I recently received a reply to a Facebook post “Profiting from Late-Term Abortion and the Fierce Fight to Keep it Legal” stating:
“It disturbs me to see how people treat people these days.
It disturbs me to see how women treat other women.
It disturbs me to sit idly by and listen as politicians make regulations for a part of my body they should have no opinion of.”
I agree with the first two statements wholeheartedly; however, with all due respect, I could not disagree more with the third statement regarding the “part of her body” that politicians regulate. So in response, I’ve decided to voice what disturbs me.
It disturbs me that since abortion was legalized in 1973 by Roe v. Wade, nearly 60 million babies have been murdered, with over 3,000 killed on a daily basis. Additionally, over 400 women have died from complications, with countless others permanently injured and maimed.
It disturbs me that Planned Parenthood kills on average 335,000 children through abortion every year and the U.S. taxpayers are forced to fund $542.4 million of Planned Parenthood’s $1.199 BILLION budget.
It disturbs me that 12-year-old girls can purchase the Plan B morning-after pill without their parents’ knowledge, right along with their favorite teen magazine and chewing gum at the neighborhood drug store. These same girls can’t go on a field trip or get their ears pierced without a signed permission form or even ask for a Tylenol from the school nurse for a headache.
It disturbs me that 90% of babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. With the ultrasound and blood tests, one in 20 women will have a positive result – far more than those who eventually deliver a baby with a chromosomal abnormality and most women who have a positive result from a screening test deliver healthy babies. Eileen Haupt, who has a daughter with Down syndrome said, “The one thing that prenatal testing cannot tell you is the unspeakable joy that your child with Down syndrome will give you.”
It disturbs me when babies born alive during botched abortions, pro-choice activists claim that this scenario never happens. However, live births due to botched abortions have been occurring ever since abortion was made legal. More than 1,270 babies have died following a failed abortion and whose deaths were reported as “mortality subsequent to an abortion.” Those are only the number of reported deaths following botched abortions, and the actual figures could be higher. It disturbs me even more that the most pro-abortion president in history, Barack Obama, repeatedly failed to support the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, to provide appropriate medical care and protection for such babies.
It disturbs me that the current law does not restrict a woman from getting an abortion for practically any reason she deems fit during the entire nine months of pregnancy. Roe v. Wade does not prevent a state from allowing unrestricted abortion for the entire nine months of pregnancy if it so chooses. Since all pregnancies have consequences for a woman’s emotional and family situation, the court’s health provision has the practical effect of legalizing abortion up until the time of birth—if a woman can convince her physician that she needs the abortion to preserve her “emotional health.”
It disturbs me that Americans have sex-selected thousands of baby girls and that many women are forced or coerced to have sex-selection abortions, with their daughters suffering the fatal consequences. “I can tell you that here at Planned Parenthood we believe that it’s not up to us to decide what is a good or a bad reason for somebody to decide to terminate a pregnancy,” concerning a woman’s request for a sex-selective abortion. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is opposed to a ban on sex-selective abortions on the grounds that it would “limit [a woman’s] choices as she makes personal medical decisions.”
It disturbs me that there is a 40% statistically significant increase of breast cancer with induced abortion. A study published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine (May, 2013) found a 6.38-fold greater risk of breast cancer among women with histories of induced abortion. The study, led by Ramachandra Kamath, MD (Department of Public Health, Manipal University), found induced abortion was the most important risk factor.
It disturbs me that there is also a link between abortion and premature birth. The risk of prematurity increases, in a ‘dose effect’ with one or more induced abortions (ie. The more abortions, the higher the risk of prematurity) Abortion is linked with increased risk of ‘preterm’ birth (33-36 weeks), but it is linked with an even higher risk of ‘very preterm birth’ (VPTB) (< 32 weeks) where babies are at much higher risk of morbidities like cerebral palsy.
It disturbs me that abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women, with many men now claiming to be “bro-choice”, who simply support abortion on demand for fear of their “sex lives being at stake”. One young man states “I’m 29 and not every person I sleep with is someone I’d consider raising a family with. The idea of knocking someone up (through carelessness, duplicity, condom failure) who ignores my life goals and desires to complete their own biological imperative with my DNA, and later my finances, really comes off as a little…. blackmail-y.”
