How tragic it is that so many women have bought into the idea that they are not strong enough or capable enough to parent a child in difficult circumstances. It’s a piece of propaganda that the abortion industry has been peddling to women for decades, disguised as “women’s empowerment.”
And now that the U.S. Supreme Court may have a strong, conservative majority if the Senate confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett, some women are panicking about the future of legalized abortion.
In a column at the Independent, Christina Wyman of Michigan said she needed an abortion at age 23 because she “was not emotionally or economically fit to bring a child into this world.”
Though she identifies as Catholic, Wyman said she never has regretted her abortion.
She claimed her unborn child – though already a unique, living human being from the moment of conception — was “nothing more than a fertilized ovum.”
Wyman blasted Barrett as a “religious extremist” who cares more about “zygotes” than women’s health.
When I had an abortion seventeen years ago, my reasons were simple: At twenty-three, I was not in any way prepared to be a mother. In the months after graduating college, I was under-employed and living in a small fixer-upper with my father. The man I was dating was nice enough, but not a life partner. I waited tables at night and planned my future during the day, making barely $300 a week while living just outside of New York City.
Wyman said she did take “precautions,” but she got pregnant anyway. She slammed pro-life politicians for wanting “to punish me for daring to experience a sex life with female biology.”
At age 40, she said she still worries about getting pregnant, and she is “terrified” that Barrett’s confirmation could mean she may not be able to get an abortion if she does.
She said she struggles with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes her “unequipped for motherhood.” She said she also has physical health problems that would make an elective hysterectomy difficult.
“I should not have to live my last decade of fertility celibate and in fear of a powerful woman whose wanton disregard for reproductive freedom could force me into motherhood — a role for which I’ve long decided I am grossly unfit,” Wyman wrote.
“As Coney Barrett’s record makes clear, American women are likely to face a stunning blow to reproductive freedom under her leadership. As I enter middle life, I face the real possibility that a woman barely one decade older than myself can destroy my physical and mental health with one pound of the gavel,” she continued.
No doubt, Wyman has difficult challenges in life, and she deserves compassion and support. However, killing an unborn child is not the answer to anyone’s problems.
Since Roe v. Wade, about 62 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in America. Their lives were unique and irreplaceable and their deaths unnecessary. Hundreds of mothers also have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions and countless more have been physically or psychologically scarred for life.
Every woman facing a difficult pregnancy deserves to be supported and encouraged, to be told that she is strong and capable, that she can be a mother and people will help her and her child through the challenges. For some women who truly believe that they cannot parent, there is adoption – a difficult but empowering decision that honors both mother and child.
Soon, the Supreme Court may have the opportunity to reverse its deadly Roe decision and restore protections for unborn babies and mothers. That is not a potential threat for women; it is a possible victory that will recognize the strength of women and the value of every child, born and unborn.