Above: Georgia P and I let mommy sleep in these days. Our new baby will be here any day now and so mommy needs all the rest she can get. Part of our morning fun (after breakfast) is self-portraits. Georgia P has no idea that a battle over women’s rights is being played out just 10 minutes down the street from our house in Austin, Texas.
Some will remember that twentieth-century Italian critical theorist and leftist Pier Paolo Pasolini took a stand against abortion. He saw abortion as one of the ugliest corollaries of the sexual revolution of the 1960s (when he was highly active as an essayist, poet, and filmmaker). I believe that he was right. But I also believe that a rational application of abortion does greater good for our society than its unbridled restriction.
This morning on the Twitter and the Facebook, I wrote, “Rick Perry, stay out of my daughter’s vagina.”
To that, my aunt Dianne — Tracie P’s biological aunt, whom I love because of our relation and because of the fact that she’s a really fun and warm lady — commented as follows:
How about those daughters that are murdered before even being given a chance at life? They are not banning abortion just not after 20 weeks. Why the outrage?
Here’s what I wrote back:
Dianne, like you, I abhor the very thought of abortion and I believe that my generation’s attitudes about it are shaped and misinformed by the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
But the issues at hand in Texas are much more nuanced and can’t be defined in the black and white terms that the current regime paints them.
The core issue for me is the following.
We need to teach the next generation not to abuse abortion as a means of contraception (and we need to recognize how our generation has abused it) and we need to protect women’s right to use abortion as an option to protect their health.
It’s not that abortion is wrong (however abhorrent it is). It’s that the abuse of abortion is wrong.
It is my steadfast belief that a rational application of abortion makes more sense and does greater good for our community.
The Perry regime’s approach is uninformed and misguided. It has its roots in a desire to ignore the way that society and medicine have evolved over the course of the current and last American generations.
Thanks for listening.