Choice can be easy, as it was in my case, or truly agonizing. But assuming the fetal position is not an appropriate response. Sartre called this "bad faith," meaning something worse than duplicity: a fundamental denial of freedom and the responsibility that it entails. Time to take your thumbs out of your mouths, ladies, and speak up for your rights. The freedoms that we exercise but do not acknowledge are easily taken away.
July 22, 2004
The big A
Ehrenreich on abortion, `defective' pregnancies, and how we try to avoid talking about it openly, letting abortion rights slowly erode.