Pressuring women to have an abortion is not limited to sexual abusers, manipulative husbands, and outraged relatives. One young professional is complaining that her co-workers are continually badgering her to abort her wanted unborn child, because it will interfere with her career.

Slate magazine’s weekly “Dear Prudence” feature showcases advice columnist Emily Yoffe in a video segment entitled “Abortion Advocates on the Job.” 

The writer is a working woman in her late 20s who said she unexpectedly became pregnant a few years before she and her husband intended. The couple is happily keeping the baby. That did not make other working women in her life very happy.


“When two co-workers heard about my situation, they became very upset that this pregnancy will cut short my career,” she wrote. “They sent me articles about regretful stay at home moms and links to sites that lay out options for abortion.” They even went as far as to sign her up for an abortion support group.


The advice columnist began by wondering of her office-mates had “confused themselves with the horrific Chinese officials who actually do have the power to force women to have abortions.”

Her advice? Tell these pushy abortion advocates to leave you in peace – or turn them in for disciplinary action:

If they say one more word about abortion or how having children ruins careers, you need to have a very stern talk with them. Say, “Maybe I haven’t made it clear, but I am thrilled about becoming a mother, and I don’t want to hear one more negative word about my pregnancy.” Then if you do hear one more negative word, take their e-mails and go to your boss. Say you hate to leave on a sour note, but no other pregnant woman should have to put up with the harassment you have.

This is not to promote Yoffe’s advice, which I would studiously avoid in most cases. But her comments highlight an important and often unrecognized cultural dynamic. “Dear Prudence,” Emily Yoffe, is not a Christian and not pro-life. In fact, she refers to herself as “an ardent proponent of abortion rights” (although she says “abortion is inevitably a sad and painful choice”). A former writer for the liberal magazine The New Republic, Yoffe has objected to pro-life speech in previous columns. 

But at least she has the intellectual integrity to acknowledge sometimes “a woman’s choice” means she chooses to have a child and not an abortion. Would that more on her side held such an open-minded view.

The fact that such a columnist felt a need to answer a letter like this demonstrates that in the modern feminist movement, “pro-choice” really means “pro-abortion.” A choice not to abort an unborn child is not respected.

The “right to choose” was simply an expedient euphemism to lull society into ignoring science, putting aside their conscience, and accepting the legalization of abortion. Social pressure in time becomes political pressure. As other nations show, eventually the “choice” disappears, but abortion remains as the “best option” – for an abusive “father,” for her employers’ bottom line, or for the State.

In short, for everyone but the mother and the baby.


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