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A Form of Amputation

Woman on dock [1]Imagine if there were a movement to normalize Body Integrity Identity Disorder instead of treating it (people with BIID are physically healthy but obsessed with amputation). A young woman suffering from BIID, let’s call her Amy, decides to make a video of her amputation. The video is not actually graphic, we only see her face and music is covering all the scary noises. She enters and wins a contest to de-stigmatize BIID amputations.

In an essay published in a women’s magazine, Amy declares that a desire for amputation is not wrong or bad and that the operation isn’t actually a big deal.

Well, it just happened… except that the young woman’s name is Emily and her video is about abortion.

Emily’s essay in Cosmo [2] is incoherent. She says that she is a “birth junkie” and trained as a doula. She also says: “I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby”… right after she filmed herself aborting that same baby. “This was as birth-like as it could be,” she adds.

I’m not a psychiatrist but Emily sounds like a person with psychological issues who was encouraged  to act on a self-destructive impulse. Rewarding a sick person with first place in a stupid self-harm contest is not a victory for the pro-abortion movement. It’s a sign that we live in a diseased society where we put pink lipstick and rewards on violence.

I mentioned in the article Our Five Surprises After Abortion [3] that after my son’s birth, I struggled with nightmares where I would chop off his legs and say: “It’s OK, he can’t feel anything.” Abortion affects us in chilling, unexpected ways.

It breaks my heart to read Emily’s essay and I hope she gets the psychological help she needs. Her video will remain online long after political agendas are served. She will move on and I can’t imagine how her life will be ten years down the road, when she thinks she is “ready” for a child.

Abortion is a form of psychological amputation and I hope Emily surrounds herself with people who don’t encourage her to destroy herself any further.