To the Editor:
These ads are so insidious and harmful to women (Q&A, â€œThe Woman Behind Subway Abortion Ads, April 15). First of all, they give the (incorrect) impression that most women feel negatively after abortion. That is NOT the case. Most women are fine with their decision and feel a tremendous amount of relief.
Further, to the degree that SOME women do feel guilty or depressed or such after getting an abortion, this is because they live in a society that tells them that being a mother is the â€œmost important thing they will ever do and calls them â€œmurderers for terminating a pregnancy. And, by suggesting that ALL women are negatively affected by abortion (as in â€œabortion changes you, without qualification) reinforces the guilt that women are made to feel.
Fetuses are NOT babies. Abortion is NOT murder. Women are NOT incubators. If women feel guilty, they need to be counseled with the facts of why there is nothing they should feel guilty about at all. Either women are going to be free to determine the course of their own lives and reproduction's free of stigma, shame or restriction's or they will be enslaved by male patriarchal authority and forced to bear children against their will. What kind of world do you want to live in?
Supporter, Revolutionary Communist Party, New York City