Thank you so much for this, Mark. I had no choice other than to stand up for myself in the heat of it all. Some of it I felt was undeserved but, after recognizing that the criticism was from women who consider themselves feminists, I understand. They believe that women should always “help” other women; They said I was “slut shaming,” and I was. I am clearly not a feminist. When they said that I am not pro-choice, that comes from their own definition of pro-choice, which is not mine. My definition from my own experience is that I strongly believe a woman should choose what to do with her own body. If I have a tumor growing inside my uterus, I want to choose how to proceed. If I have a baby growing inside my uterus, I want to choose how to proceed. I own my body.
Personally, I don’t like the idea of abortion. Honestly, I wish that all babies could be born healthy into loving homes, but that is an impossible wish. There was just something so distasteful about the attitude of the woman behind the Tabu publication, that I couldn’t locate my sense of compassion. I attempted to explain it here.