Life, Haley is suggesting, begins not at fertilization, for some reason, but only at conception — which means what? Implantation in the uterus? But if that’s the case, then the Plan B emergency contraceptive should be fine and dandy, shouldn’t it? But the anti-abortion crowd hates Plan B. And they’re OK with in vitro fertilization. Even by their standards, does this make any sense?
It’s actually pretty simple.
Demonizing women who are trying to get pregnant plays a whole lot differently than demonizing women who don’t want a baby. That’s all there is to this. It’s not about moral consistency. It’s about how it would play on the six o’clock, how it would read in a fundraising letter. It’s about the difficulty of punching up and the ease of kicking down.
Most of all, it’s about about making sure as few people as possible notice that the organized anti-abortion rights movement is full of total assholes who don’t know the first thing about women’s bodies and assume we’re all just as ignorant as they are.