The ten-year-anniversary Blu-Ray of MYSTERIOUS SKIN was released yesterday. USA Today picked it as their “release o’ the week.” This has lots of cool extras, including new interviews with Gregg Araki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, and me. Thanks to all the folks at Strand Releasing for their hard work.
This movie broke my heart.
What if we were transparent? What if we could actually SEE our unborn children growing and kicking inside of the womb?
Would we meet a mother on the street and comment how beautiful her child is? Tell her how much her baby has grown since the last time we saw her?
Would mothers sitting in abortion clinic waiting rooms steal quick glances at each others babies to silently bid farewell?
Would a mother be able to bear the sight of an abortionist inserting his forceps into her womb to firmly grasp and viciously tear her child’s limbs from its tiny body?
We all know the answers to these questions.
If only we were transparent so that those who cannot see with their heart could see with their eyes.
This shit is so transparently emotionally manipulative and misleading, it’s almost laughable.
The fetus in the picture is like at least 8 or even 9 months, an age at which no abortions are preformed because a fetus at that stage is almost always viable outside the womb. I was born at 8 months for fuck’s sake. At that stage labor would simply be induced or a c-section preformed if the pregnancy had to be ended for some reason. (No one sits around pregnant for 8 months and 3 weeks before deciding that they don’t actually want to do this, ya know. The only reason that a pregnancy would need to be cut short at that stage is if natural labor would be life threatening)
The vast majority of abortions happen within the first 14 weeks (92% in fact!). More than 1/3 of all abortion happens in the first 6 weeks. 80% happen within the first 10 weeks. [Sources: CDC and The Guttmacher Institute)
Just to be clear, THIS is what a fetus at 10 weeks looks like:
To be clear, that fetus is the size of a kidney bean and still has webbed appendages.
So to answer your questions: No. You would not be able to even SEE a fetus at this stage, even with bizarre and creepy transparent skin. Internal organs, blood vessels and other inner workings would block your view of the tiny little 1 inch lump you’d be trying to view in someone elses abdomen.
AND for all your emotional blackmail and misrepresentation of the facts, you are forgetting the primary argument in favor of protecting abortion: bodily autonomy. No creepy glass-skinned dystopia setting where people are free to peer at your internal organs whenever they want (I guess we don’t wear clothes in your weird fantasy either, yeah?) changes the fact that people have a right to bodily autonomy, even if they become pregnant.