Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How-to Guide for Men on Convincing Your Girlfriend to Have an Abortion

From the Catholic News Agency comes word of a surprisingly honest columnist advising men on how to convince their wives, girlfriends, victims, to kill their child:

CNA STAFF, Jul 8, 2009 / 07:17 am (CNA).- A men’s advice column advising men how to encourage their pregnant girlfriends to abort provides an unsettling glimpse into the realities of abortion. One pro-life leader characterized the column, which highlights some men’s personal desires to avoid the burdens of parenthood, as “a primer for coerced abortion.”
The advice column was authored by Isabella Snow, who is described as a Sex Education Correspondent. It was published on, a risqué site which claims seven million monthly visitors.

The column is bluntly utilitarian in style, focusing on pregnancy’s and abortion’s effects upon the relationship of a man and a woman. It ends each paragraph of advice with a summarizing tip labeled “prenatal prep.” The avoidance of children and fatherhood is a repeated theme.

Snow begins by noting that while male readers may hope a woman will “stick to the original plan and terminate the pregnancy,” some women may suddenly want to become mothers “despite previous agreements.”

She advises the male reader to try to make his girlfriend consider his wants and desires by approaching her “correctly” and taking care with his “presentation.”

Snow advises discussing a possible abortion on a sofa at home to provide intimacy and “reduced eye contact,” purportedly to make it easier for the woman to speak “openly.”

“You’ll also want to take care with your word choice; pregnant women tend to feel like they’re carrying someone, as opposed to something, even if she is just a month or so pregnant,” Snow adds. “You can’t just talk about having an abortion the same way you’d talk about having a cavity filled.”

This is quite well known--when there were plans to loosen abortion restrictions in the United Kingdom, women were far more opposed than men to the idea. The CNA article also interviewed Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life, who:

"... advised sympathy be shown for the columnist, speculating that Snow has to be “post-abortive” herself.

“We don't know what has happened to Isabella in her private life to take out whatever she has on other women. We need to reach out to Isabella. Isabella is a person too.

"In a weird way she is alerting women and girls by documenting what has happened all the time to women and little girls especially from older men or people from clinics."

"The best part about this is that Isabella has documented it and now we can warn women and girls that this is a routine - no matter where you hear it from."

The thought that the author was post-abortive struck me too, before I'd even reached Ms. Foster's comments.

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