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What’s Airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Abortion Survivors—More than you know”

by | Mar 8, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Before you answer this question “How many abortion survivors do you know?” with “None,” consider the research done by Dr. Philip Ney and Marie Peters Ney, which is the subject of today’s Pro-Life Perspective.

National Right to Life President and PLP Host Carol Tobias starts out today noting, “With so many abortions being performed, everyone knows at least one woman who has had an abortion — even if you don’t know who she is.” But then she adds, “You probably also know one or more abortion survivors.”

She is not alluding to those tragically few babies who have survived a “failed” abortion. Instead Mrs. Tobias is asking us to consider that

“With more than 54 million abortions performed in the United States since 1973, there is hardly a person in the country who hasn’t been touched directly or indirectly by the tragedy of abortion.  This population, in a sense, also comprises a group of abortion survivors.”

Researchers Dr. Philip Ney and Marie Peters Ney have done groundbreaking work in this area and have identified 10 categories of abortion survivors. They include Statistical survivors; Wanted survivors; Sibling survivors; Threatened survivors ;Disabled survivors ;Chance survivors; Ambivalent survivors; Twin survivors; Attempted murder survivors; and murdered survivors.  All but the last are alive.

(Mrs. Tobias offers brief explanations of each at Be sure to take five minutes out to listen to the broadcast and to cast the link along through your social networks.)

Drawing on the work of the Neys, Mrs. Tobias helps us appreciate that abortion survivors are the unrecognized victims of abortion. “Their pain is very real,” she tells us. “They may suffer from feelings of anxiety and worthlessness. They often experience ‘survivor guilt.’ They may lack the ability to trust others or to develop lasting relationships. Although they crave love, they may question the very existence of real love.”

This is a powerful broadcast that ends with this reflection on the culture we live in and the one we aspire to build:

“We need to think about what it means to grow up in a society that considers the lives of the unborn disposable. An entire generation has grown to maturity knowing that their very life depended on someone else’s ‘choice.’ What a sad thing for a society to do to its children! We truly need to rebuild a culture of life — a world in which babies are not simply ‘wanted’ — but one in which they are welcomed, joyfully, as the precious treasures that they are.”

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