When I started this blog back in April, Gov. Rick Perry had declared April the Abortion Recovery/Awareness Month here in the Great State of Texas.
“Ending a pregnancy through abortion interrupts the natural birth process and creates significant trauma and stress for those involved in the pregnancy. An abortion is a tragic ending, not only because of the loss of a life, but also because of the physical and psychological trauma caused by the procedure itself.” ~ Governor Rick Perry of Texas.
Truer words have never been spoken by him or many of others for that matter.
Fact is abortion is a very heavily weighted issue and one could argue for and against it for months. I’m going to lay it out. I am pro-life. What does that mean? Well let me first explain that there are different “levels” of pro/against abortion. Let’s see if i can do a quick explanation. On the spectrum starting from pro-life, to pro-abortion.
||WHERE YOU MIGHT STAND
||Level 1: Abortion NOT O.K. EVER (in cases where abortion is CLEARLY MEDICALLY NECESSARY)
||-under no circumstances shall abortion be performed.
||Level 2: Some Abortion is O.K.
||-Abortion if a. endangers life of mother. b. rape c. incest
|Pro-Abortion, Pro-Death, Pro-Pro-Killing, or Pro-Choice,
Women’s choice, Right to Reproductive Health, etc…
|Level 3 : it isn’t a baby it is a fetus, or maybe just tissue, “ball of cells”.
||-Kill it up to the first trimester or 12 weeks from conception.-Abortion pill RU-486 is ok.-Abortion is a method of birth-control (much like a condom or diaphragm.)
|Pro-Abortion, Pro-Death, Pro-Pro-Killing, or Pro-Choice, Women’s choice, Right to Reproductive Health, etc…
||Level 4 : it doesn’t matter what the thing is, baby or fetus.
||-Kill the baby at any stage of pregnancy. If the baby is in third trimester, Induce labor and leave baby to die. (Obama supports this type of killing)
There you go. For a while now, I have been a recovering Level 2 pro-lifer and have moved up the scale to a Level 1 pro-lifer.
I realize many people who are fine individuals sit at level 2 thinking that they are doing what is best for a mother, and up until recently I did the same. However, after doing some research, I realized that perhaps I had really fallen victim to the sick lies that the left/democrats/feminists movements had put out in order to make abortion legal in the first place.
This is not a story about Margaret Sanger’s history within the abortion movement but it is a story about the particular lies that abortion movement created to appeal to conservatives like you in order to get you to BELIEVE that to a slight degree, YOU TOO AGREE with the left.
Lets look at the criteria here: You AGREE with Abortion IF:
It a) endangers life of mother - The fact is that women still sometimes to die in childbirth, yes. However not nearly as many die as you would think. And very few women who actually do die from pregnancy die from complications AFTER delivery. Hemorrhage, obstructive labor, infection are the main causes. These symptomatic deaths are not deaths that can be predicted EARLY in the pregnancy -which defeats the idea that we are trying to “prevent” death of the mother by killing the baby.
FACT:About 529,000 women die worldwide every year during pregnancy, childbirth or the immediate postpartum. This is .4% of all pregnancies. The rate in the United States is much lower and it is less than 1% in the developed countries(all inclusive) according to world-wide reports. On another note: Hillary Clinton and the left wing agenda would have you believe that the public health-care option will take care of all this?
Educate yourself. WHO defines “A maternal death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.”
According to the table on page 34 of the Maternal Mortality Report 2005 - The United States Maternal Mortality rate is at 11 deaths per 100,000, only three more deaths than occur in the UK that same year the research was compiled!
As you can deduce, the myth that abortion should remain legal in order to save a woman’s life because of pregnancy complications is not a theory that holds water and therefore should consider your stance on when abortion should be legalized.
Take time to review this article where “The researchers found that compared to women who carried to term, women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes, seven times more likely to die of suicide, four times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents, and 14 times more likely to die from homicide. Researchers believe the higher rate of deaths related to accidents and homicide may be linked to higher rates of suicidal or risk-taking behavior.” Abortion Nearly Four Times Deadlier Than Childbirth
You AGREE with Abortion IF:
b) rape and c) incest - These two may as well get bundled together for simplicity in writing sake. Incest is usually rape(although not always). This is perhaps the one that I’ve had the most trouble justifying as a reason for allowing abortions. I did some research and found a report by Elliot Institute.
In our survey of women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest, many women who underwent abortions indicated that they felt pressured or were strongly directed by family members or health care workers to have abortions. The abortion came about not because of the woman’s desire to abort but as a response to the suggestions or demands of others. In many cases, resources such as health workers, counselors and others who are normally there to help women after sexual assault pushed for abortion.
The study also terms abortions as a type of ”medical rape”. Victims of rape or incest often the describe the abortion procedure in this way.
