Why Partial-Birth Abortions Aren't the Compassionate Option
Grace Payne, Social Policy Contributor
In the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton defended her support of late-term, partial-birth abortions, saying:
You should meet with the women I’ve met with; women I’ve known over the course of my life. This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make... I’ve been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions, like they used to do in China, or forced women to bear children like they used to do in Romania, and I can tell you the government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, with medical advice. And I will stand up for that right.
ounds kind, right? Hillary paints herself as an advocate for women, a compassionate, loving helper. And while she has been quite the supporter of women's issues such as equal pay and confronting violence against women, I have to disagree with her on this front. I understand how difficult it is to be in a position where abortion is even an option. But in the end, it is never the right one. Here's why:
It Doesn't Make Anything Better
Abortion is often hailed as the benevolent solution to an unfortunate situation, such as rape or incest. However, one tragedy does not nullify another. Yes, we should love—that is, act for the good of—these prospective mothers, by being there for them in their time of need. But being there for them does not mean executing their child. They must be given other alternatives, and gently walked through the process of pregnancy. They cannot be yelled at and told they're horrible baby-killing monsters, that won't make them change their mind. While our goal is to save the life of the babies inside these women, we cannot reach our goal with angry words and graphic posters.
It Takes Innocent Lives
Partial Birth abortion, also known as "dilation and evacuation" (a.k.a. D&E or D&X), is just one macabre way that doctors have to get rid of the unborn child. This particularly gory method involves dilating a woman's cervix and removing the body of the child feet first. The skull is then punctured and the baby’s brain is suctioned out before the head can fit through the cervix. This procedure is done at any time from 15-24 weeks in pregnancy unless there is a medical emergency and it is "required" closer to the due date. I know it's graphic—but this is the unfortunate reality of abortion.
It Isn't Even Legal In Most States
During the debate, Trump got upset about late-term abortions, saying, "You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day." He’s not wrong, unfortunately. According to the Guttmacher institute, 13,310 abortions are performed on children 21 weeks or older, and 1,700 are performed after 25 weeks! While Hillary denied that they were happening as Trump described, criticizing his “scare” rhetoric. Thankfully, most states have restrictions on late-term abortions. Alaska, Washington D.C, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont, however, have no restrictions on late-term abortions. In those states, a child can be legally ripped out of the womb the day before birth. However, in the other 44 states, abortion is not legal after 20 weeks, or at the point of fetal viability, when the baby could survive outside of the womb, with exceptions for the mother's health. Even many who are pro-choice find late-term abortions to be a bit extreme. Yet Hillary continues to support them, saying that a "woman's right to choose" is more important than the innocent life inside of her.
It Can Be Dangerous For The Mother
While liberals often claim that abortions are safe, there are many untold risks for the woman having her child killed. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
omen who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an ‘unplanned’ pregnancy who gave birth.
Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%), compared to those who have not had an abortion.
This isn't just some form of birth control; this is murder, and murder has its consequences. This horrible act is not only fatal for the child, but also greatly detrimental to the mother. For the mother, they are both physical and mental. This doesn't help them the way the left would like you to think it does.
It Violates Civil Rights
In the debate, Hillary has said "I will defend a woman's right to choose," and while women do have the right to make decisions about their own health care, that decision ends where the body of another human being begins. Democrats file abortion under "women's rights" when, really, abortion is not a protection of rights, but rather an infringement of them. Everyone, according to our Declaration of Independence, has the right to life, yet millions of children are denied that most basic right through abortion. How can liberals pride themselves on their progressive civil right's stance when they are denying millions of people even the most fundamental right?
At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not someone values the life of the unborn child as much as they do the mother. However, as pro-life advocates for the unborn, we cannot flip that on its head. We cannot value the child above the mother. If our basis for being against abortion is that the child is alive, and created in the image of God, and has value, we cannot discount the value of the mother. She is also created in the image of God, and of value. Coming to a place where abortion is even an option is so difficult, and most women don’t make the decision lightly. They don’t think there is any other option. It is our job to come alongside mothers and make sure they know that they are loved and protected, and help them through an unplanned pregnancy. Choosing life is the compassionate option for both mother and child, and it is our job to remind people of that.
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