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The Rubin Report on Abortion

Aug 01, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

I’ve been a regular listener to The Rubin Report for more than a year now. I’ve tried to get my kids to listen as well, but it’s a tough sell. You see, each episode is little more than a one or two-hour conversation between host Dave Rubin and a heretofore-unheard-of guest. How many teenagers—or adults—have the patience for such an investment? But the payout for those who endure is significant. I’m not saying that each episode is a world beater, but I almost always learn something new and frequently come away with a profound desire to make better use of the life I’ve been given. Would that more sermons did as much!

Topically, The Rubin Report is hard to pin down. Both the guest list and subject index are an eclectic mix, but it’s surprising how often abortion comes up. I say “surprising” because Dave Rubin is a comedian by trade—and a socially-progressive one at that. That’s not usually the m.o. of someone who wants to have a serious discussion about abortion. Nevertheless, it is Rubin’s assertion that abortion is never discussed…

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Aborting Your First Child Increases the Health Risks of Your Second Child

Jul 17, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

Every day in America, somewhere around 2,500 women have an abortion. Tens of millions of American women have had an abortion since 1973—the year that seven non-elected men unilaterally declared it to be a constitutionally-protected act. Over the 20 years that I have vocationally-opposed abortion, I’ve heard many women explain why their particular abortion was necessary. By and large, their rationales can be boiled down to one of two things. Either they didn’t want a baby, or they didn’t think they could handle a baby. Among those women in the second camp, the sentiment expressed below is not uncommon:

I think, maybe once I am working a good job and making enough money, once I can buy a nice house, once I find someone who WANTS to raise a child with me, that will be the right time. I don't regret my decision to get an abortion. It was an incredibly difficult decision, but now I am spending my time building a better future for my future child, so I can give them the life I wouldn't have been able…

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The Psychology of Abortion Regret

Jun 30, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

To date, Abort73 has published more than 700 stories of abortion regret. We’ve also heard from upwards of 50 women who say they don’t regret their abortion. But in almost 15 years of existence, Abort73 has never heard from a woman who regrets giving birth. Why is that, do you think? Do such women not exist? Statistically, it’s almost certain some do—and it’s possible that guilt or decorum is holding their tongues, but I think it’s safe to assume that there’s a more obvious explanation for this dramatic disparity. That’s because there are clear and cognizable reasons for why a woman is more likely to regret an abortion than she is to regret giving birth.

Michael Lewis, my second-favorite author of that surname, wrote a book recently called the The Undoing Project. It centers on the paradigm-shifting work of two Israeli…

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The Remarkably High Cost of Cheap Sex

Jun 26, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

Last year, Oxford University Press published the book Cheap Sex by Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor who’s gained a reputation for “politically incorrect academic research.” I finished reading it earlier this month—on my iPad, of course. I don’t know that I’d have the fortitude to publicly engage such a blush-inducing title without the anonymity of an e-reader. Technology you see has changed the way some of us read books, but it has changed the way all of us interact with sex—whether we realize it or not. 

For anyone who values human flourishing, Cheap Sex is not a happy read. We can wrangle over solutions, but there’s no denying the fact that Americans have never been less happy with the quality of their relationships than they are right now. According to Regnerus, three technologies have fundamentally changed…

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Behind the Scenes of a Medical Abortion

May 29, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

Last week I published excerpts from many of the “positive” abortion stories that Abort73 has received over the last two years. Today, I’m going to give you one in its entirety. It comes from a 19-year-old woman in South Australia. I do this for two reasons. First because it provides behind-the-scenes access to an event that is rarely spoken of with such candor. Second, because it demonstrates that medical abortion, which is often regarded as a more natural or holistic alternative to its surgical counterpart, is nothing of the sort. No matter how it’s performed, abortion is a violent and unnatural act. It fatally injures a tiny human child and runs roughshod over the natural proclivities of the female body—which is designed to do everything in its power to protect the life of the child that is growing within. In the words of Frederica Mathewes-Green, abortion is “as obscene as pouring dirty motor oil…

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Positive Abortion Stories

May 22, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Responses to Readers

Over the last two years, Abort73 has received 37 testimonies from women who purportedly do not regret their abortion. I say “purportedly” for two reasons. First, because we all have a tendency to double down on our questionable choices. It’s human nature; we don’t like admitting we were wrong. That’s why, in all realms of life, I consider expressions of regret to be more inherently credible than expressions of vindication. They go against the grain. The second reason I say “purportedly” is because many of the women who insist they have no regrets make statements which call such claims into question. It’s as if they’re trying to talk themselves into an assurance they don’t actually feel.

The “positive” abortion stories that were received in 2016 and 2017 represent 13% of the whole. I don’t claim that percentage to be nationally representative. I point it out merely to demonstrate that the vast majority of the abortion testimonies we receive are stories of regret. Though I don’t generally post the “positive” abortion stories to the Abort73 website, neither do I ignore or discard them.…

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