Culture

A Celebration of Death

From left: Shout Your Abortion’s Amelia Bonow, Lena Dunham’s abortionist costume, and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards
Pro-abortion concerts are planned for 30 cities.

If you live in one of these 30 major cities across the country, be sure to clear your calendar on September 10 for a free concert . . . in support of expanded access to abortion. According to the event website, “All Access isn’t just a concert, it’s a powerful cultural event that unites people of all ages, racial and gender identities to expand our access to abortion and celebrate our collective power.”

Abortion supporters have been dragging this divisive issue into the limelight for many years — albeit previously without the marketing tactic of a nationwide concert glorifying the subject — as the former appeal of the outdated Democratic mantra “safe, legal, and rare” fades to nothing more than a fond memory.

These days, left-wing celebrities such as Lena Dunham dress up as abortionists for Halloween and groups such as NARAL crack jokes about the supposed hilarity of getting an abortion. Radical abortion supporters’ staging vulgar protests or doing victory dances in the public square is nothing new. But a widespread attempt to mainstream abortion as a social good in itself is something else entirely, and the All Access concert is far from the only example of this recent phenomenon.

The Washington Post “Style” section recently published a glowing profile of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, remarking upon her “immaculately put together” sense of style and “warm authenticity,” as if she were just your run-of-the-mill female executive and not one who makes well over half a million dollars each year from the execution of unborn babies.

Her tone dripping with admiration, the author of the piece highlights Richards’s goal of making the “abortion rights movement . . . bolder than it’s been in years.” Apparently Richards has abandoned the “vaguely conciliatory mantra” of the past (as if she had ever been less than enthusiastic about expansive abortion access), in favor of public discussion of the value of abortion, as well as an aggressive effort to destroy the Hyde Amendment, which is intended to prevent taxpayer money from funding abortion.

The push to terminate the “stigma” of abortion — and, with it, the idea that anyone could rationally object to public funding of the practice — is a key element of the pro-abortion movement, and central to this effort are groups that proudly trumpet women’s abortion stories on social media and in the news.

Last September, #ShoutYourAbortion was founded to make “discussing abortion . . . as normal as the procedure itself” because, in the words of the group’s mission statement, “the anti-choice movement succeeds in denying women their reproductive autonomy by encouraging shame and silence instead of discourse.”

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), meanwhile, recently launched its “We Testify” website with a similar goal:

Every day someone chooses to have an abortion. We are not alone in this decision, however, due to stigma, we’re often made to feel isolated and shamed. Our stories remind us and those around us that we’re not alone. We testify as experts to our experiences. We testify that our spirituality and abortion are one. We testify on behalf of our communities and others who’ve had abortions across the country. When we speak out and share our stories, we demand to be counted.

Yes, you read that correctly: “Our spirituality and abortion are one.”

Groups such as these would have us believe that a greater willingness to chat casually over a cup of coffee about abortion experiences will make the whole thing less objectionable and persuade Americans of the indisputable value of abortion-on-demand.

Female celebrities have started to embrace this trend of depicting abortion as natural, even pleasant. Most recently, Naya Rivera, an actress from the television show Glee, wrote in her forthcoming memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, about having an abortion on her day off from filming the show, without telling the child’s father: “It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it. . . . I hope Josey [her son] will read it one day. I hope it gives him a better perspective on the issues women face.”

According to the Washington Post, Rivera is not alone: “More female celebrities have been openly discussing their reproductive health. . . . Such actresses as Amy Brenneman and Girls star Jemima Kirke have shared their abortion experiences in the hope of normalizing the procedure.”

Celebrities and everyday women relating their abortion stories could lead people to believe that abortion is not a big deal.

Meanwhile, the NNAF is currently sponsoring the “Taco or Beer Challenge,” a fundraiser to support abortion funds, which are local groups that subsidize women’s abortions. Anyone can participate in the challenge by eating a taco or drinking a beer, donating to an abortion fund, posting a picture on social media with the taco or beer to raise awareness for the fundraiser, and challenging three friends to participate.

From the group’s website: “The literal only way to win the Taco or Beer Challenge is to fund legal abortion care or direct logistical support for legal abortion care through an Abortion Fund. . . . Abortion stigma is real, and the Taco or Beer Challenge is about encouraging people to give abortion stigma a big f***ing taco-covered middle finger by being loud and proud about directly funding abortion.”

Perhaps these efforts will successfully integrate abortion even more firmly into the cultural mainstream. A nationwide abortion-access concert can hardly fail to bring the issue into the public eye. Pictures of tacos and beer bottles dominating social media might raise awareness about abortion funds. Celebrities and everyday women relating their abortion stories could lead people to believe that abortion is so commonplace as not to be a big deal.

But none of these things will prove to Americans that abortion is right. It is entirely possible — and perhaps even probable — that this growing drumbeat from pro-abortion activists will have exactly the opposite effect from what these activists intend. Perhaps, instead, more people will begin to realize the horror of a movement that boasts of and celebrates its commitment to ending innocent life.

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