I’ve been trying to write about this for weeks:

A major anti-abortion group has expanded its scope beyond abortion clinics to include protests against in vitro fertilization clinics.

And this:

Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.

And this:

He told the science and fertility experts in his audience to resist “the fascination of the technology of artificial fertility. Benedict cautioned the experts against “easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator,” an attitude he indicated underlies the field of artificial procreation.


Arrogant is telling women that a trans-vaginal ultrasound is no big deal.

Arrogant is telling women desperate for a child that they are killing babies, are no better than murderers.

Arrogant is outlawing a procedure that could save the life or health of a woman because some other woman somewhere might misuse it.

Arrogant is telling those who adopt that they’re not really parents. Arrogant is telling women, telling men, telling families that however they’re doing it, they’re doing it wrong.

Arrogant is using anecdotes and outliers as data by which to make laws that hurt all women, even those who want children, and are trying as hard as they can to have them.

Arrogant is assuming that those who say those things have no children, cousins, relatives, who are locked in this desperate struggle with their own bodies, who are listening to this uninformed, bigoted, cruel rhetoric and wondering, would you believe differently, if you knew you were talking about me?


Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.