As I scrolled down my facebook wall this morning, I came across an article about the Michigan Senate discontinuing “voluntary” abortion from their health care plan. (articles here or here). The friend who posted one of the articles also posted the following as her status:
“WHAT IF THE MOTHER IS GOING TO DIE, OR THE BABY IS ALREADY DEAD IN THE WOMB, GOING TO MAKE THE WOMAN CARRY THE BABY THE WHOLE 9 MONTHS, THIS IS SICKENING”
To which I responded with the following:
Coming from a medical perspective…
1. Thank you for acknowledging that it is a baby. Many pro-choice don’t do that (unless they are pregnant with a wanted baby).
2. If the baby has already died in the womb, removing it would not be an abortion because the baby would already be dead. The definition of abortion is “the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy” or “a miscarriage” (first is deliberate, second is natural). To carry a dead baby to full term would put the mother’s health at risk.
3. If the life of the mother is at risk (for instance if the mother was in a car accident or was injured in some way) the doctors treat both mother and baby in order to try to save both lives. If one life dies (whether it be mother or baby), that is unfortunate but they tried to save both but could not. They don’t deliberately kill the baby to save the mother and they don’t deliberately kill the mother to save the baby.
For further explanation, read the following article:
Also, if you are pro-life, I would encourage you to participate in the 40 Days for Life Facebook Challenge by changing your facebook profile photo to the following photo. The purpose is to send a united and loving message by using this profile picture as your own during the “40 Days For Life” (started February 13th) collectively saying that we love and support every life. There is a great status post on the group which explains the motive & thoughts behind this!