Posts Tagged ‘Reproductive health’

Abortion is many, many things.

It is painful.

It is cruel.

It is a tragedy.

It is the source of harm for countless women, men, and families.

It is the cause of death for millions of innocent children.

More specifically, though, if you want to hear true, accurate descriptions of abortion from those who have been there – women who’ve experienced abortions and abortion doctors and clinic workers – you should follow the Expose Abortion project.  (There are other descriptions of abortion here that are worth reading, for those who want very detailed information.)

I’ve written a whole article about the Expose Abortion project for Live Action.  You can read it here.  This project exposes abortion by revealing truth from the inside.  Below are just a few of the project’s quotes, most from abortion doctors and clinic workers:

I was helping the doctor hold the baby [to keep it in the birth canal]. The other nurse got the instrument [a large syringe with a large needle], handed it to the doctor, and he inserted it into the base of the skull. Then he pulled the baby out. Its little hands were grasping. When the baby quit grasping, then he delivered it. He used the syringe to suction out the brains.

– Testimony of witness to an abortion. See Silentnomoreawareness.org/testimonies/testimony.aspx?ID=2671

It [abortion] goes against all things which are natural. It’s a termination of a life, however you look at it.

– Robert Harris, abortionist, From author Magda Denes, PhD. “In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital”.

And typically when the abortion procedure is started we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we’re making our initial grasps or if we’re using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we’re starting the procedure.

– This account of D&E is part of sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist.

You can see a miniature person… as a physician… I am destroying life.

– abortionist Benjamin Kalish, MD

Question: Can the heart of a fetus or embryo still be beating during a suction curettage abortion as the fetus or embryo comes down the cannula?
Answer: For a few seconds to a minute, yes.

– Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Harlan Raymond Giles, an abortionist. He describes legal activity.)

I was finally able to remove the head and look squarely into the face of a human being…a human I had just killed.

– abortionist Paul Jarrett, MD

I have taken the lives of innocent babies and I have ripped them from their mother’s wombs with a powerful suction machine.

– abortionist McArthur Hill, MD.

**To find out more, visit the Expose Abortion page, read my article on Live Action, or follow the project on Facebook or Twitter @ExposeAbortion.  Tell your friends about this project and help them know the real truth, too!  It’s one thing to know the truth, but it’s another to share it!  Choose to share!!  (Hopefully you learned this as a toddler =)

***If you haven’t seen it yet, you should definitely check out Live Action’s Inhuman investigation.  Make yourself sit down and watch the videos or read the transcripts.  These are the things Americans NEED to realize are happening…

Here are 10 Reasons Not to Choose Abortion, an article for men involved in abortion decisions, and one for women who feel pressured to choose abortions.

Baby toesThis morning, I read an excellent article about the effects of abortion on women, men, and other family members.  The author is correct when she recognizes that abortion has a ripple effect.  Not only does it end the life of an innocent human being; it also does major damage to the lives and relationships of many others…the mother, sometimes the father, a friend who encouraged the abortion, parents who were “almost-grandparents”, siblings who lost a brother or sister…the list goes on, as Jane Brennan points out.

I’d encourage you to read her poignant article, sharing her personal experience here:  http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/women/understanding-the-post-abortive-woman-11568765.html

Here is an excerpt of what Jane shares:  “The pain of abortion is a pain many women continue to suffer in isolation or silence. I recently compiled a book of women who have chosen abortion, and in their stories I see the same sorrow, pain, agony and guilt I felt that so often gets unreported amid the jumble of political rhetoric focused on rights. In one story, Marie shares: The despair deepened and turned quickly to depression. I remember sitting in the bathroom during a break at my summer job, seriously considering suicide. I could just take one of these box-cutters from the back room-end it all. Right here. Right now. “

Jane gives hope for healing to women who have already chosen abortion.  And to those who are on the brink of making their choice, she has some thoughts that cannot go unread.  For example:

“Today’s world is all about comfort, it’s all about “me.” Our society has convinced us of the “inconveniences” of life and that we need not endure them. Yet, I and so many others have learned that “inconvenience” builds character and makes us stronger. In fact, these “inconveniences” can even be better for us than the alternative.”

