“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…
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.”
Or she’ll take a science class.
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: