Speaking of women’s rights, Janice Wolly writes for The Atlantic about her and her husband’s decision to terminate her first pregnancy. The story is deeply personal, deeply sad… but for public policy debate, here is the most important thing Janice Wolly says:
Despite having been through this experience—a termination of a wanted pregnancy at 18 weeks and five days, not knowing for sure whether it was the right decision—I have no idea what I would do if I were in the same position again. And I have no idea what I would have decided if, say, this had happened two years earlier, or two years later; or if there had been a five- or 10-point shift in the percentages; or if I had been some number of days more or less pregnant; or if it hadn’t been my first pregnancy; or if my husband and I hadn’t already been through two other traumas in the preceding year.
I guess that’s my purpose in writing this. I’m trying to say that no one truly knows what they would do in one of the countless situations that might lead them to consider having an abortion. You may think you know, but you don’t. And if you can’t know for yourself, you can’t know for anyone else… [Janice Wolly, “My First Pregnancy,” The Atlantic, 2021.10.05].
Gov. Kristi Noem pretends she knows what’s best for every woman in every pregnancy and pretends (on the basis of fake science and moralizing) that she has the right to make that decision for every woman by the force of law. Gov. Kristi Noem is wrong.