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Amongst The Anti-Choice Flamewar, An Oasis Of Sense

Posted by Clem Bastow on October 10, 2008

If, like me, the usually idiotic rhetoric of anti-choicers/pro-“life” protests is like a red rag to a bull to you, then you probably don’t want to waste your time reading the Readers’ Comments in reaction to the news that Premier Brumby is pleased the abortion law reforms have been passed.

However, amongst the ill-informed and sensationalistic sturm und drang (Murder! Babies being chopped into bits! Imagine if Brumby himself had been aborted!), I was struck by the clarity of this comment, from reader “Stephen of Sydney”:

As someone who was supposed to be aborted in Melbourne back in 1962, when abortion was still illegal, I am extremely glad that less people will have to suffer the fate that I did. That is, of being born contrary to my mother’s determined wishes that I should never be born. It always amazes me that anti-choice advocates rarely talk about the fact that there are indeed much ‘worse’ things than aborting an unwanted foetus. That includes, of course, forcing a child to be born into abject abuse and neglect. The trauma from that experience will afflict me for the rest of my life. At last, however, with this new legislation, humanity finally prevails.

In a perfect world, his comment would be the voice of reason that would make the anti-choicers see the light, but we don’t live in that world, so for now, let’s just be thankful that Victoria’s Parliament has kicked a massive goal for reproductive rights and women’s freedom of choice.


2 Responses to “Amongst The Anti-Choice Flamewar, An Oasis Of Sense”

  1. Da Bomb said

    Great quote Clem. Thanks for picking up on that letter and pointing it out to me (your devoted reader).

  2. charli said

    I started reading the comments but only made it to “if you don’t want to be an incubator, don’t be a sperm receptacle” before I had to stop. Of course, its all been so simple this whole time! grrr

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