I wonder how long one can go on trying to raise consciousness about abortion and speaking out about it before imploding in some way, or burning out and becoming hysterical, unable to go on?
The reason I wonder about this is because of the experience of talking to people in the pro-life movement over the past couple of months. A serious gap in understanding is displayed by most of them. They are full of worrying certainties about abortion and rather alarming declarations about women who have abortions. Some seem to have constant recourse to heavy religious language and imagery that seems very out of touch with reality. In my limited encounters, they seem seriously unaware of what it is to be a human being living in this human world. Women who have abortions are immoral and irresponsible. The issue is, it seems, in their eyes a straightforward one. Abortion is evil and should be stopped.
All of this makes me feel increasingly weary and rather despairing. Yes, I’d say abortion is evil. Yes, I’d say it should be stopped. But what does that mean, what does that involve? In my view, it would mean and involve all the complicated network of causes and conditions that lead to abortion being exposed, along with all those who stand behind it and facilitate it. In terms of the percentage of true responsibility, the woman quite often has the smallest ratio… yet has to bear it all in the perception of others, and very often her own. We need to start creating a new dynamic, a new way of thinking, speaking and writing about abortion that actually gets close to the cause of the suffering itself.
To be continued….