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Forced pregnancy advocate doesn't just share her feelings; she imposes them!


Let's take a look at here the views of an activist who favors South Dakota's Draconian forced pregancy law:

Kayla Brandt had an abortion three years ago and instantly hated having done it. Now, hoping to stop other women from making the same choice, she is a public advocate for the most severe abortion ban in the nation.

"I don't want anyone to feel what I did," Brandt says.

So, underneath all the pro-blastocyst rhetoric, this is what it all comes down to: Feelings that wingers don't want you to have. (And there are plenty of other feelings they don't want you to have; anything less than absolute fealty to Bush, for example; or anger. Anger especially. Anger is a very bad feeling to have, unless, of course, it's anger permitted by the latest talking point, or during the 5 minutes of hate, or Rush has it.)

People such as Brandt, a 29-year-old financial auditor, who described a period of quiet misery after an abortion about three years ago. When the doctor finished, Brandt said, she felt an emptiness that led to a long year of grief.

Which is sad, I agree. But it's her grief. Brandt doesn't get to control the feelings of others--and through legislation!

Later, she decided to speak out, hoping to create what she called a "haven" for women and children in South Dakota by outlawing abortion.

Which is nuts. "Haven" for what? A haven where nobody has bad feelings like grief? It's exactly like the Christianist campaign against hotel porn; nobody's forcing them to put porn on their credit cards, so what's the issue? The issue is that somebody else is having bad feelings by putting porn on their credit cards. And it's always somebody else, isn't it? ("Focus on your own damn family," as it were.)

"I was in a relationship and panicked and got scared and ashamed, and thought an abortion was the means to fix my mistake," said Brandt, who came to see herself as a "mother who was sadly stripped of her child."

Ding, ding, ding, ding! Revealing use of the passive voice! Brandt says she "was sadly stripped." Well, honey, if you didn't want to go to Milwaukee, why did you get on the train? I'm sorry Brandt feels that way, but who appointed Brandt to control the feelings in others? And who said Brandt, because she felt bad, has the right to force other women to bear children?

It's like a sick parody of a '50s sitcom, where the dutiful wife feels the need to make everybody feel good and smile. Except when not everybody agrees on what the correct feelings are, and not everybody's smiling. So she calls the Feelings Police. Then, suddenly, it's not a comedy any more.

TROLL PROPHYLACTIC Yes, I'm sorry Brandt feels grief. I'm also sorry for any unwanted child born as a result of the forced pregancies she's trying to cause--and for the mothers, and fathers, too. All because Brandt doesn't want anyone else to feel the grief and shame she can't deal with. What a travesty.

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