On Tuesday, feminist writer Jill Filipovic took issue with a column by Lori Szala, national director of client services at Human Coalition, in The New York Times. That column criticized Senator Bernie Sanders (Loonbag-VT) for linking poverty and abortion and suggesting abortion as a solution to poverty. Szala rightly wrote:
Above all, it’s a profoundly dehumanizing argument. It reduces mothers and their children to mere economic objects, and amounts to saying we are justified in killing those who impede our economic progress. Parenting presents undeniable challenges, but no one argues that those challenges give parents the right to kill their children.
This contention got Filipovic hot and bothered. She, too, took issue with the notion that poverty leads to abortion. Her contention: that abortion is a wonderful thing no matter what the circumstance:
For most women I know who have had abortions, even perfect economic prospects wouldn't have meant having a baby. https://t.co/RTBV39c1x6— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) May 9, 2017
So why, then, would women have abortions?