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Alyssa Milano Says Life 'Would Be Completely Lacking All Its Great Joys' Without Her Two Abortions

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I didn’t know Alyssa Milano had a podcast called “Sorry Not Sorry.” I do now, as do lots of people. I guess she can count that as a victory.

The reason we all know about it is because of the fact she used it as a pulpit to evangelize about the “great joys” that abortion can bring. It was arrant selfishness masquerading as #ShoutYourAbortion-era liberation.

It was yet another attempt to recast the formerly “safe, legal and rare” ending of an unborn child’s life as mere “health care.”

And it was, from one of the loudest voices on the American left, a full-throated defense of the most egregious kind of selfishness — the idea that life “would be completely lacking all its great joys” had she given birth to other lives two decades ago.

The actress began the episode thusly, according to The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m Alyssa Milano and I’ve had an abortion. I control my own body.”

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All right, this is nothing new. You’ve heard this all before, as have I. Milano’s story was that, at the beginning of her career as an adult actor, she underwent the procedure twice.

In the same year.

“In 1993, I had two abortions,” she said during the podcast, published Monday.

“I was in love for the first time in the breathless way you can only be in love when you are young. It was huge — overwhelming even. It filled every part of living and it was a joyful and exciting and powerful time in my life.”

Even though she was on birth control, she got pregnant.

“I was devastated,” she said.

“I was raised Catholic and was suddenly put in conflict with my faith — a faith I was coming to realize empowered only men to make every single decision of what was allowed and what was not allowed. I had a career and a future and potential.”

Yes, the truth or untruth of the Catholic faith apparently rests in part on the fact that the pope, cardinals and other prelates are exclusively male. That‘s why they’re opposed to abortion. Allow females in the priesthood and you’ll see the Vatican throw out all that silly defense of the unborn posthaste.

So anyhow, her career, future and potential would apparently be too inconvenienced by giving birth to a child — a child who could have also had a career, future and potential, mind you, but who cares about them? She also had “crippling anxiety,” which would have made her an unfit parent, and was taking a drug that could cause birth defects.

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“I knew at that time I was not equipped to be a mother and so I chose to have an abortion,” she said.

“I chose. It was my choice and it was absolutely the right choice for me. It was not an easy choice. It was not something I wanted, but it was something that I needed, like most health care is.”

Need. That’s an interesting word, particularly when paired with the concept of health care.

There are certainly elective forms of health care that we “need” to do. We need to see doctors for routine checkups even though we sometimes neglect them. When it comes to surgeries, however, that word takes on a different hue.

Of course, we need surgery to resect a cancerous tumor or deal with some similar ailment. And we may not die if we don’t have an elective surgery to remove problematic adenoids, say, or to alleviate pain in a joint, but we could rightly say those are needed.

In short, Alyssa Milano wanted an abortion, which she equates with need. And the reason she wanted the abortion was because she wanted to engage in sexual activity, which can create that horrible, career- and potential-killing burden of motherhood that so many other mothers have managed to navigate. (Also, if someone in her inner circle could inform her of the existence of adoption so that she can buttress this argument in its future iterations, that would be fantastic.)

“I refuse to let anyone else’s bulls— morality force me into a life of premarital celibacy. I refuse to live in the narrative that sexual pleasure is for men and that women exist to deliver that pleasure,” she said.

“Nobody will say that he was at fault for enjoying sex with me, but you can be damned sure that the men enacting these laws think less of me for deriving the same pleasure from him.”

What about these women who have enacted “these laws?” (Milano, you may not be surprised, has been one of the loudest voices against fetal heartbeat laws and similar legislation — laws which have been voted for and signed into law by women as well, who must be gender traitors of some sort.)

The saga continues: “A few months later I found out I was pregnant again. I had done what I knew to do to prevent pregnancy and was still pregnant, so once again I made the right decision to end that pregnancy,” she said.

To top this episode of “Sorry Not Sorry” off, she claimed she wouldn’t have the life and the kids she has now if she hadn’t aborted the children she had conceived 26 years ago.

“I would not have my children — my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind and inquisitive children — who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them,” she said.

“I would not have my career. I would not have the ability or platform I use to fight against oppression with all my heart,” Milano said.

“I would never have met my amazing husband, David, whose steadfast and immeasurable love for me sustains me through these terrifying times.”

And finally: “Fifteen years after that first love had fizzled, my life would be completely lacking all its great joys.”

“I would never had been free to be myself — and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom,” she concluded.

Milano’s statements are a naked paean to selfishness. It says that parenthood — foisted upon us when we’re unready for it — means your life is over. This is part of Milano’s implicit message to those who were in her position and didn’t abort their child: You missed out. You could have fulfilled all of your dreams had you not been saddled with that parasite for nine months.

But don’t worry, oppressed women of the world: The woman best known for her role in “Charmed” is here to speak for you. And she’s going to do it by telling us all how her life isn’t “lacking all its great joys” and yours doesn’t have to be, either, if you choose the “health care” you “need” and abort your child. Then you can be free to be yourself.

I cannot think of a less efficacious argument for abortion, or one that reflects more poorly on the individual making it, than the one advanced by Alyssa Milano. This is someone conflating convenience with need, the decision to terminate the unborn with freedom and the defense of the unborn with misogyny. It’s nothing but a defense of the most heartless form of selfishness. Sorry, not sorry.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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