Have you ever been reading an essay or blog post about abortion, in which a self-professed pro-choice person says something like this: Abortion is a painful and difficult decision for a woman, but I/we fully support her right to choose abortion...
It may not be worded exactly that way, of course. But everyone from our current president to known pro-choice politicians to women's rights' leaders have said something somewhat like this.
I've asked the question before, and I'll ask it again: Why?
Why is abortion a painful and difficult decision for a woman?
From the pro-life perspective, it's easy to answer that question: abortion is a painful and difficult decision because a woman is deciding to kill her own unborn child. She is deciding that the unique human being growing inside of her does not deserve to live. She is deciding to become the mother of a dead baby, a baby killed by her express wishes and for whose execution she must pay--not only in money, but in whatever physical or mental or moral anguish accompanies her child's grisly death, and her own role in choosing that death for him or for her.
But from the pro-choice perspective, again, I ask: why? Why is abortion a painful and difficult decision if you don't believe that the unborn child is a child, or a person, or a human being with her own unique DNA and her own unique, if tiny, body growing inside her mother's womb?
I mean, speaking as someone who has had an impacted kidney stone removed, I can tell you that the stone itself was painful and difficult to deal with--but the decision to have surgery to remove it was a no-brainer, especially since I'd already been hospitalized for a week (owing to the fact that I was a bit less than two months postpartum at the time) and the darned thing refused to budge no matter how much fluid was circulated through my body. I suffered no mental or emotional difficulty in deciding to get rid of a clump of minerals that had formed in an extremely inconvenient location. I knew that they were not living cells, that they would not, if carefully left alone for a period of time, grow into a mighty boulder, and that in fact they were not supposed to be in my body at all.
So why on earth should a pro-choice person, who thinks that a "baby" magically springs into being either a) at birth, b) in the third trimester sometime, or c) around 20 weeks or so of gestation find the surgical removal of a non-baby, non-person, non-living, piece of biological waste material a painful or difficult decision at all?
The answer seems to be that all but the most stridently pro-abortion people (like the one who told a pro-life sidewalk counselor I'm acquainted with "I know it's a baby, dear--and I don't want it, so I'm killing it!") pretend to themselves that an unborn child is anything but a child when they talk about "terminating the pregnancy" or "the product of conception" or "the tissue clump" or any of the other million euphemisms they may use to distance themselves from the reality of the unborn human being's prenatal existence. But in dealing with the aftermath of abortion, with the women who express their anguish or emotional turmoil or deep regrets, the pro-choice advocates have to back away a little, and use soothing rhetoric which they hope nobody examines too closely, the strange pro-choice rhetoric which says with bland demeanor, "Well, of course, abortion is a painful and difficult choice for women..."
It's only painful and difficult if you're killing a human being. Which, of course, in every abortion, you are.