Monday, April 30, 2007

I wonder how many of these people decry moral relativism, too

Via Tapped via Atrios I was introduced to this webpage, full of anecdotes about people who are supposedly pro-life who are suddenly struck by reality and need to get an abortion.

These people apparently cannot fathom the idea that the other patients there are just like them; they have their own set of circumstances that led them to the decision to have an abortion. No, the only valid choice is their own--everyone else are sluts who use abortion as birth control. I think one of the main problems is plain ignorance. They are told lies about people who have abortions, they've never known anything other than that. Since their experiences that led them to obtain an abortion contradict what they've been told, they think that they're "not like those people" and that therefore it's okay in their case. "But it's still immoral for the rest of people because they don't have the same problems that I do."
"In 1990, in the Boston area, Operation Rescue and other groups were regularly blockading the clinics, and many of us went every Saturday morning for months to help women and staff get in. As a result, we knew many of the 'antis' by face. One morning, a woman who had been a regular 'sidewalk counselor' went into the clinic with a young woman who looked like she was 16-17, and obviously her daughter. When the mother came out about an hour later, I had to go up and ask her if her daughter's situation had caused her to change her mind. 'I don't expect you to understand my daughter's situation!' she angrily replied. The following Saturday, she was back, pleading with women entering the clinic not to 'murder their babies.'" (Clinic escort, Massachusetts)


"My first encounter with this phenomenon came when I was doing a 2-week follow-up at a family planning clinic. The woman's anti-choice values spoke indirectly through her expression and body language. She told me that she had been offended by the other women in the abortion clinic waiting room because they were using abortion as a form of birth control, but her condom had broken so she had no choice! I had real difficulty not pointing out that she did have a choice, and she had made it! Just like the other women in the waiting room." (Physician, Ontario)

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