I have been meaning to comment on this article in the Washington Post (via Junkyard Blog). The gist is that the author, Dana L., “had” to have an abortion because of the Evil Bush Regime. Readers with clue are already rolling their eyes, but bear with me.
The lead paragraph is
The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn’t want. Well, not literally, but let me explain.
So already the author is confused and having to explain. This lack of mental acuity seems to be par for the course, based on the rest of the article. What we have here is a woman, 42 years old, married, not wanting any more children, and on medication that is incompatible with pregnancy. Of course, she has unprotected sex with her husband and gets pregnant. She tries to get Plan B, which prevents implantation of the zygote and therefore must be taken with 72 hours of sex. Her regular medical providers don’t have it (note that Dana neglected to either obtain Plan B or even verify it was available). But Dana “needed to meet my kids’ school bus” and so blew off making further efforts and ended up pregnant.
We are once again seeing a pattern where an attempt is made to try and indict society / Republicans / conservativism / President Bush, but the example chosen is not one that is going to generate much sympathy in the average citizen. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for teenagers who are caught up in the passion of the moment, much less 40+ married couples with children who presumably have learned something about personal responsibility.
Of course, the policies of the Bush administration figure in to this mess only very peripherally, in that the FDA has prevented Plan B from being sold over the counter. It’s not forbidden or difficult to get, just not sufficiently convenient for Dana. Dana also blames the seeping of religion in to American politics, which demonstrates how much history she knows.
The article concludes with this:
And to think that, all these years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, this is what our children have to look forward to as they approach their reproductive years.
Having so little personal responsibility that they are incapable of planning ahead? I blame the parents for that.