Feminist Professor Praises 'Happy Abortions' in New Book
Can abortion be a “positive” or “joyful experience” for pregnant women? Can women find “happiness” and “relief” by aborting their unborn children? That is the premise of a new book published this December by a feminist professor in Australia.
In her debut book Happy Abortions, University of Adelaide professor Erica Millar argues that pro-life activists have created an “emotional script” that casts abortion as a “procedure that is inherently productive of grief and shame.”
These feelings of grief and shame are merely “produced” by culture, Millar argues.
“The description of abortion as inherently grievable and traumatic generates a circular logic,” writes Millar. She goes on to claim that this logic itself — and not the act of killing an unborn child — creates the grief.
But even if a woman feels grief after an abortion, Millar argues that it’s negligible in the grand scheme of things.
“Abortion carries no predictable acute or prolonged emotional or mental health consequences for women,” argues Millar, a claim which she repeats numerous times throughout her book, as if she’s diligently trying to convince her readers.
She claims this despite numerous research studies finding that most women suffer some degree of despair, hopelessness, or emotional distress after having an abortion. While Millar does spend a great deal of research on the history of the pro-life movement, her book ultimately reads as a how-to manual to gaslight women into thinking that abortion is no big deal.
After all, as Millar notes, abortion is “an everyday rather than extraordinary event, experienced by approximately one in three women.” While this statistic is a cause for concern for many — since it illustrates that millions of children are aborted every year — Millar disregards this possibility.