Termination: The act of bringing something to an end. Much controversy exists around the topic of the pre-born, and yet it seems that much of the information rests on the side of those that promote a woman's right to choose. Controversy can sometimes breed contempt, which is not the intent of this article. I am going to share some facts that may shock you if most of what you have heard is one-sided.
Every year citizens line up in protest to speak up about the issue of medical terminations (aka Abortion). And, in America anyway, the right to protest is a fundamental one.
But what about the pre-born? What about their rights?
Many questions surrounding this polarizing issue, but few are willing to really speak out on it. There are many grassroots and federally funded groups that exist to either uphold the current law or overturn it...Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Abolitionists, Bound4Life, ACLU, 40 Days for Life. But still, a shroud covers much of what we know.
Be prepared to be shocked by what I'm about to tell you. You've never heard these statistics, this history or these anecdotes. Buckle up, put on your big girl panties, and take a deep breath. You might disagree, you may even be offended, but it's healthy to learn about issues from multiple sides and multiple sources. I hope your maturity wins and you read the entire article; that you are willing to consider the facts I have found.
And remember, BabyGaga can be a place to obtain information about babies...alive ones, so here we go!
13 Roe Never Had An Abortion
Roe vs Wade, the famous court case from 1973 that legalized medical terminations during the first trimester, is a well known moment in our nation's history. Jane Roe's real name is Norma McCorvey and she was seeking an abortion in the state of Texas, which only allowed this in cases where the health of the mother was at risk. She claimed she was raped and could not afford to travel outside the state of Texas to have the abortion. She originally claimed she'd been raped, but later fessed up to that lie. Two recent law school graduates took up the case and, as we know, won.
Oddly enough, Jane Roe was not granted an abortion because the court case took longer than her pregnancy and the baby was given up for adoption. Roe became an advocate of the Pro-Choice movement and wrote a pro-choice book. However, in 1995, according to Women's History expert Linda Napikosky, Roe came to denounce abortion and became a Christian. A man named Philip Benham, an Operation Rescue preacher, spoke to her kindly and she eventually spoke out to the world through television, about her change of heart and mind.
All in all, she's not the woman she is mostly remembered for. Her latest book, Won By Love is autobiographical, and speaks the truth about her journey as a woman, and how she opposes the Pro-Choice/Women's Rights Movement.
Norma McCorvey died at her assisted-living home on February 18th, 2017. She was 69.
12 The Business Of Body Parts
Abortion is lucrative. Now don't get offended here. It's true. There's a lot of money that goes to those involved in this industry. Planned Parenthood takes in, according to their recent annual report, some $487,400,000 in tax dollars. That's $487.4 million dollars a year!
Now they aren't allowed to use that money for abortions. They claim in their report, however, that only 3% of their business involves performing abortions.
Yes, we know that Planned Parenthood does more than perform abortions, but the bigger question is this: If they did not offer medical terminations, how many women would come for their other services?
The CEO of Planned Parenthood in Baltimore said, “But if the gestational age is higher you’re paying for a surgical suite. That’s why the insurance companies think they should be offering it. It’s cheaper to terminate an unwanted pregnancy rather than taking it to term.”
Did you catch that? It's more expensive for insurance companies to cover the birth of babies, so they'd probably rather deal with paying for the abortions. It's a better business decision for them. They're looking at the bottom line instead of the next generation and assigning value to the wrong place.
11 Different Types Of Methods
Here is a list with a few descriptions taken from the Bound4Life website on the different ways of terminating a pregnancy.
- “Very Early” Abortion: Using ultrasound, the abortionist locates the tiny human embryo in the womb and applies suction to tear the developing baby from the uterine wall.
- Suction Aspiration/Vacuum Curettage: The suction dismembers the body of the developing baby and tears the placenta from the wall of the uterus, sucking the contents into a collection bottle.
- Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)
- RU 486 (Also known as Mifepristone): Requires at least three trips to the abortion facility. During the first visit, a dose of Mifepristone pills is administered, which blocks the action of progesterone. At a second visit, a dose of artificial prostaglandins is given, which initiates uterine contractions to expel the body of the embryonic baby. It is recommended to expel the baby into a toilet. A third visit determines if the abortion has successfully taken place. At least 4% must return for surgical abortions.
