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April 9, 2012

The anti-abortion sentiment in America persists

Filed under: Culture — Mike Kueber @ 11:32 pm
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While having a philosophical discussion this weekend with a date, we broached the sensitive subject of abortion.  She is a Christian who feels strongly that abortions are evil.  By contrast, I think Roe v. Wade contains a splendidly nuanced analysis of abortion (although I believe the U.S. Supreme Court was totally unjustified in taking this political issue away from the states).

During our discussion, however, I described my date’s position as anti-abortion, and she resisted that appellation.  I was surprised at that resistance, probably because I’d always wondered why the anti-abortion movement changed its name to the pro-life movement. 

I told my date that it was much easier to understand why the pro-abortion movement had evolved into pro-choice; after all, who wanted to go on record as favoring abortion?  I suggested that opposition to abortion was so pervasive in America that no famous person would be able to maintain any popularity if she had an abortion. 

My recollection was that the last famous person to have an abortion was the 70s TV character Maude and that her experience had been so bad that no one else has dared to travel her path.  But my recollection is far from perfect, so I decided to check the internet to see if there have been any subsequent developments on the pro-abortion front.  The following is what I found:

  • In 2006, Ms. Magazine attempted to de-stigmatize abortion by publishing a list of 5,000 women who had publically admitted to having an abortion.  But the list included only three so-called celebrities – Carol Leifer (comedian) and Kathy Najimi and Amy Brenneman (actresses).       
  • In 2010, the Gunaxin website listed the top-ten celebrities who had received abortions: 
  1.  Margaret Cho (stand-up comic)
  2. Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch)
  3. Billy Jean King
  4. Sherri Shepherd (The View)
  5. Joan Collins
  6. Lil’ Kim
  7. Margot Kidder
  8. Ani DiFranco (folk singer)
  9. Whoopi Goldberg
  10. Gloria Steinem

The lists are obviously not stocked with a lot of influential/admired role models.  So I think it is safe to conclude that publically admitting to an abortion remains inconsistent with maintaining popularity in America.

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6 Comments »

  1. Well, I am not famous, but had an abortion. I don’t care if anyone favors it or not. 🙂 Many people are opposed until faced with an unwanted pregnancy. I cannot even count the people I accompanied to abortion clinics bc I was the only one they could confide in. It is very telling, or at least, it is to me.

    Comment by Mrs. Van Dyke — April 10, 2012 @ 12:39 am | Reply

    • Millions have had abortions. My point is, as you suggest, that having an abortion is something that has a tinge of shame for many.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — April 10, 2012 @ 2:59 am | Reply

  2. Actually, I was not suggesting shame. While I realize that is true of many, it is not the reason people confided in me or needed my help. Most clinics require you have someone with you to drive you home or you must stay for an extended period. It also helps to have a friend with you. I also realize Christians do not have abortions, but they also do not have sex outside marriage, so that should not be a problem… 🙂

    Comment by Mrs. Van Dyke — April 10, 2012 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

    • Actually, Christians and people on the right are no different than anyone else – i.e., they have abortions, they cheat, they are mean-spirited. But because they tend to be intolerant and try to hold the world to such a high standard, the world sometimes gets irritated by them and accuses them of being hypocrites.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — April 10, 2012 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

      • Well, I suppose it is hypocritical to talk out of both sides of one’s mouth. Why call myself a vegen if I eat meat?!

        Comment by Mrs. Van Dyke — April 10, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

      • Yes, it is hyprocritical to say one thing and believe another. But some Christians and right-wingers really believe in what they say; they just don’t have the discipline to always follow thru. That is a common human trait.

        Comment by Mike Kueber — April 10, 2012 @ 7:00 pm


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