Wendy Davis and the Planned Parenthood Mob

[ 14 ] July 4, AD 2013 |

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Last week in the Texas Senate we witnessed nothing short of mob rule. A bill that would have banned late-term abortions after 20 weeks and put into place basic, yet much-needed, safety and health standards at Texas abortion clinics failed to pass. This bill failed, not because it didn’t have the necessary votes, but only because of the pro-choice protesters whose screams, hollers, and chants caused such chaos that the vote missed the midnight deadline by about three minutes.

Shocking, yes, but hardly surprising.

These protesters were led by Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards and consisted of a group of people whose only description of a procedure that tears a little baby limb from limb is summed up neatly in one little word-“choice”.

Can we really expect any better?

As I read the bill and the comments of pro-choice advocates and leaders, I couldn’t help but think about my unborn daughter, Isabella. I am pregnant with my first child and she will be 23 weeks old on Monday. My husband and I watched in amazement as our daughter sucked her little thumb during her 14 week ultrasound—a thumb that has had its nail bed since she was just 11 weeks old. Feeling her little kicks, pokes from her little arms, and her beautiful body moving all around inside of mine has been a constant joy for almost a month now. Last week, I even felt her hiccup.

I thank God that she is blissfully unaware of those who hold her life in such contempt.

To the pro-choice mob that blocked this original bill, my daughter’s life is meaningless as her right to simply live trumps nothing. Although the media hails them as champions of women’s health they are, in fact, leading the attack. They fight to turn the safe haven of my body into a torture chamber for this growing little girl and any butcher will do.

As a woman, pregnant with a 23 week old daughter, I and countless other women find this repulsive.

I’ve long been aware that Planned Parenthood doesn’t really care about women, realizing they care about themselves and their own bottom line. But now, no rational, thinking person can deny it. Opponents of this 20 week late-term abortion ban and of the health and safety standards contained in the bill have said that if it were to pass the majority of the abortion clinics in Texas would be forced to shut down. As my father recently said, “What an admission. So much for women’s health.”

Fighting against a bill that imposes health and safety standards on Texas abortion clinics and the “doctors” that perform such grisly procedures in an effort to safeguard the health of women is completely contrary to Planned Parenthood’s professed interest in women’s health. The sad reality is that PETA does a better job of defending the rights and health of my kitten than Planned Parenthood does defending and fighting for the rights and health of women.

Watching what took place last week, it appeared to me that the only finger Wendy Davis and Planned Parenthood are willing to lift for women’s health is their middle one.

Certainly women in this country and their daughters deserve better representation and advocacy than this.

So when we hear many in the media cheering as Wendy Davis stands defiantly in “heroic” opposition to a bill that seeks only to recognize the scientific fact of life in the womb, that unborn children at 20 weeks feel pain, and attempts to prevent future “Gosnells” from torturing women and their children, sit back, pause for a moment and think of my 23 week old unborn daughter. Is Wendy Davis a hero to her?

Governor Perry has called for a special session that began this week to address this late-term abortion ban. Please pray for its successful passage.

 

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Miriam Brower is happily married and lives in Montana. Although she holds a B.A. in Criminology she has primarily worked in the financial industry and utilizes this background and experience to assist her husband, Matthew, in his solo law practice. She also has experience working for a very large Catholic media company and has enjoyed sharing the faith with others as a catechist and mentor through local RCIA programs. Her particular interests are focused on the New Feminism and how she can bring her pro-life activism to a new generation of women.
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  • Liongrapes

    Spoken like a truly ignorant person. Before you get all offended and up in arms and call me a baby killer let me explain. I too was ignorant before I became painfully aware of what a late- term abortion actually is. My wife and I are professionals and work in the healthcare field. We are both educated, upper middle class and live in a major metropolitan area in Texas. I’m telling you this so you can’t blow me off as some country bumpkin or uneducated inner city trash. My wife was 25 weeks when we had an abortion. We had to travel out of state since it is not possible to have an abortion in Texas at that gestation. In fact there are only a handful of places in the country that perform abortions after 24 wks (literally like 5). At our 24 wk fetal anomaly ultrasound we found out that our baby girl had a severe neural tube defect that was not compatible with life. More than likely she would not make it to term and if she did she would have needed multiple surgeries just to survive. I’m not sure how long she would have lived…possibly she would have died in the womb, maybe she would have died during one of her surgeries, or by some miracle she would have earned her right to a life of mental retardation, paraplegia, bowel and urinary incontinence, and chronic pain. We made our decision to end the pregnancy because we wanted to protect our child. Not because it was an inconvenience to us. We are late term abortionists. It is women who have life threatening conditions during pregnancy. It is women who have babies with severe anomalies. It’s not the sensationalized monsters that decide they don’t want their perfectly healthy baby in their third trimester. That monster is a propagandized myth. We wanted nothing more than to have our baby girl. It would have been selfish for us to continue the pregnancy knowing what our babies future would look like. Our baby girl was not torn apart. She was given a lethal doe of digoxin that stopped her heart. Then my wife was induced and delivered her over the course of 3 days. No epidural and very few pain meds (they slow contractions) because we had to go to a clinic…hospitals do not perform abortions after 24 wks no matter what the reason. No insurance coverage. There were two other couples who were there for the same reason. Both were from out of state and both babies with severe fetal anomolies. This was not an atypical patient census for this clinic. I pray that you have a perfectly healthy baby. But I ask that you choose not to live naively. Dont take away our right to protect our unborn children because you’re ignorant to others experiences. It’s not all candy canes and roses out there.

