A new pro-abortion group, Elevated Access, has volunteer pilots flying women across state lines to abort their unborn babies.
This week, an article by Danielle Campoamor, an abortion activist and writer for the TODAY show, portrayed volunteer pilot Kim as a heroine for her abortion advocacy.
Kim, a mother from Tennessee, said she works in finance, but she felt the need to do something to help women after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
“I had this visceral reaction,” she told TODAY. “I needed to do something — I needed to act — but what am I going to do?”
With support from her husband, she said she searched the internet and found the new pro-abortion group Elevated Access, which was looking for volunteer pilots to fly women from pro-life states to abortion facilities in other parts of the country.
“The guidelines said that you had to have 200 flight hours. I looked at my logbook and I had 200.8 hours,” she said. “We signed up immediately.”
Now, Kim flies women in a small plane to states where aborting unborn babies is legal. She said she usually chats with them about their lives and families and provides snacks to make them feel more at ease. Very few have ever flown in a small plane before, she said.
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The report did not mention how many women she has flown so far. Although some women are traveling across state lines for abortions, many others are choosing life for their unborn babies as a result of state abortion bans and pro-life resources.
Nine years ago, Kim aborted an unborn baby herself. She said she was a single mother of two children when she became pregnant with her third and she had just started a new job, so she did not feel like she could handle another child.
“When you’re carrying an unplanned pregnancy, it feels like you’re being held hostage,” Kim said.
Looking back, she said she does not have any regrets. “I don’t lay awake at night. I know I made the right choice for my life, for my kids and for myself,” she said.
She told TODAY that helping women get abortions makes her “feel great.”
“It’s weird to be part of something that feels so good to be a part of, but that you wish — more than anything — wasn’t necessary,” Kim said.
But abortions are not necessary. Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be successful or healthy, and abortions are not healthcare – something tens of thousands of doctors confirm. State pro-life laws ban elective abortions that kill unborn babies, not medical care for miscarriages or pregnancy complications.
A recent review of state health department data by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found nearly 98 percent of abortions are done for elective reasons.
Research by the Guttmacher Institute and others have found that most women who abort their unborn babies do so because of financial struggles or coercion. Killing unborn babies is not a solution to these problems, rather they show that babies and their mothers need better financial and relational support.
And in cases of sexual abuse, abortions do not heal or undue the mother’s trauma. In many cases, rape victims say aborting their unborn babies only made their trauma worse. A survey by the Elliot Institute found 80 percent of rape victims who had abortions later regretted their decision, with some saying the abortion felt like a second “medical rape.”
Currently, 14 states are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and others are working to do the same. Pro-life leaders estimate tens of thousands of babies’ lives have been saved since the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling in June.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates across the country are working to meet the needs of women and families, both through legislative and community-based initiatives.
Many are working to expand Medicaid for pregnant and parenting mothers, create tax credits for unborn babies and ensure workplace accommodations (paid parental leave, flexible hours) for parents. Others are opening and expanding pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and other community-based charities that walk alongside struggling families locally, providing material support, information, counseling, encouragement and more.