Just how radical is leftist feminism becoming? If a disturbing new video gaining attention online is any indication of the left’s trajectory, then the debate surrounding abortion will soon enter its darkest period yet.
The video, featuring author and radical feminist Sophie Lewis, describes pregnancy as “gestational work” and abortion as “an acceptable violence” and “a form of killing that we need to be able to defend.”
You have to read Lewis’ words to understand the full breadth of the evil underlying her belief:
We’re facing a really terrible 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 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 health care 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 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 meets 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 the gestator meets out to essentially go on strike or exit that workplace is an acceptable violence.
The video, posted by publishing house Verso Books, is meant to promote Lewis’ book, “Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family,” in which she argues that family should be abolished — a starkly Marxist ideal fully tested in the 20th century — and that human reproduction should happen only through surrogacy.
In a recent interview with Lewis, liberal magazine The Nation summarized Lewis’ thesis in that she “specifically links family abolition to a radical reconceptualization of pregnancy itself. The act of carrying a child to term, she insists, is work—labor that has long been exploited and overlooked by the academy—and so is mothering.”
Watch Lewis’ abortion comments below:
A radical defence of abortion | Sophie Lewis
(H/T: The American Conservative)