It’s All About Control

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Creative Minority Report has a post entitled Horror. Feminist Writer Speaks of Abortion of Her “Burden”. The post features a short clip of Ms. Amy Richards talking about her decision to undergo “selective reduction”. Please hop over to Creative Minority Report and view the video. It’s only a couple of minutes long and you really need to see this.

Selective reduction is the practice if killing one baby when the mother is pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets, etc) while keeping the other babies alive. Now for Ms. Richards, this is no big deal. You see, she is a pro-abortion feminist that has books to her credit like Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, About Feminism and Motherhood and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. In the video, Ms. Richards relays the story of how she became pregnant with triplets and according to her

“the first thought out of my mouth is, is there any way to get rid of one of them?”

Ms. Richards had intentionally tried to get pregnant but was “shocked” to learn that it was with triplets. She then “went on a journey” to learn about something called selective reduction. She was shocked to learn that this procedure had even existed. After all, she had worked a long time fighting for “reproductive rights” of women and she had never heard of this procedure.

What a fantastic surprise to find out that there is a method of killing one baby while keeping its siblings alive in the womb! Imagine the freedom that this knowledge can bring to oppressed uteruses everywhere!

But for Ms. Richards, another surprise came when even other members of the “reproductive rights” community questioned her and asked whether or not she could have been more sympathetic. She was tempted to respond to her critical colleagues in arms by tugging on the heart strings and making an argument that having triplets was a burden on her and the other fetuses in her womb. But in the end, she decided that the most important aspect was that

“I thought that what mattered was that I was in control of my decision. And I think that I wanted to sort of point that out.”

Ms. Richards is proud of her decision and wants to hold it up as an example for right thinking feminists everywhere. Because for people like her, human life has nothing to do with anything. The fact that a human life is being destroyed does not factor into the calculus of her decision. For her and others of her ilk, as long as she has control and the “decision” is hers to make, then that is all that matters. And herein lies the gaping chasm that exists between so-called Pro-Choice and the Pro-Life movement. I’m all for a person’s ability to make their own decisions concerning their lives, but not when it comes at the expense of others.

Can you imagine the conversation that Ms. Richards is going to have to have with her “surviving” children one day? How can a mother explain to her two children that they would have had another sibling, another brother or sister, but because she felt it was a burden, she decided to have him/her killed. As a child of this woman, how horrible to know the fact that it could have very well been me to be the one that was selected for “reduction” and to have never been born at all. But that doesn’t matter. The only thing that mattered here was to make sure that there was no undue burden on dear old mom and that she was in control of her decision.

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