Peter Singer: sanctity of life view will “collapse”

Philosopher Peter Singer, who supports killing disabled infants on the grounds that they are not yet “people.”

“During the next 35 years, the traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse….only a rump of hardcore, know-nothing religious fundamentalists will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct.”

Peter Singer “The Sanctity of Life” Foreign Policy Aug 30, 2005

Share on Facebook
Posted in Pro-Choice Movement | Leave a comment

Woman describes painful abortion by pill

One woman who had an abortion by pill described the pain in an article in the Washington Post:

“It was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had. Not only were the cramps really bad, I was sweating and had a headache. I threw up at one point. It was pretty bad.”

The abortion pill failed the first time and she had to take it again.

Rob Stein “As Abortion Rate Drops, Use of RU-486 Is on RiseWashington Post January 22, 2008

Share on Facebook
Posted in Abortion by Pill: Stories | Leave a comment

Postabortion woman: self-loathing consumed me

From one woman who had an abortion:

“For years, abortion remained a dark place within me, an indefinable root of my pain because it’s consequences didn’t exist according to those “helping me” with my bouts of depression. Unbelievably, abortion was never brought up at any level by my doctors as a possible negative experience in my life, let alone the linchpin to my pain. The despair I felt when I had my abortion was nothing, according to the therapists and according to a society that accepts abortion as a legitimate answer to pregnancy. There was no grieving for me because the baby I was carrying was just “a blob of tissue,” “a mass,” “a cluster of cells” that, in my case, was adamantly unwanted by the father,

So, if abortion was such a walk in the park like everyone said, why couldn’t I stop the self-loathing that consumed me? Why did I have to have surgery for my infertility and suffer eight miscarriages before carrying my last two children to term? Why couldn’t I just emotionally “reappear” in my life as if nothing had happened, like I was told other post-abortive women did? What was wrong with me? Why did I feel so alone? Why couldn’t I let go?”

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005) 1-2

Share on Facebook
Posted in Women's Stories | Leave a comment

“Women as a constituency” weren’t active in the early pro-choice movement

The first pro-abortion reformers were men. It was pro-choice men that originally lobbied for abortion to be legalized. Kristin Luker, historian said:

“The reaction of state legislators of the 1960s, when asked what role women had played in securing passage of the Beilenson bill [which legalized abortion in California before Roe V Wade], could best be epitomized as a blank stare. All of them could name individual women who had been active in the reform group California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion (CCTA), but none of them believed that women as a constituency were central to the issue.”

Kristin Luker Abortion in the Politics of Motherhood (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984) 93 [emphasis in original]

Share on Facebook
Posted in Pro-Choice Movement | Leave a comment

Director of abortion clinics says women don’t need to see ultrasound

Amy Hagstrom Miller, head of group of Texas abortion clinics, Whole Woman’s Health:

” Sixty-five percent of the women we serve have one or more children. They’ve all seen an ultrasound before and yet we force them to watch another as if they don’t know what’s growing inside of them. They know, and they are committed…”

Valerie Tarico “Meet the Texas Abortion Provider Who Refuses to Cave in to Anti-Choice ExtremistsAlterNet March 3, 2016

10 week 3d ultrasound

10 week 3d ultrasound

Share on Facebook
Posted in Ultrasound Quotes | Leave a comment

Abortion by pill was “excruciating” says post-abortion woman

Maggie wrote about her experience of an abortion by pill:

“[T]he next day I crawled into bed with my boyfriend, put on my super cool adult diapers, inserted the pills, and put on some Game of Thrones. And let me fucking tell you, it was excruciating, like… I honestly believed I could go into shock kind of pain. These cramps radiated throughout my whole body to the point where I could barely breathe. I actually cut my palms on my nails from clenching my fists so hard. But once it was done, it was done.”

Casey Gueren “Here’s What It’s Really Like To Have An AbortionBuzzfeed January 21, 2017

Share on Facebook
Posted in Abortion by Pill: Stories | Leave a comment

Scientist advocates using eggs from aborted babies’ ovaries to make babies

In an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Jonathan M Berkowitz advocates using the egg cells in the ovaries of female aborted babies to help infertile couples have children. He wants to develop embryos that are from the eggs of aborted babies and the sperm of donors. In this way, an aborted baby would be the biological mother of the child. 

Berkowitz writes:

“Fetal egg children will be similar in many ways to children who are adopted… Successful child development is dependent more upon the quality of parenting than the genealogical ties a child has with her parents. Given the considerations, concerns over the possible psychological ramifications of the FEC are probably exaggerated… Better this child know his special circumstances at an early age…

There is no medical evidence which suggests that fetal ovaries or eggs are inferior to the eggs present in a healthy adult female… It is irrelevant who the genetic or biological mother of a child is. In the case of adopted children, who are analogous to potential FEC, there is ample evidence in the literature that adoption in and of itself is not detrimental… Given the success of adoption and the similarities of adopted children to FEC, one can reasonably conclude that concerns of psychological harm resulting from a child knowing his mother was an aborted fetus are overestimated…

Much of the resistance to FOT stems from the procedure’s novelty. Throughout the 20th century many of our ideas as to what is possible and hence normal have been shattered. Think of the computer user, in 1980; his 64 KB monster sitting mightily on the desk, confronted by the 33 MHz, 200 MB laptop. Remember the uproar in 1978 with the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby.” It will not be hard to envision that once established, FOT and FEC … will gain… a well-deserved measure of respectability.”

