Warren Throckmorton takes the courageous position that abortion is not funny, nor is it cool in any way:
Well, no I didn’t have an abortion but I could buy a tee-shirt that says I did. Recently Planned Parenthood began marketing a tee-shirt with that cheery slogan and even some of the Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics are not happy with the promotion. I can understand why they are upset. The tee-shirt states what has been latent in the minds of many people on both sides of the abortion debate for quite awhile: pro-choice really means pro-abortion.
According to an August 2 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article by Scott Williams, the designer of the shirt, Jennifer Baumgardner, said the tee-shirt “is a bold statement that having an abortion is a medical procedure for which no apology is needed.”
Actually, Warren m’love, you’re the one assuming the slogan is “cheery.” Your column states what has been latent in the minds of many people on both sides of the abortion debate for quite a while: you secretly think women enjoy abortion. Whoopee, abortion, gimme another one, bartender! Have you ever spoken to anyone who’s had this prodecure, Warren, or do you get all your news about the issue from Jerry Falwell’s newsletter?
This T-shirt is one of those cosmetic things the right loves, because it allows them to act superior without ever having to have a real conversation about the things that contribute to a need for abortion: poverty. lack of sensible sex education. an enduring habit of treating women like mindless incubators.
I don’t find the shirt cheery at all, but if Warren thinks it’s a happy-skippy thing, maybe he just hasn’t thought hard enough about what it actually means. The fact that he thinks it’s meant in some spirit of fun says far more about him than it does about anyone who’d actually wear one.