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Saturday, July 12, 2003

A strange little editorial from The Toledo Blade about Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe of Roe v Wade.

One paragraph says:

"Ms. McCorvey makes much of her regrets over her abortion. That is nothing singular. Rare is the woman who doesn’t have regrets. But life sometimes presents multiple bad choices."

Rare is the woman who doesn't have regrets??

It's true that many women have lingering, chronic regret about abortion, at a minimum. Sometimes the painful feelings extend well beyond that. That's why post-abortion healing programs are springing up, God bless them.

But that regret is common in the aftermath of abortion is hardly an established part of our cultural discourse. The normal line from the National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL is that what women feel after abortion is relief.

So how odd for the Toledo Blade, in a prochoice editorial that compares prolife groups to Hamas, to suddenly announce as an established fact that it's the rare woman who doesn't experience regret.

True, they then go on to imply that women who feel regret should put a lid on it--which would mean that we'd have a nation of women who regret abortion and don't talk about it. Why is that a good idea?

Norma McCorvey, by the way, did not have an abortion.

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