Well, let’s ask. But first, let’s ask why people perform abortions. (Actually, the Los Angeles Times asked for us.)
[Dr. William F.] Harrison opened an obstetrics and gynecology practice, but after the Supreme Court established abortion as a constitutional right in 1973, he decided to take on an additional specialty. Now 70, Harrison estimates he’s terminated at least 20,000 pregnancies.
He calls himself an “abortionist” and says, “I am destroying life.”
In the years since, Harrison has become more outspoken.
But he also feels he’s giving life: He calls his patients “born again.”
“When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back,” he says.
Note the religious imagery here — “born again.” Now I’ve heard some right-wing commentators describe abortion as a “sacrament” of the left-wingers, but hearing it in such terms from an abortionist is a new one to me. Maybe it really is a sacrament of leftism.
But I digress. Let’s see from one of Dr. Harrison’s patients what it means to “literally” be given her life back:
His first patient of the day, Sarah, 23, says it never occurred to her to use birth control, though she has been sexually active for six years. When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. “I don’t think my dress would have fit with a baby in there,” she says.
Well now, at least we know what the stakes are now.
I should have pointed out that the article is a “puff piece” — it seems obviously intended to portray Dr. Harrison and his career, if not his patients as well, in a positive light. If you read the entire story, the context of the paragraph above makes it clear that “Sarah” is meant to be portrayed in a sympathetic light, without any irony. It is as if to say anyone who would oppose Sarah’s right to an abortion is just a killjoy out to ruin her dream wedding.