John on November 29, 2005 at 10:58 am
Earlier this year the L.A. Times wrote a glowing piece about infamous Kansas abortionist Dr. Tiller. Tiller is well known for performing last minute abortions on viable babies. He is also well known for rushing his patients to the emergency room when one of his attempts goes wrong.
Today, the Times offers a follow up. This glowing piece presents Dr. Harrison of Arkansas as a living saint doing what must be done in spite of every obstacle. Given its pattern of abortion related hagiography, I’m beginning to suspect the Times plans to issue a series of collector cards called “Great Abortionists of our Time.” Perhaps they can include quotes and stats on the back. For Dr. Harrison I’d recommend this quote, “I am destroying life.” And as for stats, the article estimates that he has personally destroyed 20,000 unborn babies during his long career.
Dr. Harrison’s outlook, as presented in this piece, is that destroying life is simply no big deal. He posts a sign on the door of his clinic saying that one out of four U.S. women will have an abortion. The nurse jokingly says of the sign “You think there’s room in hell for all those women?”
What’s most clear from the article is that the pleading of the abortion lobby on behalf of indigent women who have become pregnant as a result of rape has nothing to do with the reality of abortion. Pro-lifers have been saying this for 30 years of course, but groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been denying it for just as long. But Dr. Harrison’s patients aren’t poor, uneducated women with no other recourse. They are simply looking for an easy way out of a problem they’ve created through their own irresponsible behaviour. Here are the patients presented in the article along with their reasons for seeing Dr. Harrison:
- “There’s things wrong with abortion,” she says. “But I want to have a good life. And provide a good life for my child.” To keep this baby now, she says, when she’s single, broke and about to start college, “would be unfair.”
- A high school volleyball player says she doesn’t want to give up her body for nine months. “I realize just from the first three months how it changes everything,” she says.
- Kim, a single mother of three, says she couldn’t bear to give away a child and have to wonder every day if he were loved. Ending the pregnancy seemed easier, she says â€” as long as she doesn’t let herself think about “what could have been.”
- Amanda says she does not doubt her decision. “It’s not like it’s illegal. It’s not like I’m doing anything wrong,” she says.
- When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. “I don’t think my dress would have fit with a baby in there,” she says.
- A 32-year-old college student named Stephanie, has had four abortions in the last 12 years. She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion “is a bummer,” she says, “but no big stress.”
Note that the first woman mentioned is “single, broke and about to start college.” There is a cure for singleness. It’s called marriage. There is a cure for being broke. It’s called getting a job. And college, so far as I’m aware, is not something broke people attend without some form of parental or governmental support. Both of these are of course also available to broke young mothers, but the L.A. Times is not interested in these details. The bottom line is this: Why should anyone be asked to change their plans when their is an easy, legal way out.
Destroying life is easier. That’s the truth about abortion.
Update: There’s a related story over at Scott’s Magic Statistics blog today.
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