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“I don’t want this child”

by | Apr 16, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

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blobThe willingness of pro-abortionists to say almost anything is not news to pro-lifers. But a 776-word-long New York Times op-ed by Susan Heath is unusually blunt/heartless, even by their standards.

Thinking about the “attacks on a woman’s right to choose,” Heath tells her readers “It wasn’t always like this.”

She nostalgically yearns for the “good old days” of 1978—five years after Roe v. Wade was decided! She was then 38. Heath already had four sons and she’s “about two and a half months pregnant.”

Five words summarize where she was at: “I don’t want this child.”

Give Heath credit. None of the usual diversionary stuff. She writes that little babies are cute—indeed, “I delight in newborn babies with their delicate weightlessness, the curl of their small fingers around my thumb.” But now “the best thing about them now is that they belong to other people. I don’t want to bear them, feed them, bring them up, be responsible for them.”

Put more straightforwardly, she tells us, “I’ve got other things to do,” adding later by way of further clarification, she was “on a different track now.”

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And in those good old days she got back on track by zipping down to the non-judgmental, protestor-free Planned Parenthood clinic. There Heath has the abortion which is

“really not so bad; in fact it’s not as invasive as going for monthly checkups when you’re pregnant. They’re kind, they tuck me up under a blanket and say my husband can pick me up soon and take me home. I’m fine.”

She gratefully sends PPFA a donation of several hundred dollars, and why not?

“Having the abortion released me from the burden of the added mothering I could no longer undertake and allowed me to do the best mothering I could.”

This almost-conclusion is followed by two paragraphs that speak volumes.

“Two years later, I’m driving upstate by myself. I look down and think that if I hadn’t had the abortion, there would be a baby seat next to me with a small child in it, resting comfortably, knowing it would always be safe because I was in charge. It might be a girl — I would have liked to have a daughter in the family mix.

Whatever she means by that, she takes it all back in the next paragraph:

“But I’m not grieving over the absence; I don’t have and never have had a single qualm about not bringing that child into the world. I know many women who have grieved greatly over the children they decided not to have, and I am thankful to have been spared that agonizing sadness of guilt and regret. I also know many women who, like me, have felt only gratitude and relief at having been able to take control over their lives safely and legally.”

Heath is tone-deaf to the meaning of her own words.

If she had not aborted her baby (which she did without “that agonizing sadness of guilt and relief”), the child would have been “[R]esting comfortably, knowing it would always be safe because I was in charge.”

But having said that, Heath assures us she feels only “gratitude and relief” for being able to “take control” of her life.

Exactly how did she accomplish that? By taking control of –ending– the baby’s life.

And unlike her mother, the baby will never have “other things to do.”


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