Checkmate, Pro-Choicers! A Tumblr full of anti-choice gems

“Even though many girls who have abortions may be sluts, this blog is not about calling them sluts.” So writes Rebecca, the curator of Checkmate, Pro-Choicers!–a new Tumblr filled with anti-choice “arguments” that I initially assumed was a parody and then hoped was a parody and then realized was sadly maybe not a parody.

I don’t want to beat up on Rebecca specifically. She seems young and well-intentioned and zealously anti-choice in the way that only someone who doesn’t yet know anything about how the world really works has any excuse to be. And who knows? Someday she might decide she’d like to choose to have sex without the risk of making a baby every single time…

if you don't want a baby, don't spread your legs. it's 100% effective in not making babies.

Or she might know someone who almost dies from pre-eclampsia and realize that being pregnant means a little more than a period-free nine months followed by an epidural.

being pregnant means no periods for nine months. how could you say no to that?

Or her grandmother might tell her about the time she got pregnant and risked her life to have an illegal abortion–because “when a woman does not want to be pregnant, the drive to become unpregnant can turn into a force equal to the nature that wants her to stay pregnant.”

if back alley abortions are so dangerous, why did women do them anyway?

Or she’ll learn how much raising a baby actually costs and/or how little welfare actually helps.

if most people getting abortions are poor, why don't they just get on welfare? more babies=more money. everyone wins!

Or she’ll take a science class.

if a baby can feel pain at 40 weeks, it can feel pain at 4 weeks.

I’m a firm believer that there is “nothing like life to teach you a little more.” So I’m not giving up hope that Rebecca and her self-righteous, victim-blaming pals might someday grow up, learn some compassion, and come around to our side.

In the meantime, I’m heartened by the fact that this apparently qualifies as a pro-life trump card:
a person's a person no matter how small.

Also: Steve Jobs. And, of course, God. Bringing out the big guns!

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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