I’m contemplating writing a fic involving a character having an abortion. I’m a little wary of this, since it’s not part of my own personal experience, so I’m trying to go about it carefully. As part of my research, I’ve been looking through the tags on AO3, and I’ve noticed something a little worrying. Fandom seems to be a little squeamish on this subject. While there are a lot of stories tagged as “discussion of abortion”, “mentioned abortion”, “implied abortion”, and even “forced abortion”, very few actually seem to involve the characters choosing and following through with this option.
Is fandom more “pro-life” than I had considered? Should I be prepared for backlash if I write the story I have in mind? That would not keep me from writing it; many people at some point in their lives will have to make this difficult choice. There should be stories reflecting the experience of those who decide not to carry their pregnancies to term. It’s no good if all they get from fandom are stories where the “good” characters always decide to keep their babies, or are forced to have abortions against their will. All choices ought to be shown as valid.
You are attempting to destigmatize abortion. There is a reason the good characters choose life. How could you write a story about a good character that chooses to kill their own child? How could the act of killing an innocent human being make you a good person? The fact is that a mother who kills her own child, born or unborn, can never be a good person. Abortion is killing. Abortion ends a life that has already begun. Abortion is an aberration of the human condition. It is an abomination and it is the most depraved act of human selfishness possible. And this is what you want to glorify? Why would you want a mother to kill her child? Your attempt to normalize this act can only lead to even more unborn children having to face the slaughter of human abortion. Is this what you want?
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