The War on Babies: A Former Fetus Speaks Out

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The reason for the silly title? The annoyance of seeing “War on Women” flash across a tv screen (MSNBC), earlier this morning as Roe v. Wade was being discussed by talking heads.

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I happened to read Hot Air linked in the Most Wanted section of FA:

“Everyone”? Well, not exactly, but only if you think for more than a few seconds about human biology and the consequences of abortion. The White House put out this statementtoday hailing Roe v Wade on its 41st anniversary:

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.

What of the woman who made her “own choices about her body and her health” when she chose to have sex? (Let’s not bring up cases of incest and rape and medical reasons, which account for 1% and 6% of abortions, respectively).

We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care

What is meant here by “access” and “affordable”, hmm?

and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

“deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams”?! Or simply not live with the “consequences” and “regrets” of the freedom of having made certain choices in life?

I’m sorry this is going to be a short post, as I am in between work-jobs; but as a former fetus and someone who survived his pre-birth, due to having been born in ’68 rather than in ’73…and as someone who may carry memories even prior to his birth, I find myself more and more aligned with those who are anti-abortion and pro-life. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Adopted as a baby to loving parents. I don’t know the circumstances surrounding my birth mother’s decision to give me up for adoption. Had Roe v. Wade been decided before ’68, I might not be here today. Some could care less. Others most likely would say I’ve enriched their lives, and improved my little corner of the universe.

To quote from MataHarley in a comment post she made almost 3 years ago:

So who is getting all these abortions? And why?

Forty percent of pregnancies among white women, 69% among blacks and 54% among Hispanics are unintended.

Eighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15-17 obtain 6% of all abortions, teens aged 18-19 obtain 11%, and teens under age 15 obtain 0.4%. [6]

Women in their twenties account for more than half of all abortions; women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and women aged 25-29 obtain 24%. [6]

Thirty percent of abortions occur to non-Hispanic black women, 36% to non-Hispanic white women, 25% to Hispanic women and 9% to women of other races. [6]

Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic.[6]

Women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45% of all abortions.[6]

About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.[6]

Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children).

Twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100-199% of the federal poverty level.* [6]

The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.

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I’m not a hardline activist on the issue (I’m probably more pro-choice than those who like to call themselves “pro-choice”, when what they really are is “pro-abortion”, but don’t have the guts to say it to their conscience). But I’m definitely sympathetic to the 55 million who aren’t here, due to “a choice”; and a Supreme Court decision, 41 years ago.

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14 Responses to “The War on Babies: A Former Fetus Speaks Out”

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    DrJohn

    author

    What of the woman who made her “own choices about her body and her health” when she chose to have sex?

    “You just don’t understand”

    “Why do you hate women?”

    A small sample of the greeting I get when I make the same argument. Seems to me this is about business- the business of abortion, and it’s big bucks.

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    James Raider

    Word, “A Former Fetus Speaks Out” — brilliant.

    I doubt Obama particularly cares about this, or most other Nationally relevent concerns, but I’m quite sure the W.H. stance oozes from the hateful brain which props him up –> V.J.

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    Nanny G

    Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun in 1984 had this to say given how much the Roe decision is cast in terms of women’s freedom and privacy Blackmun (a former lawyer for the Mayo Clinic) felt it was actually a “doctor’s rights case.”

    Roe “protected the woman’s right, with the physician, to get an abortion.” Blackmun emphasized the italicized phrase with his voice.
    He spoke of the case as a doctor’s rights case, not a woman’s right case.

    In Roe, Blackmun said, for the first trimester, “the attending physician, in consultation with his patient, is free to determine, without regulation by the state, that, in his medical judgment, the patient’s pregnancy should be terminated.”
    Note that the right was the right of the physician, whom [sic] Blackmun assumed was male.

    Note that it was Blackmun who wrote the Roe V Wade decision, so he should know what was meant.

    Today ObamaCare takes the doctor completely out of the equation!
    A PA or even an RNP can perform abortions, maybe not even determining in any medical judgement at all whether the patient’s pregnancy should be terminated!
    Matter of fact, ObamaCare even puts abortifactants over-the-counter so no medical judgement need be taken into account at all!

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    Wordsmith
    DID YOU SEE, this one from Ditto’S comment ON THE POST :EVIL IS COMMING…….
    AMONG OTHER DEATHS: there was in 2012 alone, 1,37 MILLION ABORTIONS,
    EQUAL, 3700 EVERY DAY, 1/5 PLAN PARENTHOOD had: 333964, ONE EVRY 94 SECONDS
    ABORTION IS THE LEADING CAUSE 100/1 MORTALITY.

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    Pete

    The same leftists who snidely rant about how SCIENCE should be the only consideration are the ones who ignore the well known scientific fact that the moment of conception produces a totally unique set of chromosomes, and hence an entity that is the initiation of a new, unique human being at the very first stage of human development.

    All else that the pro-abortion left blathers on abortion is nothing but overwrought attempts at rationalizing away the very real fact that abortion is the termination of a human life. The fact that there are individuals out there who view this willful slaughter as a “woman’s right” reveals the extreme selfishness inherent in the character of those who worship at the altar of secular leftism.

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    ThunderGod

    Another adoptee, here, born in 1965. I’d like to think that my mother chose to have me, as opposed to traveling elsewhere and aborting me, but I will never know. The Nuns of the Sisters of St Mark are tight-lipped about adoptions via their group.

    To further the Science point; next time a “Late Term Barbie” is haranguing you about abortion, ask them why they refuse to allow Evolution to run it’s course. Abortion is true anti-Evolution, in action.

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    retire05

    @Pete:

    The same leftists who snidely rant about how SCIENCE should be the only consideration are the ones who ignore the well known scientific fact that the moment of conception produces a totally unique set of chromosomes, and hence an entity that is the initiation of a new, unique human being at the very first stage of human development.

    Pete, what trait happens at 11 days after conception that makes each child uniquely different from any other human being that ever lived? Finger prints.

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    Pete

    @retire05:

    Thank you, retire. It is wonderful comments like yours ( and I mean that in all sincerity) that remind me that even though premature babies are my area of expertise, I do not know everything there is to know about them, and I can always learn more.

    Have a great weekend.

  9. 14

    ilovebeeswarzone

    retire05
    yes he is right. I didn’t kow it was the finger prints,
    i also was amaze by reading your comment,
    I do not know too many who know that, even mother who are pregnant don’t know,
    IT’S THE FIRST TIME I HEAR IT’
    thank you for the info, a precious one too,
    bye

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