Skip to comments.'I Have Had an Abortion,' Mag Asks Women to Declare
Posted on 08/01/2006 12:27:21 PM PDT by superpedro
(CNSNews.com) - Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion."
The petition targets the recent South Dakota abortion ban, which has been stayed until voters in the state decide on the November ballot whether they want to overturn the ban.
"Whatever happens in South Dakota, 17 states now have trigger laws or pre-Roe bans that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade," Ms. Magazine warns.
The South Dakota case is the likeliest avenue for Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, to eventually be challenged in the nation's highest court.
The Ms. Magazine petition asks females to "publicly join the millions of women in the United States who have had an abortion in demanding a repeal of laws that restrict women's reproductive freedom." Then the magazine asks for money.
Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, told Cybercast News Service that the pitch from Ms. Magazine takes "absurdity to a new level with a campaign bragging about their past abortions."
"These women are celebrating an act of violence that has proven traumatic for millions of mothers and deadly for their innocent pre-born children," Brown stated. "We know from all the research that's been done that most woman who have aborted their children are number one, not proud of what they did, and number two, are not going to come out and publicly say that they are," she said.
But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is "a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S." and promises to send all of the petition signatures it collects to the Bush White House.
According to Ms. Magazine, illegal abortions in the 1970s caused untold suffering in the United States, "especially for poor women who had to resort to unsafe self-induced or back-alley abortions."
The magazine also claims that in developing nations each year, "approximately 70,000 women and girls die from botched and unsafe abortions and another 500,000 maternal deaths occur," although it does not cite the source of those statistics.
The petition states that the Bush administration's international family planning policies, including the funding of abstinence-only education, contribute to the death toll because the policies do not provide comprehensive information and resources.
Brown cited post-abortion research conducted by the Springfield, Ill., based Elliot Institute. The Institute reported in 1997 on its survey of women eight weeks after they had undergone an abortion. Forty-four percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent said they experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent said they regretted their decision and 11 percent admitted that they had been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their family doctor.
"Of course, it is in the best interest of the feminist movement to make sure the women don't have a guilty conscience or negative feelings towards their abortion," Brown added.
The Ms. Magazine campaign, Brown said is fueled by fears of the growing "pro-life" movement.
"The biggest reason why they are doing this is because they are petrified," said Brown. "The pro life movement has made tremendous advances in Congress, in the state legislatures and it continues to move forward. And I think that some of this is to frighten the complacent woman who has had an abortion into thinking that if they don't do something they will lose their 'right to abortion.'"
Feminist Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1971 and served as its aggressive spokeswoman for many years. But since 2001 the magazine has been owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation, whose president is Eleanor Smeal.
In 2006 Steinem's name doesn't appear until the 12th paragraph of a "HerStory" section on the magazine's website.
There we go. Much more accurate.
That's like "Pyschology Today" urging readers to write in if they've had a lobotomy.
They should just wear a tshirt that says it instead.
My guess is they're looking for women who are proud of killing their babies. I doubt they'll get very many real names. Maybe some should submit the name Bebe Killa.
"Translation: Hey girls! Hurry up and get yer bones jumped now and kill yer unborn child, while it's still legal!"
Get it while the gettin's good!
Oh, wait, they can 't.
Bebe Killa, isn't that a rapper?
They should have a blank page and say that's where the aborted children signed.
No, it's more like NAMBLA urging members to say "I've molested a child". Way more evil than a lobotomy.
I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. It was relayed as a tortured and terrible decisions which they all regretted at some level.
This is the ultimate in support group stupidity. How about an ad so axe murderers can declare pride and self worth. Perhaps "pulled the plug on a loved ones life support pride parade"?
This campaign is very similar to the one years ago in France, which was partly responsible for liberalizing laws there. Women from all walks of life were included, and the largest "John Hancock" at the top of the list was Catherine Deneuve's.
***Hey, look at me! I killed my unborn child!!! I AM A MURDERER!***
MMMMmmm. Not very bright are they? I thought this was "private" decision. Guess not.
Ms. Magazine editor (editrix?): I am a botched abortion
"Her aborted child could not be reached for comment."
They are looking for women who are proud of being monsters.
It has always seemed to me that, in order to perform an abortion, you have to kill more than the developing child. You also have to kill that part of a woman which, more than anything else, wants to protect her children. This "maternal instinct" is hard-wired into normal women. You have to make a woman abnormal -- something less than a woman -- to persuade her to have an abortion. Either that, or you will have a woman with enormous emotional problems later on.
