Woman Confesses to “Abortion Addiction” in New Memoir

Woman Confesses to “Abortion Addiction” in New Memoir

impossible motherhoodA new memoir was released yesterday detailing the experience of a woman “addicted to abortion.” In the memoir, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict. Irene Vilar not only admits to having 15 abortions in 17 years, but also chronicles the pathology that led to each intentional pregnancy and subsequent abortion. She claims her intention in writing the memoir is not to enter into the abortion debate, as she is adamantly pro-choice. Rather she and her publishers are promoting the book as a tale of female suffering, failure, and, ultimately, triumph that will inspire other woman.

However, with a foreword by feminist Robin Morgan and the less than subtle title, it is hard to imagine the book cannot contribute to the abortion debate. People are already beginning to take positions. Those on the pro-abortion side claim the memoir reaffirms only that all women have abortions for different reasons that laws cannot account for and that Vilar’s pathology is another indicator of the mental strain suffered by women in a male dominated society. Those in support of life, obviously, site the book as a fitting example of the barbarism of abortion and the violence it causes in the lives of woman and children alike.

Yet, what I find most appalling and disquieting about the memoir is how easily the lives aborted by Vilar are entirely ignored and her abortions equated to anorexia, drug abuse, and alcoholism. The publisher, Judith Gurewich, emphasized this point as she described her response to the memoir:

I never saw this story as having much to do with abortion, except that it happened to be the target of her pathology or her neurosis. Her behaviour is very, very similar to anorexia or bulimia. It’s some kind of an addiction where she wants to impose her own rule on her own body. The fact that, of course, this involves a more complicated target makes it rather different.

The memoir radically reconfirms how important it is for the pro-abortion community to refuse to acknowledge the tie between abortion and the life of a baby. And it even more radically confirms how necessary it is us to never stop reminding the world of the tiny lives lost with a woman’s right to choose.

4 Comments
  • Lo
    Posted at 14:45h, 14 October Reply

    She claims this book is about triumph and her goal is to inspire women. This is not the type of female role models this world is in dire need of. I would have to agree with your thought, what about all those innocent children who were intentionally conceived, where is their voice?

  • beetlebabee
    Posted at 15:13h, 14 October Reply

    Wow. I can’t believe how sad this story is.

  • Robert
    Posted at 11:23h, 15 October Reply

    Strange logic. You take a person out of a placenta, kill it, and you commit a crime. Leave the person in the placenta, kill it, and you’re excercising a “right”.

  • Em
    Posted at 08:44h, 31 March Reply

    You don’t even have to leave it in the placenta–just call it an abortion and botched or not it’s legal. How many “botched” abortions have resulted in live babies being left to die by the “doctor”? It’s sickening. But where the darkness of Satan has taken control of the mind there is no ability to rationalize or even display common sense.

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