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The new #MeToo: #youknowme

Conservative Review

The debate over abortion continues to take up the top spot in most of our newsfeeds, and this week Louisiana added its name to the list of states that have passed a version of the fetal heartbeat bill, banning abortion after the fetal heartbeat can be detected. And as we’ve seen before, the lines have been drawn, the claws have come completely out, and it’s ugly.

What many in the pro-life movement see as a huge victory for protecting the unborn is seen by the Left as heartless, hateful legislation. Some have even compared the recently passed laws to slavery or, if you’re Jim Carrey, resorted to vile cartoons to air their feelings. The laws have forced those who identify as “pro-choice” to show just how far they’re willing to go to defend taking the life of another human being.

And as if attempting to paint abortion as nothing more than basic health care, you know, like a routine eye exam, wasn’t enough, they’re now taking a page from the #MeToo movement and trying to convince you, me, and women everywhere to get on board with another “victim awareness” campaign using the #youknowme hashtag.

“1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth,” Busy Philipps tweeted.

There you have it. Busy Philipps wants you to wear your abortion like the rainbow flag, loud and proud. To both own a victim status and celebrate it at the same time. The upside-down victimhood mentality aside, this is a complete slap in the face to actual victims everywhere. Any follower of the #MeToo movement should see #youknowme for what it is and downright reject it. It’s merely the latest tired attempt at the oldest play in the Left’s playbook: Play the victim, even when it downplays the legitimacy of real survivors of sexual violence, child abuse, or physical assault. Unlike #MeToo and other movements aimed at helping actual victims, #youknowme creates its own victim and tells everyone who has had an abortion and all of the feelings that inevitably come along with it to stuff those emotions deep down and instead be proud of it.

Every single woman who has gone through with an abortion undeniably needs love and support. And every single one is dealing with the pain of it, whether they like to admit it or not, no matter how many times people like Busy Philipps tell them how normal it is and they really don’t have be sad. But convincing a segment of our population to “share your truth” by celebrating a complete lack of feeling or even positive feelings after choosing to end a life is the devil’s handiwork, by definition. If the movement were truly aimed at helping women after an abortion, it would look more like this. And if we truly want to see a revolution, let’s start by looking at the real victims: the nearly 700,000 unborn babies killed in the U.S. every year.

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