Abortion proponent Jeannie wrote a fascinating piece at Abortion Witness this week. The title, “Talking about the Babies: Saying ‘Things We Cannot Say.'” An excerpt:

This past year, when the reports emerged of the conditions in the Philadelphia abortion clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, pro-choice activists tended to focus on Gosnell’s record….

At one point in an on-line discussion among pro-choice activists and abortion providers, one of our colleagues asked us to consider why we were not discussing the babies. In addition to the women, several infants were born alive in Gosnell’s clinic when their mothers’ abortions did not go as planned and then were killed. In at least one case, one of Gosnell’s employees reports, a baby born during an abortion-procedure-gone-wrong lay on a counter moving and breathing for almost 20 minutes before someone severed its spine and killed it. Why, our activist friend asked us, weren’t we talking about the dead babies?


The short answer is that it is hard for abortion providers and activists to talk about babies in the context of abortion. We all know that an unborn child dies in each abortion. And the majority of abortion care workers accept responsibility for our roles in these deaths. We have, for various reasons, determined for ourselves that having a part in these deaths is an important—and ethical—thing for us to do. At the same time, we realize that while our work brings us in direct contact with death on a regular basis, the majority of people (even those who identify as “pro-choice”) are uncomfortable talking about death. Add to this the way abortion-rights opponents have long invoked death to condemn abortion, and you have a perfect recipe for silencing people….

Women have always known that pregnancy means a baby and abortion means the baby will die. When women care enough about the lives of their children—born and unborn—and about their own lives to make that decision, we owe them the respect and support that honesty conveys.

I’m not sure all aborting mothers know they are killing a baby. Abortion proponents have put so much misinformation out there.

But at any rate, if  in a clinic setting abortion staff and doctors agree with abortion-minded mothers who do confess aloud they think they are killing their baby, will this negatively impact the abortion rate? Will mothers walk out? Or will they just talk things through, continuing to justify what they’re doing, and carry on with the abortion? Here’s how Jeannie wrote she would respond in such an instance:

“OK. Let’s talk about how you are going to cope with knowing that you have killed your baby. What do you believe happens to us when we die?” From this point, the woman and I could have an honest conversation about how she understood her abortion decision within the context of her own life circumstances, beliefs, and ethics.

If abortion workers acknowledge the elephant in the room, will doing so diminish its signficance?

[HT: Mimi]

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