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Late-term Abortions: Forget Women's Health, It's All About the Money
Pictured is Ana Rosa Rodriguez, a late-term abortion survivor. If you look closely, you'll notice that this child is missing her right arm. That's because her arm was ripped off in the process of an abortion on New York's Lower East Side in October of 1991. Ana Rosa was 32 weeks old at the time of the abortion. Rosa, Ana's mother had told Dr. Abu Hayat that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go through with the abortion.
"He said that it was impossible to stop, that I had to continue," Rosa told New York Newsday. According to Rosa, Hayat’s assistants held her down while he sedated her. When she awoke, she was told that the abortion was incomplete and that she should come back the following day. That evening, however, she experienced increasing pain and bleeding. Her mother took her to Jamaica Hospital by taxi, where, five hours later, baby Ana Rosa was born. Aside from the loss of her right arm, Ana Rosa is a perfectly healthy little girl.
Roe vs. Wade: The Dred Scott Decision of Our Time
"I was trained by a professional marketing director in how to sell abortions over the telephone... The object was, when the girl called, to hook the sale so that she wouldn't get an abortion somewhere else, or adopt out her baby, or change her mind. We were doing it for the money."
-- Nina Whitten, chief secretary at a Dallas abortion clinic under Dr. Curtis Boyd
In WWII, Germans were wanted, Jews and Russians weren't wanted, and 6 million Jews and some 20 million Russians died. Between 1914-15, in Turkey, the Turks were wanted, Christians weren't wanted... 2 million Armenian Christians died. In the 90s, in Rwanda, Hutus were wanted, Tutsis were unwanted, and 800,000 perished-- the rivers actually clogged with bodies. In Bosnia, Serbs were were wanted, Muslims weren't wanted, again genocide raged and hundreds of thousands died.
One mother is in a hospital, getting a sonogram, pregnant with a "wanted baby". Another mother at the exact same stage of pregnancy is at an abortion clinic, getting a sonogram in preparation for the killing of an "unwanted" baby. Every 22 seconds, the latter repeats itself.
Each victim class above: human. The difference? Two labels: "wanted" and "unwanted". One label affords full human rights, the other is a death sentence. Death by label alone is genocide by definition.
In March of 1857, the United States Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, declared that all blacks -- slaves as well as free -- were not and could never become citizens of the United States. It was decided that a black man had no rights a white man was bound to respect.
The court also declared the 1820 Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, thereby legalizing slavery in all of the country's territories. In effect, the decision declared the African-American was subhuman property. This would not be the last time the Supreme Court failed to consider biological and physiological realities when making decisions relying on the same. Far from it.
In 1973, Roe vs. Wade would trump that decision. It would affect all Americans. It would make the unborn child neither citizen or human. In that year a few justices, with no training in genetics, biology, anthropology or even counsel from experts in these respective fields, arrogantly decided what is human life and what is not. And since 1973, America has lost 1/3 of a generation to abortions at an average of 1.5 million a year. This is why it's called infanticide, because if the pro-abortion lobby is wrong, that is exactly what they have embraced.
Ironically, one can be tried for the murder of the unborn, a circumstance in which the fetus is granted personhood if the mother had wanted the baby. However, if the child is unwanted by the mother that legal personhood is suddenly gone.
A mother's "emotional duress" or "cosmetic" considerations is grounds enough for a doctor to declare the child's birth as a danger to the mother; it is grounds enough to kill a healthy child at late term. Nor is it uncommon for a doctor to falsify the actual age of the fetus when it is aborted.
|"I won't describe D & E other than to say that, as a doctor, you are sitting there tearing, and I mean tearing- you need a lot of strength to do it- arms and legs off of babies and putting them in a stack on top of the table."Dr. David Brewer
of Glen Ellyn
|Dred Scott Decision, 1857. Not human, just property, according to the infamous Supreme Court ruling that precipitated the Civil War.Roe vs. Wade, 1973: The Unborn Child anything from a parasite to an insentient cluster of cells.|
Too often the motive isn't altruism or concern for the mother's health, it's money. Abortion isn't free, so it's a lucrative industry that only starts with the procedure and ends with weeks or sometimes years of expensive counseling and medications.
