Abortion activists almost seem to be competing to see who can “shout” the loudest about aborting their unborn babies.
They write columns for popular women’s magazines and major news outlets, they host rallies and speeches on college campuses, they celebrate their ability to end their unborn babies’ lives in art and on TV shows.
Therese Ramstedt decided to write and perform a one-woman play to “humanize” her abortion – but not in the way pro-lifers might think.
The British woman aborted her unborn baby when she was 25 and her contraception failed last year. She said she wrote her play, “Mission Abort,” to process her experience and to help break down the stigma of abortion. She is performing it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“We need to speak about women’s personal experience of abortion in order to ‘humanise’ the subject and make more people realise that behind the decision to terminate a pregnancy there are actual human beings,” Ramstedt told the Huffington Post UK.
But she failed to mention that an abortion involves two actual human beings, not just one, and one of those human beings is killed in a brutal, violent way. Pro-life advocates want to love and protect both human beings, mothers and their unborn babies, from the pain and violence of abortion.
Ramstedt admitted that she felt “incredibly sad” about her abortion — an indication that she knows it was more than just a medical procedure. But she also said she does not regret aborting her baby.
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“My partner at the time and I were both far too unprepared for that type of commitment – to parenthood or to each other – and it was not financially viable for me as a freelancer in the arts to have a baby in London,” she said. “So the decision itself was in most ways quite a straightforward one, and I definitely knew almost immediately that it was right for me.”
Here’s more from the report:
As an actor and playwright, Therese worked through her experience by turning it into a performance.
It begins with Therese laying on a bed, her feet in imaginary stirrups, while she is being examined by a medical professional. It follows her through her journey from discovering she was pregnant through to the abortion itself and the aftermath, which she “wasn’t prepared for”.
“I remember feeling very confused by my conflicting feelings of sadness, relief, guilt and freedom – while I had no regrets, it was a tumultuous time where I’d suddenly get upset for what seemed like no reason, and I would think about the ‘what ifs’ even when I knew how completely unproductive that is. ”
While the play is based on her personal experience, she also wanted the performance to represent other women’s experiences.
Ramstedt said her abortion was neither the empowering and freeing experience that some abortion activists claim nor the horrible, regret-filled experience that pro-lifers often describe. For her, it was somewhere in the middle, but she does not talk about why.
Abortion is morally troubling for most people. And the reason is because it destroys a child’s life before birth. Abortion activists do not like to admit this, and they often accuse people of shaming women just for bringing up the fact. But even stories like Ramstedt’s that are supposed to normalize abortion hint at the truth that an abortion is not just a routine medical procedure.
The truth is that, no matter how a woman feels about her abortion, an abortion kills a living, unique human being who deserves a right to life. And no amount of shouting or storytelling or media campaigning will ever be able to hide the injustice of abortion against the unborn.