Michael Medved interviews Katherine Spillar who is part of the I had an abortion campaign by Ms. Magazine to have women agree to have their names appear in the magazine.
…On the air, she compared the procedure to "having your tonsils removed" except she insisted that abortion is an even safer, more minor procedure than tonsilectomy.
No one, however, feels ashamed of tonsilectomies, or tries to dodge questions about whether your tonsils are still in your throat. Ms. Spillar, however, left me startled and amazed when she refused to answer the obvious question raised by her new project. At the conclusion of our conversation, I asked her on the air whether she planned to sign her own peitition– in other words, had she herself had an abortion?
In response, she said she had thought about this question before going on my radio show, and had considered how she might answer if I confronted her. She decided that whatever answer she gave might be used against her, so in a truly breathtaking display of world class hypocrisy, she refused to answer herself the same question she expects millions of women to answer in the pages of her magazine! Under the circumstances, I think her refusal to answer counts as more shameful than either a "yes" or a "no." If she’s right that abortion is no more significant than tonsilectomy, why shouldn’t she talk about her own experience with this procedure? If she had asked me about my tonsils, I would have admitted with no hestitation at all that I had them removed (and consumed prodigious quantities of ice cream during my recovery) as a little boy.
Either Ms. Spillar is embarrassed because she had an abortion (in which case she’s ashamed of the same experience she wants less prominent women to admit), or else she’s embarrassed to say that she DIDN’T have an abortion — an indication of even more depraved and twisted thinking. If she had never participated in ending life in her own womb, it’s bizarre to think that she’d feel reluctant to admit her own lack of guilt.
However you consider her insistence on dodging the same question she’s posing to the rest of America, one thing became very clear in our interchange. The "Pro Choice" label to describe Ms. Spillar and her comradettes is misleading. These ladies, despite reluctance to disclose their personal history, count unequivocally as "Pro Abortion" regarding the rest of America. Their strident voices demonstrate their isolation from an American mainstream and a growing consensus that government indeed has a proper, inevitable role in discouraging abortion and encouraging respect for human life.
Consistency in logic is not exactly a hallmark of the pro-abortion movement. A true choice movement would also request that women who decided not to have an abortion could also get there name listed. After all by their logic both decisions have the same moral weight so it would make no sense to only give credit to one half of the choice equation. Of course those that came to regret their abortions are anathema and will have no voice in any future issue of Ms. magazine. So much for women’s equality when it is more like the equality in Animal Farm "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."