Tweeting abortion

I am not about to second guess “Trunk” who tweeted her recent miscarriage. Nor why she appeared on CNN afterwards to discuss it with Rick Sanchez. But I do have a few statements to make about Kathleen Parker’s choosing to editorialize about it and offer thorough condemnations about “Trunk” making her miscarriage a public discussion.

Apparently, Ms. Parker thinks, like many uninformed about plain dictionary meanings, that there is a difference between miscarriage and abortion.  Actually, the dictionary definition of abortion includes miscarriage or spontaneous abortion.  Yes, actually, women who have spontaneous abortions where they desired to have a child do feel  heavy grief and even guilt at their loss of pregnancy.  For to them it is indeed a loss of a planned for child.  But, you have to thank “Trunk” rather than condemn her for shining the spotlight on this issue.  Miscarriages are a principle factor in the rate of abortions in this country today; especially if the woman who has a miscarriage must receive medical treatment.  It also informs anti-abortionists that not all abortions are desired, planned for and can be regulated against.  Miscarriage is in fact one of the medical conditions that results in a woman having to obtain an abortion procedure.  So, while Ms. Parker was passing judgment, she was overlooking “Trunk’s” contributions to a painful discussion.

Can you discuss the flu on Twitter?  Bet you can.  Could a heart attack that you survive become a general part of the conversation?  Most certainly.  But if you reduce an epic “loss of a child” to a mere 140 words; then condemnations must flow.  Why?  What if “Trunk” lost a young child to a car accident?  Would her grief be any less if she Tweeted such a loss in 140 characters or less?  No.  However, would there be MSM nannies out there asking her if she had no shame such as had Rick Sanchez if she Tweeted such a statement?  No.  That ought to tell you all about the politics of abortion; as opposed to what ever “moral” positions one may take on the issue.  Only in politics could a woman who Twitters about a miscarriage be taken to the woodshed.

Let us put it bluntly, miscarriage is the one medical condition that can not be prevented nor regulated against.  A woman who is happy that she did have a miscarriage probably had a number of reasons for why she had real doubts about getting pregnant at all.  And where she had doubts, then how would “the child” have fared if born?  Yes, it should have a far wider public discussion, as miscarriage is indeed one of the hidden aspects (when it comes to “religious” opposition to abortion) of why abortion procedures will always continue in this nation, they must.  For the people most uncomfortable having to discuss it at all; they aren’t uncomfortable discussing your last night’s dinner with you or if you had painful constipation afterwards; that isn’t too much information.  So, why would a miscarriage become taboo as far as a Tweeted discussion goes?  It isn’t as far as I am concerned.

Having ventured onto the Twitter board on more than one occasion, I am fully aware of the wide political spectrum of the people who comment.  Those who announce those cuh-razy Tea Parties; who make plain their “religious” opposition to this and that.  God pops up in political discussion on the Twitter board with astounding frequency as do biblical scripture.  If 140 characters reduces the significance of an abortion event to the point of being demeaned; I can’t think of a more demeaning act than to reduce God to 140 characters.  But, Ms. Parker isn’t going to pass judgment on the religious who reduce God to 140 characters but only on the people with whom she is politically opposed, people like “Trunk” for example.  That should say a lot right there.

Quite frankly, as the author of this blog, I am not opposed to discussing miscarriage or even planned for aborticides.  I would certainly invite “Trunk” to post comments here any time she wishes and I would certainly discuss with her more in-depth what she truly felt when the miscarriage took place.  Did Ms. Parker twist something when offering her condemnations?  Did Sanchez?  Miscarriages are a fact of life for a great many women.  When they are 20% of total medical abortions in this nation, that is significant.  It says what no anti-abortion law will ever prevent and why trying to force doctors who currently perform the procedure to turn from such a practice will only cause as to harm.  A woman who does have a miscarriage after all can actually be at risk of dying if she doesn’t have proper medical treatment.

Sorry Ms. Parker, but “Trunk” was not actually wrong.

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5 Responses to “Tweeting abortion”

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  2. Angie the Anti-Theist Says:

    I don’t know if you’d heard yet, but I’ve been #livetweetingabortion I hadn’t heard of Trunk’s story when I started. Thanks for writing this.

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