A mother came with tears in her eyes to the abortion clinic this morning. Fortunately, she was able to speak with our sidewalk councilors. The local "health clinic" had told her she had to have an abortion because she has diabetes.
This woman was fortunate that she ran into somebody who wasn't shiftless or lazy or lying or whatever is wrong with doctors who are pushing women for abortions that they don't want and that aren't medically called for. This woman was fortunate that the prolifers were there. These women each, by some twist of fate, also managed to find their way to an honest doctor who cared about them -- and their babies.
Other women weren't so fortunate:
Allegra Roseberry was lied to by several doctors, who lied about her baby's health (falsely telling her that her unborn child was "doomed") and about the criteria to get into an experimental cancer treatment program (pregnancy would not disqualify her, as they'd claimed). She and her baby both ended up dead.
Shari Russell wanted to make a birth plan for her baby with anencephaly, but her doctor lied to her and told her that the pregnancy was threatening her life, and that if she didn't abort, she'd be leaving her other child motherless. Shari didn't find out until after it was too late that he'd been lying.
Ashli McCall was left to fend for herself when Hyperemesis Gravidarum was making her vomit constantly; only after her abortion did she learn that treatment had been available that would have saved her baby's life.
But if they'd been surveyed in the waiting room by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, they'd have marked "maternal health problems" as their reason for abortions. The AGI would have counted them as abortions for "maternal health", when they weren't medically indicated at all. And, by the way, that's the only data we have on abortions for "maternal health" -- from AGI surveys of women who mark a check box. They're self-reporting "health" reasons, which could be anything from Ashli's debilitating but treatable HG, or Allegra's cancer, to the woman just told to abort because of diabetes, to women who don't feel comfortable admitting that they're having abortions for social reasons so they check the "health" box. Nobody has, to my knowledge, ever done any sort of research into the "maternal indications" and how many of these women might be spared the anguish of aborting wanted children.
But it's the prolifers somehow who are the monsters for standing between these weeping women and the vultures who make money and political fodder from their needless misery.