I'm not debating abortion rights. I'll leave that subject for another day. This post is not about abortion rights. This post is not about a woman's right to choose what she wants to do with her own body (which, by the way, I think many women make some very un-informed choices, but, again, that's another topic that I'll leave for another day). This post is about the Born Alive Infants Protection Act being violated time and time again in an effort to ensure that a woman's rights are not violated, and in an effort to ensure that the abortionist is not held responsible for an abortion gone wrong. This post is about a body totally apart from it's "host", a baby's body surviving outside of it's mother's body. This post is about the inhumane treatment of abortion survivors.
I get that the whole idea of a woman choosing abortion is to ensure that her BABY DOES NOT GET TO SURVIVE. BUT what if her choice doesn't work out? What if against all odds her baby does survive the abortion procedure ~ then shouldn't the baby's rights replace and surpass the mother's original choice?
Does the right to choose abortion give the medical professionals the right to leave abortion survivors unattended to die? Does a woman's right to choose abortion also give medical professionals the right to falsify records, instructing nurses to enter "zero-zero" for the baby's vital signs, when the baby is actually alive and breathing? Does the right to choose abortion mean that it's also right to put live babies into bio-hazard bags and throw them in the trash? Does the right to choose abortion give abortionist the right to sever the spinal cords of abortion survivors? Does the right to choose abortion give one the right to decide that a living, breathing baby is not worthy of living? Not worthy to breathe? Not worthy to put every effort forth to ensure it's well being, to ensure it's comfort at least, if not it's survival? Is a life only worthy of medical intervention if the baby is wanted by it's mother? Is a life only worthy of compassion if it's wanted by it's mother? And if a baby is not wanted by it's mother, does that mean that every effort should be made to ensure that baby's death?
I guess based on something I read recently, a woman's right to choose does include all manner of foul and polluted behavior. In 2009 a mother in Virginia delivered her baby in her own home, and then she smothered it with a pillow. The judge said the mother had every right to do that, he said that a mother can do whatever she likes with her baby so long as the umbilical cord is still attached. He said that one cannot call a baby a baby unless it can live independently of it's mother. It's all about a woman's right to choose. In fact, the law is only about a woman's right to choose.
And I guess I just don't get the law, I guess I'm just not progressive enough to get how any of this is about a woman's right to choose.
Now this is a little off topic, but I've read of groups such as Rachel's Hope, and Rachel's Vineyard, and Project Rachel, and Circle of Prayer, groups that offer prayer and counseling to women who regret having made the choice to abort. And I've read about 'adopting' an abortionist, where you find the name of one abortionist, and you pray for him/her.
But, I'm thinking now of all the doctors, and nurses, and technicians, and politicians, and judges, who maybe made the choice to say no to offering even some small comfort to an abortion survivor. People who may have looked at a suffering soul and felt no compassion. And, as sad as their choice makes me, I'm thinking that maybe one day they will have regrets too. So, if you feel inclined, I invite you to join me in prayer for them.