Even when you're used to the mind-numbing idiocy, you can still be astonished (emphasis added):
The truth about abortion - from someone who's been there
Today's National Post features a letter by Denise Mountenay, who is founder of Canada Silent No More, a website dedicated to helping women who have experienced emotional trauma resulting from abortions:
I had abortions when I was younger. I was lied to about fetal development and told it was just a clump of tissue. As a young vibrant woman, independent and aloof, it was made to be a quick, easy out. I had no idea my babies had a beating heart by three weeks, arms, legs, fingers and toes by eight weeks. My so-called "safe and legal" abortion landed me with an infection, damaged cervix and badly scarred uterus. Doctors never told me about the 28 studies linking breast cancer to induced abortion.
You. Must. Be. Kidding.
Ignore all of the other unforgivable stupidity and illogic, and just appreciate that JoJo is still riding that fraudulent "abortion causes breast cancer" link.
And these are the people who suggest that they want to have a serious and civil discussion? Sure ... the day Satan ends up ice-skating to work.
I'll let my readers disembowel the rest of JoJo's inanity. One line, no pushing -- there's plenty to go around.
AFTERSNARK -- THE OVERWHELMING HYPOCRISY: It's amusing to listen to the argument that, because some women end up regretting their abortion, the logical consequence is to make them unavailable for everyone. But that logical construction never seems to stray terribly far from the topic of abortion.
One wonders why these same retarded yobs who want to protect women from the potential psychological effects of abortion are not at least as concerned about the possibly far more drastic consequences of totally elective cosmetic surgery, particularly if it ends up like, say, this. And yet, curiously, those members of Canada's Wingnut Patrol who are so shriekingly concerned about the mental anguish of women who chose to have an abortion are, to the best of my knowledge, utterly unconcerned about cosmetic surgery fatalities or other disasters.
One would think the same logic applies in terms of "choices" and "regrets" in both cases but, strangely enough, it never seems to work that way, does it?
UPPITYDATE #2: As much as I have work to do, I can't resist deconstructing that National Post letter, sentence by sentence:
I had abortions when I was younger.
"Abortions"? As in plural? More than one? How ... fascinating. One would have thought that, after the first abortion, Ms. Mountenay would have had the sense God gave a box of cat litter and taken precautions. Of course, those would be the same kind of precautions that allegedly "pro-life" pharmacists would prefer not to dispense, so it's not clear what Mountenay's options were. But it gets better:
I was lied to about fetal development and told it was just a clump of tissue.
I'm sorry ... you were "lied to," Ms. Mountenay? You had more than one abortion and yet you were apparently too fucking lazy to either take precautions or to do even the most basic reading to learn how all of that physiology works. And you want to blame other people? I think not. But here's the capper:
As a young vibrant woman, independent and aloof, it was made to be a quick, easy out.
So, to recap, Ms. Mountenay is too stupid or too lazy to take precautions against getting pregnant, she has more than one abortion which is generally described contemptuously by your typical pro-lifer as "using abortion as a method of birth control" and, finally, she quite clearly terminated those pregnancies so that they wouldn't interfere with her devil-may-care, vibrant, independent and aloof lifestyle.
In short, Ms. Mountenay's behaviour during all of those pregnancies and abortions is exactly what the anti-choice movement so despises -- the indifference to birth control, followed by a cavalier abortion on demand so as to not inconvenience her lifestyle; rinse and repeat.
Gosh, under normal circumstances, yapping dingbats like JoJo would be absolutely venting with anger at Mountenay and her irresponsibility. But now that she's had her revelation, why, she's just a heroine. Isn't it funny how that happens? From villain to saint in one epiphany.
Now that's what you call convenient.
P.S. I would, of course, be remiss in not pointing out that it's the very people who are perpetually whinging on about "accountability" and "personal responsibility" who, when it comes to abortion, absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their own choices. Your choice, your consequences. Stop crying and deal with it. Whiner.
OH, LORD, this just gets better and better. Fetus-fetishist JoJo, in her post, points out that Mountenay's letter is a response to an earlier op-ed by Dr. Garson Romalis. After going on about Mountenay's heart-wrenching emotional trauma, JoJo's entire contribution from Romalis' op-ed is:
...I can take an anxious woman, who is in the biggest trouble she has ever experiences [sic] in her life, and by performing a five-minute operation, in comfort and dignity, I can give her back her life...
It's obvious that JoJo is selectively jerking at the heartstrings with Mountenay's story, while apparently trying to paint Romalis as an unfeeling, opportunistic baby killer. But one wonders why JoJo didn't print other portions of Romalis' piece such as, oh, this:
I had been a medical doctor for 32 years when I was shot at 7:10 a.m., Nov. 8, 1994. For over half my life, I had been providing obstetrical and gynecological care, including abortions. It is still hard for me to understand how someone could think I should be killed for helping women get safe abortions.
I had a very severe gun shot wound to my left thigh. My thigh bone was fractured, large blood vessels severed, and a large amount of my thigh muscles destroyed. I almost died several times from blood loss and multiple other complications. After about two years of physical and emotional rehabilitation, with a great deal of support from my family and the medical community, I was able to resume work on a part-time basis. I was no longer able to deliver babies or perform major gynecological surgery. I had to take security measures, but I continued to work as a gynecologist, including providing abortion services. My life had changed, but my views on choice remained unchanged, and I was continuing to enjoy practicing medicine. I told people that I was shot in the thigh, not in my sense of humour.
Gollee, you'd think that that might be an important part of JoJo's insufferably whiny blog post -- that while Mountenay is all shook up and remorseful, Romalis was the target of an attempted murder that nearly killed him. But best not to mention that, I guess -- that might make Mountenay's relentless complaining seem not so significant by comparison.
Poor little abortion victim? Big story. Almost-murdered abortion provider? Not so much. Some seriously fucked up priorities there, JoJo, wouldn't you say?
ONCE MORE INTO THE FRAY: Now that commenter Ti Christophe over at JoJo's has pointed out that there is no abortion-breast cancer connection and even left a link for substantiation, it should be entertaining to watch how whimsically the airheads over there dismiss it. And they will dismiss it, of course -- God forbid that one of them actually responds with, "Hmmm ... I wasn't aware of that, I'll look into it."
Not much chance of that.