One focus of the aftermath of the murder of Dr. Tiller is, guess who, Fox’s own Ted Baxter, who apparently conducted a fairly incendiary campaign regarding Tiller. In reading up on this, I have come across this, a ridiculous interview that The Big Head conducts with Kelly, a young Marylander who had an abortion at 20 weeks in Wichita when she was 14. This is truly amazing.
She actually says this during the course of the interview with The Big Head:
No one ever said anything to me about what was going to happen during that five-day process, or what was going to happen when I left that clinic or ten years down the road…I’m disgusted that women are told that that they have a choice, yet no one tells us what that choice is or what that choice is going to do to us or to the baby for that matter. Very few people know I think know that this is what happens; it’s not just an easy solution; it’s not an answer to any problem. It just creates other problems.
I generally abhor blame-the-victim arguments, but come on, princess! What’d you think, the good doctor would wave a magic wand over your belly and your baby would just float on up to heaven in a river of pixie dust? You haven’t been reading your Operation Rescue propaganda very closely, have you?
In this day and age, when we have something called The Google, ignorance is no excuse, I’m sorry. Here, Kelly. Let me Google that for you. A pregnancy at 20 weeks is halfway there. The average fetus at that point is 10.5 ounces and 6.5 inches long. At 20 weeks, you can see its junk in the ultrasound. Did you think that any process meant to get rid of such a thing would be pretty?
I don’t know this Kelly. I don’t know if she’s a product of home-schooled abstinence-only bullshit. But I certainly wouldn’t feel uncomfortable betting that she is. And to conclude that choice is bad all over just because she ended up unhappy with hers, well, that’s just downright unreasonable.
More on this later as I continue to peruse and steal from the perhaps best blog source regarding the Tiller case, Andrew Sullivan.
(I also owe a plug to comedian Ron White.)