There’s a new anti-abortion website called Until Abortion Ends that is asking people, like those hip youngsters on the Facebook, to give up something until abortion ends. Or as the inimitable Jay Smooth says in his latest Ill Doctrine video blog above, until (legal, safe access to) abortion ends. Think of an indefinite, Internet-driven Lent for people seeking to obstruct medical services. (Can UntilObamacareEnds.com be that far behind?)
OK, so I understand that the anti-choice lobby is all sorts of committed and willing to go the extra mile to end what Adolf Hitler referred to (slightly paraphrased) as the preposterous idea that a woman should have control over her own body. This time around, taking a page out of the Catholic Church’s Lent playbook, a new movement is afoot. Young people opposed to abortion have decided to give up something they love until abortion ends. Right; the clueless undertaking the pointless to support the compassionless as they try to oppress the fearless.
Uh…OK. I suppose that when you contrast this with things like shooting abortion providers or firebombing clinics, giving up cookies or butterscotch pudding seems pleasantly benign. Call me naive, but I fail to understand how young people giving up something they love will create a moral groundswell that will ipso facto lead to the end of safe, legal access to abortion. This is especially true, as Jay Smooth points out, when you consider that the things people are giving up are the sorts of things they should be giving up, or at least cutting back on, for health reasons. Perhaps if they were giving up sex or breathing I might take them more seriously.
Giving up cookies? Ice Cream? Coffee? If you’re clueless enough, it might seem as if your sacrifice is a significant step in your struggle to force women to return to the back alleys and shady chop shop abortionists. That said, I fail to see how such a “sacrifice” gets ANYONE closer to their goal of ensuring that women are treated as sperm receptacles and the property of men.
I do have the perfect counterbalance to this silly “sacrifice for the cause”, though. For every person who swears to give up cookies until abortion ends, how about a pro-choice person vows to eat more cookies? Giving up ice cream to end abortion? No problem; we’ll find someone willing to choke down even more Rocky Road. And I think I can drink even more coffee if it means keeping abortion safe and legal.
“Until Abortion Ends”? Really? How about calling it what it really is- “Until Common Sense Ends And Women Are Once Again Property.”