- Methotrexate: This is another multi-visit procedure.
- Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E)
- Instillation Methods: After fluid is withdrawn, chemicals are injected into the amniotic sac to kill the baby and initiate contractions. Saline poisons the child and burns the baby’s skin...Sometimes chemicals such as potassium chloride or digoxin are injected directly in to the baby’s heart, triggering cardiac arrest.
- Hysterotomy: Incisions are made in the abdomen and uterus and the baby, placenta, and amniotic sac are removed.
10 Margaret Sanger, A Eugenicist
I hope we can all agree that no matter what race someone is, their life is valuable! Well Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, would have something else to say. In a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts on December 19, 1939: "We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population."
In her own book The Pivot of Civilization, she writes,
"Everywhere we see poverty and large families going hand in hand. Those least fit to carry on the race are increasing most rapidly. People who cannot support their own offspring are encouraged by Church and State to produce large families. Many of the children thus begotten are diseased or feeble-minded; many become criminals. The burden of supporting these unwanted types has to be borne by the healthy elements of the nation. Funds that should be used to raise the standard of our civilization are diverted to the maintenance of those who should never have been born."
Now, you ask, what does birth control have to do with medical terminations? First you need to understand the concept of an abortafacient. It prevents a fertilized egg from implanting, and many that are against abortion are also against birth control for this same reason. Margaret Sanger knew birth control and abortion were linked, and so should you.
9 Grassroots Organizations For Abolishing Abortion
So there are many grassroots organizations, but the least known is called the Abolitionists. They are an organization that identifies themselves this way:
"Abolitionists are those who desire to follow Jesus Christ, the Lord of life, in abolishing the great evils of our age, following in our Savior's footsteps to destroy the works of the devil. We invite all people everywhere to repent with us of apathy regarding legalized, lethal violence toward the oppressed and fatherless in our society."
This group is bold and fearless. I've watched a local chapter operate, and their loving engagement has given me a new perspective on the motives of groups like this. I used to sit on the opposite side of this issue, but over the years I have come to understand the absolute love that groups, like the Abolitionists, have for life and for the unborn, as well as the mother. It is not an either/or decision and it's a fallacy to believe you have to choose between the rights of the mother and the rights of the child.
8 Gender Inequalities
We love to talk about gender equality these days. I'm all for men and women feeling and being treated with equal respect, and getting equal pay for equal work. All that jazz. There is also a lot of "Women's Rights" in the news now that Trump is president. And with all the passionate fighting for our rights, I have to wonder if the babies in the womb are getting lost in the mix. I mean, after all, half of those babies are girls, who will someday be women. Don't we want their rights to be upheld?
But the sad news is that there are more female babies being aborted than male because of their "decreased value". The Daily Mail wrote an article in 2014 that said, "In parts of India and China there are now as many as 120 or 140 boys for every 100 girls despite a ban on gender-based abortion."
7 Protesting Legality
Not so long ago, people protesting were taken to jail overnight because they chained themselves to abortionists' car doors and clinic doors, preventing the doctors from coming to work and preventing their patients from entering the building.
One such mission was called Operation Rescue, because they wanted to rescue the life of the baby, keep the mother from making that choice, and prevent the doctor or anyone else from becoming an accomplice.
In response to this situation, a federal statue was declared. This statute is called FACE. It stands for Federal Access to Clinic Entrances. Now, anyone who stands in the way or prevents the entry of abortion clinic's patients can be taken to jail for a minimum of 1 year. No judge can change this and lessen the sentence to include community service, etc.
6 Shocking Stats
Jim Caviezel, the man who played Jesus in the film The Passion, said... “In the United States, there have been 50 million abortions since 1973,” said the actor, observing that the number is equal to the total number of deaths in World War II, and “one-fifth of our population.” But, sadly, some races are represented in higher numbers. Bound4Life gives the following statistics:
- Black non-Hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio. Black women’s abortion ratio has reached 444 abortions per 1,000 live births, while non-Hispanic white women’s abortion ratio is 124 abortions per 1,000 live births.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the statistics arm of Planned Parenthood, “Women who obtain abortions are predominantly poor or low-income, in their 20s and unmarried; black women and Hispanic women continue to be disproportionately represented among abortion patients.”
