Leave it to CNN to run a column claiming that killing a defenseless unborn baby is “pro-life.”
Over the weekend, the liberal news outlet gave space to pro-abortion blogger Danielle Campoamor, writer for Romper and Bustle, to attack pro-life efforts and those defending the unborn.
Campoamor said her impetus for writing is Iowa’s new ban on abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law, which is the earliest abortion ban in America, on Friday.
If you looked at my life on paper, you might very well wonder why this news is a big deal to me. I have a life in New York City, a 3-year-old son, a current, wanted, planned pregnancy, a rewarding relationship and my mental health. But I have these things because of the abortion I was legally, safely and affordably able to procure at age 23. To advocate for restricted access, to ban abortion services before women even know they are pregnant or to destroy access entirely is to endorse the unnecessary deaths of women across a country that claims to value all life. And I cannot enjoy my life while women are losing the right to live theirs.
She claimed aborting her unborn baby in 2010 gave her control of her future – never mind that, in doing so, she destroyed someone else’s.
“I went in pregnant and, a few hours later, came out with my future back in my control,” she wrote.
Campoamor argued that abortion is pro-life by referring to women who died in pre-Roe v. Wade back alley and do-it-yourself abortions – which, ironically, abortion activists like herself now support by fighting against any and all abortion clinic regulations.
It is inherently violent to call for the demolition of Roe v. Wade, and wish to return to a time when abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women in the United States. By 1965, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 17% of all deaths attributed to pregnancy and childbirth were the result of illegal abortions, and those were the deaths officials reported; the actual number of lives lost is undeniably much higher.
It’s violent to continue to introduce anti-abortion restrictions when a 2017 study conducted by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights found that states with the highest abortion restrictions also have the highest maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. According to UN experts, repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year.
She described abortion clinic regulations as “violent” as well, supposedly because they close abortion clinics and, therefore, keep some women from accessing abortion. These regulations include basic requirements like annual inspections and hallways wide enough for paramedics to wheel gurneys in for injured patients. Many states have enacted these regulations to stop back alley abortionists like Philadelphia’s Kermit Gosnell, who is in jail for murder.
Campoamor also blamed Texas pro-life laws for a rise in maternal mortality rates – a claim that recently was debunked.
Campoamor’s column did what most pro-abortion columns do: focus solely on the mother who absolutely wants an abortion. She never mentioned the tens of millions of unborn babies who are dead as a result of legalized abortion, the mothers who are unsure but go ahead with the abortion because they just don’t know what else to do, those who are pressured or forced to abort their children, or the moms who are physically, emotionally or sometimes even fatally wounded by a “safe, legal abortion” in the United States.
For example, Campoamor attacked Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager-turned pro-life advocate, by calling her a hypocrite and claiming she isn’t really pro-life.
“Abby Johnson isn’t pro-life. Our vice president isn’t pro-life. The anti-abortion movement isn’t pro-life. Abortion is,” she asserted.
What she neglected to mention was that Johnson personally experienced the pain and regret of killing an unborn baby and saw that same pain in countless other women through her work. Unlike Campoamor, who also had an abortion in 2010, Johnson – and millions of women like her – do not think killing an unborn baby is freeing or empowering.
What abortion activists like Campoamor just do not seem to get is that being pro-life means pro-both lives, the mother and the child. Those who are truly pro-life work to save them both from pain and death. We pass abortion clinic regulations to protect moms from butchers like Kermit Gosnell. We support informed consent laws to make sure women are not being lied to about the risks of abortion or their unborn baby’s development. We run pregnancy centers almost completely with volunteers and donations to make sure pregnant and parenting moms have the support they and their babies deserve.
Being pro-life never can involve the intentional killing of human being, especially one as vulnerable and defenseless as an unborn baby. Being pro-life means pro-mother and pro-child.