Pro-Choice Christian: “Stewardship” of birth justifies abortion

Judy Mathe Foley is the former managing editor of the national magazine of the Episcopal Church. She is pro-choice and says:

“Birth, though a truly miraculous process, is only one of many miracles in God’s world over which we have stewardship.

Sometimes that stewardship will involve making choices because we are co-creators with God of a constantly evolving creation. Every decision we make cuts off another road – that’s the unfortunate nature of decision-making!”

Judy Mathe Foley “A Faith-Filled Talk of Life and Death” in Phyllis Tickle, ed. Confessing Conscience: Churched Women on Abortion (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1990) 74 – 75

Click to see what this baby looks like after an abortion

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Post-Abortive Woman: “I Regret This Experience Every Day”

A post-abortive woman named Tammy tells her story:

“I was a scared 16-year-old girl when I had my abortion. It is the worst decision I have ever made and I have regretted it for the nearly 20 years since it happened. I went to a clinic in Illinois. I was a minor, of course, and did not have to have any parental consent.

I also did not receive proper counseling. I have no idea to this day what kind of procedure I had. I was also not sure how far along I was in the pregnancy.

I do remember discussion between the doctor and nurse stating the pregnancy was farther along than they originally thought. That did not stop them from doing the procedure.

I was left afterward feeling worthless, empty, and I regret this experience every single day. It has taken years for me to recover emotionally, although I am not sure if a woman can ever completely recover.”

Janet Morana Everything You Need to Know about Abortion – For Teens (Gastonia, North Carolina: TAN Books, 2021) 111

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Clinic owner “doesn’t know” if abortion is right or wrong

Dr. Tersia Cruywagen, owner of an abortion clinic in South Africa:

“We tell people, “We don’t know if abortion is right or wrong.” We don’t, really. But what we do know is that we deal with a lot of patients in disastrous situations and a lot of emotional pain, and that Is what we want to do – assist them through a very traumatic experience…and make it less traumatic.”

Lara M Knudson Reproductive Rights in a Global Context (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006) 203

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Pro-life feminist: women who abort aren’t “free”

Pro-life feminist Frederica Mathewes-Green wrote:

“Abortion is not a sign that women are free, but a sign that they are desperate.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green “Abortion: Women’s Rights and Wrongs” (blog) January 1, 2000

Quoted in Steven A Christie, MD Speaking for the Unborn: 30 Second Pro-Life Rebuttals to Pro-Choice Arguments (Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2022) 129

Mathewes-Green has interviewed many post-abortive women

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Mother threatens to kick pregnant teen out of the house unless she has abortion

Lauren, a teen who had an abortion, was interviewed. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“Q: And had you decided straightaway what you were going to do?

L: No, I were going to keep it, but, em, going to get rid of it.

Q: What persuaded you?

L: Well, ‘cos I’m too young and I want a job, and basically I would have nowhere to live, if I did keep it, you [to mother] said you wouldn’t have me would you not with a baby.”

Sharon Tabberer, Christine Hall, Shirley Prendergast, and Andrew Webster Teenage Pregnancy and Choice: Abortion or Motherhood: Influences on the Decision (York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2000) 35 – 36

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Post-abortive woman describes her traumatic abortion

Jeannie Smith, a postabortion woman who is now pro-life, describes her abortion:

“Internally I was screaming STOP! But I knew it was too late.
As I listened to the sound of the procedure, I slowly rolled my head to the left only to feel a tear of pain trickle down my face…

Little did I know that one tear would remain with me the rest of my life. It would cause years of pain, an unhappy life filled with shame, and guilt that eventually caused a heart of stone.”

Jeannie Smith Shattered into Beautiful: Delivering the Brokenhearted from Abortion (Enumclaw, Washington: WinePress Publishing, 2011) 15

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Pro-Choice Activist: Sometimes a woman has to kill her baby

Judith Arcana, Pro-Choice Author and Educator:

“Sometimes a woman has to decide to kill her baby. That is what abortion is.”

Rosalind Cummings, “In Print: rights of the accused,” Chicago Weekly Reader, Friday, February 17, 1995

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Abortion clinic refuses to help pregnant woman who didn’t want abortion

From a yelp review of Annapolis Health Center by Lisa W:

“When I found out I was pregnant, I realized their support system was more for women who will decide to have an abortion. I was keeping my baby, and so I had to get counseling elsewhere…

when I called to “discuss my options”, the operator was a little snide with me and asked, “Discuss your options or schedule an abortion?”

Can be found here.

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Post-Abortive teen whose boyfriend commanded “get rid of it!” wishes someone had given her advice

From Lisa, a teen who had an abortion and was interviewed:

“Q: So did anyone give you any advice, did anyone say, “You should do this” or…?

L: Well, no, I wish they had done! I wish they’d said! The only person that was giving me advice was [the boyfriend] “Get rid of it!” “Get rid of it!”

Sharon Tabberer, Christine Hall, Shirley Prendergast, and Andrew Webster Teenage Pregnancy and Choice: Abortion or Motherhood: Influences on the Decision (York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2000) 25 – 26

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Survey of post-abortive women shows their emotional trauma

The pro-life group Heartbeats conducted a survey of post-abortive women. They asked the women what they experienced after their abortion(s).

  • 92% experience an emotional deadening, either feeling less in touch with their emotions or feeling a “need to stifle their emotions.”
  • 86% have an increased tendency toward anger or rage (48% reported they became more violent when angered).
  • 86% fear others learning of the abortion, and have a greater sense of fear in general.
  • 82% feel intense feelings of loneliness or isolation.
  • 75% said they are less self-confident.
  • 73% indicate some sexual dysfunction (increased pain during intercourse, promiscuity, rigidity, or loss of pleasure).
  • 63% experience denial, the average period of denial that they reported was 5.25 years.
  • 58% have insomnia or nightmares.
  • 57% have difficulty in maintaining or developing relationships.
  • 56% experience suicidal feelings.
  • 53% increased or began using drugs and/or alcohol to deaden the pain.
  • 39% reported eating disorders that began after the abortion.
  • 28% attempted suicide.

Wayne Mcghie The Right to Choose (2022) 40 – 41

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