Feminist Author and Abortion Fanatic Practiced at the Art of Deception
Feminist Author and Abortion Fanatic Practiced at the Art of Deception
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   10.27.22
Reading Time: 5 minutes

Jessica Valenti, author of the book Sex Object: A Memoir and founder of the now-shuttered blog Feministing, is a dishonest woman with the unseemly life mission of keeping abortion safe, legal, and commonplace. She describes herself on TikTok as a “feminist author” and “a much bigger deal on Twitter,” who writes “about abortion every day.” Valenti, an avid proponent of women killing their own children—who are the greatest source of joy in life—aptly calls herself “Auntie Killjoy.”

Killjoy recently created a brouhaha with a TikTok video and subsequent tweet in which she tries to diminish the seriousness of destroying incipient human lives by showing photos of two humans killed in abortions in early stages of development. She hopes that showing these photos of humans killed when they don’t yet look like humans will eliminate the guilt that women understandably feel after having their offspring killed.

Here’s Killjoy’s devious TikTok video:

Killjoy says,

I wanted to show you this image … um, of what a six-week pregnancy looks like. … I wanted to show you this [snicker], because this is what has more rights than you.

She then shows a petri dish with placental tissue and purportedly a six-week-old fetus. What she doesn’t say is that at this stage the fetus is about the size of a pomegranate seed and, therefore, difficult to see or recognize in a petri dish full of placental tissue. Sharing that information would have undermined her goal of making prenatal humans seem, well, not human.

Here’s an alternative photo she could have shared, this one of a 6-7-week-old fetus:

When Killjoy claims that “this” has more rights than you, what exactly does she mean? What rights do pro-life advocates think prenatal humans possess that their mothers don’t? The only right that conservatives believe innocent prenatal humans possess is the right not to be exterminated. Last time I checked women possess that right as well.

Killjoy believes prenatal humans do not possess that right. She believes that the degree of development, health, dependency status, financial security and educational goals of their mothers, and criminality of their fathers determine whether prenatal humans should be allowed to live or not. If a human has a fatal defect, kill her. If a human will be born into poverty, kill him. If a human was conceived in rape, definitely kill her.

Killjoy continued about the second dead human:

And this is a nine-week pregnancy. There’s no fetus. It’s just tissue, and a gestational sac, and oftentimes not even an embryo at this point. I’m showing you this because the vast majority of abortions—85% of abortions—occur before ten weeks, and this is it. This is what they’re going to let us die for. This is what they’re saying has a constitutional right to personhood while we don’t.  [Chuckling] They’re going to let us get sick and die. [Still chuckling] They’re going to let us get raped and be forced to carry pregnancies. They’re going to ruin raped children’s lives for this [points to the petri dish of placental tissue and apparently nothing else]

Wow. So much deceit, so little time.

If, as Killjoy stated, there is “no fetus,” how is the photo relevant? If, however, there is a nine-week-old fetus—as Killjoy also stated—floating around in the petri dish, then science tells us he or she has webbed fingers and toes developing on his or her paddle-like hands and feet, “tiny teeth buds,” and a four-chambered beating heart. I think some scientists unfamiliar to Killjoy have seen those human body parts.

To be more accurate than Killjoy, the video doesn’t show either a six-week or nine-week pregnancy. I doubt a “pregnancy” of any duration could ever be seen in a petri dish.

The photos show the products of an abortion, which–to be accurate–are a placenta, an amniotic sac, and a human fetal corpse.

The CDC reports that in 2019, “Surgical abortion accounted for 52.2% of abortions at 7–9 weeks’ gestation.” In 2020, the number of abortions increased over 2019, so if the rate remained the same in 2020, then about 485,544 humans with (according to the Mayo Clinic) human heads, lips, noses, eyelids, arms and fingers, legs and toes, spines, and beating hearts are exterminated annually.

Killjoy needs to present some evidence for her bizarre claim that women of childbearing age are being denied the “constitutional right to personhood.”

Killjoy also needs to explain exactly how pro-life advocates are going to “let” women die. Not killing preborn humans does not entail letting women die. And ending pregnancies due to medical emergencies that threaten women’s lives does not require intentionally killing preborn humans.

I don’t know any political leader or pro-life advocate who “lets women get raped.” Perhaps Killjoy could share some names.

By her use of the awkward euphemism “forced pregnancy,” Killjoy means opposition to women taking the lives of other less powerful humans.

Many believe that if the right to control one’s reproduction comes into direct conflict with another human’s right merely to exist, the right to exist is a right of a higher moral order. In fact, it’s the right on which all other rights depend.

Rape of a minor child is horrific, but the extermination of a human resulting from such a crime is another crime. Something leftists like Killjoy don’t consider is that killing a human conceived in rape may compound the suffering of a minor girl. Moreover, the end of alleviating the suffering of minor rape victims does not justify the means of killing another human.

Killjoy’s photos point to her childish ethical reasoning, suggesting she believes incipient human lives deserve protection only when they look like humans. But Killjoy believes no such thing. She believes,

[A]bortion should be legal without any restrictions – no parental consent laws, no mandated ultrasounds, no waiting periods, no bans on late term abortions and no bans on federal funding for abortion.

Killjoy concluded by lying again:

So, when someone tries to argue with you about abortion, or when you hear a politician talk about the sanctity of life and life starting at conception …, this [pointing to petri dish photos] is what they’re saying is more important than you.

Nope, no advocate for the right of preborn humans not to be exterminated says those still-developing humans are more important than their mothers. Rather, pro-life advocates say that preborn humans possess intrinsic value and deserve not to be killed because they’re imperfect, or not fully developed, or unwanted by their biological mothers.

Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008 through early 2023. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children...
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