Someone Claims To Have Had Abortion At 11 Without Being Pregnant

( The Boston Globe recently published an op-ed from a woman who claimed she had her first abortion at the age of 11, despite never being pregnant.

The contributor, Lora-Ellen McKinney, claimed the nine procedures she had to treat Vascular Ehlers-Danlos, a connective tissue disorder that caused frequent heavy menstrual bleeding, were “abortions.”

The purpose of the op-ed, of course, was to argue that overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing abortion bans would prevent this life-saving treatment, and if that had happened when she was 11, McKinney claims, she would have bled to death.

But that’s nonsense.

The procedures weren’t abortions. They were D&Cs, or dilation and curettage procedures.

An abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. It isn’t any old surgical procedure on a woman’s uterus.

And while some abortions are carried out through a D&C, that doesn’t make every D&C an abortion.

The sheer level of disingenuous arguments being made since Roe v. Wade was overturned is truly breathtaking.

Roe v. Wade being overturned does not ban D&Cs. It does not ban the surgical removal of miscarried babies, which is done through a D&C. And it doesn’t ban the surgical removal of non-viable ectopic pregnancies.

Even states that are considering full abortion bans would not ban any of these procedures because they are not abortions.

The corporate news media endlessly frets about the spread of “disinformation” and “misinformation.” And yet here’s the Boston Globe publishing an op-ed that is the textbook definition of “misinformation.”

After a news story that claimed a Texas woman needed a D&C after a miscarriage was turned away from the hospital, Texas Right to Life President John Seago told the New York Times that this wasn’t a problem with the new Texas abortion law. Instead, the fault was a “breakdown in communication of the law.”

Seago told the Times that if doctors are confused about the law, “that is a failure of our medical associations.”