April 14th, 2013

planet

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.