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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Killing Fetuses Can Be Empowering

Writer Sophie Lewis argued in The Nation magazine last week that the abortion advocates should shamelessly admit they are supporting “killing.”

THE QUOTE

In the Wednesday essay — titled “Abortion Involves Killing — And That’s OK!” — Lewis urged her fellow “pro-abortion feminists” to embrace the criticism that they support the snuffing out of innocent human life.

  • “When ‘pro-life’ forces agitate against feticide on the basis that it is killing, pro-abortion feminists should be able to acknowledge, without shame, that yes, of course it is. When we withdraw from gestating, we stop the life of the product of our gestational labor. And it’s a good thing we do, too, for otherwise the world would sag under the weight of forced life. “
  • According to Lewis, owning up to the reality of abortion is an act of female empowerment.
  • “There is something infantilizing about denying the fact that embryos die when we scrape them out of the bodies of which they are a part. It sentimentalizes pregnant or potentially pregnant humans as fundamentally nonviolent creatures to imply that we can’t handle the truth about what we are up to when we opt out. And it patronizes abortion-getters to insist that we are only making a health care choice, rather than (also) extinguishing a future child,” she wrote.
  • “In my view, recognizing that gestating manufactures a proto-person requires acknowledging that abortion kills a proto-person. A baby is completely dependent on human care in order to stay alive, but its needs could be filled by any person—whereas a fetus, a proto-person, is ineluctably dependent on specific person.”

SAME ENERGY

Amid the furor over the Supreme Court’s Friday decision overturning Roe v. Wade, some liberals went further than usual in defending abortion.

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