I agree wholeheartedly with Jane that we suffer from a culture of convenience.  Because we are often so busy looking at what we want in the here and now, we forget to have faith for the unseen blessings ahead.  Since we cannot see our unborn child, we choose to believe they must not be a real person.  The women who accidentally see the arms, legs, and heads of their aborted children after abortion are usually devasted for life.  Choosing convenience is weak.  Choosing to break out of our circumstances, even when it seems that we can’t, is a strong choice.  Strong women are built by hard choices that care for others.  Once we are pregnant, we have a duty to care for the small life developing under our heart.  Choosing life may be hard, but it is the best choice for everyone involved…

Here are resources to help women who have already had an abortion and for those who are pregnant and looking for help:

Post-Abortive Women:

Women Needing Help to Continue Their Pregnancies:

Note:  Some of these sites/resources claim that abortion or emergency contraceptives (chemical abortions) are options for women.  I disagree.  It should never be an option for us to intentionally kill an innocent little person.  However, these sites will point you to good resources and help in keeping your baby or choosing adoption.

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MOM and BABY (istolethetv via Flickr)

**If you are a girl or woman who is being pressured or threatened into having an abortion, please read this article.

**If you are a guy who is trying to stop an abortion, please read this article. (Some of the info in this article may also help parents or friends who are trying to stop an abortion.)

Ok, so I’ve been on the lookout for unusual resources that support a choice for life.  (See, life is a choice, too!)  Resources that are clear, easy-to-understand, and compelling.  I’ve come across this free online book called “101 Reasons NOT to Have an Abortion”  A Girl’s Guide to Informed Choice:  http://www.101girlsguide.com/uploads/101_Reasons_Not_To_Have_An_Abortion_EDITION_4__June_Edition_8x10_format.pdf.

You definitely need to check this one out!!  It’s well researched, well argued, and well thought out.  If you’re already committed to life, this will give you more understanding, truth, and explanations to have under your belt.  Maybe you should print it and pass it on to a girl you know.  Maybe you should forward it in an email to people on your list.  If you’re on the fence, this will explain the issue from many different aspects.  You have nothing to lose by doing your research!  In fact, this book will demonstrate to you the inconsistency of the pro-choice position.

Why, if abortion is so right, should it be “safe, legal, and RARE” in their words?  Why, if abortion is so right, do they agree it’s “tragic”?  Why, if abortion is so right, is it such a “difficult decision”?    Why, if abortion is right, do they say it shouldn’t be used for birth control?  Why, if abortion is right, do girls sometimes cover their bedrooms with pictures of babies after having an abortion?  Sadly, I’ve heard from girls who’ve decided that abortion is the way to go.  The most common reason is “I already have my life planned out.  This isn’t right for me.”  I realize that other girls contemplate other reasons for abortion, but do we really live in such a self-centered society that the life of a baby hinges simply on the fact that “I don’t want it right now.”  What if you replaced the word “it” with “her” or “him”?  It’s easy to dismiss a person when they’re just an “it.”  But when you realize that this little baby is a tiny girl or or a tiny boy, their death becomes a lot more real and a lot more personal.

Wondering if you should read “A Girl’s Guide to Informed Choice?”  Wondering if it’s a good resource for you to print and pass on to a girl you know who’s considering abortion?  Here’s an introductory page from the book itself:

If abortion is right…

If abortion is right…

Then it’s a natural healthcare choice for women.

If abortion is wrong…

Then it’s the destruction of the family, the little child and, ultimately, women.

If abortion is carried out on a female’s body…

Then it’s an elective surgical procedure she should have full control over.

If abortion is carried out on a separate person within her body…

Then it’s a perversion of all we stand for as females and women.

If abortion destroys pregnancy tissue, a potential baby or blood…

Then this is all a lot of fuss about nothing.

If abortion destroys a developing baby, a child of God…

Then it’s no wonder our conscience is pleading “Stop!”

If abortion is morally virtuous…

Then repeat abortions for birth control or sex selection are totally acceptable.

If abortion is not ethical or morally right…

Then it can’t be justified for accidents either.

If abortion is an easy, simple choice with no lasting impact…

Then all those women with Post Abortion Syndrome are faking it.

If abortion is a complex choice with long term consequences…

Then it’s time you read 101 Reasons Not to Have an Abortion: A Girls Guide to Informed Choices!

Disclaimer:  Although I believe this is a great resource and well-argued, I do not agree with all of the author’s language…for example, I do not think that abortion is “still your choice.”  Legally, yes, it is I suppose (unless you believe that Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional, as I do).  But morally, I do not believe it is ever “your choice” to kill another human being…

IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT ABORTION

Photo from this site, with more info about this little baby.

Photo from this site, with more info about this little baby.

