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Caitlin Moran on abortion

I just finished Caitlin Moran's memoir, How to be a woman book and the whole thing is just so good, funny, true, brings up a million good points, but I got to the chapter on abortion and why it's a feminist issue and holy crap, this is exactly what I've been wondering. it's perfect:

I cannot understand antiabortion arguments that center on the sanctity of life. As as species, we've fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don't believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain, and lifelong, grinding poverty show us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we've made only the most feeble efforts to really treat human life as sacred.

I don't understand, then, why, in the midst of all this, pregnant women - women trying to make rational decisions about their futures and, usually, those of their families, too - should be subject to more pressure about preserving life than, say, Vladimir Putin, the World Bank, or the Catholic Church.

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litlebanana
Apr. 14th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. I love that quote, truly. I'm going to re-quote that, if it's okay with you.
smittenbyu
Apr. 14th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
wow! Perfectly said!
shutterbug
Apr. 14th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Great quote! So true. This is very much how I feel.
astrogeek01
Apr. 14th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
yes exactly that!!!

of course it's really all about control of women, nothing to do about sanctity of life.
lilac_ribbon
Apr. 15th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
I just read that book too and I love it. It was really well said.
motorharp
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
That certainly hit the nail on the head! Great quote.
binaryprecision
Apr. 22nd, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Wait, so because people are being killed in other ways, it's ok to kill unborn people as well? Not the strongest argument, IMO...
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