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In Praise of Abortion (Part 1): Jesus Would Be Ashamed of You!

Jul 30, 2015 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Responses to Readers

The time has again come to address the abortion stories we receive that are not filled with regret. So far this year, we’ve received eight of them. Some of them contain traces of pain and sorrow. Others simply sing the praises of abortion. Each time such a story comes in, I face a dilemma of sorts. Do I add it to the hundreds of abortion testimonies already housed on the Abort73 website or simply file it away? On the one hand, I like the authentic, unscripted voice our abortion stories provide. On the other hand, Abort73 has never been a neutral arbiter. From the very beginning, we have advocated a specific position—abortion is an act of violence that kills an innocent human being—and pursued a specific agenda—the protection of abortion-vulnerable children (and their moms!).  

As an alternative to posting the stories outright or shelving them altogether, I generally post them in part—with commentary—on the Abort73 blog. This gives our dissenters a voice while allowing me to challenge the integrity of their assertions. By way of comparison, in the time it took us to receive eight stories of abortion celebration, we received 64 stories of abortion lament. I don’t claim that

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What’s All the Fuss About Planned Parenthood?

Jul 15, 2015 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion News

Yesterday, another undercover video put Planned Parenthood in the proverbial crosshairs—this time in regard to the trafficking of human body parts obtained through abortion. In the video, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services casually discusses her ability to leave key body parts intact while performing late-term, ultrasound-guided abortions. To date, undercover videos such as these have exposed Planned Parenthood’s willingness to:

On the one hand, it boggles the mind that a billion-dollar organization is able to be repeatedly duped and exposed by a handful of courageous activists. On the other hand—with the President of the United States so firmly in their corner—Planned Parenthood is almost untouchable, no matter how often they thumb their noses at both law and convention.

Just as the nation is split down the middle in regard to abortion, that same polarization exists over Planned Parenthood—a fact that

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Abortion and the Angel of Auschwitz

Jun 09, 2015 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

By and large, the emails that come to me through the Abort73 website are mostly variants of the same basic questions or assertions. It’s rare when a question comes in that I haven’t already heard, but such was the case a few weeks back. The question centered on Gisella Perl and was prompted by the post below—which has now been reposted hundreds of thousands of times:

INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN

Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.

She was ordered to report ever [sic] pregnant women do [sic] the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.

She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.

After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.

**I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal

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Frida Kahlo and the Art of Abortion

Apr 28, 2015 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

Every Child is a Work of Art. That's the message behind Abort73's newest shirt design. The culturally astute will notice a nod to Frida Kahlo—the iconic, feminist artist who made a career for herself painting selfies. Like so many other famous artists, Kahlo is far more popular now than she ever was in her own lifetime. Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) notes that Kahlo is a perfect fit for today's "narcissistic body culture"—one that is "obsessed with ourselves and sexuality." Stephanie Mencimer, a former editor of Washington Monthly who now writes for Mother Jones, adds:

Kahlo's Communism--now treated as somehow sort of quaint--led her to embrace some unforgivable political positions… Less scandalous but worth noting is that Kahlo despised the very gringos who now champion her work, and her art reflects her obvious disdain for the United States. One wonders what the postal service was thinking when it put Kahlo on a stamp…

With that in mind, Frida Kahlo may seem a strange figure for Abort73 to lean on. In fact, it's a connection I never would have thought of myself, but that's the beauty of collaboration! "Every Child

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Abortion is Never Not Uncomplicated

Mar 12, 2015 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

The title of this post takes a simple statement—abortion is not complicated—and says it in a complicated and confusing way. Why? Because the issue of abortion is both simple and complex; it is clear and complicated—as evidenced by an abortion-advocating feature that appeared in Salon magazine last week. It is titled, “The abortion I didn’t want.”

Author, Caitlin McDonnell, writes in the subtitle, “After [my abortion], I felt grief, emptiness -- and relief. Why don't we tell stories that are emotionally complicated, too?” She’s right about one thing. It is the emotion of unwanted pregnancy that makes abortion such a complicated and contested issue. The ethics of abortion are rather simple.

To me, the most interesting aspect of McDonnell’s piece is the description she provides of her principled refusal to tell the abortion clinic staff that she wanted an abortion. She firmly believed that she needed an abortion, but she could not bring herself to say she wanted it. She writes:

During my intake at the women’s clinic, I told them that I [couldn’t] say I wanted an abortion but that I thought they should do it anyway. Understandably, they didn’t know what to do with me… They

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