Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Earlier this week, a woman began live-tweeting her medical abortion. The response has morphed into a debate not merely about the right to choose, but about "flaunting" that choice, with Jesus, gays, and kittens being dragged into the fray.

Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Angie found out she was pregnant last week. Her birth control had failed. She's a single mom with a little boy. She says she was told that her pregnancy could cause a potential threat to her life,and made the decision to abort at home using RU-486. She decided to tweet her experience, she says, to help remove the secrecy and stigma surrounding abortion, in an attempt to help other women who have faced/are facing/will face such a choice. And while I think that what she's doing is radically progressive and service-y (she describes in her tweets what a medical abortion feels like), I sort of wish that she didn't feel the need to have to qualify or rationalize her decision by explaining that the pregnancy could have been detrimental to her health—although I appreciate and understand her full disclosure and honesty—because the bottom line is that it doesn't matter why she made this choice. It only matters that she's allowed to make this choice.

Case in point: Assholes will still judge a woman for her choices, no matter what reasons she has for making them.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

And judgmental assholes will respond to any explanation with their own illogical views.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

I mean, what if the baby grew up to be a serial killer? Or someone who worked at (gasp!) Planned Parenthood?


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

And how does this make any kind of sense?


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

And what do gay people have to do with it? (Cause gay people so frequently abort unplanned pregnancies after having sex with…other gay people?)


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Personally, I think that people who think that killing kittens is "easy" are the bad guys.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

And then there are people who are just straight-up mean.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or weird.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or condescending.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or humorless.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or feigning concern.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or looking to be offended.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or stating the obvious, and not getting it.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or blaming this whole thing on a feminist conspiracy.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Or sometimes, they're just contrary to be contrary because it gives them something to say in 140 words or less.


Angie has a YouTube channel and she's been posting videos about her abortion. Needless to say, the comments over there are a mess.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

In all of the (it most be thousands) of posts I've done working at this site over the past few years, this one was hands-down the most depressing to research.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

Reading these was completely demoralizing for me, and they weren't even aimed at me, but I also felt it was important to point them out, because they obviously indicate what women have to deal with.


Internet Reacts (Predictably) To Woman Live-Tweeting Her AbortionS

And it proves that our right to a legal abortion is threatened by these people who clearly have a lot of time on their hands.

Frisky Q&A: Angie Jackson, The Woman Who Live-Tweeted Her Abortion [The Frisky]