“The fetus” is the ultimate symbol of innocence, of victimhood, it requires no engagement with the material reality of the living conditions “the fetus” will be born into, just a mythic phantom of purity that bigots can conjure compassion for far more easily than they can imagine protecting anyone else or voting for any other cause. Stupid fucking tyrannical hypocritical babies protecting the idea of babies to preserve their own infantilizing delusional fetishes for fantasies of family, motherhood, womanhood, parenthood and childhood. Among other things
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
∆ Zadie Smith, from White Teeth