    • Christine

      Liongrapes. How very sad your story is. My heart is saddened hearing about the severe defect of your daughter. I am heartened, though that you did indeed call her your daughter. She was and IS. I too know the shock and the pain of knowing that your unborn child has a severe defect. One that could very well take their life while in the womb, if not shortly after birth. My son was diagnosed at 20 weeks with Ebstein’s anomaly- a severe heart defect of the heart valves which caused his heart to swell up in his chest cavity. I too faced the decision that you did. Do I abort him (cause he’s probably not going to live anyway) or do I choose to continue the pregnancy, praying for a miracle, yet preparing myself for the sure reality of his death, or the mountain of medical procedures and surgeries ahead. Fortunately, there was only one choice-to love my son and let him live, for how could I claim to love him and kill him?I loved my son his whole short yet fully complete life. (For can anyone of us know for certain how long we will live, or whether we will face a severe and life-changing injury?) He was blessed and indeed so am I because he knew ONLY love-the love, warmth and security found in his mother’ womb. He was loved and wanted just the way he was-defect or not. He IS my son. I know that he waits for me in heaven and I thank God that when I meet him there, I will not hear him ask me: “Why did you kill me? Didn’t you want me? Didn’t you Love me?” My choice told him I did.
      I can’t imagine the weight of your decision and how heavy the burden is. I pray that you will seek forgiveness from your daughter, yourself and God so that you do not have to live out your days in anger, darkness and denial, dreading those words that will one day come from your dear, perfect daughter’s lips.
      Love=Life
      Peace to you.

      • Liongrapes

        Christine,

        I’m very sorry to hear of your loss and I know that you did what you thought was best for your child. That is what a mother should do.

        We made our decision with only one person in mind…our daughter. We did not do it to spare ourselves god’s contempt or the contempt of you or anyone else. We did what we would want someone to do for us. I do not live with anger, darkness or denial for our decision, nor will I be praying for forgiveness. I understand that you have different beliefs and I am totally ok with that. I think tolerance is mentioned somewhere in the bible. I also believe that you need to do what is right for you and others need to do what is right for them. I simply ask to decide for myself. I truly hope that one day you will come down from your religious pedestal and hold your beliefs as your own, for your own reasons, and not anyone else’s.

      • TheodoreSeeber

        “We did what we would want someone to do for us.”

        And that is even sadder to me, for it speaks to the idea you believe in Euthanasia.

      • Leila Miller

        Christine, God bless you for your courageous choice to love your child and not kill him. I have two close friends who did the same. There was not one finger in the world raised to harm those two baby girls, and they spent their precious few hours after birth being kissed and cuddled and rocked and loved and hugged by their parents and siblings. They were baptized after their natural, peaceful deaths, and laid to rest. There is an amazing organization called benotafraid.net, for anyone reading this who has had a poor prenatal diagnosis. God bless.

    • Gail Finke

      So sorry to read this, my heart goes out to you and your wife. I cannot imagine your pain or the tragedy of knowing that your child would die. I’m sure you did what you thought was right in incredibly difficult circumstances. But decisions about right and wrong must be made when one is not facing difficult circumstances, or we risk doing something morally wrong out of fear and despair. That’s why we have laws and principles to guide our actions. The tragedy of a severely deformed or sick child is not lessened by bringing about her death. The choice you made was not one that healed or helped your child. The choice you made did not in any way protect your child. Please be clear. You are asking others to approve of your choice to kill someone — to approve of euthanasia. It is not “healthcare” to inject poison into a living person’s heart, or to undergo a three-day stillbirth. You cannot “terminate a pregnancy,” you can only kill a child. Not, it is not all candy canes and roses, but it is not all euphemisms either. We disagree, obviously, on what the laws and principles should be. But it’s not out of ignorance or lack of compassion, it’s out of a different judgement about the moral response to a tragic situation, on that is based on different principles.

    • TheodoreSeeber

      Why not an emergency c-section? Why the lethal dose of digoxin? Why not just have the unhealthy infant instead of trusting a potentially wrong diagnosis?

  • James

    As the previous commentator shows, late term abortions aren’t about abortion, they are about euthanasia. With so much focus on abortion, the euthanasia angle has been forgotten.

    (BTW, life-threatening complications in late pregnancy call for early induction/caesarian, not abortion.)

    • ThereseZ

      Thanks for your last statement. A delivery is in order, to give the child a chance. If they are going to die at least it will be whole, not poisoned or brain – stabbed in the womb.

  • Guest

    Liongrapes. How very sad your story is. My heart is saddened hearing about the severe defect of your daughter. I am heartened, though that you did indeed call her your daughter. She was and IS. I too know the shock and the pain of knowing that your unborn child has a severe defect. One that could very well take their life while in the womb, if not shortly after birth. My son was diagnosed at 20 weeks with Ebstein’s anomaly- a severe heart defect of the heart valves which caused his heart to swell up in his chest cavity. I too faced the decision that you did. Do I abort him (cause he’s probably not going to live anyway) or do I choose to continue the pregnancy, praying for a miracle, yet preparing myself for the sure reality of his death, or the mountain of medical procedures and surgeries ahead. Fortunately, there was only one choice-to love my son and let him live. I loved my son his whole short yet fully complete life. (For can anyone of us know for certain how long we will live, or whether we will face a severe and life-changing injury?) He was blessed and indeed so am I because he knew ONLY love-the love, warmth and security found in his mother’ womb. He was loved and wanted just the way he was-defect or not. He IS my son. I know that he waits for me in heaven and I thank God that when I meet him there, I will not hear him ask me: “Why did you kill me? Didn’t you want me? Didn’t you Love me?” My choice told him I did.
    I can’t imagine the weight of your decision and how heavy the burden is. I pray that you will seek forgiveness from your daughter, yourself and God so that you do not have to live out your days in anger, darkness and denial, dreading those words that will one day come from your dear, perfect daughter’s lips.
    Love=Life
    Peace to you.

  • Gail Finke

    GREAT piece.