"I was betrayed by a pill"
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel laments that her chemical abortion experience wasn't the easy, safe, totally private and liberating process she expected it to be. She feels betrayed.
This is hard for me. I don't find her at all sympathetic.
Imagine, for example, a child abuser wanting to warn other child abusers about his own bad experience. He'd gotten an antibiotic-resistant strain of syphillis after having unprotected sex with a child that had been passed around a circle of abusers. And he was lamenting how betrayed he felt that nobody warned him to use a condom. How unjust and just plain wrong it was that exercising his right to sexual fulfilment led to such an unpleasant and dangerous experience for him. And he wanted to warn other pedophiles to either use a condom or to be sure to only rape kids that hadn't already been "used" by somebody else.
That's how sympathetic this woman comes across to me.
But as C. S. Lewis said, "When a man who has been perverted from his youth and taught that cruelty is the right thing, does some tiny little kindness, or refrains from some cruelty he might have committed, and thereby, perhaps, risks being sneered at by his companions, he may, in God's eyes, be doing more than you and I would do if we gave up life itself for a friend."
This woman honestly believes that all women are 100% entitled to kill their unborn, that it's 100% self-evident that women are entitled to kill their unborn, that society owes it to women to in every way facilitate and support and honor and praise the practice of killing the unborn. And she's risking becoming alienated from her friends and social network, in order to put forth an unpleasant truth. I have to give her credit for that. And Marie Claire does deserve credit for being brave enough to publish an account of an abortion that wasn't all about how safe and liberating and othewise wonderful abortion is.
They're taking a stand for truth, bravely, and in the face of risking attack from both sides. From the prolifers for endorsing the killing of the unborn. From the prochoice for "giving the other side ammo to attack our hard-won reproductive rights". Both the author and the publisher knew they were taking an unpopular stand, but were willing to stick their necks out for something true, to warn others of a risk to health and life. You gotta give them credit for that, even if, as it does with me, it really sticks in your craw.
HT: After Abortion