Abortion hurts women

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When last we visited Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman on the issue of abortion, she was exposed here as a liar.

In Friday’s column, Goodman, predictably rails against the recent Supreme Court decision outlawing what Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once described as uncomfortably close to “infanticide.”

Goodman’s column is full of things that you’ve read just about everywhere from the abortion-on-demand-at-any-time-for-any-reason extremists.

What I want to take a whack at is this bit:

The abortion-hurts-women argument had its first incarnation in repeatedly debunked attempts to link abortion to breast cancer. Now anti abortionists have fabricated an entire mental illness they name post-abortion syndrome, which has been debunked by study after study.

We’ll put aside the contentious issues of post-abortion syndrome and the breast cancer link and go back to the “first incarnation” line. It’s funny that Goodman, who was caught in a lie remembering something that she couldn’t possibly remember (she wasn’t born yet), doesn’t do the same thing when it comes to assessing the real first incarnation of the “abortion hurts women” argument.

“Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”

That was Susan B. Anthony in 1869. Of course, it doesn’t look good to bash one of the first and most famous feminists.

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