It is always interesting when the rhetoric of abortion advocates meets reality.
Consider the abortion rhetoric “her body, her choice”. Abortion advocates use this rhetoric much as today’s teenagers use the word “like”—indiscriminately, and reflexively. Occasionally though, the fact that there is a second person impacted, when an abortion occurs hits home in a way that cannot be ignored.
Such was the case in Wellsboro PA recently when 25 year old Danielle Reddig was arrested and charged with multiple drug charges including drug delivery resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter.
The victim in this case was her pre-born son Collin, described as “a beautiful, handsome little guy” by deputy coroner James Daugherty. Due to his mother’s repeated drug use while Collin was in the womb, Collin died a little more than an hour after he was born by emergency cesarean. The autopsy lists Collin’s cause of death as maternal drug use. Prosecutors note repeated positive tests for opiates, codeine, and morphine in Reddig’s pre-natal urine test, as evidence she used drugs throughout her pregnancy.
Now, if an unborn child is “just a bunch of cells” and not really a person, as abortion advocates try to pretend, shouldn’t Reddig have the “choice” to do whatever she wanted to her body without regard to her son? However, as prosecutors in this case, pro-lifers, indeed anyone who has ever seen an ultrasound image knows, the choices Reddig made affected a second life—Collin’s life—thereby nullifying her right to do whatever she wanted.
As pro-lifers, all we can do is pray that the loss of her son is the wake-up call Reddig needs to turn her life around. With a lot of prayer and support maybe someday she can use her loss as an example of the illogic of the “her body, her choice” argument.
LifeNews Note: Matthew Wagner is the Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.