It disturbs me that African Americans have about 39% of the country’s abortions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite making up just 13% of the population. Over 86 years, the Ku Klux Klan lynched 3,446 blacks – a figure matched in less than four days if tallying the number of black babies who are aborted.
It disturbs me that sexual predators who impregnate underage girls rely on cooperative abortion clinics to cover up their crimes. Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation have made a conscious decision to conceal the sexual exploitation of children and protect the men who commit these crimes. There is overwhelming evidence showing that the rate at which these two organizations fail to comply with mandatory reporting laws is in excess of 90 percent.
It disturbs me that the leading cause of death during pregnancy is homicide. In one study of violent deaths among pregnant women, three out of every four were killed during their first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Women are literally being killed for refusing to abort.
It disturbs me that millions of women suffer Post Abortion Stress Syndrome. Post-abortive women are at higher risk for developing depression, loss of self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, self-hatred, drug and alcohol abuse, sleep disorders, chronic problems with relationships, anxiety attacks, guilt and remorse, difficulty grieving, increased tendency toward violence, and difficulty bonding with later children. It is not uncommon that symptoms lay dormant until later in life.
It disturbs me that abortion is supported and advocated for the 1.5% that occur due to rape and incest. “It is commonly assumed that rape victims who become pregnant would naturally want abortions. But in the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent chose against abortion. This evidence alone should cause people to pause and reflect on the presumption that abortion is wanted or even best for sexual assault victims. Approximately the same percentage of pregnant rape victims believe abortion would be just another act of violence perpetrated against their bodies and their children.” ~ David C. Reardon, Ph.D.
It disturbs me that aborted babies are being chopped up and sold from abortion clinics every day. Some of these infants are still alive when the technicians (middlemen) step in for the “harvesting” of organs. They literally have to kill the baby a second time. A woman who is still involved in the work that she has exposed has stated “The [abortionist] would get us the most complete, intact specimens that he could. They would be delivered to us completely intact. Sometimes the fetus appeared to be dead, but when we opened up the chest cavity, the heart was still beating.” She was asked if the type of abortion procedure was intentionally altered to deliver to you an intact specimen, even if that meant giving you a live baby? Her answer was, ” Yes, that was so we could sell better tissue, so that our company would make more money. At the end of the year, they would give the clinic back more money because we got good specimens.”
It disturbs me that “Defenders of late abortions try to argue that the unborn child at twenty weeks is not capable of feeling pain, claiming the connections in the fetal brain are not fully formed. Those who know something about fetal pain physiology, however, have solid medical evidence to believe that the child not only feels pain, but feels it more severely than an infant or an adult.” ~ Randy O’Bannon Ph.D.
Abortion is something so horrible it has to be described with euphemisms: ‘a woman’s right to control her own body’ or ‘a woman’s right to control her reproductive choices’. But the most common is ‘a woman’s right to choose’. The sentence is left incomplete: it is short for ‘a woman’s right to choose between a pregnancy she fears may destroy her financially or professionally, possibly even physically, and the killing of the baby in her womb.’ In other words, many if not most women who have abortions feel they have no choice. http://www.leftfootforward.org/2013/07/abortion-is-a-tragic-choice-no-woman-should-have-to-make/
B.D. Colen, a reporter for Newsday, witnessed a second-trimester D&E abortion. A D&E is the standard second-trimester abortion and is performed over 300 times a day: “Having seen what I saw, I cannot for a moment abide the disingenuousness of those who argue that a fetus is not human, or those who convince themselves that abortion is not killing.”
“The vast majority of us have never seen an abortion – but we can gain wisdom from those who have. Abortion is a terrible, violent procedure that kills a baby. No amount of sugar-coating can banish that reality. Those of us in the pro-life movement must continue on, knowing we are fighting a battle against the most important human rights injustice of our time.” ~ Sarah Terzo, LifeSiteNews.com