Sophie Lewis is a feminist activist and author from London. In short, she makes a living saying and writing terrifying, callous, eugenics-type things.
Last week, Verso Books (a mouthpiece for the twisted and extreme) tweeted an interview with Sophie about her new book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family.
‘Feminism against family’ is a horribly, bluntly accurate assessment. Here’s what Sophie had to say about abortion:
“We’re facing a really terrifying attack on abortion, in the U.S., where I live in Northern Ireland, and elsewhere. In the past, the strategies that our side has tended to use have included a kind of ceding of ground to our enemies. We tend to say that abortion is ‘indeed very bad but…’ or we say, ‘luckily it’s not killing, luckily it’s just a healthcare right.’
We have very little to lose at the moment when it comes to abortion. And I’m interested in winning radically. I wonder if we could think about defending abortion as a right to stop doing gestational work. Abortion is, in my opinion, and I recognize how controversial this is, a form of killing. It is a form of killing that we need to be able to defend.
I am not interested in where a human life starts to exist. I see the forms of making and unmaking each other as continuous processes. The other end of the spectrum is the process of learning how to die well, and hold each other and let each other go at the end of our lives, as well as at the beginning.
But looking at the biology of the hemochorial placentation helps me think about the violence that, innocently, a fetus metes out vis-a-vis a gestator. That violence is an unacceptable violence for someone who doesn’t want to do gestational work. The violence that that gestator metes out [dispenses] to essentially go on strike or exit that workplace is an acceptable violence.”
Obviously, there is a lot to unpack here. Her strategy seems to involve three main aspects:
- She is not interested in building bridges. ‘Ceding ground to our enemies?’ Dramatic talk for ‘approaching the issue compassionately and dialoguing with people who disagree.’
- She is knowledgeable and honest about the reality of abortion. She knows it involves killing human beings and she deems it violent.
- She has a misconception about the nature of the relationship between mother and child,similar to what we see with the popular Violinist Argument. She notes that abortion is like opting out or ‘going on strike.’ There is a massive logical fallacy with this. To abort is not simply to back out of the situation. It’s not turning around and walking away. It’s done with active intent to end a life.
The moral of the story? Killing innocent people is never defensible. This should serve as a warning to anyone who believes that abortion is wrong. This battle is never over because there will always be people out there who think that killing the inconvenient is okay.