I am the mother of a beautiful (everyone says that, but she really is a pretty adorable baby) 9-month old daughter. A little less than a year ago, at 12 days overdue, I went into labor and gave birth, naturally and in a free-standing birth center. I had back labor (the unassuming name given the worst pain ever, focused entirely in your low back) the whole time; it was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
My husband and family were a huge support the entire time. My husband actually had to rub my back constantly, on his knees for four hours! But if I had not had such a great support team, I might have sought the help of a doula. Doulas provide support to pregnant women. They help with pain management, advocate for the mother’s wishes, and provide wisdom from having watched countless births, some having given birth themselves.
A new type of doula is cropping up, and I am horrified by the role this type of doula plays. She/he does all the same things mentioned above; but instead of assisting a laboring mother, they work with a mother having an abortion. Called “full-spectrum doulas,” they may work with a mother delivering a baby and a mother aborting a baby on the same day.
Annie Robinson is one such “full-spectrum doula,” who works with The Doula Project, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that has been “helping” women end their babies’ lives since 2007. If you visit their website, you will first see some adorable pictures of babies. But your heart will stop once you realize all they do.
Robinson recently did an interview with The Atlantic about her “compassionate” work. In response to the interviewer asking why the Doula Project’s work, “supporting,” in one year alone, 3,500 women who chose abortion, is so important, she said:
I believe that when you’re going through something that’s morally and physically exhausting and confusing, it’s so important to be seen—to have your emotions and your physical being recognized and acknowledged. It’s important for the providers too. I mean, provider burnout, and distress, and trauma is something I’m very concerned about as well. I think the presence of a doula there, modeling compassion in a very cold and often sterile environment, has repercussions for the experience of everyone involved.
“A cold and sterile environment.” I literally put my hands over my face and had to take a few deep breaths. I want more for women than “a cold and sterile environment.” I want more for women than the devastation that abortion brings, as Charlotte Coursier experienced, by which she was ultimately driven to suicide. I want women to experience the joy I had in bringing my daughter alive into this world. I want women to embrace their motherhood, not shun and destroy it.
Women in America do not need “compassionate” doulas holding their hands through their abortions, one of the worst decisions a woman can make. Women in America need compassionate people showing them there is support for an unplanned pregnancy. That a child is not a crisis but a gift. That the shadow and stigma of an unplanned pregnancy will fade but the stain of an abortion will not ever be lightly washed away. No amount of hand-holding and “compassion” during an abortion will ever make it less than it is: the ending of a child’s life and the beginning of a whole new grief-stricken life for the woman.
LifeNews Note: Liberty Pike is Oregon Right to Life’s director of communications. A graduate of Eastern Oregon University with her bachelor’s in business administration, Liberty has been a speaker for ORTL for five years. Her passion and concern are demonstrated as she educates and stimulates conversation about pro-life issues. She and her husband have a young daughter, and motherhood has further fueled her desire to protect the preborn and help women see their children as gifts, not crises. Follow her on Twitter or visit ORTL’s website.