Writer: ‘You Bet Your Ass I’d Have an Abortion. I’d Have the World’s Greatest Abortion.’

By Michael W. Chapman | January 28, 2013 | 12:28 PM EST

Baby in the womb. (AP Image)

( – In an article entitled “So what if abortion ends life?” staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams says she believes that life begins at conception but it is okay to destroy that life by abortion because “all life is not equal,” adding that if she got pregnant in her current circumstances, “you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the world’s greatest abortion.”

“Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal,” writes Williams in the Jan. 23 edition of  “[A] fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body she resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.”

Williams adds to her argument by stating that “we make choices about life all the time in our country” and references drone strikes overseas, prisoners in U.S. penal facilities, “patients with terminal illnesses and accident victims.” She notes that abortion takes a life but also saves a life because it liberates the mother to go on and pursue her own life, career, and family choices without the apparent burden of a child.

"And I can say anecdotally that I’m a mom who loved the lives she incubated from the moment she peed on those sticks, and is also now well over 40 and in an experimental drug trial," wrote Williams. "If by some random fluke I learned today I was pregnant, you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion."

In closing, Williams writes, “I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time--even if I still acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer at and is the author of Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream.

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman