Another right-winger has gotten it wrong! Mis-representing the show “No Easy Decision” (this time) is ultra conservative Lori Ziganto, a contributor for Red State.com. Of course I'm not surprised that some people don't appreciate what we were trying to accomplish, but I am surprised that I have yet to see one conservative blogger say a single positive thing about our special. Many conservatives and self described “pro-life” people have come to me in person and respectfully explained that while they don't agree with my decision to have had an abortion they think that it is positive to open up the discussion. Without dramatically over-emphasizing the difficulties of having an abortion, I think that “No Easy Decision” succeeded in showing that it can be a hard process. Surely that part of our message is one that the right can agree with. I am proud to know conservative men and women who don't see this as a black-and-white issue and agree that it is never wrong to speak up openly and honestly. It just goes to show that often the loudest voices are the most ignorant, because all the voices I hear online and in the conservative media are polarizing at best and violent at worst. So sad.
Here are some real gems from her odyssey of an article. Even J.R.R. Tolkien would have advised her to trim this epic down a bit.
“One of the girls said that wouldn’t have been an option because it wasn’t the baby part that was scary; it was that pregnancy is icky. She had an abortion to avoid pregnancy symptoms. She also spoke of the sacrifices (her word) that she had to make to pay the $750.00 abortion fee. Her prom ticket, for one.”
If you paid attention to the show you would know that Katie made the comment about pregnancy being scary (what woman doesn't think that?) and it was I who had to pay $750 for my abortion. We are not the same person. Also, my sacrifices were many, not just a prom ticket. If that were all I had to sacrifice that would indeed be trivial. Please realize that this segment was about ten minutes long and none of us on the stage were able to discuss every detail of our stories.
“They’ve turned college into a need; one can’t meet their twisted ideas of equality without it. They’ve placed a higher value on an increasingly meaningless piece of paper than on life itself and are trying to teach our daughters the same. Plus, why is college a make or break situation? Is a woman somehow lesser if she doesn’t get a college degree? They must think I’m a third class citizen!”
According to the U.S. Census bureau, people with bachelors degrees earn nearly double that of their non college educated counterparts. Anyone who is trying to raise a family knows that minimum wage is simply not enough to live on. Single mothers, of which there would be many more if abortion were not legal, are even more likely to live at or near the poverty line, as women still earn less money than men do on average.
During the panel discussion, Natalia complained about how hard it is to have to “beg a judge for permission to make your own decision”, due to parental consent laws. She did receive a judicial bypass. The reason? She didn’t want to tell her parents and disappoint them. How on earth does that constitute a reason for a judicial bypass of parental consent?
If people like yourself didn't create such a stigma about abortions I wouldn't have felt the need to keep my choice a secret.
This is the mentality the girls have been taught.
Personally I was taught nothing about abortion or the question of morality in regards to this issue before I found out I was pregnant. I had never seen it depicted on a tv show, in a movie or discussed in general unless it was on some sort of political debate show which, let's face it, most teenagers don't watch a lot of and are often just shouting matches anyway. I had not been taught what to think. I knew immediately that it was not the right time for me to become a mother and I have never regretted it for a second. Yes, having the abortion was challenging in some ways, but that does not mean that I feel remorse. The absence of information out there is why I chose to do this show. Perhaps girls will watch our honest discussion and feel less ashamed. Perhaps they will even see that abortion can be difficult and they will decide to do everything in their power to avoid facing that decision in the first place: a reaction I think “pro-life” people would appreciate.
While your journalistic integrity is questionable, your use of phrases like “cuckoo pants” is at least entertaining. Keep it up! Maybe someday you'll be a real writer.
Here's the original