Look out for a supportive "I have had an abortion" bracelet, to be worn like a badge of honor.
I'd assume the bracelet, much like the overworn yellow bracelet worn by John Kerry for Lance Armstrong, will be appropriately RED. For blood.
They could even put the words on the bracelet.
I'd not sugarcoat it though. Should be "I paid someone to murder my unborn infant" is more accurate.
Better yet, start having public abortions - right there in the storefront on Main Street USA. Let's let everyone see how great this "procedure" is.
And while we're at it, let's have the gays show us what "gay sex" really means. Show us all what you do to each other in the "privacy of your bedroom."
>>>I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. It was relayed as a tortured and terrible decisions which they all regretted at some level. >>>
Even the rabid pro-abortion women who have been honest have admitted that if they have had one.
"They are looking for women who are proud of being monsters."
My guess is that they're just trying to show how common it is. And it is.
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."
- Mother Teresa, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 3, 1994.
But wait, I thought Bill Clinton said abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare". What happened?
Apparently the numbers are going down, but I agree that it's hardly reached the "rare" stage.
That will get their message out the proper way.
I like this tee shirt:
"Why wasn't Hillary Aborted?"
"I have never known ANY woman who had an abortion and was proud of that fact. "
Over the years I've know two gals well enough for that subject to come up and for them to relay their feelings on the matter. Short version: deep, bone crushing REGRET despite the event being many many years prior. You won't get that from Planned Parenthood.
Trust me on this, many women who are otherwise normal do NOT have a maternal instinct hard wired into them.
The guy who wakes up in the middle of the night with his child because the child's mother won't.
Possibly because her parents wanted her or...possibly because abortion was illegal. A case of be careful what you wish for? :)
A lot of us don't. I never did, so I never had any. Lots of people on FR have enjoyed telling me how "unnatural" I am for that, but I think it's the right decision when you know you have absolutely no interest in it.
Women won't have true reproductive freedom until men are removed from the reproductive process.
It has the same effect on the far left as the Penthouse Forums.
I actually think this is a great idea. I predict a very low response. The editors of this magazine are under the impression that the millions of women who have had this procedure done are more than happy and proud to tell about it. When in fact, I don't think any of them are very proud to tell about it.
They will ignore all the responses from the women who regret what they did, because it doesn't fit their agenda. But I bet those responses will outweigh the very small number (if any) who say "yes I did it, and I'd do it again tomorrow."
Very few of the activists who campaign on the pro-abortion side have had this procedure done. In fact, I can't think of any. It is a very feminine, a very womanizing feeling to bear and have a baby. To reject this is to reject nature and everything that is good and right. It more than likely leads to depression, feeling unfeminine, and de-womanized.
And as for the magazine's quote: "But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is 'a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S.'"
Common?? So much for safe, legal, and RARE, huh gals?
I'm just making a guess at the motivation. A lot of guys do make the fashion mistake of wearing wifebeater t-shirts, whether they're proud or not I don't know.
Of course not. After the last 40 years of brainwashing from birth to schools to television and movies there ain't very many 'normal' people left.
Oh, you mean all those made up letters that say, "I never thought it would happen to me...."?
CHOICE comes BEFORE pregnancy, not afterwards.
This is so hypocritical. Wasn't the whole "basis" for Roe v Wade because of the right to privacy. Now woman want to scream it to the world. Like AnnCoulter said, its a sacrament of the religion of the left.
Common or not, women who would respond to this solicitation are monsters.
I always make the point that I am not against choice, I am against abortion. There is a difference.
Your comment contains its own response. Such women are only "otherwise normal."
Ms Mag did this before, and ran a full page ad in the NY Times. Women who had an abortion ( or two or three ) contributed and signed the petition.
It never ceases to amaze me when otherwise intelligent people willingly embrace evil, even defend it. Congratulations, Ms Magazine, on making this kind of evil look fashionable.
If she doesn't make her mandatory sacrifice to Gaia before age 21, she'll be left out of the Sisterhood. ;)
Then stop reading my posts if you've seen them before. :) If you see martyrdom in my posts, you haven't comprehended them no matter HOW many times you've seen them.
If the point is to proclaim it proudly they should do the TV spot I described further up this page.
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