Insight into the Anti-Choicer Mind.

It’s been several hours, but I’m still stunned. A man posted on a friend’s facebook that, if he’s paying for (a hypothetical public) health care, then he should get to decide what procedures people get to have. This response was, of course, triggered by a news link to Texas’ ultrasound legislation for abortion.

Initially, he said this:

“But as soon as you made health care a shared social responsibility, which, you did, you made it so that anyone has a say in how you use it.”

Later, he clarified:

“It’s not your body, if you aren’t paying for the health care.”

This nonsense is shocking enough in its sheer arrogance and ignorance. But then, in the same thread, the same poster said this:

“[Requiring an ultrasound before an abortion is] a violation of the 4th amendment, I would think. You know, the people shall not be subject to unreasonable searches… I would think lubing up a paddle and sticking it on your belly to see if you are pregnant might be an unreasonable search. Just my two cents worth.”

In the last quote, he gets it. But in the thread, the latter quote is sandwiched between the other two.

A couple of hours ago, I find that this man is very, very bitter that he has to pay child support, and thinks that his ex having custody is her keeping their child “hostage.”

It all becomes clear now.


About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

2 Responses to Insight into the Anti-Choicer Mind.

  1. TSVandenberg says:

    The title is a misnomer. It really ought to say, “Revelation of One Particular “Pro-Lifer’s” Motives.” Otherwise you’re simply misleading your readers. And if they are of frail minds, it will imply that similar motives are behind those who vote against choice, which would be a deception.

    • Brittany-Ann says:

      On the contrary. This particular man might want to punish every woman for his ex-wife’s perceived sin against him, but the general idea is generally applicable.

      Men, and women, like the commenter featured in the post would like a say in the private medical decisions of women to control them–because they are bitter that they can no longer control the women in their lives.

      Others would like to punish women for violating their (the anti-choicer) personal morality or religious beliefs. People like these will speak of the woman trying to avoid the consequences of her actions, implying that a child is a punishment for sex.

      On the whole their justifications have nothing to do with abortion itself. They’ll rave about life, of course, but it never takes long for them to say what they really think. I feel for people like these–you have to wonder if they’ll ever realize that they’re channeling their personal issues into politics, and if they’ll ever try to deal with them appropriately. It’s also sad that a woman having control over her own body is a political issue.

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