A Wisconsin pro-abortion OBGYN is getting some local news attention for setting up a fundraiser for one of her clients to have a late-term abortion.
Amanda Schmehil-Micklos of Associated Physicians in Madison, Wisconsin told Wisconsin Public Radio that her client, Bonnie (pictured), is carrying a baby boy that has a lethal skeletal genetic condition. When the family found out their unborn son’s condition at 20 weeks, they decided to abort him rather than let him live for what ever amount of time he has left.
To have a late-term abortion, Bonnie must travel to Chicago because of Wisconsin’s 20-week abortion ban, Schmehil-Micklos said. The doctor said she decided to begin a GoFundMe campaign to help Bonnie and her husband, Nick, pay for the late-term abortion and travel expenses. The campaign has raised over $3,000 for the family so far, according to the report.
The pro-abortion doctor also used the family’s tragic story to attack the Wisconsin law, which protects unborn babies from painful late-term abortions after 20 weeks. Gov. Scott Walker signed the pro-life law in July.
“It’s a very obvious example of what happens when government steps in to the physician-patient relationship,” Schmehil-Micklos said. “As an OB-GYN, I could easily help my patient and we could have decided what was the appropriate treatment together. But because of the (20-week) ban, I’m not able to be there with her when she goes through this horrible procedure that no one would wish on anyone. She has to go see a doctor she doesn’t know, travel to a city she doesn’t live in and miss work for several days.”
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But there are other, less “horrible” options for Bonnie and her unborn son.
Families in similarly tragic circumstances have found life-affirming options that allow them to treasure their child for the short time they may be alive. A pro-life OBGYN in Alabama recently shared her family’s heartbreaking story after finding out their unborn daughter had a fatal condition. Talia and Josh Gates refused to consider aborting their baby girl, Aubrey.
Instead, they decided to treasure the time that they had with her. They played jazz music for Aubrey in the womb and took lots of ultrasound photos of her. When Aubrey was born, the Gateses invited their family and close friends to the hospital to meet her before she died. Their son, Kyle, sang happy birthday to his sister, and all their loved ones had the chance to see her before she died, Talia said.
“She opened her eyes, and we got to hear her voice,” Talia said. “Josh synced with her right away. My best friend Jen heard me and said, ‘You’re finally back. You’re peaceful for the first time in a long time.’”
Special, life-affirming programs also are popping up across the U.S. to help families embrace their baby’s life, both before and after birth, in the face of a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Perinatal hospice programs recognize the humanity of unborn babies by helping families to make memories with their baby and plan for the baby’s death, just as the family would with any other person. They provide emotional support, counseling, help making plans for the baby’s life and death, and even photography and other services that help memorialize the baby’s life.
As Wisconsin Right to Life told the news outlet, both parents and the “unborn child deserve to be spared from the pain of abortion.”