FOR reasons difficult to fully grasp, Australian feminists and the ABC are totally obsessed with Roe vs. Wade. They apparently see it as a transnational precedent with the force of law in the states and territories of the Commonwealth. As with their flawed take on the First and Second Amendments, however, their reading of the abortion war in America is prejudiced and sanctimonious. There have been several occasions in recent history where ABC divas clutched their collective pearls about the importation from the United States of supposedly alien enthusiasms: neo-conservatism, New Right polemics, Friedmanite economics, mega-church morality, Trumpian ‘racism,’ etc. And all the while the real, dedicated aping was being done by them.
In their 2,265-word ‘report’ on the curated national controversy surrounding the Texas Heartbeat Act, Kathryn Diss and Cameron Schwarz did not interview or quote a single backer of the new law. Not one. That isn’t journalism. That’s an ad. Largely because the unborn have become more ‘viable’ earlier than ever, militants abandoned ‘Abortion On Demand’ as a slogan. It made them sound like sociopaths. ‘Rape and Incest’ are still in use – name-checked by Diss and Schwarz ten times – but even that slogan doesn’t have the same oomph as before. At a time when woke theologists demand rights and dignities for every – literally conceivable – version of broken humanity, writing off those brought into being in the most tragic way imaginable seems a little… origin-ist.
The latest PR strategy for abortion lobbyists – the most peculiar so far – is to say they’re protecting the future of girls. As dumb as that sounds, own goals of this magnitude have become inevitable in a media ecosystem where indulgent reporters hand-feed their pets and dull their flair for survival. Wiser heads are obviously not prevailing when 12 year-old Vienna is given a crash-course in rape, incest, misandry and Greta Thunberg before being marched on stage to address rallies. “I want to live in a world where my mum doesn’t have to talk to her 12-year-old daughter about leaving Texas to get an abortion if I got pregnant,” she told the crowd. I want to live in a country where taxpayers aren’t compelled to finance the vile exploitation of innocents.