Pro-abortion activism is bad, but it is also, a lot of the time, weird—weird in a way that other activist efforts really aren’t. In Albury, New South Wales, for instance, a common and perfectly reasonable pro-life tactic drove a pro-choice activist nuts:
About a dozen anti-abortionists have been picketing the Fertility Control Clinic in Albury at the NSW border every Thursday for the last few years.
And one of their ‘shameful’ tactics is to give women plastic doll foetuses as they enter the clinic, pro-choice campaigner Liz Marmo told Daily Mail Australia.
The 54-year-old said the tactic had been going on for years, but said the group had been hiding the dolls from the pro-choice campaigners.
The anti-abortionists have become more open about the ‘shameful new low’ over the past six to eight weeks, and now have the dolls placed in a woven basket for all to see…
NSW Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi took to Facebook on Monday to call the tactic of handing out foetal dolls ‘disgusting’.
“Shameful.” “Disgusting.” “Shameful new low.” The weirdness becomes palpable here: this is the language of puritanism, employed by people who are almost explicitly anti-puritan. The Daily Mail Australia also mentions that the activists want to impose a buffer zone around abortion clinics because it’s “the only way that women will feel safe.” It is funny: Liz Marmo claims that women “can even make up [their] own minds.” And yet: apparently women are incapable of being handed a plastic fetus; they tremble at the thought of walking close to someone who disagrees with them. So women are capable of “making up their own minds” so long as they’re only presented with one real choice. This is weird. It makes no sense and it is embarrassing for pro-choicers.
Another weird aspect of the abortion debate is the ignorance one often encounters from the pro-choicers. There is the foundational ignorance that undergirds most pro-abortion arguments—the assertion that a conceived, genetically distinct, fully individual human being is “not a human being”—and then there is also the simple, base, scientific illiteracy that you see in the day-to-day operations of the pro-abortion camp. For instance:
It’s not clear what foetal age the dolls are supposed to represent, but Ms Marmo believes they are not anatomically correct.
She said the dolls have little toes and toenails, fingers, ears and rib cages.
Oh, for Pete’s sake: she thinks the dolls aren’t “anatomically correct?” The images make it clear that, based on their size and development, the dolls are supposed to represent fourteen-week-old fetuses, maybe even a little older. Fingers and toes start to grow around nine weeks; ears start to grow around this time as well, and by twelve weeks these body parts are clearly visible. By twelve weeks, fingernails have begun to grow. A baby’s ribs, meanwhile, begin to harden around eight weeks. If Liz Marmo is going to both (a) demand that it be legal to kill the unborn, and (b) profess to know something about the unborn, the least she could do is pick up a basic biology textbook and educate herself a little bit.