Woman Compares Aborting Her Baby to Having Her Wisdom Tooth Removed: “It Wasn’t a Big Deal”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 17, 2016   |   9:27AM   |   Washington, DC

Guardian writer and feminist Lindy West has a new book out that jumps on the current abortion stories bandwagon, claiming that her abortion was not a big deal and her life is better because of it.

In an excerpt of her book “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman,” published in Glamour, West wrote about how she became pregnant to a boyfriend who she stayed with “because I have no one else.” Instinctively, somehow she knew she was pregnant and bought a pregnancy test. Having confirmed her instincts, she went to her doctor first and was referred to a local abortion clinic. West was upset that she could not get an abortion at her doctor’s office, after all it’s just a “common, legal, routine medical procedure,” she wrote.

The rest of her story treats abortion as if that is all it is, too. The abortion procedure itself was “no big deal to West. She wrote:

I don’t remember much about the appointment itself. I went in, filled out stuff on a clipboard, and waited to be called. Before we got down to business, I had to talk to a counselor, I guess to make sure I wasn’t just looking for one of those partybortions that the religious right is always getting their sackcloth in a bunch over. (Even though, by the way, those are legal too.) She asked me why I hadn’t told my “partner” and I cried because he wasn’t a partner at all.

I think there was a blood test and an ultrasound. The doctor told me my embryo was about three weeks old, like a tadpole. Then she gave me two pills in a cardboard billfold and told me to come back in two weeks. The accompanying pamphlet warned that, after I took the second pill, chunks “the size of lemons” night come out.



The next day, she spent in pain in bed. She described it as a “bad period” and “no lemons came out.” Two days later, she said she was back to normal.

West said she does not believe in “good” and “bad” abortions – something pro-lifers would agree with her about; however, she falls on the opposite side of the line as pro-lifers, arguing that any abortion for any reason is ok.

It’s easier to treat abortion that way when you ignore the fact that abortion kills a unique, innocent human life. Never mentioning a baby or a child, except once in quotes (“my ‘baby’s’ tiny fingernails”), West wrote about her unborn child as if was a tumor, a parasite or a rotten tooth.

“I believe unconditionally in the right of people with uteruses to decide what grows inside their body and feeds on their blood and and reroutes their future,” she wrote.

She went on to write: “Paradoxically, one of the primary reasons I am so determined to tell my abortion story is that my abortion simply wasn’t that interesting. …. It was a medical procedure that made my life better, like the time I had oral surgery because my wisdom tooth went evil-dead and murdered the tooth next it.”

West was only three weeks pregnant when she had the abortion, according to her story; but her unborn baby’s heart probably was already beating. A baby’s heart begins to beat 18 days from conception, and by 21 days the heart is pumping blood through a closed circulatory system. Her baby already had his or her own unique DNA that made him or her different from any other living creature on the planet. That DNA already determined whether her baby was a girl or boy, what color eyes and hair they would have, and a whole list of other traits.

The abortion industry and its advocates do not want women to think about their unique, irreplaceable unborn babies. Because when women do, it hurts the industry’s business and post-abortive women’s consciences. Thankfully, for women who do realize the facts about their abortions and their unborn babies, there are post-abortion healing programs that provide compassionate, confidential support.