‘Unplanned’ and anti-choice activism, and the lies that they tell
Alexandra Kimball: For centuries, the most effective way to control women’s bodies has been to tell lies about them, forming a public narrative that permeates every level of culture
by Alexandra Kimball
Jul 11, 2019
I had been discharged for all of half an hour when I saw them, with their fetuses: dead, bloody fetuses on signs, little plastic fetuses cupped in their palms. Normally I would rush away from anti-abortion protesters, but my incisions were fresh and I was having trouble walking, even the half-block from the hospital exit to the Uber, even with my husband’s help.
There were five or so protesters, and in order to get home I had to look right at them: the dead one on the sign and the little plastic one in a woman’s hand.
I knew these were lies.