Argh! I shouldn’t really blog when I’m this angry, but I really need to get this out of my system. I should also mention that I believe that the only time I’m allowed to have an opinion that matters on the whole pro-choice/pro-life debate, is the day I grow a uterus. However, that doesn’t prevent me from sympathising with those who have already grown one and what they choose to do with it.
Especially when they’re faced with a rabid and insane pro-life movement, that is all about the “life” of a bunch of cells and which couldn’t give a stuff about the baby, nor it’s mother, after it’s born. These are people who want to restrict access for these mothers to affordable medical care, or to welfare benefits, whilst at the same time insisting that a rape or incest victim carry the baby to term. This is because – if you’re seriously unhinged like Rick Santorum – they see any conception, even from a violent rape, as being a gift from God. Nice God they worship. This is on top of all the anti-abortion laws the various redneck states are passing, that are making any form of early termination – including the “morning after” pill – illegal.
It also seems as if the pro-lifers aren’t too keen on adopting all these unwanted babies, they’ve ensured are born. Hell, that creepy old insane preacher pat Robertson went as far as to say that foreign children, especially those who had been sexually abused, or subject to deprivation, should not be adopted, in case they turn out “weird.”
Now, if you are still in some doubt about the fact that pro-lifers care more about the well-being of a bunch of cells than that of the person actually carrying those cells around, here’s a little story for you.
The Domincan Republic has very strict abortion laws. Very strict. The ban includes conceptions following rape, incest, and in situations where the health of the mother is in danger.
I highlighted that last part, because it clearly shows just how fucked up the pro-life movement can be. Regardless of the fact that that developing bundle of cells is endangering the mother’s life, you cannot terminate the pregnancy. The problem here is that if the mother dies, then that little bundle of cells dies too. So exactly is that being pro-life – sacrificing a perfectly viable human being (albeit one with a vagina) for the benefit of a few cells, that are now also dead?
Anyway, getting back to the Dominican Republic, a 16-year-old girl has recently died from cancer-related complications. Now, as tragic as that may seem, that is not the whole story. After all, young people die in terrible ways every day. No, the problem here is that the girl was 9-weeks pregnant. In other words, the fetus (by no stretch of the imagination can it be called a “baby”) she was carrying was 3cm long and weighed about 3 grams. And looked like this:
Now you have to understand that there is no way that something like that can survive outside of the mother. However, because chemotherapy might have resulted in the pregnancy being terminated, hospital officials REFUSED TO TREAT HER. Because they were worried that they would fall foul of the abortion laws.
Bear in mind, they weren’t even going perform an abortion. Just the fact that the treatment could have resulted in the pregnancy being terminated would be seen as falling foul of the abortion laws.
Finally, after three weeks, they began chemotherapy, but even when complications set in, including bleeding, they refused to terminate. Eventually, the young victim miscarried and then died from blood loss.
Yes, I said victim. Because how else can you describe somebody – a perfectly functional, viable human being – who is now dead because of the actions… or rather lack of actions by people, held captive by an archaic law?
Sadly, this is by no means the only such case, and I’m willing to bet there will be plenty more – and not just on a Caribbean backwater either. If the pro-life lunatics have their way in the US of A, then plenty other girls and women will suffer the same fate.
Dying in the name of pro-life.
Just to finish off, here’s the plea from the girl’s mother. I think every pro-life politician needs to hear this – endlessly on repeat.
My daughter’s life is first. I know that (abortion) is a sin and that it goes against the law … but my daughter’s health is first.
Sadly, no. A bunch of cells and a political agenda came first in this case.
And a little girl is dead because of it.