Jonathan M Berkowitz “Mummy Was a Fetus: Motherhood and Fetal Ovarian Transplantation” Journal of Medical Ethics 21:298 – 304, October 1995

Share on Facebook
Posted in Fetal Experimentation | Leave a comment

Abortionist talks about “violence” of abortion

Abortionist Lisa Harris, who does second trimester abortions, writes:

“Currently, the violence and, frankly, the gruesomeness of abortion is owned only by those who would like to see abortion (at any time in pregnancy) disappear, by those who stand outside clinics and in front of sports arenas holding placards with pictures of fetal parts and partially dismembered fetal bodies. The pro-choice movement has not owned or owned up to the reality of the fetus, or the reality of fetal parts. Since the common anti-abortion stance is that the fetus has a right to life, those who support abortion access necessarily deny such a right. However, in doing so, the fetus is usually neglected entirely, becomes unimportant, nothing. Instead of acknowledging what is on the placards, abortion rights activists may say in response to them that they are fake pictures or that abortions don’t really look like that. However, to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may. Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.

It is worth considering for a moment the relationship of feminism to violence. In general feminism is a peaceful movement. It does not condone violent problem-solving, and opposes war and capital punishment. But abortion is a version of violence. What do we do with that contradiction?”

Lisa H Harris “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the Discourse” Reproductive Health Matters  02 Sep 2008

Share on Facebook
Posted in Abortionists Admit Killing | Leave a comment

Abortion counseling takes place in “stark” environment

A book meant to train abortion counselors remarks on how many abortion facilities have somewhat unpleasant rooms for women to sit in while having abortion counseling. The book says:

“Often…the counselor will be seeing a woman in a clinical setting, a stark room which is multi-purpose. Any agencies or purchasers of counselling services need to ask themselves, “Would I feel comfortable in this setting to talk about painful feelings connected with pregnancy?”

Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) 62-63

Share on Facebook
Posted in Abortion Counseling | Leave a comment

Doctor testifies about removal of living aborted baby’s organs

Fetal tissue research is not a new thing in the 21st century. Fetal organs have been used for experiments even before abortion became legal. In 1973 the State of Connecticut submitted a written interview to the Supreme Court as evidence in an abortion-related case. Dr. Baker (a pseudonym) was asked about medical events at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center.

Q: Was there a case where some type of surgical procedure was performed on a baby after induced abortion?

A: I did not actually observe the operation itself.

Q: Can you tell us anything about it, to the extent that you know?

A: A baby was aborted by hysterotomy. Then it was taken to another room with a medical student.

Q: Did you first observe the baby being taken out of the mother?

A: Yes.

Q: What, if anything, happened then that you observed?

A: It was taken out of the room. Then this medical student followed it.

Q: Do you know why it was taken out of the room?

A: Well, they wanted to get something out of it.

Q: How did you know they were trying to get something out of it?

A: That’s what they said. I just overheard it. They were going to get some kind of abdominal organ, I think it was the liver. I was not very sure.

Q: You overheard from whom, a nurse?

A: From a doctor.

Q: Was this the doctor that was presumably going to take this liver or whatever it was?

A: Yes, and the obstetrician that was performing the operation.

Q: When it was taken out of the room, did it have any movements?

A: It had some movements.

Q: Doctor, prior to the infant leaving the room, did it do anything noteworthy? Any noteworthy bodily functions?

A: Some form of movements of the arm.

Q: Was there any excretions at all?

A: Excretions, urine, yes.

Q: Tell us about that. Can you give us the details?

A: Well I would say when they picked this fetus up by the feet I could see that he urinated, he was a male infant.

Q: It was urinating?

A: Yes

Q: You’re sure of that?

A: Yes.

Q: What, if anything, did they do with the baby afterwards that you observed? They took it out of the room?

A: They just took it out of the room immediately.

Q: Then what, if anything, happened that you observed?

A: Nothing else. It was taken out of the room and I didn’t see it.

Q: Did a medical student accompany it out of the room?

A: The medical student went out.

Q: Then what, if anything, occurred?….

A: The lady doctor proceeded to open the abdomen of the fetus.

Q: You did not see this yourself?

A: No.

Q: This is based on what type of information, if any?

A: On what the medical student told me.

Q: Can you describe how the medical student appeared when he returned?

A: He was sort of pale, he said he felt sort of sick in his stomach. That’s why he left the room and went back to the operating room where I was.

Q: Do you recall what, if anything, the medical student said?

A: He just said that he couldn’t stand it.

Q: Did he show any fear at the sight of blood prior to this incident?

A: No.

Curt Young The Least of These: What Everyone Should Know about Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1984) 103-104

Share on Facebook
Posted in Born Alive after an Abortion, Fetal Experimentation, Fetal Tissue Research | Leave a comment