Kate the Wasp Kate the Wasp Talks to Abortion Protesters Kate Hendricks

Confession: when it comes to widely contested issues – abortion, gun control, gay marriage, for example – I’ve always taken the Tai from Clueless approach: “You are entitled to your own opinion, alright? I’m the tart here!” And then I spin on my heel and refill my glass of chardonnay. I’ve found myself doing this a lot when people debate abortion. That’s because:

1) I’m admittedly sheltered.

2) Nothing kills a chard buzz like debating my reproductive rights with someone* who doesn’t plan to marry me and help me clothe my children in monogrammed pinafores. (*This includes everyone, basically.)

3) I honestly believe in “You Do You” (my 2013 motto) — and that means, do whatever you want so long as you’re not going out of your way to hurt or harm others.

No. 3 was the motivayshe for visiting the Choices clinic in Queens. Outside of this clinic there are intensely pro-life advocates who are making their case to women to ‘choose life.’

Super heavy. I know. Here’s what I still don’t know: is this type of protest free speech or public shaming?

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  1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, gigglers! This was a tough episode to do. I definitely found myself confused and lost talking to the protesters: they have a very specific line of thinking that seemed to lead me off track. I just don’t like the idea of any of us making choices for each other… or trying to lead someone to your ‘side’ by shaming them. Such a complex situation, undoubtedly.

  2. Never thought I would be chuckling when watching something to do with abortion.

    What does another woman’s uterus (fetus or no fetus) have to do with you and your life? Hmm? Unless you are the man that impregnated that uterus, then absolutely nothing! And even if you are that man, it’s not your body, so back off. Mind your own business, everyone.

    Believe what you want, but get out of everyone’s face about it!

  3. What does coming from a “90% black community” have to do with abortion?

  4. Wow, bring on the personal attacks! You just asked if she had kids, you didn’t ask what SCHOOL they go to so you can stand outside and hold signs protesting their teachers right to a fair wage as they walked into school.
    I’m pro-life, but abortion should be case by case. The eleven year old girl from South America that got an abortion did so for her health. And a woman died in Ireland/UK ( I can’t remember specifically, sorry) because she was miscarrying and they wouldn’t end her hemorrhaging because the baby still had a heart beat, so they both suffered because the laws there were so strict. But abortion is not birth control, becoming pregnant is a consequence of consensual sex. (Notice I avoid non-consensual)
    It wasn’t obvious to me that living in a community that makes you a minority makes you better than everyone else around you. Now I’m enlightened since she went to the “unreal” world to protest women that are already feeling helpless and further scrutinizing them.
    Good thing you kept your cool, I don’t know if I would have been able to.

  5. I am pro-choice. I myself wouldn’t get an abortion, but that’s my choice. I like that you asked her if she had kids. I believe that is very pertinent. Being in a 90% black community doesn’t mean anything, so I don’t know why that makes her an expert lol. I have two children and I don’t think you should have any right to tell women that what they’re doing is wrong if you’ve never been through motherhood yourself. Loved this, it made me laugh :P

  6. Okay, that lady a little intense… UGH. I am passionately pro-life, but I would never be as weird as that chick. I hate when one person goes out and acts like and idiot and makes all of us look bad. Meh. But, In case any of you are reading this, Here is what I think. I do not think that abortion should be illegal, I just think that it shouldn’t be required to be at Catholic hospitals, and that my tax money should not go to it. That’s all. I know that I can’t change other people’s opinions, I will never try to, so I think that is a healthy compromise, no?

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