By Micaiah Bilger
March 23, 2017
When abortion activists talk about “humanizing” abortion, they are not talking about unborn babies. They mean getting rid of anything that makes abortion seem bad.
One of the key goals of the 1 in 3 Campaign is to normalize abortion through storytelling. The group encourages women to tell their abortion-positive stories publicly to help “end abortion stigma.”
The group’s name is based on a false statistic that claims one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Abortion advocacy groups often use the statistic to claim that abortions are normal medical procedures for women in society. But in 2016, the Washington Post fact checker described the statistic as entirely “inaccurate.”
Vocative, which supports abortion, featured one woman’s story this week to highlight the 1 in 3 Campaign’s upcoming lobbying event in Washington, D.C. Vocative’s Tracy Clark-Flory wrote that the woman, Candice Russell, wanted to share her story to “humanize the issue of abortion.”
I would hear people talk about abortion in the media, but none of the stories were my story. They were mostly middle-class white women with wanted pregnancies — very valid but heartbreaking tales of the ‘good abortion,’” Russell told Clark-Flory. “But the reality of abortion is that a lot of the folks that are accessing care are low-income women of color with stories that looked like mine.
Russell began telling her abortion story late last year. She said she was struggling to make ends meet when she discovered that her birth control had failed and she was pregnant.
Writing for Glamour, Russell said she knew that having an abortion was “right” for her; but when she called an abortion facility near her home in Dallas, Texas, she was told that there was a two-and-a-half week wait.
Because she already was 12 weeks along, Russell said she was afraid that any delays could put her past the 20-week abortion cut-off in Texas. Instead of considering parenting or adoption, Russell decided to take out a loan, lie to her boss and fly to California to have her unborn baby aborted.
Vocative defended Russell’s abortion this week, writing: “Over the next two years, she was thrown into a cycle of debt while trying to pay off the money she had borrowed. Ultimately, she paid around $5,000 for the $450 loan — all to obtain basic, timely reproductive healthcare.”
Debra Hauser, a spokesperson for the 1 in 3 Campaign, added,
Too often the political has overpowered the personal in the fight for abortion access, and now more than ever we cannot afford to remain silent and let stigma invade the conversation around a procedure that one in three women will have in her lifetime.
Abortion activists’ attempts to “humanize” abortion really are about de-humanizing babies in the womb. They describe an abortion as basic health care and avoid talking about what an abortion actually is and does.
They don’t want there to be talk about the unborn baby, basic biological facts about human development, potential abortion risks and women who regret their abortions. These things put abortion in a bad light by exposing it for what it really is. An abortion destroys a unique individual human being’s life before birth.
Shame and stigma are associated with abortion, not primarily because of cultural attitudes toward women, but because of the basic moral belief that the intentional killing of an innocent human being is wrong.