Abortion is a simple, quick, and painless medical procedure in which an unwanted fetus is removed from its mother and discarded. It has been known to cause an intense, euphoric sensation in women, and is therefore the most popular non-surgical medical procedure in America.
Origins of Abortion
While abortions have been occurring outside of hospitals for years, medically assisted abortions began in the late 20th century when feminists began looking for something else to do in their spare time. Since voting differently from their husbands went out of style almost as soon as its conception, the idea of killing fetuses arose as an alternative to getting their hair styled every weekend.
Roe v Wade
In 1970, best friends Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington convinced their friend, Norma L. McCorvey, to have an abortion with them one Saturday morning. McCorvey had been a victim of rape and had never considered abortion as an option to end her unwanted pregnancy. Coffee and Weddington had allegedly become pregnant after a party just the night before for the sole purpose of having the abortion the next day. After McCorvey had her first abortion, she decided to sue the state of Texas and make abortion legal after realizing just how fun it was. Using the name Jane Roe (her nickname in college), she succeeded in bringing the case before the United States Supreme Court. The court decision to legalize abortion received a mixed reaction from the American population: joy at the legalization of abortion, and disappointment when they learned that abortions after the first trimester were still illegal.
Since Roe v Wade, abortion has continued to grow in popularity as a woman's pastime. Many abortion clinics now have fan clubs, MySpace pages, and swimsuit calendars that are available around Christmas time every year. Many women choose to go in for abortions with their friends as opposed to going to wine tastings or going jewelry shopping with their husbands/boyfriends/German Shepherds.
Abortions have become a regular part of a young girl's life. For many, having one's first abortion is a ceremonious occasion. In some U.S./Mexican border towns, it is traditional for a young girl to become impregnated on the night of her quinceañera so that she may have her first abortion the next day with her friends.
Among abortion enthusiasts, an unofficial lexicon of various abortion-related phrases used in casual situations. Slang words include:
- Getting "scraped" - The act of having an abortion. In some cases can refer to having an abortion outside of a hospital or clinic.
- Goo, junk, dead baby syrup - The disgusting, foul, chewed up remains of a fetus after being sucked out of a woman's vagina.
- Going in hot - The act of bringing an outside beverage, usually a coffee, into the clinic to enjoy while having an abortion.
- Prairie dog - A fetus that is aborted in a partial birth abortion.
- Doggie bag - The trash bag into which the remains of the fetus are scraped. Some clinics allow women to bring home the doggie bag to their German Shepherds so that they will buy them more jewelry.
Innovations in abortion
In recent years, many advances have been made in abortion technology, which has led to breakthroughs in the speed, comfort, and cost effectiveness of abortions. Such innovations include the vacuum cleaner, which was first applied in abortion clinics in the early 1970s. The whirr of the machine, the rough, jarring suction, and the soulless face of the nozzle all make for a largely exciting experience for the no-longer-expectant-mothers. Doctors and clinic-goers alike praise the Vag-Vac (as fans like to call it) as being "truly beautiful...a work of art."
Other innovations in abortion include comfortable recliner seats with cupholders, and membership cards similar to those at recreation centers for speedy check-ins.
Abortion is wildly popular in the United States. Many churches and other Christian organizations have come out in support of the procedure, citing its merit as an opportunity to engage in constructive fellowship with one's friends, as long as it keeps them from committing adultery. Catholics praise abortion as "a safe, practical alternative to contraceptives," however they condemn its pleasurable side effects as "potentially dangerous, leading to extreme temptation." Bill Donohue, president of the American Catholic League and generally good person, finds that abortion "advances our crusade against condoms in a positive way."
Some liberal activists, however, disapprove of abortion. Hilary Clinton, senator of New York, is staunchly anti-abortion, claiming that abortion is the equivalent of murder. "Besides," she said once as she was getting back into her Hummer H2 "God does not approve of abortion."
- Hardcore party animals often allowed themselves to go well into their third trimester just to have a partial birth abortion, which reportedly gives the mother a better thrill.
- All of the models for said calendar are actually aborted fetuses. It is remarkable how easily one can find fetus-sized bikinis.
- Now available at the Planned Parenthood online store: "Abortion Enthusiast" T-Shirts! Makes a great mothers day gift!
- Some old school women and Republicans still prefer the "romanticism" of the clothes-hanger method.