Woman Defends Having an Abortion at 36 Weeks: We Wanted to Hold Her Afterwards

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 16, 2015   |   12:16PM   |   Washington, DC

Why do late-term abortions happen? One pro-life blogger recalls the shocking reasons one woman defended having an abortion at 36 weeks, which is legal in some states in the United States.

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul and Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz have been embroiled in a debate about late-term abortions. Paul challenged the top Democrat to defend late-term abortions and she did just that — saying they should be allowed without limits.

In a post at her blog, pro-life writer Sarah Terzo recalls how one woman defended her very late-term abortion on her baby girl — well after the unborn baby is viable. The woman even went as far as naming the baby whose life she was about to take.

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A woman who had an abortion at 36 weeks after a doctor told her the baby would not survive wrote about why she had them to do a partial birth abortion. A partial birth abortion is done by pulling the baby out of the mother’s body except for the head. Scissors are them jammed into the back of the baby’s skull and the brain suctioned out through the opening. Then the head is usually crushed and the dead baby is removed. These abortions are now illegal.

“It was important to us to have Abigail come out whole, for two reasons. We could hold her. Jon and Katie could say goodbye to their sister. I know in my heart that we have healed in a healthy way because we were able to see Abigail, cuddle her, kiss her. We took photos of her. Swaddled, she looks perfect, like my father, and Jon when he was born. Those pictures are some of my most cherished possessions. …

Almost six years have passed since we lost Abigail, and not a day passes that I don’t think of her. In my heart I know I did the right thing for me and my family. Isn’t that what this is all about?”

Viki Wilson” Partial healing” Salon June 29,2000

Shocking stories like these making it more important for Congress to pass a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. For the record, here’s what a baby in the womb looks like at 36 weeks…