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Are pro-abortionists truly “pro-woman”?

by | Feb 25, 2013

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

This is the time of year when state legislatures are furiously working to pass laws on all kinds of subjects.  Many of them are considering laws that will protect pregnant women and their unborn children.  In most of the states, opponents of pro-life legislation will again trot out the tired, worn-out lingo about how pro-lifers don’t care about the woman making a difficult decision and they supposedly do.

Don’t be discouraged or intimidated by that false rhetoric.  Remind yourself that we are the real champions for women, not those who only offer a dead baby as the “solution.”

A woman seeking an abortion is about to make an irreversible life-or-death decision. She should be given all medically relevant information before the abortion is performed, giving her time to think about that information. Yet abortion is the least regulated invasive “procedure” in the country. Many states do not require that women be fully informed about the abortion procedure, its potential risks, or alternatives — something required for every other surgery performed in the United States.

Abortion advocates want to rush the pregnant woman into the abortion facility and rush her through the abortion. Why? Because they’re afraid that if she gets accurate information, and has time to think about it, she’ll change her mind.  How is that “pro-woman”?  I thought changing our minds was a woman’s prerogative!

Abortion advocates, who supposedly care about women, fight legislation requiring abortion facilities to meet the most basic health and safety standards of medical clinics, such as requiring hallways be wide enough to get a gurney through, in case they have to call an ambulance, or requiring that oxygen be available.  Why do they fight health and safety standards?  How is that “pro-woman”?

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America.  We learn from its 2011-2012 annual report that PPFA performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 – more than 25% of the estimated annual total of abortions in the United States.  That is one every 94 seconds.

But Planned Parenthood is not content to just have women walk through their doors.

Some Planned Parenthood facilities are now offering so-called “webcam” abortions.  Rather than meeting the abortionist in person, a pregnant woman sits in a Planned Parenthood office in one city and converses with him long-distance via computer.  The abortionist can push a button on his computer that opens a drawer in the room where the woman is seated.  Inside that drawer is the chemical cocktail that will kill her unborn child.

This is a dangerous abortion method–women have died and thousands more have suffered complications, including severe hemorrhaging.  Prescribing a chemical cocktail to a woman who is perhaps hundreds of miles away, not being there to help if there are complications, is not “pro-woman.”

And again this year California pro-abortionists are striving to pass a law that allows non-physicians to perform abortions, not just extend a pilot program that allowed a handful of non-physicians to do so.  Reducing the required standard of medical expertise for abortion providers is certainly not “pro-woman.”

Thanks to President Obama, the United States is again funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  This fund supports China’s population-control program, which includes forced abortion.  Stories abound of pregnant women in China who are dragged out of their homes, taken to “family-planning” centers against their wishes, and have an abortion forced on them.  The abortion can be so violent that the women die along with their, sometimes, full term babies.

It is estimated that there are 37 million more males than females in China.  200,000 children a year, usually from poor families, are seized or sold as child brides.  Girls from surrounding countries are kidnapped or lured under false pretenses and forced to work in brothels.  

Where are the so-called “pro-woman” abortion advocates and why aren’t they speaking out against what’s happening to women in China?

The use of abortion as a means of sex selection is a major problem in a number of Asian countries.  According to various reports, more than 160 million girls are “missing,” having been the victim of sex-selection abortions.  Unfortunately, the practice of sex-selection by abortion is increasing in North America, including the United States.

When gender is the reason for the abortion, almost all the babies who die are girls.  But when given the opportunity to support legislation to prohibit sex-selection abortion, abortion advocates fail the baby girls.  Rather than oppose sex-selection abortion, they oppose the legislation!

While the pro-abortion movement offers only a dead baby as the solution for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, the pro-life movement has taken up the challenge to help her through this difficult time.

Pregnancy Resource Centers offer support, clothing, supplies, and when needed, a place for the pregnant mom to stay.  Many have arrangements with medical personnel to provide free medical care if necessary.  Some Resource Centers offer parenting classes and other services, depending on the volunteers and local support they have.

Abortion advocates are even trying to shut these centers down.  They don’t want women to have “that” choice.

When a woman is considering an abortion, we open our arms and our hearts to her. If she has made the tragic decision to abort, we open our arms and our hearts to her. Not all women who have had an abortion have physical, psychological, or emotional problems resulting from the abortion, but many do.

A leading complication of abortion is that the procedure may damage her uterus or cervix.  This leads to reproductive problems, including a doubled risk of sterility, a 50%-90% increased risk of having a future ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or premature birth in future pregnancies, and in rare circumstances – death.

Aborted women report a sense of helplessness, emotional numbing, guilt, pain, grief, depression, irritability, and aggressive behavior.  They may have eating disorders, higher psychiatric admissions, flashbacks, nightmares, drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts, and in some cases, suicide.  A study in Finland found that the suicide rate for women having abortions is three times the national average and six times what it was for women giving birth.

Many women have also found hope and healing.  I have heard too many stories from women who are hurting because of their abortion.  Some physically, but most psychologically and emotionally.

Working to elect pro-life candidates and to pass protective legislation isn’t always the most fun thing to do and there are sometimes heart-breaking moments, but it is so critical.  Laws save lives, and we do it for both the mother and the child.

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