As if teenagers didn’t already feel misunderstood by their parents, here comes a zine to help distance them from their parents. Hot off the presses of ondinequinn.wordpress.com (the site has been removed since this piece was published, an archive of the site is here) comes “How to Get an Abortion without Telling Your Parents.” Perfect for helping teens to distrust their parents, isolate them from the people who love them most, and knock their self-esteem even lower by convincing them that their child is better off dead than being raised by a teen mother.
In “How to Get an Abortion without Telling Your Parents,” parents are, of course, made out to be the bad guys. And in some cases maybe they are. Not all parents were created equal. But in most circumstances, parents love their children, and since they have to give permission for Tylenol, they should be in the loop when their daughter gets an abortion from which she could die or become sterile. The author refers to parents as “unnecessary people” further proving that those on the pro-choice side are working hard to create a rift between teenagers and their parents.
From herbal abortions to obtaining a judicial bypass, this zine offers tons of help in ending the life of an unborn child.
No Help for Abuse
The author, De Las Ondas, begins by sharing her story, which involved an abusive boyfriend and a clinic worker who helped her keep the news of her teenage pregnancy and abortion from her parents. Readers should notice the clinic didn’t offer help on abusive relationships or protected sex or abstinence, especially since six months later, De Las Ondas was pregnant again. And she refers to the boyfriend as a perpetrator as he wouldn’t allow them to use birth control and would beat her, she says, if she even asked to. She went back for a second abortion and again, the clinic obviously only cared about getting the cash for the abortion and not what happened to an abused, pregnant 16-year-old.
De Las Ondas’ first bit of advice is to take a pregnancy test, going as far as to tell teens to “five finger” one from the store. Yes, shoplift.
What Happens During an Abortion – Minus the Details
The next topic is the abortion pill versus an abortion at a clinic. She doesn’t give details about what actually happens during an abortion until the end of her zine, where she simply shares information from abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood. There are zero photos of fetal development and zero talk of what happens to the child during the abortion.
Laws by State
De Las Ondas also makes it handy for teens to know which states require parental involvement. If you live in a state that requires that you tell your parents about your pregnancy and abortion, this zine will help you figure out the steps for finding a lawyer and heading to a judge to get a judicial bypass. If you should be denied, you will learn how to appeal that decision. All the while, your baby further growing and developing.
Paying for Your Abortion
Let’s face it. Teens don’t have a large cash flow. This zine offers some advice on paying for an abortion. Tap into your savings, borrow from friends, return something you recently bought, organize a bake sale, or sell your car – because what parent wouldn’t notice that?
De Las Ondas offers some resources, all about how abortion is great. But that’s about it. No real information for teens to decide if abortion is what they really want.
It’s the perfect zine for showing girls one option, one choice. And that’s abortion.