Speaking of the Pittsford Perennialist…

It’s hard to improve on this:

“If we want to keep our reproductive rights, we must be willing to tell our stories, to be willing and able to say, ‘I love my life, but I wish my mother had aborted me,’” said Lynn Beisner quoted by TownHall.com‘s John Hawkins — The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes Of The Last Decade. The quote is not stupid; it is evil.

  • http://www.subcreators.com/blog Lori Pieper

    The quote is not stupid; it is evil.

    Given that “sin makes you stupid,” I’m pretty sure it’s both.

  • Steve

    Honesty is in talking about abortion is precisely what will end it. When you peel back all the slogans, what you find is stuff like that quote. Who would honestly fight with that as their battlecry?

  • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

    From the original piece:

    The world would not be a darker or poorer place without me. Actually, in terms of contributions to the world, I am a net loss. Everything that I have done – including parenting, teaching, researching, and being a loving partner – could have been done as well, if not better by other people.

    Interesting take on her own life.

    • enness

      If by interesting, you mean crushingly sad.

      • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

        That is what I meant. :-( Apparently, she thinks human life is fungible.

  • Stu

    Tragic. This woman is clearly suffering on the inside.

    • Dale

      I don’t think so, she is simply willing to express a shocking point of view. Here is her explanation:

      ” I make even my most ardent pro-choice friends and colleagues very
      uncomfortable when I explain why my mother should have aborted me.
      Somehow they confuse the well-considered and rational: “The best choice for both my mother and me would have been abortion” with the infamous expression of depression and angst: “I wish I had never been born.” The two are really very different things, and we must draw that distinction clearly…

      …An abortion would have absolutely been better for my mother. An abortion would have made it more likely that she would finish high school and get a college education. At college in the late 1960s, it seems likely
      she would have found feminism or psychology or something that would have helped her overcome her childhood trauma and pick better partners. She would have been better prepared when she had children. If nothing else, getting an abortion would have saved her from plunging into poverty. She likely would have stayed in the same socioeconomic strata as her parents and grandparents who were professors. I wish she had aborted me because I love her and want what is best for her.”
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/15/i-wish-my-mother-aborted-me

      I am not defending her views. But I did want to clarify that she didn’t write them out of self-loathing.

      • Stu

        I think she is the very essence of self-loathing. She just puts up a “happy face.”

      • enness

        “At college in the late 1960s, it seems likely
        she would have found feminism or psychology or something that would have helped her overcome her childhood trauma and pick better partners.”
        Glad I wasn’t drinking anything or it would be all over my screen. Yeah, ’60s feminism sure improved our judgment!

        I’m very skeptical of your assessment. I think statements can be accurately described as, logically, self-loathing whether or not the speaker feels it.

  • Liam

    FYI
    The dreadful column is 13 months old.


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