“Why I am Proud to be an Abortion Doctor” is a piece that ran on Huffington Post in the United Kingdom.
Interesting, is it not, that the word “proud” doesn’t appear in the account itself? Actually, a better word than “proud” to describe the abortionist who works for BPAS, the UK’s largest abortion provider, would be “evasive” or “slippery” or “clueless.”
In a nutshell (tell me if you’ve heard this one before) the line is that every abortion is different and therefore nobody ought to say anything that would “stigmatize” the woman. And, by extension the abortionist “who feels compelled, ethically and emotionally, to provide it for her” should go off scot-free as well.
What is interesting is that the unnamed abortionist begins by telling us that he “talk[s] to women about performing abortions up to the legal limit every day.” Note to self: there are no limits in the U.K.
While the law ostensibly has an end-point at which abortions can no longer be performed, in truth it does nothing of the sort. Under the 1967 Abortion Act, abortion on “social grounds” is legal through 24 weeks but is legal (the infamous “Ground E”) until birth if there is a substantial risk of “serious physical or mental abnormality.”
In other words the sole limitation would be a strict definition of “abnormality.” But years ago it was discovered that a 28-week-old baby diagnosed with a bilateral cleft lip and palate was aborted. Brought to light by Church of England curate Joanna Jepson, it initiated a lengthy battle between pro-lifers in England and a recalcitrant Department of Health.
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But the most interesting paragraph in “Why I am proud to be an Abortion Doctor” comes early on. It illustrates perfectly how the pro- and anti-life mentalities each play themselves out in the situation of a crisis pregnancy. He writes
“Someone has written that a woman wants an abortion like an animal stuck in a trap wants to chew its leg off. While the imagery is melodramatic, it conveys the panic and stress an unplanned pregnancy can impose. Perhaps it also communicates something of the relief experienced by women after their abortion; this is one of the things that make being an abortion provider so very rewarding.”
The abortionist congratulates himself for providing this service. My guess is, since he also insists no one should gasp at repeat abortions, he would congratulate himself more and more for each subsequent abortion. After all, he writes,
“fluctuating, complex social circumstances which we all experience can lead anyone, including responsible, conscientious people, to need more than one abortion.”
Who is the “someone” the abortionist referred to? Pro-life author and columnist Frederica Mathewes-Green. The full quote reads
“There is a tremendous sadness and loneliness in the cry ‘A woman’s right to choose.’ No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice-cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.”
What Mathewes-Green is saying is 180 degrees different from the “Abortion Doctor.” Women are desperate—panic-stricken, often under tremendous pressure from boyfriends and lacking support to bring the baby to term—and feel trapped. She ‘wants” the abortion because she sees no way out.
The abortionist says, “Oh, let me help [and collect a hefty sum]. We’ll get you out of this.”
The pro-lifer says, “We know that you don’t really want to end your baby’s life, but you just see no way out. Here, let me show you a better way.” Or, as the Irish pro-life leader Niamh Uí Bhriain often puts it, “terminate the crisis and not the child.”
I don’t want to put words in Mathewes-Green’s mouth, but it’s hard to miss the deeper meaning. The woman may “escape” but she does so at the cost of losing a part of herself–physically, ethically, and spiritually.
Sorry, Mr. “Abortion Doctor,” you are doing women no service. And you should never for a second feel proud.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.