What is it, exactly, that motivates women to have late-term abortions? I’ve always believed that it was a number of factors. A late discovery of the pregnancy, lack of access to abortion services, fetal abnormalities discovered in the second or third trimester – all could potentially play a part. Or so I thought.
Turns out I was wrong. According to conservative blogger Ace of Spades, women get late term abortions for one reason, and one reason only: because they feel like it. In an attempt to refute what Jill of Feministing wrote about the horrific Kermit Gosnell case Ace states:
I think that almost all of the women in question just showed up for a late-term abortion because they decided they wanted a late-term abortion. I do not believe literally hundreds of women all received the rather rare diagnosis of your-life-is-in-danger-if-you-carry-to-term. In fact, I would hazard a guess that exactly none of them did.
Which makes sense, right? It’s happened to me so many times – I wake up one morning, and I think “Hey, carrying a fetus for two trimesters has been fun and all, but undergoing a painful, expensive, risky, possibly illegal, and definitely hard to obtain procedure is so much more hip and modern than giving birth.” I guess that’s my irrational lady-mind at work again. I mean, George Tiller risked – and eventually lost – his life defending women’s right to have late-term abortions just for fun.
If you’re following that logic, then of course abortion access needs to be restricted. Women obviously can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. If we start giving them free reign over their bodies all hell might break loose. Which is why no one has been born in Canada since 1988.
Seriously, what is this, I don’t even.