Abortion a ‘Totally Joyful Experience’ Says Fusion Reporter

In the run-up to the United States Supreme Court’s pending decision on the Texas law that mandates stricter medical requirements for abortion facilities, a reporter for Univision’s extreme left sister network, Fusion, has weighed in with her testimony about the ‘joy’ that comes from getting an abortion.

I had an abortion and it was a totally joyful experience” is the title of the article by Fusion technology reporter Kristen Brown, replete with emojis including multiple smiles, party celebrations and champagne bottles popping.

In her post, Brown does not take into account even one mention of the fact that she is terminating a human life. In Brown’s world, her abortion was comparable to being cured of some disease. The unmentioned child was essentially tantamount to a cancerous tumor, the removal of which would allow her to live her fairytale dream life filled with career success, rainbows and lollipops.

As Brown tells it, she became pregnant after a night of drunken sex with an ex she hooked up with “on yet another friendless Friday night.” “I drank too much. I don’t especially remember how, but we wound up back at his place. I do remember asking him to wear a condom. I also remember being too out of it to effectively protest when he declined. The next day, I made an appointment for an STD test, blocked his number, unfriended him on Facebook, and sincerely hoped to never see him again.”

She unfriended him on Facebook? Wow.

The author’s evident disregard for the psychological aftermath felt after getting an abortion also fails to respect the experiences of many other women. Brown’s narrative does not take into account the fact that women who have an abortion are more likely to commit suicide, are more likely to have mental health issues and are more prone to depression.

It’s also worth noting that the millennial generation Fusion aims to reach is not as pro-choice as Brown would have you believe. Recent trends have shown not only a steady decrease in the amount of abortions occurring, but also a shift in the stance among millennials, with 58% considering abortion doing “more harm than good.”

Below are relevant portions of the referenced March 1, 2016 segment on Fusion:

KRISTEN BROWN, TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, FUSION: …I worried that my life was over. The pregnancy itself made me physically ill, and the worrying only made me sicker. But once I got an abortion, suddenly, everything was fine again. My life went back to normal—actually it was better than that.

KRISTEN BROWN, TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, FUSION: I had handled the situation and taken back command of my own body and life. I felt powerful, as if there were no obstacle I couldn’t surmount. I felt a deep sense of freedom, knowing that my only responsibility was to myself. I was overcome with gratitude and optimism and a new-found sense of control. I felt awesome.

KRISTEN BROWN, TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, FUSION: My abortion did change me. The ability to choose for myself when and if I want children was empowering—it affirmed for me that I am in control of how I choose to live my life. There are plenty of situations in life in which control is out of our hands, but thanks to laws that recognize my right to do what I want with my own body, this was not one of them. Becoming pregnant was a grief and a blackness. Getting an abortion was just a relief.

KRISTEN BROWN, TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, FUSION: Certainly, for some women, the decision to get an abortion is difficult and going through with it can be equally traumatic. For me, though, it was neither. I never wavered in my decision and I have not once regretted it since. The right to make that decision—to take control of my body and my life—allowed me to pursue the life I wanted, and to become the person that I wanted to be. I wouldn’t call that dark or painful. Actually, I think I would call it a joy.

Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza
Contributing Analyst, MRC Latino