When earlier this month Jivin J reported about the National Review Online story relaying Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s abortion experience, it sounded to me like his girlfriend had a late-term abortion, a bit surprising. Quoting his autobiography:
It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives…. You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?
Yesterday, LifeSiteNews.com followed up with the incredibly tragic mother’s side of the experience (pictured above right with Tyler). It turns out the abortion was indeed late-term, but their baby was aborted alive:
I was moved to another part of the hospital and a different doctor performed the abortion. It was a horrible nightmare I will never forget….
The doctor did not explain what the procedure would be like. Steven watched when the doctor punctured my uterus with a large needle. Then I was taken to a room to wait for the contractions. Steven sat beside me in the hospital until it was over. When the nurse would leave the room he was snorting cocaine on the table beside my bed. He even offered some to me once, but I just turned away, sick inside. Steven, high on cocaine, was emotionally detached, witnessing the procedure but cut off from the normal reaction and feelings of horror you would expect. At the time I was shocked and hurt by his behavior.
But I know now that on an unconscious level, he must have been traumatized witnessing the death of his first-born son in such a horrific and direct way. Steven watched the baby come out and he told me later, when we were in New Hampshire, that it had been born alive and allowed to die. (I was not allowed to see the baby when it was delivered.) Steven told me later that it had been a boy and that he now felt terrible guilt and a sense of dread over what he had done. I did not know that such a thing could be legal. I could not imagine a world where a tiny baby could be born alive and tossed aside as worthless without ever seeing his mother’s face.
This was 1975. It sounds to me as if this mother underwent a saline abortion without understanding it.
Saline abortions have now been all but abandoned. I don’t think anyone commits them these days. The complications were that too many babies survived and that the procedure itself was terribly traumatic for the mother, since her baby writhed a great deal in pain en utero.
I so applaud this mother’s bravery and was so happy to read she has accepted Jesus’ forgiveness.