[UPDATE: As Beth pointed out, the graphic is grammatically incorrect. It should be "whoever." I am too lazy right now to change the graphic. Perhaps in the future...]
I created this image based on a tweet I wrote this morning after a long twitter rant. I got myself all riled up over a prochoice advocate saying, “No woman wants an abortion.”
It’s simply NOT TRUE that no person wants an abortion. As Scott Madin wrote to me, if anything it’s that “no one wants to need an abortion.” Beth Hicks added, “Just like no one wants to need heart surgery, but it’s a necessary medical procedure.”
Antichoicers are uncomfortable with fact that some people get abortions and are relieved and happy the procedure exists? Don’t care.
Antichoicers are uncomfortable acknowledging that more people than just cis women need access to reproductive health care? Don’t care.
Antichoicers don’t want to acknowledge prevalence of abortion or fact that they most likely DO know someone who’s had one? Don’t care.
Antichoicers want to make this about zygotes and fetuses and not living, breathing people? Don’t care.
I’m not here to bow down to what makes antichoicers comfortable. I’m not going to ask for less bc we *may* then get it. Nope.
Prochoicers need to drop qualifiers on abortion except for “safe”, “legal”, “accessible”, “subsidized” and “affordable”.
Safe, legal, accessible, affordable, subsidized abortion on demand for whoever needs or wants it for whatever reason.
Safe, legal, accessible, affordable, subsidized HEALTH CARE on demand for whoever needs or wants it for whatever reason.
About 5 months ago, I wrote about my hatred of qualifiers (at that time responding to the groan-inducing phrase, “I wouldn’t get an abortion but…”). As I said then:
You’re either for choice or you’re not.
I’m for choice. Full stop.
I’m not qualifying people’s actual real-life choices when it comes to their reproductive health. I’m saying that when we talk about choice, we have to drop the qualifiers.
I truly believe that qualifiers only serve to benefit anti-choice ideas. When someone feels the need to add “but I’d never get one,” they are only doing so in order to position themselves within a specific moralistic hierarchy with themselves above people who do actually get abortions (you do it, actually, when you say “women who do not have my values”). Whether one admits it, that is the work that phrase is doing.
What I’m saying is you can feel like “I’m pro-choice but I’d never get an abortion” (though, I have to say, you never really know because you simply cannot plan for all contingencies in life) but in the political fight for reproductive rights, actually voicing the “but I’d never get an abortion” doesn’t do any good. What good could it possibly ever do except to somehow make the person who is saying the phrase feel better about themself?
I would NEVER tell anyone what choice to make ever. Never. Never. Never.