Abortion – Crtical Analysis Ellen Willis has written this article based on personal views, opinions and experiences. She openly expresses that the issue of abortion is a womans issue and should therefore be discussed with the woman in mind. She accepts the fact that others consider abortion to be a life issue and understands their feelings as to why they argue this point. It is recognized very early on that Ms. Willis is a feminist arguing the fact the fetus occupies a womans body to become a human being.
She is trying to emphasize that in the pursuit to save a fetus that the womans feelings, body and life are being forgotten. The article continues on arguing the point that the fetus should not be the sole consideration when arguing this issue. The subject of the responsibility of having sex with contraception was briefly discussed. Whether the responsibility is that of the mans or that of the womans could easily be the discussion of another article. Ms.
Willis mentions this topic only to remind the reader that accidents do occur. Using the argument that if a person does not want to get pregnant in the first place that they should just use birth control. Unfortunately, the article reminds us that it is not that easy. This does not encourage that abortion should be used as birth control. She is reminding the reader that a woman should not be forced to have a child because the birth control method failed.
Extremists seem to be of great concern in this article. Ms. Willis argues that one can not fight for life by destroying another. She wants people to understand that it is fine to have opinions. It is the actions of the extremist that are of concern.
The article discusses that to put the life of a developing fetus as higher priority as a living human being is inconceivable. Ms. Willis then personalizes the issue by discussing the birth of her own child. She explains that she knows first hand what a toll a womans body and mind take during pregnancy and the birth of a baby. She welcomed the inconveniences of pregnancy because she wanted a baby.
She also makes you think about what this may be like if it would be an unwanted pregnancy. She reiterates the lack of control that a woman has regarding her own body when its occupied by a fetus. Ms. Willis argues that if abortion is taken away as an option for woman they have yet another thing out of their control. The article then takes an unexpected turn.
Ms. Willis openly admits not only that she in fact previously had an abortion, but since the birth of her child her views of abortion have changed. She still feels that the political issues remain the same but her personal views have changed. To have an abortion and to have a child were both her choices. The point of the article that never varied was the belief that abortion is a feminist issue.
Ms. Williss continued to believe that woman should be kept in mind when considering the abortion issue. Bibliography Abortion: Whose Right to Life Is It Anyway – Ellen Willis, The Village Voice, July 16, 1985 Legal Issues Essays.