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Friday, January 27, 2006

The Baby I'll Never Forget, a story by Amanda Jenkins about her abortion and healing in the current edition of Today's Christian Woman (TCW). TCW is published by Christianity Today.

Pro-choice blogger Nadine has read this article and is infuriated by the whole story, from beginning to end:

Do you know what I hate? I hate it when women who have had abortions, then feel guilty about it, try to use their sob stories as justification for why "abortion is evil." I think I said this in an earlier post, but an article I read on "Christianity Today's" website renewed my anger at such women.
Other people who read "The Baby I'll Never Forget" may have trouble finding the part where Amanda says that her sob story means that abortion is evil. I'm still looking.

Among the many things about Amanda and her story that infuriate Nadine is the part where Amanda says that when she had sex with her college boyfriend, it was about filling an empty place left over from childhood scars. I know what Nadine means. It's, like, just so annoying when women see their sexual decisions as coming from a broader context than, "it just seemed like a good idea at the time." I've even had women who were sexually abused as children try to tell me that this had something to do with their later decisions to be sexually active in ways that were not healthy or satisfying. I'm always like, "Oh please, honey. You were just really into sex, okay?"

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