Mic.com recently published an article by Jenny Kutner titled “Women Who Have Had Abortions on Why They’re Proud Not to be Moms on Mother’s Day.” Kutner relates the anecdotes of four women who have had abortions. Unfortunately, the title and article are misleading, to say the least. These four women express regret, pain, and confusion about their abortions, demonstrating both the failed feminist philosophy that drives the pro-choice movement and the powerful reasons to be pro-life.
In Kutner’s article, Heather, 42, describes her abortion experience this way. “I have never doubted that abortion was the right decision for me at the time and have never regretted it since. It’s hard to be someone who knows you do not want to have children … in a world where that decision is seen as selfish or outrageous […] I don’t think about my abortion on Mother’s Day.”
Another woman in the article, Rebecca, 56, had an abortion because the baby “had a bunch of abnormalities.” She already had a child with heart defects when she learned of her unborn baby’s health problems. She said, “I don’t think about my kids on Mother’s Day; I just think about me. What we’re really fighting for is the autonomy to make these decisions. It’s not about the fetus or potential life, but about our ability to control our destinies.”
The dichotomous core of the abortion debate is personhood and choice. The latter is a ruse to cover up the fact that the majority of women who choose abortion do so because they don’t feel prepared to parent or are pursuing a career—selfish reasons borne of a movement that believes motherhood is a less valuable occupation than other careers.