Okay, just so we are clear, I don’t think any abortions should be legal- no matter what stage they occur. As soon as the sperm joins with the egg and conception takes place, a unique person exists created by God for an express purpose. Man has no right to destroy that new life.
Unfortunately, the laws of this nation have built a pretty solid wall of protection around abortion. I will continue to fight until my last breath for all abortions to end. However, I am convinced that making late-term abortions (past 20 weeks) illegal is an achievable goal.
Obviously, these are the most abhorrent of all the abortions. At 20-weeks, couples flock to their physician to find out whether their baby will be a boy or a girl. On the ultrasound screen, there is no denying that it is a child in the womb, fully formed and just needing a little more time to grow. The biggest argument used to defend abortions after this point is that the baby is deformed or would not live long out of the womb, so it would be more merciful to kill it before any attachment takes place. I know that sounds cold- but that is essentially what it boils down to. Not that I blame the parents- most of the time they have been sold a bill of goods from the medical community. If these late abortions were illegal, they would never be placed in a situation where they could be manipulated to make such a horrible choice.
I heard of a story over the weekend that horrified me so much that it took until today to force myself to look it up. It was the story of a woman who chose to have a healthy twin aborted because having two children at once would disturb her lifestyle. I didn’t want to believe, even after all I’ve seen and heard over the years, that someone could be so callused. Or, that a doctor would perform such a procedure. However, it is true.
In fact, it turns out that this is becoming quite a common practice. It is called “a reduction.” Until recently, it had been primarily done on pregnancies with 3 or more babies, where not all would be expected to survive (which I still find horrible!) However, the doctor who performed this abortion does several of these “healthy twin killings” (my term) a month.
This mother was not bothered at all by her choice. She said, “I do believe people should have the choice, given the cost of raising children today. You want to be able to provide for your children.. to give them the things they need to become the best adults they can become.” I wonder if she will ever tell her surviving child about his or her twin? I also wonder if they would wish to have their sibling rather than the few extra toys at Christmas?
The point I am making is that these kinds of decisions should not even be allowed. It is the worst kind of science fiction. I have seen quite a few women who did not discover they were pregnant until after 20 weeks and were still asking about abortion. And, I’m positive that even though the baby was obviously healthy, they would not have had a problem finding someone to kill that child for a price. Don’t be deceived! Most late-term abortions are not for health reasons.
I really think that where the battle against late-term abortions lies within the states. Here in Nebraska, abortions can no longer be done after 20 weeks. More states have been emboldened by our law to attempt to do the same. I will keep you posted on the states where the battle for life is being waged so that you can pray. Right now, our focus should be on Iowa, where they are attempting to pass a law like Nebraska’s.
Just like with the elderly, the pressure is going to increase against bringing children with health problems into the world. Parents will be told horror stories and made to feel guilty about “selfishly” bringing their child into a life of pain and suffering. However, they will not be told about the anguish their baby will undergo during the abortion. We need to protect vulnerable men and women against this horror. This is not a decision anyone should ever have the right to make. Please join me in praying that it will end.
Keeping it true! Barb