Live Action contributor Lauren Enriquez wrote an article a week ago about pro-choice author Magda Denes. Denes, who survived Nazi Germany, held on to a pro-choice viewpoint even when confronted with the horrors of abortion while researching her book, In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death in an Abortion Hospital. Her book, though written many years ago, reveals some basic truths about abortion. Here are some quotes from the book that illustrate key points.
Abortion takes lives
Denes quotes three different abortion doctors.
When you do a D & C most of the tissue is removed by the Olden forceps or ring clamp and you actually get gross parts of the fetus out. So you can see a miniature person so to speak, and even now I occasionally feel a little peculiar about it because as a physician I’m trained to conserve life and here I am destroying life.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released its 2013 abortion numbers showing termination of preborn children falling to a record low. Pennsylvania joins Utah, whose 2013 numbers also showed historic lows in abortion.
In 2013, there were 32,108 abortions performed in Pennsylvania. The 2013 figure is a 51.2 percent decrease from the 1980 total of 65,777 (the highest annual number ever recorded). The 2013 figure represents a decrease of 2,428 or 7.0 percent from the 34,536 that occurred in 2012. This is the lowest annual number ever recorded.
A woman somewhere in the vicinity of San Diego, California, recently delivered full-term twins. Whether the babies were born alive or were stillborn is yet to be determined by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office and homicide detectives who are currently investigating the cause of death.
What authorities do know is that at some point, fully developed twins who appeared to have reached 20 weeks’ or more gestation were delivered, wrapped in a blanket, and dumped outside the gate of a private home.
Pro-abortion research think-tank the Guttmacher Institute released a report Monday on the state of abortion rights in the nation, and its takeaway is that hostility toward abortion is growing. That means that babies are being allowed to live. And the reason? Pro-life legislation. Guttmacher reports:
During the 2014 state legislative session, lawmakers introduced 335 provisions aimed at restricting access to abortion. By the end of the year, 15 states had enacted 26 new abortion restrictions. Including these new provisions, states have adopted 231 new abortion restrictions since the 2010 midterm elections swept abortion opponents into power in state capitals across the country.
Dominic and Emily Balli were excited to find out they were expecting baby number four in January 2015. But at a routine ultrasound, they found out that their son had anencephaly, a condition in which the skull and brain do not develop properly. Most children born with anencephaly live outside of the womb for only a few moments to hours. The couple was devastated, but they chose life for little Nehemiah.
“Our hearts were broken,” explains Dominic in a video on YouTube. “We were pretty destroyed. You know, we sat there and wept.”
Aaron and Amy Vawter were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second bundle of joy. Already parents to Micah, then 18 months, the couple went to have the routine 20-week ultrasound for baby number two when doctors discovered some frightening problems with their baby’s heart. They were referred to a specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where the prognosis for their baby only worsened.
“They could only see three chambers of his heart,” explains Amy, “three days of testing, hours of ultrasounds head to toe with three hours spent just on his heart. And at the end of it all they were telling us that this baby had so many problems, there was a zero percent chance of survival.”
The Vawters’ unborn son had severe heart defects including hypoplastic left heart, which means the left side of his heart was too small to support life. He also had a hole between the top chambers of his heart (complete atrioventricular canal) and a hole between the bottom chambers. The two valves in the middle of his heart were fused into one leaky valve. His aorta was also underdeveloped, and doctors said it was too small to supply enough blood to his body. But in addition to his heart problems, the baby had two clubbed feat, a missing nasal bone, fluid around his kidneys, and enlarged ventricles in his brain.
Sarah Palin is under fire again, and not for her Naughty Monkey shoes. This time it’s because of a post on Facebook showing her six-year-old son Trig, a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, to reach an otherwise out-of-reach countertop, “step, baby, step[ping]” on the back of Jill Hadassa, the family’s black Labrador retriever.
Besides the fact that the dog appears totally at ease with the situation and not at all perturbed about providing the elevation barefoot Trig needed to reach the kitchen counter, once again hypocrisy is revealed in feigned outrage when it comes to what’s acceptable and what’s despicable.
As I sit at the fire station working my shift as a medic/firefighter, waiting for our next emergency, my heart is heavy. I just got a call that another newborn child has been found dead in the woods in Indianapolis, umbilical cord still attached and discarded like a piece of trash.
I wonder if this young mother knew that there is a law that could have saved her young daughter, and that this young mother’s name would have never been known. The law I’m referring to is the Safe Haven Law — a law that has been in effect for almost 14 years that has saved the lives of almost 3,000 babies nationwide.
When the annual legislative session opens Jan. 12, Kansas is poised to expand its pro-life laws. At the top of the list is a fetal heartbeat bill.
Kansas recently re-elected its pro-life governor, Sam Brownback, as well as many new pro-life legislators. Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita), chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee, told the Wichita Eagle that the committee will have at least informational hearings on heartbeat legislation: “As a general topic, heartbeat legislation is on the table.”
As egregious as performing over 300,000 abortions may be, what makes it worse is that the number actually increased from last year. A fact sheet from the Susan B. Anthony List notes that almost 500 more children were killed by Planned Parenthood in the last year, compared to 2012-2013 when there were 327, 166 abortions.
A few days before Christmas, a U.K. mother of two reached out to Christian radio show program Stand Up For Truth with a plea for prayers and support. She had been notified that Child Protection Services would be contacting her because she had permitted her children to watch the pro-life documentary 180.
The controversy began when the mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) included Gospel tracts and a card advertising the 180 movie in party favor jars for a Christmas fair. She distributed these favors at the Church of England Primary School her children attend, and where she was employed at the time. The U.K. mother noted in her letter to the radio program:
Former Planned Parenthood facility worker Catherine Anthony Adair went public with her story of working at an abortion mill. In an interview with Live Action News in July, 2014, Adair admitted that Planned Parenthood routinely lies to abortion patients about the development of their preborn babies. Adair shared about sorting through baby body parts and seeing perfectly formed hands and feet of aborted babies in the second trimester. Her testimony is extremely powerful.
The baby was dismembered during the process. The nurse would account for the baby parts and put it into a baggy, which I then put in a box with the other aborted babies. We then had to count them at the end of the day to ensure we had all of them to go to the lab.
When I saw a second trimester abortion, I saw dismembered arms and legs, with perfect feet and hands.