New and Improved Planned Parenthood: Abortions Not Just for Women, Anymore!

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The nation’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, now boldly claims that abortion is no longer just a procedure for women. Jumping on the gender fluidity train, Planned Parenthood alleges that abortion is no longer just a woman’s issue, but can include anyone.

That’s right; you no longer need a uterus to go to a clinic and have your baby aborted. I suppose it won’t be long until I cannot call myself a feminist anymore, as surely that excludes all the non-women women who struggle with their women’s rights in a non-male non-female-dominated world.

All these linguistic changes make me wonder what the end goal is. Is erasing women from an issue that both political sides have for decades billed as a woman’s issue a wise move, or is this less about women at all and more about virtue signaling and money?

Human Incubators

Planned Parenthood announced that abortions aren’t just for the ladies:

“Labeling abortion as only “women’s rights” or a “women’s issue” erases the experiences and identities of queer, nonbinary, and trans folks who also have abortions and downplays the additional barriers they face when accessing care. Abortion access affects us all, period.”

If you are confused, dear reader, let me clear some of your fogginess. To be the recipient of an abortion, you must have a uterus, and a baby inside that uterus. However, in today’s day and age, you don’t need a uterus to be a woman.

You can “identify” as a man but still have a uterus, or you can identify as nothing or something utterly non-gender like a tree and have a uterus. For those of you who live in the land of reality, we call those people… women. (This is implicitly acknowledged, as gender ideology extremists use the qualifier “transgender” to differentiate women and transgender women.)

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Planned Parenthood isn’t the only organization that uses interesting language to describe women. Instead of ‘women,’ organizations and individuals have started using any of the following:

  • pregnant people
  • people who get abortions
  • birthing parent
  • birthing people

When I was pregnant with my daughter, and she would kick and punch, I used to joke that I felt like Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise, as if I was some incubator for a strange alien. I may have been ahead of the time with my tongue-in-cheek status description.

Hold The Phone

Not everybody is on board with this new wording, even those on the left. New York Times columnist Pamela Paul said of changing women into people that it:

“…isn’t just a semantic issue; it’s also a question of moral harm, an affront to our very sense of ourselves.”

And The Atlantic’s Helen Lewis said:

“By substituting people for women, we lose the ability to speak of women as a class. We dismantle them into pieces, into functions, into commodities.”

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As a feminist and true blue American woman, I know what it’s like to struggle in a male-dominated world, hell I managed to claw my way up to the senior ranks in the United States military; you don’t get much more male-dominated than that. I have to say, regardless of my own beliefs on the pro-life/pro-choice movement, I have to agree with Pamela and Helen on this one.

This reframing of what it means to be a woman and the stripping down to its most basic parts to downright erasure of our sex in everyday conversation will do little to advance the rights that women like myself have fought long and hard for – what it will do is make us pawns for the left to be used and discarded as they see fit.

What’s The Big Deal?

Still, many think that changing out ‘women’ for ‘people’ isn’t a big deal, particularly in the case of abortion. ACLU communications strategist Gillian Branstetter argues:

“…I don’t think that there’s any harm in making space for the many people who do need this care who are not women.”

As a lover of language, I want to say first that you should beware of anyone who uses the term “making space” when not actually referring to physical space. Major bloviator alarm. Second, how many non-women (or what we would call men) are having abortions?

According to Ms. Branstetter, not a lot. In an earlier interview, she admitted:

“99% of people who are going to become pregnant or are in need of birth control or an abortion are women.”

Hold on a tick; I thought she said many people need abortions who aren’t women? Which is it? It’s 100% women who get abortions because you have to have a uterus to get pregnant, and only women have uteruses.

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Ms. Branstetter went on to argue that the women’s rights movement and the transgender movement are intertwined:

“What the effort to ban abortion and the effort to erase transgender people from public life have in common is the enforcement of a very strict gender binary based on the exploitation of reproductive labor.”

Here we recognize our old friend Critical Theory. When in doubt, just claim that whatever it is you want will help to alleviate some injustice, no matter how imaginary.

And just like that, the LGBTQIA++ alphabet soup has hitched its train onto the women’s rights movement.

Who Am I?

Matt Walsh from The Daily Wire exploded the internet when he released his documentary, What is a Woman? last year. It’s a question that is easy to answer. Yet, the progressives in this country have managed to confuse themselves and convince Americans that it is difficult.

Not only is abortion now for men too, but now anybody can menstruate if you ask Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. When mocked for using the term ‘people who menstruate,” she replied:

“Trans men & non-binary people can also menstruate.”

What those two groups of people have in common, mind you, is a…uterus. She went on:

“GOP mad at this are protecting the patriarchal idea that women are most valuable as uterus holders.”

Excuse me while I catch my breath from laughing out loud at that statement. To remove women from the equation when it comes to giving new life and menstruating is to rob us of one of the many things that make women unique to men.

No, scratch that. It is the thing. We women hold the very power of life itself.

It is a wonder to carry a human life inside of you. When you have your first period, it is a right of passage – symbolic of your ascension into womanhood. Allow me to leave you with this other nugget of linguistic havoc.

Johns Hopkins University defines lesbian as “a non-man attracted to non-men.” The university goes on to explain this definition as follows:

“While past definition refer to ‘lesbian’ as a woman who is emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to other women, this updated definition includes non-binary people who may also identify with the label.”

I would say you can’t make up such as that, but someone obviously did.

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