Abortion Parties? - When Abortion Becomes a Lark
By Patrick B. Craine
July 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Despite the fact that throughout the West abortions continue to take place by the tens of thousands, abortion is still generally portrayed as a grave issue, not to be taken lightly, a difficult decision. Hilary Clinton, one of the world's foremost advocates of abortion, herself has described abortion as a "sad, even tragic choice to many, many women."
For some, however, it seems that abortion is just another reason to throw a party.
In a recent article published on AlterNet, 'My First Abortion Party', writer Byard Duncan relates his experience of attending a party thrown by his friend 'Maggie' so as to raise funds to pay for her abortion.
Duncan describes walking into the party, being "bludgeoned with a blast of hot air, followed by the tangy stink of dance floor revelry."
"Someone had taken a red bed sheet and hung it below a light fixture to resemble a giant womb," he says. "Every so often, a dancer's head or arm or dreadlock would brush against one of its smooth folds, creating a rippling effect."
A self-described "ardent pro-choicer," Duncan nonetheless says he felt uncomfortable with the whole affair. "When I got the invite to a friend's abortion party, I thought it was a way to help her through a difficult decision," he says. "I was right and wrong."
The party, ironically, was 'family-friendly,' he says. After arriving, Duncan "struck up a conversation with Andrew (name changed), the three-year-old son of one of the partygoers."
Uncomfortable by the presence of a young child, he acknowledges the contradiction of a young child participating in the celebration of the murder of another young child. "Even though I thought the presence of a young child at an abortion party was a little bizarre," he says, "nobody else seemed to acknowledge (or care about) this contradiction."
His friend 'Maggie,' the pregnant host of the party, did not enjoy the party either, he says, but her reason apparently had nothing to do with the fact of her having an abortion, but because she was being poorly treated by friends for involving her boyfriend in the decision.
"Maggie, too, looked less than excited," he says. "She told me she couldn't help but feel as though her pregnancy had been 'hijacked' by women who felt like her inclusion of a man in the decision was weak or wrong."
Despite the difficulties, however, the party was, in the end, a roaring success. "By the end of the night," Duncan says, "the donation bowl was overflowing with contributions from Maggie's friends."
More shocking, perhaps, than this fundraising party, however, is the 'Middle School Abortion Party' discovered by LifeSiteNews being advertised online.
The ad for this theme party - a birthday party for two men in their mid-20s - states: "no, we will not be performing abortions, but we will be dressing up like nerds, bullies, and pregnant pre-teens! Yay!"
The ad showcases the title of the party inside a coat hanger, and includes pictures of examples of people to dress up as. Among the suggestions are a "pregnant pre-teen," an "angry priest," accompanied by a picture of Pope Benedict XVI, and a "deformed neonate," with a picture of an unborn child.
Indicating the activities for the night, the ad states: "Spin the Bottle! Truth or Dare! Pin the Tail on the Stillborn Fetus!"
My First Abortion Party
Middle School Abortion Party ad