Last week Alternet published a controversial essay wherein the narrator attended a party thrown to raise money for a friend’s abortion. Numerous conservative bloggers wrote obligatory posts. The piece took heat from the left too. Tracy Clark-Flory posted a worthwhile example. “I hadn’t heard of an abortion party until today. That’s despite growing up in the liberal sanctuary of the San Francisco Bay Area and attending a passionately feminist women’s college,” she wrote. “I’ve seen women unabashedly announce “I had an abortion” to friends and strangers alike, out loud and on T-shirts and bumper stickers, but an abortion party is an entirely new concept to me.”
I was once interviewed for a piece in Glamour magazine on the case some years ago where a guy sued a woman for misappropriating his sperm without his permission. The other commentator was someone from National Organization for Women. They, and most of the comments that appeared from readers, took the position that it’s a woman’s right to determine what happens in her body. It was my position that more and more, we are seeing responsibility foisted on men, but freedoms granted women. That issue is still playing out the same way, as near as I can tell. It seems to me, though, that an abortion party is really sick. This isn’t something to “celebrate”, or to just mention casually. It just isn’t right.
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