Every year, there are an estimated 56.3 million babies aborted worldwide. That's one baby gone every 1.8 seconds. To make it plain, that would be 28 babies while you read this section.
Less than 1% of all abortions are due to rape or incest, and yet it's the main reason, other than the "health of the mother," most give in support of the legalization of abortion in the US.
5 Unborn Baby Feels Pain
I'm not sure if you realize this, but the baby feels the pain of the instruments being used on them. This shouldn't be shocking, but many people don't want to talk about it. There is a well-known ultrasound that shows an unborn baby trying to get away from the suction tube and letting out a silent scream. YouTube has it.
How would you feel if your brains were being sucked out? How about if your skull was being crushed? Yep, me too. As difficult as it is to read, here is the account of nurse practitioner Brenda Pratt Shafer as she observed a partial-birth abortion:
"I stood at a doctor's side...On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heart beating...Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby's legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby's body and the arms—everything but the head...The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors through the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out in a flinch, a startled reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby was completely limp...He threw that baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he'd used..."
No matter the age, no matter the method, no matter whether pain meds are used...ending a human life is ending a human life.
4 Ectopic/Tubal Pregnancy
I've always heard that if you have an ectopic pregnancy then you have to abort the baby to save the mother's life. Well listen up cause I just learned something different!
The life of the baby and the life of the mother are of equal value. If that's agreed to, then the path that is most logical is to attempt to save both as long as possible. One option is to attempt to re-implant the baby in the uterus, if it's found early enough. If the baby develops in the tubes, goal #1 is to keep the baby alive inside the mother until it becomes viable, around 20 weeks. Bed rest lowers her risk as does staying away from activities where she exerts herself in order to give that baby as good a chance as possible.
Death is rarely the only option. For example: It's cheaper and more convenient to shoot a man in the head who has cancer, especially if he's young. But when it comes down to it, if the mother is 30 minutes away from bleeding to death and everything has been done to save both parties and one party cannot survive, then the mother's life can be saved without any form of guilt. The goal should be to attempt to save both lives.
3 Roe vs Wade Loophole
Government has been involved in morality for a long time.
For several years, there's been an undercurrent, an attempt to pass what is called the Life At Conception Act. It's the loophole for Roe vs Wade. Rather than overturn it, conservative legislators have realized they can, if passed, circumvent the ruling by adding a section within the 14th Amendment.
The language would allow for the term "human being" or "human person" to include anyone from the point of fertilization and forward to be considered worthy of having rights in this country. If you have all the necessary elements, but merely require time to mature, then you are human. It has not come to pass yet, but just like that fertilized egg, all that is needed is time.
2 Participating Countries And Reasons
Approximately 21% of this country's pregnancies end in abortion. But what about other countries? Most countries that allow medical termination do so up to twelve weeks gestation. There are seven that allow for termination after 20 weeks gestation are: Canada, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Singapore, China, North Korea, and the United States.
Each woman has her own set of reasons why she chooses to abort, but here are the reasons that comprise the majority. All of these reasons combined equal at least 75%.
32% stated that they were not ready for the responsibility. 30% felt their finances were inadequate for another child to come into their lives. 14% claimed they thought having a baby at that time would be inconvenient to adjust their lives Everyone has a reason, and the question remains...what is one life worth? Is it worth having to figure out finances, to become more responsible, and to adjust your life?
1 Someone Close To You
Because you are living and breathing, you, or someone you know, has decided in favor of a medical termination. We must be sensitive to those around us as they deal with whatever choices they make.
My job is not to condemn, convict or chastise anyone. My goal is love. I have done things I'm not proud of and the people that told me the truth, however painful, are people that I respect and love today. It's hard to hear truth sometimes, especially with a charged issue. But in the long run, as we seek to be difficult to offend, those are the relationships that have the power to change us, and to deepen us.