If you’re a woman considering abortion, please consider that you have other options. I know, you’ve probably heard that. But please read on. Abortion – no matter how great it seems in the moment – is a decision with very lasting and painful effects. Read what other women have to say about it! Please at least go to this site, where you will find a helpline, a way to chat online, or a way to email someone who can help you. Or, the site can help you find a pregnancy resource center in your area where you can go for emotional and material support, as well as often a free ultrasound – which you should totally see!

Maybe you’ll want to check out 10 Reasons Not to Have an Abortion.

You can also comment on this article – I’ll see it before anyone else does – and I’ll be happy to email you back and help you however I can. Also, please consider that every woman should know the truth about abortion before she ever has one. Go here to see a video (or here – and read the description below the video!). Go here to read about abortion. Please be informed.

A 4-D ultrasound photo of a baby at 8 weeks…check out more photos at this link. Amazing!!

You can also read this article or this one if you’re wondering why not to have an abortion. There are literally at least 101 reasons! At least check it out! Read these incredible stories, from a group that helps pregnant moms. A baby is a baby from the very beginning – her heart is beating at only 21 or 22 days! His brain waves can be read at only 6 weeks! And her little heart is crying out for you – her mother – to love her and give her the precious gift of life. I’m here for you, and so are many others – really. If you’re a dad who needs help, check out this advice article, and feel free to contact me.

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...

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Each of us will likely encounter at least one woman this year who is considering an abortion.  We will probably either be friends with her or she will be the friend of a friend.  As I may have said before, we need to figure out and share creative, personal reasons with people as to why they should not have an abortion.  Of course, a normal, often-heard reason is better than no reason at all!  I’m just encouraging you to get creative, study the truth (like human development in the womb), find ultrasound pictures, do your research, and find stories to share.  Learn to refute commonly-held myths about adoption.  (See link before story below.)  If the woman you know has been raped and is pregnant and you’ve never gone through that situation, try to find someone who has been there and made the right decision.  Get their story or get your friend to talk to them.  You should still personally help your friend see the truth, but try to find people who were once in her position and made the right choice.

Some people wonder…if I tell my friend she shouldn’t have an abortion and try to help her see why not, I’ll just push her away.  No, in all reality, if you tell her the truth with urgency and with love and she rejects you, she’s the one pushing you away.  You did what you could to rescue a baby about a die and a woman who’s life was about to be severely damaged.  If your friend refuses to listen to what you have to say, and you wonder if you should let her parents, husband, boyfriend (or someone else) know about her pregnancy because you know they would help her keep the baby…DO IT.  If you’re worried that your friend will accuse you of going behind her back and betraying her, tell her you love her too much to just sit back and watch her make an irreversible decision to kill her child and hurt herself. 

No woman I know who chose to keep her child has ever regretted it.  So incredibly many regret their abortions.  Take this story for instance, reported in “You Can Stop Injustice” by Human Life Alliance.   (Visit http://www.humanlife.org/stopinjustice.php to download your copy of the full publication which has great info on birth control, breast cancer and abortion, as well as adoption myths that many people falsely believe.)

I WAS 18 AND PREGNANT

I plead, “Please don’t make the same mistake I did.”

Since I had already enlisted in the Air Force, I thought I had to have an abortion in order to make something out of my life.  My best friend drove me to the abortion clinic.  It was like an assembly line.  When the ultrasound was being performed, I asked to see it, but this wasn’t allowed.  So much for “an informed decision.”  Then I asked how far along I was.  I was told I was nine-and-a-half weeks pregnant.  That hit me hard.  I started doubting and wanted to talk to my friend, but I wasn’t allowed to do that either.

When it was my turn, the nurse told me I was going to feel some discomfort, like strong menstrual cramps.  The truth is that the abortion was more pain that I’ve ever felt in my life.  It felt like my insides were literally being sucked out of my body.  Later, I went into shock. 

After the abortion, I tried to make up for it by trying to get pregnant again.  I wanted my baby back, but I never got pregnant again.  I don’t know if I can ever have another baby.  I named my baby.  Later I found out this is part of the grieving process.

Two-and-a-half years later, I ended up in the hospital with bullimia.  I felt that no one had punished me for what I had done, so I was punishing myself.  I was obsessed with women who were pregnant, and my life was in shambles!  I was suffering from post-abortion trauma.  When I was 21 years old, I received help from a woman who was involved with pro-life activism.  I went through a program called “Conquerors.”  Not only did I experience forgiveness, but I was challenged to help others.  I answered the challenge and started sidewalk counseling.

There is a healing process that comes from getting involved in the pro-life movement.  I talk to youth groups and students and share my testimony. 

To them, and to you, I plead, “Please don’t make the same mistake I did.”

~Michelle