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St Louis woman’s encouragement to her daughter at a local anti-Planned Parenthood rally.
I was recently told about the latest bit of backlash against the neurodiversity movement: that it’s incompatible with the pro choice movement, and therefore it’s misogynist.
I’m completely confused as to how people can pull this tasty bit of “logic” out of their asses, but my guess is that it stems from those in the neurodiversity movement who are against selective abortion of fetuses that are diagnosed with autism (which I don’t see how that could in any way be possible but okay).
The neurodiversity movement is no way in conflict with the pro choice movement. I myself am autistic, and unabashedly and unwaveringly pro choice. I’m pretty sure I can say the same for Eric and Evan, the other two who run this blog.
I’m sure there’s a lot more to say, but all I can say is that neurodiversity is justice for those on the autism spectrum. The pro choice movement is justice for women. Please do not bring ableism into the pro choice movement, and please do not bring misogyny into the neurodiversity movement.
"The neurodiversity movement is no way in conflict with the pro choice movement." Definitely worth repeating.
I would like to make one addition to that last post about the “conflict” with the pro-choice movement.
And that’s that I (and Mairead) recognize that not all people who have uteruses are women, and not all women have uteruses.
Of course, the pro-choice movement itself ignores this a lot (as does society at large), and if I recall correctly, (some of?) the people who have claimed that they are incompatible did as well, but I want to make it clear.
many have two or more.
They know what it means to be a mother.
And they often cite the need to care for their children as a
primary reason for deciding not to have another right now.
Three out of four women who have abortions describe
themselves as religiously afﬁliated.
Catholic women have abortions at about the same rate as
And it’s not just medical questions raised by personhood laws. Would pregnant women be counted as two people for the purposes of using carpool lanes on the highway? Could fetuses inherit property?”
Trying to end abortion without trying to prevent pregnancy is asking for failure.