As the owner of a uterus, I’d just like to throw out there that it’s really difficult to respectfully disagree with someone who wants to enslave me (and every other owner of a uterus)—clearly that person does not respect me. It’s also difficult to engage in thoughtful conversation on the matter if “thoughtful discussion” means that I’m supposed to concede that maybe there is some hypothetical situation where forced pregnancy and childbirth are morally acceptable and not really slavery.
Even if all women had access to education, birth control, healthcare, and social programs, there would still be women who get pregnant and don’t want to be. There would still be ectopic pregnancies, failed sterilizations, severe fetal abnormalities, and women whose organs start failing as a result of pregnancy. There would still be women whose birth control fails and they find themselves pregnant 3 or 4 weeks later and they want to get rid of it because pregnancy is a hassle—it’s painful, exhausting, and requires huge lifestyle changes, and it ends in labor and delivery, which are dangerous and traumatic.
Any way you look at it, at some point when you are talking about banning abortion you are advocating forced pregnancy and childbirth for unwilling women. And what do we call that use of women’s bodies against their will? Everyone all together now…. SLAVERY.
So, while it may not be very nice to say so, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for someone—especially someone with a uterus—to call that monstrous. No one can deny that a fetus is “human life.” However, a grown woman is a person, with ideas, opinions, desires, dreams, and plans for her future (just like any man). She is autonomous, and a fetus is not. She should get to choose while, unfortunately (albeit necessarily), a fetus doesn’t get a say in the matter.
So, you know, maybe it is “name-calling” for someone to call the anti-abortion stance monstrous. Maybe it is disrespectful. But I sure as f**k don’t feel respected when my body is treated as public property, and I have no desire to have a thoughtful conversation about whether or not I should be a slave.
I don’t know if I agree that unwilling mothers are slaves, however supporting pro-lifers is equal to supporting this:
“Woman is a uterus surrounded by a supporting mechanism and a directing personality”
An obstetrician said that.
There are things to be said about obstetricians who say this.
“A blessing for the [Misogynist Obstetrician] ? Of course! May God bless and keep the [Misogynist Obstetrician]… far away from us!”
Far away from my body and even farther away from ever making a single decision about it.