"Grief after induced abortion is often more profound and delayed than grief after other perinatal losses. Grief after elective abortion is uniquely poignant because it is largely hidden. The post-abortion woman's grief is not acknowledged by society because the reality of her child's death is not acknowledged. In order to gain her consent for the abortion she has been told that the procedure will remove a "blob of tissue" a "product of conception", or a "pre-embryo." She has been assured that her "problem will be solved" and that she will be able to "get on with her life" as though nothing significant had happened.
"Yet the pregnant woman knows by the changes in her body that something very significant is happening to her: her menses have stopped, her breasts are enlarging, she is sick in the morning (or all day long), and she knows that the process which has begun in her will most likely result in the birth of a baby in nine months time if allowed to run its course. She is aware of the expected date of delivery and she has often thought of a name for her baby as she has begun to picture the child as he or she would be at birth (Bonding begins very early in pregnancy.). All of these feelings and fantasies about her pregnancy must be denied in order to undergo an elective abortion. The pregnant woman is asked to deny the fact that she is carrying a child at all!"
E. Joanne Angelo, M.D, Linacre Quarterly, Vol 59, no. 2 (May, 1992).
But whether the child is wanted or not the same reality exists... an innocent human life is lost through murder or through choice. And there is no nobility, or courage, in either.
Are you legally human if your mother wants you, regardless of trimester? Yes. But if she changes her mind, does that change the biological reality in any way? Of course not. Legally, however, you no longer exist, regardless of trimester. This is the cruelest irony because the pro-abortion lobby wouldn't dare tell a pregnant mother "That thing isn't human, you have no right to offer it a burial if it miscarries." Think it's an exaggeration to say they would pull a stunt like that?
Think again. In California, on March 15 of 1997, five boxes containing 30 human fetuses were found in a field by two children. A local church attempted to offer them a Christian burial. Guess who went to court to stop them? Planned Parenthood. Why? because they "weren't human". Under that logic, why not sue the pet cemeteries? they don't bury humans either. Abortion is a lucrative industry, and you can bet that those who grow rich from exploiting a woman at the most vulnerable time in her life opposed the said burials simply because it all made for bad PR.
So when do human rights begin? At human conception. The pro-life argument is not an argument against women's rights, on the contrary, it is a call for the expansion of them. Every single one of us began this life a female, only later in the womb did we develop into males, or remain female.
Thus a woman's rights begin at her own conception.
Compiled by Sarah Terzo
What Goes on Inside an Abortion Clinic?
What is the best way to learn about abortion? To actually witness an abortion first hand or to work in a clinic. The second best thing is to read verified eye-witness accounts from people who are current and former abortion providers. These quotes have been tracked down from a number of sources, from the research of pro-choice author Magda Denes to the Washington Post and other magazines. You can verify the facts of fetal development described by the clinicians in an encyclopedia or reference book. (One suggestion is K.L. Moore's "The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology" 3rd edition, 1982.) Although this document is long, Sarah's research has spanned three years and the majority of statements have not been included due to length.
Clinic Counselors Speak Out
"I have never yet counseled anybody to have the baby. I'm also doing women's counseling on campus at Albany State, and there I am expected to present alternatives, whereas at the abortion clinic you aren't really expected to."
-- abortion counselor Rachel Weeping and Other Essays About Abortion. James Tunstead Burtchaell, editor. New York: Universal Press, 1982 pg. 42-43.
"Counselors are just to give the appearance of help. . . [They] think of themselves as company for the women."
-- abortion clinic counselor.
|One London woman had 6 abortions in one year. According to the article, "Women between 20 and 24 have taken over from teenagers as the largest age group to have terminations, while only one in 100 abortions is carried out solely because of a medical risk to the baby."|
"I was trained by a professional marketing director in how to sell abortions over the telephone. He took every one of our receptionists, nurses, and anyone else who would deal with people over the phone through an extensive training period. The object was, when the girl called, to hook the sale so that she wouldn't get an abortion somewhere else, or adopt out her baby, or change her mind. We were doing it for the money."
-- Nina Whitten, chief secretary at a Dallas abortion clinic under Dr. Curtis Boyd.
