I’ve been seeing these billboards around town a bit more often lately. Set aside the nonsense that there’s a fetal heartbeat 18 days after conception for a moment—that’s just another example of the idea that Jesus apparently said it’s okay to lie if you’re doing good works. What I’m more interested in is who’s missing from the ad.
Baby is there, and given the headband with flowers, I’m guessing it’s a girl, and what is she saying? “Daddy says I’m a gift.” How precious.
Daddy is there, baby is there. No mommy.
This isn’t a mistake. Anti-choice activists spend a lot of time trying to erase women from the discussion over abortion, mainly because they don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a real live person surrounding that fetus, a real live person who may have reasons for not wanting to have a (or another, as is often the case) baby. If they acknowledge that the mother is a woman with her own motivations, then the discussion gets complicated, and they don’t like complicated.
They don’t like complicated because their whole position is based on some pretty flimsy logical ground, and anything other than an emotional “abortion bad” response is a loss for them. So they do this kind of crap, and unfortunately, it works way too often.