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Feminists Prepare for Roe v. Wade to Be Overturned

A mother and daughter participate in a pro-choice rally in Missouri. (Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com)

While I pray that I’m wrong, I am skeptical that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Maybe my skepticism is simply because I don’t want to get my hopes up. However, on the other side—the liberal side—feminists are preparing for the “worst.” Wringing their hands over the possibility that they may lose the right to murder their children, feminists are providing instructions on how to have an abortion on your own without the authorities knowing.

Acknowledging the hysteria over the possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, Olga Khazan writes for The Atlantic that the fear of the coat hanger from many on her side is overstated. Khazan assures her feminist sisters that “medical technology has progressed significantly since Roe was decided in 1973, and we—realistically, fortunately—won’t see a return to women using coat hangers or other implements to self-abort.”

To be sure, Khazan is aware that:

With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger.

During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

As she attempts to assuage the fears of her fellow feminists, Khazan asserts that “it’s more likely that more and more women will turn to shady online pharmacies to buy abortion pills through the mail—a practice that is already occurring with surprising frequency and effectiveness around the world.”

She then goes on to detail the types of pills necessary for a successful abortion as well as explaining the shady world of online pharmacies. However, Khazan holds out a glimmer of hope to women who desire to kill their own babies:

Women on Web, a Canada-based service, ships the abortion pills to patients who live in countries where abortion is illegal. Rebecca Gomperts, the organization’s founder, says the organization gets 10,000 emails each month asking for help and staffs a help desk that speaks 17 languages. The service asks women to fill out an online form about their health status, which doctors in various countries review, then fill prescriptions for the abortion pills. In 12 years, she estimates they’ve helped 70,000 women perform their own abortions.

There are a couple of roadblocks facing American women if they want to use Women on Web. For starters, the website doesn’t ship to the United States. For another thing, it is illegal in seven states to self-induce an abortion. Khazan is hopeful, though, that entrepreneurial people in this country will create something similar to Women on Web, and she offers advice to women who suffer medical conditions after self-inducing the death of their baby.

Oh, what a tangled web people weave when they allow themselves to be ruled by self-serving desires.

Here’s an idea for feminists: stop murdering your children and you won’t need to worry about coat hangers or pills through the mail or Roe v. Wade being overturned. Doing the right thing (not murdering babies) won’t be a magic solution that solves all problems. But doing the wrong thing (murdering babies) is an act of contemptible selfishness that compounds problems on top of problems.