One of Bill Clinton’s slippery slogans in the 1990s was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” But the Left never cared for the ambivalence about abortion that that slogan conveyed.
To counter that ambivalence, Planned Parenthood launched a campaign to celebrate abortion straightforwardly. It hawked T-shirts that said, “I had an abortion.” Abortion advocates such as Barbara Ehrenreich started writing openly about their own abortions. “You can blame a lot of folks, from media bigwigs to bishops, if we lose our reproductive rights, but it’s the women who shrink from acknowledging their own abortions who really irk me,” she wrote.
Alexander Sanger, the grandson of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, urged feminists to drop any conflicted rhetoric about abortion and describe the unborn child as “not just an innocent life.” He wrote, “While it is the epitome of human destiny and the greatest potential joy that humanity can create, it is also a liability, a threat, and a danger to the mother and to the other members of the family. In order to survive, humanity has necessarily taken pre-born life to preserve other life all throughout its evolutionary history.”
Merle Hoffman, a self-described “abortion provider,” told Salon that “abortion is as American as apple pie” and cast her own abortion in heroic terms: “With my choice I was fighting for the right of all women to define abortion as an act of love: love for the family one already has, and just as important, love for oneself. I was fighting to reclaim abortion as a mother’s act. It was an act of solidarity as significant as any other I had committed.”
By the time Hillary Clinton ran for president, the Democrats had long discarded her husband’s slogan. Joe Biden, of course, followed his peers in disdaining any hesitation about abortion. Indeed, the celebration of abortion is now a defining mark of the Biden era. Indicative of this culture is that even some Democratic congresswomen talk proudly about their abortions.
“To all the Black women and girls who have had abortions and will have abortions, we have nothing to be ashamed of. We live in a society that has failed to legislate love and justice for us,” said Rep. Cori Bush, testifying before Congress about her abortion. Rep. Barbara Lee talked about a “back-alley” abortion that she got in Mexico: “I was one of the lucky ones, Madam Chair. A lot of girls and women in my generation died from unsafe abortions. . . . My personal experience shaped my beliefs to fight for people’s reproductive freedom.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal said that she got her abortion for mental health reasons. “After experiencing severe postpartum depression after a previous pregnancy, Jayapal said she too decided to terminate her pregnancy,” reports the Guardian. “’Whether the choice to have an abortion is easy or hard, whether there are traumatic situations or not, none of that should be the issue. It is simply nobody’s business what choices we as pregnant people make about our own bodies,’ said Jayapal.”
No major Democratic leader these days would dare call for abortion to be “rare.” The unapologetic rhetoric that Alexander Sanger, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Merle Hoffman urged the party to adopt has become its norm.
They must have been pleased by Democratic celebrity Uma Thurman’s recent column in which she asserted that getting an abortion made her a better mother. “I have no regrets for the path I have traveled,” she wrote. “The abortion I had as a teenager was the hardest decision of my life, one that caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced. Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.”
The abortion cult under Biden rests on this brutal utilitarianism that treats the unborn child as a sacrificial lamb. It is bad enough that the “Catholic” Biden considers this cult sacred while rejecting the sacred teachings of his church. But to make matters even worse, he wants all Americans to pay for the cult, with the burnt incense of taxes.
He once supported the Hyde Amendment that prohibited such funding, but abandoned that support under pressure from Planned Parenthood. Sen. Joe Manchin still supports that law, but almost no other Democrats do. The position has become as passe as Bill Clinton’s slogan. In the Biden era, no regrets about abortion are allowed.