"Every woman has these same two questions: First, 'Is it a baby?' 'No,' the counselor assures her. 'It is a product of conception (or a blood clot, or a piece of tissue)' Even though these counselors see six week babies daily, with arms, legs and eyes that are closed like newborn puppies, they lie to the women. How many women would have an abortion, if they told them the truth?"
-- Carol Everett, former owner of two clinics and director of four "A Walk Through an Abortion Clinic" by Carol Everett ALL About Issues magazine Aug-Sept 1991, p 117.
"If a woman we were counseling expressed doubts about having an abortion, we would say whatever was necessary to persuade her to abort immediately."
--Judy W., former office manager of the second largest abortion clinic in El Paso, Texas.
"We tried to avoid the women seeing them [the fetuses]. They always wanted to know the sex, but we lied and said it was too early to tell. It's better for the women to think of the fetus as an 'it.'
-- Abortion clinic worker Norma Eidelman, quoted in Rachel Weeping, p 34.
"The counselor at our clinic would cry with the girls at the drop of a hat. She would find their weakness and work on it. The women were never given any alternatives. They were told how much trouble it is to have a baby."
-- former abortion worker Debra Harry, quoted in the film "Meet the Abortion Providers" 1989.
"When discussing the sonogram, you are supposed to tell the client that it is a measurement as far as the pregnancy is concerned, but not a measure of the fetal head or anything like that."
-- Rosemary Petruso, on her training to be an abortion counselor. Her story appeared in the St. Louis Review and was also quoted in "Women Exploited: The Other Victims of Abortion" Paula Ervin, editor. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 1985.
"Sometimes we lied. A girl might ask what her baby was like at a certain point in the pregnancy: Was it a baby yet? Even as early as 12 weeks a baby is totally formed, he has fingerprints, turns his head, fans his toes, feels pain. But we would say 'It's not a baby yet. It's just tissue, like a clot."
-- Kathy Sparks told in "The Conversion of Kathy Sparks" by Gloria Williamson, Christian Herald Jan 1986, p 28.
"It is when I am holding a plastic uterus in one hand, a suction tube in the other, moving them together in imitation of the scrubbing to come, that woman ask the most secret question. I am speaking in a matter-of-fact voice about 'the tissue' and 'the contents' when the woman suddenly catches my eye and says 'How big is the baby now?' These words suggest a quiet need for definition of the boundaries being drawn. It isn't so odd, after all, that she feels relief when I describe the growing bud's bulbous shape, its miniature nature. Again, I gauge, and sometimes lie a little, weaseling around its infantile features until its clinging power slackens."
--abortion worker Sallie Tisdale "We Do Abortions Here" Oct 1987 Harpers Magazine p 68.
"I am 23 years old. I was aborted and I did not die."
Gianna Jessen, survivor of mother's late term abortion attempt, Hearing on H.R. 4292, the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000", House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution July 20, 2000.
"Adolph Hitler once said: 'The receptive ability of the great masses is only very limited...their forgetfulness is great. This being so, all effective propaganda should be limited to a very few points which in turn, should be used as slogans until the very last man is able to imagine what is meant by such words.' Today's slogans are: 'a woman's right to choose' and 'freedom of choice,' etc."
"I am 23 years old. I was aborted and I did not die. My biological mother was 7 months pregnant when she went to Planned Parenthood in southern California and they advised her to have a late-term saline abortion.
"A saline abortion is a solution of salt saline that is injected into the mothers womb. The baby then gulps the solution, it burns the baby inside and out and then the mother is to deliver a dead baby within 24 hours.
"This happened to me! I remained in the solution for approximately 18 hours and was delivered ALIVE on April 6, 1977 at 6:00 am in a California abortion clinic. There were young women in the room who had already been given their injections and were waiting to deliver dead babies. When they saw me they experienced the horror of murder. A nurse called an ambulance, while the abortionist was not yet on duty, and had me transferred to the hospital. I weighed a mere two pounds..."
Excerpts- Gianna Jessen's testimony from Hearing on H.R. 4292, the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000", House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution July 20, 2000.
Feminists for Life Just the Facts
Dilemmas Involving Ultrasound
"They [the women] are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they wouldn't want to have an abortion."