Excuse me? I’m as pro-life as they come, but this is NOT true. My mother had an ectopic pregnancy, and if she didn’t get an abortion, she would have DIED. The baby was growing in her fallopian tube. If a doctor hadn’t saved her life by regrettably ending the life of my older brother or sister, I would not be here today. But this sort of thing has to stop. If we as pro-life people are going to be taken seriously, we can NOT make horrible statements like this. How do you think my mother would feel seeing this? She cried in the fetal position on the floor for days after she lost her baby.
If you’re going to be pro-life, you have to be pro-woman as well as pro-child. Don’t heap shame on women like my mother.
Here’s the full quote from C. Everett Koop:
Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I’ve never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If towards the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will either induce labor or perform a Cesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.
To clarify, if during an effort to save a mother’s life due to complications of pregnancy her child is lost, this is NOT AN ABORTION. Induced abortion is the elective killing of a child carried by a healthy mother. Period. Never let someone who champions the ‘necessity’ of abortion conflate these two very different circumstances.
Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent living human being.
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