Suffering An Irony Deficiency

Recently, a woman in Massachusetts went to a “medical spa” where she received breast implants. And then, less than 24 hours later, she dropped dead.


The Boston Globe editorial board is careful to note that no cause of death has been determined, but they say that her death brings up some troubling questions. Questions like should such invasive medical procedures be performed at these “spas,” and not in full medical facilities, and whether the doctors who perform them should be certified in such specialties.


As I was reading the arguments, though, something kept nagging at the back of my mind, and it finally clicked: wouldn’t abortion fall under the criteria the Globe is describing for medical procedures that need to be more tightly regulated?

I’ve often described my abortion position as “squishily pro-choice,” and still am. But when you cut through the absolutism that tends to capture many on both sides, and think of it as a medical procedure like any other elective surgery, like the aforementioned breast implants, and it kind of makes a hash out of arguments like the Globe usually espouses.

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