“I soon discovered that the aftermath of my abortion continued a long time after the memory of my rape had faded. I felt empty and horrible. Nobody told me about the pain I would feel deep within causing nightmares and deep depressions. They had all told me that after the abortion I could continue my life as if nothing had happened.”
“Continue my life as if nothing had happened”? – Trauma, be it physical rape or medical, rape is a “procedure” that can not be forgotten. I challenge any woman who has gone thru a pap smear to tell me she does not remember her last one or the sensations associated with it.
The Feminist Movement in its goal to make abortions legal, needed a good argument on its side and it needed to convince a great amount of “good” people that its abortion cause was benevolent. But then again, what movement doesn’t try to advance itself in that fashion? Even malevolent and nefarious movements can conjure a positive argument to further their cause.
Questions and Leftist Arguments
One of the first arguments, while it had already been established, was that life did not really begin at conception. Life began after the baby was born and took its first breath outside of the womb. While courts, congress, science and theology are in agreement that life begins at conception – this is still an argument – albeit a weak attempt. When this argument is made, you as a pro-lifer should quickly shut it down.
At a recent Senate hearing “A prominent physician points out that at these Senate hearings, “Pro-abortionists, though invited to do so, failed to produce even a single expert witness who would specifically testify that life begins at any point other than conception or implantation. Only one witness said no one can tell when life begins.”
Roe vs. Wade…?
Many on the left will argue that Roe vs. Wade set the standard and tone FOR abortion. Did the 1973 SCOTUS decision really put its seal of approval on abortion? Not exactly, the ruling was more about a woman’s “right to privacy” rather than the seal of approval on abortion or a decision on whether life begins at conception or at a point further along. As a conservative, we should not play to the left’s argument that because Roe vs. Wade stood, it means that life has been determined. We could have solved the undefined issue of privacy by debating whether women should be allowed to “wear” tramp stamps, had tattoos been illegal in the 1970′s.
Another interesting tidbit on “Jane Roe” is that she did later take time to declare how she had “converted to pro-life” and regretted her decision to abort. Anyone who chooses to do more research on her will find it interesting that On July 22, 1995, Norma McCorvey (jane roe) became a born-again Christian and a pro-lifer…
Norma McCorvey also initially claimed that her desire to abort was due to rape, however later court documents and her own statements later acknowledged that she had lied about being raped.
Norma also had 3 children and NEVER had an actual ABORTION. Her own affidavit also states how her abortion suit was greatly manipulated and had spun out of control to the point that it basically took a life of its own beyond her. In other words, she was used. Read her legal and publicly filed affidavit here.
“Abortion”, to me, meant “going back” to the condition of not being pregnant. I never looked the word up in the dictionary until after I had already signed the affidavit. I was very naive. For their part, my lawyers lied to me about the nature of abortion. Weddington convinced me that “It’s just a piece of tissue. You just missed your period.” I didn’t know during the Roe v. Wade case that the life of a human being was terminated.” – McCorvey (Jane Roe)
Save Mother’s life…?
The next argument is that in order to save lives, abortions must be legal. Everyday a woman’s life is in danger and therefore abortions should be legal. FACT is most women don’t know their life is in danger well after the first 3months of pregnancy. At that point most women choose not to have an abortion. Americans perform an average of 3,700 abortions a DAY…and only 6% of those are because of the health of baby or mother. Side note: Abortions are also not reported as the amount of total ”deaths” when calculating world death statistics. When the CDC or WHO reports death rates and they fail to include abortion rates, it really skews the numbers as to how many “lives” we really do eliminate yearly.
I believe feminists twisted this argument. Point to ponder, are they really saying ”save the life of of a woman“(not a mother) from infection or complications resulting from a back alley abortion. It was not about saving mothers, it was about saving women who wanted abortions. We saving mothers by providing good pre/during and post pregnancy care. (reference the Maternal Mortality Report)
Rape and Incest…?
So we must “legalize” abortions because to rape and incest really are an epidemic. Fact is only 1% of the abortions performed are for that reason. The article referenced earlier: Most women who are victims of rape and incest are not seeking abortions and those that do, have a much more difficult time with the abortion than they would have with the pregnancy. Of course, the left would try to convince you through argument that abortions are a NECESSARY evil to overcome the “apparent” outbreak of pregnancies resulting from rape and incest.
Is abortion REALLY necessary to the degree that the left will argue? When we have the left clamoring for the “legality”, freedom and in consequence of the abortion right, do we also need a portion of the “conservative” population agreeing to their subtle play on words and reasons?
Decide today if you will be part of the impetus that keeps abortions legal at the federal level and to a degree eventually paid for by our tax dollars.
Update: Someone mentioned how the legality of abortion is a blessing because some pregnancies are indeed unsafe. Certainly, in the course of this blog, I am not discounting the fact that some pregnancies do require “medical abortions” – (as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy or pregnancies that were WANTED) CLEAR danger to the mother is certainly a reason to perform an “abortion”but as the reports show, these are small percentages.