Perhaps pro-abortions are running out of slogan but yesterday, for the umpteenth time, CNN ran a story under the headline “’We need to quit tip-toeing around the word abortion’: Rights group says the key to access is open dialogue.” CNN’s Alaa Elassar provided the “analysis” (which is an excuse for her story to sound as if she worked for Planned Parenthood) which was a rehash of the history of “#ShoutYourAbortion.”
This iteration begins with Meg Schurr, who was (of course) raised in a “conservative Catholic household” who was assaulted and became pregnant. In her experience, Planned Parenthood did not turn out to be biased (as she had been raised to believe) but rather it was “crisis pregnancy centers, which sometimes rely on misinformation to dissuade women from having abortions.” She aborted her child and completed her 180 degree turnabout by going to work for the Guttmacher Institute, the Abortion Industry’s most prominent think tank.
Alaa Elassar explains why abortion “stories” are “necessary”:
Because abortion is considered taboo, most people don’t share their experiences, SYA (Share Your Abortion) says, which leads to feelings of shame, guilt and isolation. Avoiding the subject also creates an environment rife with misinformation and, ultimately, harmful legislation.
But Schurr says there is nothing to feel guilty about: “Abortion is a human right,” she says. “The political attacks on our fundamental right to abortion — the right to bodily autonomy, the right to chart our own course in life, the right to protect our health and well-being — are grossly unconstitutional, immoral, disgraceful and pathetic.”
What to say? Talk to anyone who has worked at a Pregnancy Help Center and you will inevitably hear story after story after story of how women were not exercising “the right to bodily autonomy, the right to chart our own course in life” when they aborted. Rather they lacked a support system to choose life.
The categories of men in their lives ranged from those were indifferent to those who encouraged them to abort to those who played the ultimate trump card: choose between them and the baby. At that doesn’t even address when emotional coercion become physical abuse.
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Not so, says Arielle Cohen. “I’m not ashamed that it took me years to say it, “Cohen tells CNN’s Elassar. “I’m not ashamed that it was hard. I’m not ashamed that I still think about all aspects of it. I’m not ashamed that it was painful. And I’m not gonna shut up about it.”
Ironically, besides telling us she’s “not gonna shut up about it,” note the use of “it” in the place of the word “abortion.”
For all her bravado, her abortion remains—at the very least–a source of deep ambiguity.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.