Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias.
In her book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, she interviewed women and couples who were waiting for the results of an amniocentesis to discover whether their babies would have down syndrome or another genetic disability.
Most intended to abort if the test indicated a problem, though Rapp did describe one or two who spared their disabled babies’ lives. I have cited Rapp’s book before, presenting quotes from some of the men and women who intended to abort a baby with down syndrome.
I’ve done some traveling, and it’s taught me to appreciate cultural variety. It’s also taught me something about airline seating arrangements: they’re pretty much a roll of the dice.
If you’re lucky, you end up with a sweet older lady who shows you pictures of her grandkids and then takes a nap. If not, you get stuck next to that guy who won’t stop rambling about how 9/11 was “an inside job.” Your first instinct might be to argue against this nonsense, but that’s a risky proposition. While there are plenty of environments where it’s safe to throw around words like “terrorist” and “Al-Qaeda,” a crowded passenger jet probably isn’t one of them.
An airliner isn’t the only place where challenging bad ideas can bring negative consequences–it happens on college campuses too. At many institutions, pro-lifers face verbal harassment, violence, and, at the University of Victoria, soiled cat litter.
Abortion advocacy website RH Reality Check published an article by Kathleen Reeves in response to another article where a pro-choice writer described witnessing an abortion.
I’ve witnessed abortions not as a journalist but as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood. I assist the doctor, scrub technician, and anesthetist with room set-up and other simple tasks during the procedure, and I support the patients before, during, and after the abortion—taking their blood pressure, encouraging them to breathe deeply if they’re upset or in pain, holding their hands. It’s true that it’s an intense emotional experience, especially the first time you witness it. First, it’s overwhelming for someone outside the medical profession, like Sarah Kliff, and me, to be present for a surgical procedure.”…. I was exhausted, physically and emotionally, after my first day at Planned Parenthood. I think it’s wise that Kliff, after writing about abortion for years, has finally seen the procedure. If she’d like to further explore her emotional reaction to it, I’m sure her local Planned Parenthood would be glad to have her help.
While early suction abortion may not reveal recognizable body parts, later abortions do.The person witnessing abortion may not see the recognizable parts traveling down the suction tube, but carefully examining the remains as early as 7 weeks post-conception will show arms and legs in the aftermath.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and the Family Research Council (FRC) have jointly unveiled a new website that will help many families and individuals find abortion-free insurance plans through Obamacare this season. The website features an interactive map and clearly-delineated information about which plans do and do not provide elective abortion coverage. The site is a breath of fresh air to the Americans who have been angered by the Administration’s ongoing refusal to provide transparency about the Obamacare-abortion link.
“I am a young woman in my final year of medical school, training to be a kick-ass feminist doctor. I am fiercely committed to reproductive rights. Since my first year of school, I have been assisting with abortions as well as providing opportunities for other future doctors to learn this important skill. I believe abortion is a beautiful and powerful thing. I find anti-choice rhetoric to be predictable, hollow, and fraudulent.”
Americans are unable to make an informed choice if they are denied information, but that’s just what continues to happen with abortion coverage and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was bad enough that the ACA forced pro-life Americans to fund abortion, but now a new accommodation to the act turns out to be not only a non-accommodation, but also a violation of the law.
“[T]he Obama Administration issued a new regulation purportedly intended to help insurance issuers in the state Exchanges comply with Obamacare’s major abortion provision. He really shouldn’t have bothered – it does nothing to correct the problems.”
“[O]ne more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
Those words appeased many pro-lifers who weren’t really sure what was in the plan, but they were never true. As the GAO reported recently, the plan not only forced Americans to fund abortion, but has actually allowed federal funds to directly subsidize abortion without their knowledge.
We as a society are constantly bombarded with the pro-choice rhetoric that abortion is sometimes necessary. We also hear the words of post-abortive women like Cecile Richards who will say that their abortions were the right thing to do. But whether they are stuffing down their emotions or just plain lying, abortion is never a happy ending.
It kills a child and leaves a mother to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she took her child’s life. Nothing brings that pain to light better than the words directly from the mouths of everyday post-abortive mothers who are ignored by the major media outlets. Unlike Richards, these women have nothing to gain from sharing their stories. They only hope to help other mothers choose life.
Lori Nerad, Former National President of Women Exploited by Abortion:
“Two weeks after the abortion, I went into labor. I staggered into the bathroom. And there, with my husband beside me, I delivered a part of my baby the doctor had missed. It was the head of my baby. . . I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, thinking I hear a baby crying. And I still have nightmares in which I am forced to watch my baby being ripped apart in front of me. I simply miss my baby. I constantly wake up wanting to nurse my child, wanting to hold my child. And that’s something the doctor never told me I would experience.”
Annually, TIME hosts a “word banishment poll” in which the magazine asks its readers to vote on a word that should be trashed.
So, as we near the end of 2014, write in the comments below to let us know which pro-abortion phrase you think is most ridiculous or better yet, a blatant lie. For my part, it’s going to be hard to choose, pun intended.
1) “Termination” of Pregnancy
Since pregnancy is also “terminated” (or “ended”) through birth, this is a deceptive way to describe abortion. Truthfully, abortion is a violent, cruel termination that often involves the sucking of fetal spines and the pulling apart of fetal bodies, limb by limb. Seems that honesty would require a more accurate description.
Sea Change, a pro-abortion program with a focus on reducing the stigma surrounding abortion has released the results of a recent survey on the public sharing of abortion stories.
The aim of the study and report, called Saying Abortion Aloud, was to find out how post-abortive women feel about sharing their abortion stories publicly, and what pro-abortion organizations can do to help these women share their stories in order to make society even more supportive of abortion.
While the pro-life movement knows that abortion is a moral wrong and is working to make it a legal wrong, this survey from the pro-abortion side can help pro-lifers do a better job of listening to post-abortive women and helping them share their stories of pain, regret, and loss.
The tone of the piece is one of shock and dismay that America has grown more pro-life, rather than more accepting of the tenets of Roe v. Wade, since 1973. To drive this point home, the piece includes this startling infographic from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute displaying the radical pro-life shift in opinion as evidenced by legislative restrictions on abortion.
For The Guardian and for abortionists like Boyd America’s lack of acceptance for abortion on-demand is inconceivable. When Boyd began his first legal abortion business after Roe v. Wade, he says he never imagined that, over 40 years later, abortion would remain a medical industry separated from the rest of medicine – much less one that is opposed by most Americans:
As we celebrate all we have to be grateful for this week, women need to take a step back. With all the talk of a “War on Women,” the constant emphasis on women’s rights, and the rampant spouting off about feminism, we seem to have thrown good men under the bus.
Yes, there are horrible jerks out there; it’s true. (Though it’s true to a much higher degree in places where women are really oppressed – like under Sharia law, for instance.) We could go on and even wax eloquent about all the guys who fail their wives and children, all the men who shirk responsibility, and all the guys who force women to have abortions or who pay for them.