The script being staged by the pro-abortion Left called for one of two endings: a granted abortion with a live mother or a denied abortion with a dead mother. Either one would have provided the desired political and PR leverage. But Big Abortion got an ending they hadn't counted on: a denied abortion and a live mother. This accursed outcome threw a monkey wrench into everything.
The live mother/non-aborted baby outrages the abortion advocates. It doesn't fit the planned narrative. So they have decided to redeem the situation. They have opted to get back on script. and they're doing it by insisting that Beatriz's life-saving non-baby-killing C-section was actually a "hysterotomy abortion."
Yesterday in El Salvador, Beatriz (a pseudonym) had an abortion. The Catholic Church and the international anti-choice movement are desperate to deny this reality, so the anti-choice spin machine is in high gear, engaging in linguistic gymnastics to suggest otherwise.
And much of the media is taking the bait.
Beatriz had a hysterotomy, a form of abortion carried out through c-section....
In parroting what anti-choicers and the government of El Salvador are saying, many media outlets are glossing over and ignoring what actually happened in El Salvador.
The New York Times, for instance stated that the “ill Salvadoran woman … delivered her 27-week-old fetus” and quoted El Salvador’s Minister of Health, María Isabel Rodríguez as saying, “At this point, the interruption of the pregnancy is no longer an abortion. It is an induced birth.” Rodríguez elaborated that it could be “either an abdominal or vaginal birth.” Meanwhile, Reuters uncritically reported that the c-section permitted El Salvador to avoid having to allow Beatriz an abortion.How about that? The New York Times and Reuters went with the facts instead of simply reworking an abortion-advocacy organization's press release. It's no doubt infuriating for Big Abortion when the lapdogs don't obey commands.
Here's where they get really ridiculous:
Beatriz’s doctors knew ten weeks into her pregnancy that she needed an abortion to save her life, and even in El Salvador, a country in which doctors go to jail for performing abortions, her physicians began petitioning the government for an exception to the law.If she needed an abortion to save her life when she was 10 weeks pregnant, how is it that she managed to deliver a living baby at 26 weeks?
Doctors also knew something else: Beatriz was carrying a fetus with no brain, and therefore it could not survive outside the womb under any circumstance.Ah! See? Beatriz was carrying a "defective" baby. And if it's an absolute right to deprive a healthy baby of decades of life "on demand," then surely it's right to deny one of those yucky anencephaly babies a few hours of life outside the womb when her mother is sick.
So the Ministry of Health agreed with the doctors who turned out to be wrong. Politics or medical judgment? Well, who turned out to be right in the end?
While the Ministry of Health agreed the abortion was warranted (again, a profoundly unusual circumstance in El Salvador), the Catholic Bishops, anti-choice groups, and the attorney general would not budge, threatening to put both doctors and patient in jail.
The turning point came when an international campaign was launched, and every relevant court and human rights body was petitioned. Yet despite pressure from human rights bodies in the region and internationally, El Salvador’s Supreme Court refused to budge, and Beatriz was denied an uncomplicated early abortion and subsequently also a less complicated second trimester procedure. She was therefore pushed into the third trimester, with her health failing to “save” a fetus that could not be saved. Finally, in the face of mounting international opprobrium, she was given a hysterotomy, which anti-choicers are spinning as though it were a normal c-section.
Thankfully, Beatriz has survived the late abortion and is doing well....Damn you antichoicers for saving her life without killing the baby! But it was an abortion! It was it was it was it was it was! Because if doctors saved her life without breaking the law, we can't scream that the law killed her!
Now they change tactics and say that the delay in ending the pregnancy means that Beatriz "faces unknown health consequences," which translates to "So big deal, she's fine now. She might get sick later and it'll be all your fault, you antichoicers!"
They're saying that Beatriz is poor and saddled with medical bills -- for which the solution is for somebody else, perhaps the prolifers who certainly wouldn't mind, to pay the medical bills. We do that sort of thing for pregnant women all the time anyway.
|Abortion advocates are angry because Beatriz's baby died a |
natural death rather than being killed like this, by dismemberment.
Now they are trying to reclassify emergency c-sections as
"abortions" in cases where the baby has health problems.
Here's where we get to the crux of how they're trying to classify the c-section as an abortion: Beatriz's baby was not "a viable fetus" because it had anencephaly.
So they're using the definition of "viable" used to distinguish the maturity of the fetus and rework it to cover any baby that has a fatal condition.
|Ambra had anencephaly.|
She lived for three hours.
Certainly the doctor who is writing to the abortion enthusiasts is part of the political theater. Look what he/she says next:
“It may be more palatable in the public eye that Beatriz undergoes a c-section,” the doctor continued. “However this is certainly not the preferred method [in the case of a] fetus that is anencephalic (absence of higher-function brain tissue) and therefore incompatible with life."Actually, usually the doctors and the parents decide together which approach to take. A c-section increases the anencephalic baby's chance of surviving the birth process and living long enough to know what it is to be held and loved. Parents and doctors usually balance the mother's health and the family's leanings toward a natural birth versus possible time spent holding a living baby.
So the abortion advocates are lying on multiple counts:
- The court specifically said that the baby's life was to be spared, and that the living baby was to be delivered at the moment that was best for both mother and child.
- The entire point of a hysterotomy is a dead baby. That is what distinguishes it from a c-section.
- Both scheduled and emergency c-sections have been routine means of delivering babies whose mothers health or life is at risk for nearly a century, and that includes delivering babies with fatal conditions.
- Even if the baby dies, be it from complications prematurity or from a terminal condition, that doesn't change the fact that a c-section performed for the mother's physical health is still a c-section performed for the mother's physical health.
How desperate and pathetic do they need to be? And how low can they sink?
Thanks to Melissa for providing a link to this Spanish-language article, which certainly adds an interesting big of information: Beatriz had already gone into labor when doctors elected to switch from a vaginal delivery to a c-section to preserve her health. So not only was the baby not killed -- the pregnancy was not even artificially terminated! It was in the process of ending on its own! (Read it here run through Google Translate.)
What's the Spanish equivalent of "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"?