“‘Jane Roe’ later revealed she'd been haunted by recurring nightmares of “little babies lying around with daggers in their hearts".
There are two sorts of people in this world.
The first are those who’ve lived a little and thereby understand the imperfection of humanity.
We lie, we cheat, we steal, we’re willing actors in a number of terrible and beastly scenes, although this doesn’t necessarily make us bad.
In the other corner you have those who, whether by privilege or good luck were protected from life’s cruelties, insist man lives by an immaculate moral code, and any transgression must be punished harshly.
Y’might’ve heard that the US Supreme Court just overturned the almost-fifty-year old Roe v Wade decision that ruled that the US Constitution protected a woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion, overriding any state law on the matter.
Now that Roe v Wade is history it’s the decision of each state to make abortion legal or illegal, plunging half of the country, the red states, into a medieval darkness where kids have to cross state lines or visit shady illegal surgeries for abortions.
As you might imagine, the conservative south is hot for illegal, liberal coastal states, California, New York, pro-abortion.
However you slice it, pun intended, abortion is an ugly, ugly thing.
When you’re sitting in that sterile little beige room, your girl on the cot, ultra-sound wand over her still flat stomach and you see that living creature with a beating heart on the screen, and you play god by deciding it should die, well, it’s gonna mark you for life.
But better than an unwanted child, I think, a kid discarded by parents, too young or too ruined or too poor to give ‘em a life worth living.
And, in a country like the US that has the highest rate of children living in single-parent households in the world, a joint that has valorised the baby-daddy thing, forcing a woman to raise a kid to term is a catastrophe.
Earlier today, the rather wonderful Jessi Miley-Dyer, the WSL’s SVP of Tours and Head of Competition, made her thoughts on the matter clear by posting a provocative image along with instructions on how to get an abortion if you live in a pro-life state.
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The WSL’s colour commentator, Chris Cote, weighed in on Twitter, suggesting Independence Day celebrations be cancelled in protest.
On an interesting side note, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the original ruling, hero to millions etc, did a switcharoo twenty years later, turning vehemently pro-life, explaining that she’d been haunted by recurring nightmares of “little babies lying around with daggers in their hearts”.
“(They) never told me that what I was signing would allow women to come up to me 15, 20 years later and say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to have my five or six abortions. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible.’ (They) never mentioned women using abortions as a form of birth control. We talked about truly desperate and needy women, not women already wearing maternity clothes.”
Thought provoking, yeah?