Glamour Magazine recently admitted something pro-lifers have been saying for years; fertility cannot just be turned on and off, and it’s not so easy to control fertility until you ‘want’ to have a baby. Coming from a pro-abortion magazine, this is a stunning admission.
The article, titled, “‘Planning’ Your Pregnancy Has Never Been More Of A Myth” covers the ways that the coronavirus has affected women’s plans to get pregnant, including through methods such as IVF.
The article starts with a paragraph that could just have easily been written in a pro-life or Christian publication; “Experiences of infertility always have one thing in common: uncertainty. Actually, all fertility journeys have that in common. We pour heaps of time, money, and energy into planning the perfect pregnancy—the perfect time to conceive, the perfect way to give birth, the perfect start to a family. But despite what we’ve been told, the countless visits to doctors, the months (or years) of planning, the tens of thousands of dollars, never add up to a guarantee” of a ‘perfect’ pregnancy.
Exactly. For years, women have been told that they can simply control their fertility using hormonal contraception, such as the Pill or IUDs. Sex ed often fails to tell or emphasize to young women that their fertility is not the same in their late 30s as it is in their 20s.
The article continues, “The truth is, the path to having a baby is shaped heavily by factors completely out of our control. Egg freezing isn’t a fail-safe; IVF is not a silver bullet. ‘Planning’ your pregnancy is less of a set-in-stone checklist and more a set of suggestions. And during a global pandemic? Best-laid fertility plans are going up in smoke—especially for women undergoing IVF.”
Suzanne Venker, a pro-life author and the niece of Phyllis Schlafly, wrote in the Federalist, “The biological clock may be politically inconvenient, but that doesn’t make it any less real…we pretend they can map out their lives with career at the center, as men do, as though they won’t hit a point in which their ability to conceive will invariably clash with a career. Articles abound with the goal to obscure the biological reality that it’s easier for women to have babies in their twenties and early thirties. We lie to women, in other words, to further a political agenda. In doing so, feminists get what they want—for women to reject maternal desire and to instead produce in the marketplace—but women don’t.”
Fertility cannot be turned on and off like a light switch.
To learn more, check out this recent podcast with Kristan Hawkins and Teresa Kenney about fertility.