Pro-choice woman on seeing her baby’s heart beating via ultrasound

Dr. Harriette E Wimms used IVF to get pregnant with her lesbian partner. They were turned away from many IVF practices for being lesbians. In a pro-choice book, Wimms writes about seeing her baby’s heart beating on the ultrasound screen- a sight that has converted many people to the pro-life cause:

“… On the black and white ultrasound screen, we saw the tiny beating heart of our baby. 10 years in the making, our son’s heart had begun its lifelong rhythm.

I have been, and always will be, pro-choice. Since that moment when my partner and I watched our son’s flickering heartbeat, I’ve struggled with my pro-choice stance. I maintain that I am pro-choice, but antiabortion and opposed to abortion as a method of birth control… But I apply these beliefs to myself only. After the experience my partner and I have had, when outside forces dictated if and how we would conceive our child, we know the necessity of providing access to choices.”

Dr. Harriette E Wimms “Harrison: Battling for the Chance to Make a Choice” in Kate Cockrill, Lucia Leandro Gimeno, and Steph Herold, eds. Untold Stories: Life, Love and Reproduction (North Charleston, South Carolina: The Tides Center/The Sea Change Program, 2014) 48

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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