Theresa Bonopartis is certain that her unborn son suffered an excruciating death when he was aborted at 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Pressured into the abortion by her father, Bonopartis now deeply regrets not fighting for her baby’s life.
She shared her painful experience at The Federalist this week to demonstrate the trauma and pain that an abortion inflicts upon the unborn child and his or her mother.
Bonopartis said her son, Joshua, was killed in a saline abortion. In the horrifying abortion method, a saline solution is injected into the womb where it burns the baby’s lungs and skin.
“Coerced into an abortion by my dad, I was brought to a hospital, ironically on the maternity floor, for a saline abortion,” she wrote. “No one told me what was about to happen, or about the development of my baby.
“I was injected with saline, which caused me to go into labor as, I was later to find out, my son was thrashing around inside me as his body burned. After many hours, I gave birth to a dead baby boy.”
Bonopartis said her traumatic memories of that day have not faded with time. She said she still can see her dead baby’s body after he was placed on the bed next to her.
“… I stared in disbelief. I could not believe that this was legal,” she wrote. “What was wrong with us that we had allowed this? My mind could not wrap around it, as I looked at his tiny hands and feet. How could this be possible? Yet it was, right there on the maternity ward where the woman next door to me was celebrating the birth of her child.”
Bonopartis did not mention how long ago her abortion took place, but saline abortions are not common anymore because of their ineffectiveness in killing unborn babies. However, a few abortionists still use the method.
Her impetus for sharing her story is the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill this week.
Though her son was only 16 weeks, Bonopartis said she knows he suffered an excruciating death. There is some evidence that unborn babies may be capable of feeling pain as early as eight weeks.
“… I will never forget the day I found out exactly what took place in a saline abortion and the cruelty I subjected my son to because of pressure from others,” she wrote. “I led a life of destruction and misery for years after that until I finally found the help I needed to heal and forgive myself.”
Bonopartis lamented how society no longer talks about abortion being safe, legal and rare. Now, abortion activists want to “enshrine” it for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy and force taxpayers to pay for it. She said they ignore stories like hers that show how horrible abortion really is.
“This negative impact is still being denied by those who have made abortion their god, despite women themselves speaking out on the pain and destruction it has caused,” she wrote. “How did our country come to this?”
Bonopartis now runs a post-abortion healing ministry called Lumina where she helps others heal from the suffering caused by abortion. Because of her experience and the experiences of so many others who she now knows, she said Congress needs to end abortion.