Discrimination against people with disabilities has become acceptable in today’s society as long as that person is still in the womb.
A Canadian woman recently defended aborting her unborn son at 35 weeks of pregnancy because doctors said he had skeletal abnormalities and may never walk. She claimed that aborting her nearly full-term unborn son prevented him from “suffering.”
Now, a Missouri woman is defending her late-term abortion, too. Robin Colleen recently wrote about her story on Facebook, claiming that Donald Trump’s promise to sign a ban on abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies can feel pain would hurt families like her’s.
“I have grappled with the hell of choosing to end my wanted child’s life every single day,” she wrote. “Know that we are the people you’re hurting, Grace is the baby you’d be hurting, and again, there are no exceptions in these laws for us.”
The Daily Mail reports Colleen learned that her unborn daughter, Grace Pearl, had a fatal kidney disease during her 21-week pregnancy scan. Three different doctors told the heartbroken mother that Grace probably would be stillborn or die soon after birth; they said there also were health risks to her own life.
She said she and her husband, Jim, “desperately wanted Grace” and had been trying to conceive through in vitro fertilization for four years. But when they learned the news that Grace would die, they decided to abort her.
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“Please know that our decision to terminate the pregnancy at 21 weeks, five days (nearly six months pregnant) was one that we made out of love, and was terribly difficult,” she said. “We wanted Grace to experience no pain or suffering, and this was the least painful thing we could do for her.”
Colleen said she and her husband took the physical and emotional suffering away from their daughter and put it on themselves.
“They cut her umbilical cord prior to the termination to ensure her heart would stop beating and she’d have as peaceful of an experience as possible,” she wrote.
Later, she added: “We aren’t some hypothetical people who no longer want to be pregnant because it’s inconvenient. We are people that have chased this dream harder than anything else in our lives, and were put in a terrible position and thankfully, had the right to do what was best for our very, very loved baby girl. Please don’t make it so we and others like us can’t continue to in the future.”
The family’s situation truly is heartbreaking. No one wants their child to suffer or die. Unfortunately, society has convinced families like these that it is more compassionate to kill a child in the womb who has a disease or a disability than to provide that child the best care and pain relief available – no matter how short their life is.
One has to wonder whether Colleen and her husband were told all the facts about the situation – that their daughter may have experienced an extremely painful, brutal death. A strong body of scientific evidence indicates that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain by 20 weeks of pregnancy, if not sooner.
Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, explains what happens to an unborn baby in a dilation and evacuation abortion, a common late-term abortion procedure:
After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head. After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.
What have we become as a society when we tell grieving, heartbroken parents that the best thing they can do for their child is to kill her. When a born child is diagnosed with a disability or a fatal illness, society works hard to provide that child with the best medical care and pain relief possible until they die; it does not kill them. It should not be any different for a baby in the womb.