Thursday, June 09, 2005

If they really needed an abortion, why would they change their minds?

Abortion advocates ensure us that women only have abortions they "need." How, then, can they explain why women change their minds after a failed abortion attempt? If the birth of this baby is truly going to utterly ruin the woman's life, wouldn't she still "need" the abortion when she learned it had failed to kill the fetus?

"Liz" has an abortion at a Planned Parenthood on September 22, 1990. As it turned out, the pre abortion ultrasound had shown a twin pregnancy, but only one twin was aborted. The surviving fetus was born on May 16, 1991, and named Jordan.

"Glenda" had an abortion at a Family Planning Associates facility on August 20, 1981, and was assured that "the abortion...had been successful and that she was no longer pregnant." The abortion had failed to kill the fetus, however, and Glenda had the baby. (FPA is the most notorious of the National Abortion Federation abortion mills.)

"Emily" has a suction abortion by Basil Bisca on September 24, 1983. Four and a half months later Tawnya gave birth by C-section to premature infant boy who died from multiple birth defects about five hours later.

"Lena" has an abortion by Dr. Gay Boyle at Birmingham Women's Medical Clinic November 21, 1982. She learned later that the fetus had survived and that she was in the second trimester of pregnancy. Lena chose to continue to term despite worry about the baby, who was born July 23, 1983.

"Latisha" had a positive pregnancy test on December 30, 1981. The staff at Her Medical Clinic recommended an abortion, which she had that day. When she returned to Her Medical Clinic on February 22, 1982, they told her she was still pregnant. Latisha "could not bear the emotional trauma of a repeat abortion at that stage in her pregnancy," so she had the baby. (Her Medical Clinic is the facility where the fatal abortions on Michelle Thames, Liliana Cortez, and Donna Heim were performed.)

"Kathleen" had an abortion at Women's Health Center of West County April 13, 1984. When she reported for Army Basic Training a few weeks later, she was found to be 13 weeks pregnant. Kathleen was discharged from the Army, and gave birth to her baby on October 19, 1984.

"Peg" had a D&C abortion at Dr. Burton Krafte's office when she was eight weeks pregnant. Upon returning for a follow up visit, Peg was discovered to be 18 weeks pregnant. She had the baby.

"Addie" had abortion done by Marvin K. Levin at Family Planning Centers on November 1, 1978. Addie went to a clinic for a pregnancy test on January 9 of 1979, and was informed that she was indeed still pregnant. By then, Addie was 14 weeks pregnant and decided to carry to term.

If, as abortion advocates would have you believe, women seeking abortions are adamant that they "need" them, then wouldn't women always have a second "safe and legal" abortion to kill the fetus that survived a first abortion attempt? The fact that a cursory glance through my notes found these cases, and more, should give us pause. Is abortion something women are really so sure about? Or is it something they resort to in a moment of crisis, something that they're ambivalent enough about to change their minds even after undergoing an abortion procedure to get rid of the "unwanted" pregnancy?

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