Lately, abortion advocates have been adopting pro-life terms to describe themselves: human rights advocates, defenders of the vulnerable, ministers and even pro-life. Perhaps they are borrowing the terms because they sound better than the truth about their position.
The latest comes from an interview with a young Texas abortion doctor who said he wants to be a voice for the “voiceless.” Bhavik Kumar, who works at the Whole Women’s Health abortion clinics in San Antonio and Fort Worth, talked with the liberal Texas Observer about his work and his opposition to the pro-life measures being implemented in Texas.
Kumar said he grew up in Texas “as a person of color” and experienced oppression. Motivated to help others, Kumar said he decided to use his medical education to “make things better and be part of the change” – by doing abortions.
He told the news outlet:
Being part of various marginalized groups, and knowing what it’s like and how much power the state takes away from people — it almost oppresses people here — really makes you think: How are things going to change? What’s happening to all these people that the state has forced into this voiceless state, you know?
… That was my foundation: if there are no abortion providers, what’s going to happen to the women that need to access this health care, if people like me aren’t around? I’m not the only abortion provider in Texas, but there’s a small number of us, and I worried when I was in med school, if I don’t come back, who is going to provide abortions in Texas?
Kumar even goes so far as to call New York state, where he was trained to do abortions, “utopia.” New York is one of the states with fewest protections for unborn babies in the U.S. Kumar would like to see that happen in Texas, too.
In New York, the state’s Medicaid will pay for your abortion and also pay for your contraception. So, anybody who is low income trying to access abortion care can find funds to pay for it. That is a huge factor, and that’s really missing in Texas. New York doesn’t have required waiting times, there’s no state-mandated information, there’s no mandated ultrasound, there’s no admitting privileges for physicians, there’s no ASC requirement for clinics, there’s none of those things. So, looking at it from a patient’s perspective, if you are somebody who finds out you’re pregnant, or think you’re pregnant, you would go, in New York, to your doctor, take a pregnancy test, and if you are, you would have the option of having your abortion that day, you could walk out with the contraception of your choice and most of it would be paid for and you can move on with your life.
In choosing the path he did, Kumar is going against his own mission to give a “voice” to the marginalized. His abortion practice is advancing more discrimination and abuse against the most marginalized group of humans in America, the unborn. In Texas alone, 73,200 babies were aborted in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Not once during the interview did Kumar mention the word “baby” or even “fetus,” except in a brief reference to Colorado Springs alleged shooter Robert L. Dear, who reportedly said “baby parts” when he was arrested near a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Kumar labeled all pro-life protesters outside of his abortion clinics “terrorists.”
The young abortion doctor concluded the interview, saying, “It’s about taking back the power and giving our movement more of a voice. One article is not going to do that by itself, but it’s little cracks, and maybe it’ll inspire other doctors or medical students. Who knows what the ripple effect will be? But hopefully it can make a difference, somewhere, somehow.”
But because of Kumar’s work, unborn babies never will have the chance to make a difference or have a voice.