Some doctors may not know their stance on abortion, believing it to be a sterile procedure that rids a woman of her pregnancy. Some may not realize the gravity of the situation until they witness the abortions themselves.
Take Dr. Roxana Chapman, for example. An article by Live Action features Dr. Chapman’s story and her journey to the pro-life movement.
Chapman was an OB/GYN practicing in England before abortion was legal. She had no personal experience with abortion, and pro-abortion propaganda swayed her toward the mindset of supporting abortion.
In a book Chapman published, “Abortion: The Patient’s and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” she explained her experience (or lack thereof) with preborn children during medical school:
“We had, of course, studied embryology at medical school, but pictures in a textbook meant little when compared with the real-life drama of working in a dissecting room in the anatomy department, and I really had little idea of the incidence of criminal abortion, nor of the appearance of an early foetus.”
Like many people who are pro-abortion, she initially thought that barring a woman’s right to an abortion “would trample on the individual’s personal rights of freedom.”
“In those days, I thought that women only had terminations in cases of rape, incest, chronic and serious health conditions, or if made to have abortions by vicious and uncaring husbands. I thought the decision was a private matter between the woman and her doctor and the doctor always knew best…. I believed in a woman’s right to choose, and to have reproductive freedom.”
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In the years since abortion was legalized in England, however, only 0.005 percent of abortions were performed to save the life of the mother or to prevent serious permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the mother, according to the report.
Despite this misinformation, Chapman only recognized what an abortion did when she was asked to examine a woman who had just had a D&C procedure. Used to treat various problems such as miscarriages, fibroids, polyps and uterine cancer, the procedure involves scraping the lining of a woman’s uterus and removing the tissue. When a woman is pregnant, however, a D&C aborts the unborn child.
“I carried out an internal examination and was shocked, indeed horrified, to feel a tiny baby’s hand in the vagina. ‘You were pregnant!’ I screamed. ‘No, I wasn’t,’ she replied. Her denial, and the duplicity of the doctor who admitted her for a ‘D&C’ stunned me. The scales fell from my eyes and I realized, for the first time, that abortion consisted of the dismembering of a living human being, and was not, as the media was pleased to say, the scraping out of a few cells and some blood.”
When Chapman saw the child’s hand, she said her life was changed forever. She became pro-life, refusing to perform abortions even when threatened with the loss of her job. She went on to write “Abortion: The Patient’s and the Doctor’s Dilemma” in 2007 and continues to work with women and discuss life-affirming options that do not involve aborting their own child.
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