Confess to your abortion, now

The Fargo city commission's decision to appoint assistant police chief Keith Ternes as interim chief ran into some unusual trouble:

One Fargo resident asked commissioners Monday not to appoint Ternes, and for Ternes to withdraw his candidacy, because of a personal matter 15 years ago. Anti-abortion activist Martin Wishnatsky said Ternes begged his then-18-year-old girlfriend to terminate her pregnancy because it would hurt his career if people knew he had fathered a child out of wedlock.
Okay, so there are crazy kooks everywhere. Whatever, except ...
Ternes clarified for the commission that he was an unmarried 24-year-old police sergeant at the time and the abortion was a mutual decision between him and his girlfriend. "I didn’t force her to do anything that she didn’t want to do," he said.
Ternes said that, to an extent, he appreciated Wishnatsky bringing up the issue because he believes the commission and the public have a right to know everything about their police chief.
Say what?
"I would hope that, although it’s the issue in my personal life that I regret more than anything else and am ashamed of more than anything else, I would hope that my professional track record and the things that I’ve done within the community since that time certainly speak for themselves and doesn’t undermine or diminish the confidence that you have in me,” Ternes said.
I can't believe this!
Mayor Bruce Furness said the Police Department thoroughly reviewed the matter and found Ternes did not violate police policy or practice. "It was not involved in any way in his work activity," Furness said. "It was an error in judgment, and he has expressed contrition. I don’t think it in any way diminishes his professionalism."
Expressed "contrition"?! It's a goddamn legal medical procedure.

This scares me more than any campaign to overthrow Roe. When public figures are expected to "confess" to an abortion and issue a public apology as though it were a moral sin, it's a sign of something seriously awry in the public understanding about abortion.

[In-Forum via Feministing]

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