New Strategy for Ending Babies: DIY Abortion at Home

The New York Times magazine has run a long story about the new strategy of DIY abortion at home.

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It features Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch doctor, whose Women on the Web business is sending abortion drugs to women all around the world to evade local legal restrictions and lack of “access” to abortion.

Gomperts is a general-practice physician and activist. She first assisted with an abortion 20 years ago on a trip to Guinea, just before she finished medical school in Amsterdam. Three years later, Gomperts went to work as a ship’s doctor on a Greenpeace vessel. Landing in Mexico, she met a girl who was raising her younger siblings because her mother had died during a botched illegal abortion. When the ship traveled to Costa Rica and Panama, women told her about hardships they suffered because they didn’t have access to the procedure. 

It is amazing that pro-abortion propaganda keeps touting that line without even addressing the evidence we have from the trial of Kermit Gosnell that women die from botched legal abortions (and Gosnell is not unique).

Gomperts and her interviewer both assume that the baby involved is worthless and should only be permitted to live if the mother wants her. All that matters is that a woman should have the same right to “walk away” from the baby that a man allegedly does. She made her case on a Portuguese talk show.

Looking directly at him, she added, “Concerning pregnancy, you’re a man, you can walk away when your girlfriend is pregnant. I’m pregnant now, and I had an abortion when I was — a long time ago. And I’m very happy that I have the choice to continue my pregnancy how I want, and that I had the choice to end it when I needed it.” She pointed at the man. “You have never given birth, so you don’t know what it means to do that.”


Men who impregnate women should be legally obligated to support that child, just like we acknowledge and enforce in the case of divorce by mandating child support. Notice that Gompers faced two options and didn’t even consider one of them. She could have mandated that men do their part to care for the children they conceive with the mothers. Instead, Gompers decided that it was OK for men to walk away. Men have the right to abandon women they impregnated so the remedy is to give women the same right to abandon their babies to death and the mercy of chemical poisons that she ships around the world.

Gompers is creating a world of freedom for men. Is it also a world of freedom for women? To ask this question as neutrally as I can: Are women going to enjoy living in a world where men have been cultivated to believe that babies are optional and that they have no obligation to anyone they impregnate because she has the option of snuffing out the baby?

And what about the equality of women after the child is born? Shouldn’t she be shipping out arsenic or strychnine with instructions on the proper dosage to poison toddlers?

Isn’t that the recipe to provide full equality for women?