, not this one.”(Emphasis added)
It is a tragedy that Tarico killed her first-born because she wanted a “better baby,” but as heartbreaking as her confessions are, they also reveal the ugly truth about abortion extremists in our country. Unfortunately, many of them not only refuse to support even modest abortion regulations, they also believe abortion is a social good that helps weed out the so-called imperfect babies, the mistakes or those who are simply inconvenient to a woman’s life.