Barbara J. Stock
Inch given--mile taken: the abortion issue
By Barbara J. Stock
August 14, 2015

The abortion issue is once again front and center in American politics. As weekly videos are released, each one worse than the one before, the voting public is getting a glimse inside the world of the abortion industry. In particular we are seeing inside Planned Parenthood. It isn't pretty.

If one thinks about it, abortion has nothing at all to do with a woman's "reproductive rights." Nothing at all. No one is taking away her right to reproduce. Only in rare cases does it have anything to do with her health. No matter how much pro-life feminists howl, the female human body was designed, by nature, to be entrusted with bringing new life into the world.

For years, we have heard that abortion must be legal to "save the life of the mother." Dr. C. Everett Koop, former United States Surgeon General stated that in his 38 years as a pediatric surgeon, he never encountered a single case where a pregnancy had to be terminated to save the life of the mother.

The following quote is from Dr. Alan Guttmacher, "Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life." Guttmacher (1898–1974) was one of the founders of Planned Parenthood. He served as president of Planned Parenthood and vice-president of the American Eugenics Society.

The National Right to Life Committee has been consistant in their belief that abortion should be banned but there should be exceptions if an abortion is needed to save a woman's life.

That actual percent of abortions done to "save the life of the mother" is less than 1% of the total number of abortions done today. There are many other reasons a woman will have an abortion but an actual threat to her health is extremely rare. Using 2014's Planned Parenthood statistics they did 327,653 abortions. One percent of that is 3,277. That means that of all the abortions actually done, only a little over 3000 of them were to "save the life of the mother." Even that number is probably quite high considering the medical care a pregnant women can receive today.

Let's revisit Roe v Wade. In January of 1973, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court found in favor of "Roe." In a nutshell, they found that in the first trimester a woman was free to have an abortion for any reason. However, in the second trimester, the life of the woman had to be at risk before having an abortion. In 1972, the issue of "viablility" was considered to be the third trimester. At that point, the State had the right to consider the "potential of life" and gave the State the right to protect that unborn life by banning abortion in the third trimester. Planned Parenthood complained loudly about that limitation.

Over the years, Planned Parenthood spent millions of dollars in state courts and going before the Supreme Court fighting any parental notification laws or waiting period laws and even fought informed consent. Along the way, the husband in the case of married couples was stripped his rights to have any say in the abortion process. Planned Parenthood was riding high on the wave of money that flowed to them doing abortions up to and including past the end of second trimester. It's easy to put down on a form that a women is only 23 weeks when she is really 26 weeks.

Basically, the inch given them in Roe v Wade had turned into the money-making proverbial mile. They had convinced a majority of an uninformed public that unborn babies were just blobs.

The onset of ultra-sound use was a major setback for Planned Parenthood. Even though the early pictures were grainy and fuzzy, it was still easy to see that what the pro-abortion people had been calling a "blob of cells" was a baby. It had arms and legs and head with eyes and a brain. Planned Parenthood was horrified.

With a long history of fighting informed consent laws, the very idea of letting women see the baby they were about to have killed was out of the question. Even laws that would give the woman the option to see an ultra sound were fought tooth and nail. Planned Parenthood claimed that "it was undue torture" to allow the woman to see her baby. Not to FORCE her to see it, just having the option was more than Planned Parenthood could allow. They fought this for good reason. Many women who saw their baby moving on an ultra-sound walked out still pregnant. Planned Parenthood doesn't make any money if they walk out like that. This is from an article written by a woman who had an abortion at PP. It was an abortion she regretted.

"They do a physical exam and an ultrasound of the baby. I honestly can say I felt its presence more than ever before, as they performed the ultrasound. It really made me curious, what did it look like? Me, him? Was it a girl, a boy? I imagined its little eyes, hands, feet... So I asked the technician if I could see the baby, and she quickly told me no. I asked why I wasn't able to see my baby and she told me that it was because people were likely to change their mind."

"I don't remember how it came up but I shared my story with my OBGYN and she had previously worked at Planned Parenthood as she was taught to be a "feminist of choice" and how wondrous abortion and Planned Parenthood was (and facilities of the like). She worked there until she saw what happened to me, happening to other women. A LOT of of other women."

Then there was "the picture." A picture was taken of a 21 week gestation baby boy seeming to hold on to the doctors finger was seen around the world. The tiny hand was perfectly formed. It had been found that he had spina bifida and Dr. Joseph Bruner had performed life-saving surgery and was getting ready to close when the picture was taken. The photographer stated he saw the uterus "shaking" and then this tiny arm reached out and when the doctor went to put it back in the uterus, he grabbed the doctor's finger. Later, the doctor stated both the mother and baby were anesthetized and that would have been impossible. Either way, it was an amazing picture and Planned Parenthood went spastic over it. That beautiful little hand at 21 weeks was costing them money. Blobs don't have hands.

As people begin to push back at the state level, Planned Parenthood has gone into high gear. They are spending MILLIONS to try and stop any law that would stop abortions past the time, generally agreed upon as 20 weeks, where the unborn baby is capable of feeling pain. They don't care if that baby is feeling pain as it is torn apart. They never have, why would they start now? There was even one study done that demonstrated withdrawal from tactile stimuli as early as 8 weeks gestation.

As Planned Parenthood continues to lose cases at the state level, they will become more vocal about how "women's health" is being put in jeapardy. What nonsense. All they have ever cared about this the bottom line. How much money can they make. They have just become more powerful with progressive politicians in their pockets to do their bidding. How does a poor "non-profit" business, that claims the loss of tax payer money would throw American women's health care into chaos, afford all these expensive lawyers? How can they give so much to progressive politicians? How can they afford to hire an expensive PR firm?

Keep that in mind in the upcoming election. Do you want your sixth grade daughter having an IUD placed without your concent? The average sixth grader is 10 years old! That's what progressives want to do and are doing right now. Planned Parenthood is in full support of the government taking over your child's welfare from you. All the easier to do an abortion on them when they are eleven without you knowing. It's all about the money.

Read the entire column written by a woman who knows what PP is all about, first hand.

Here is an up to date list of new laws at the state level concering abortion

© Barbara J. Stock


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Barbara J. Stock

Barbara is a retired Registered Nurse after over 35 years in the field. She is pro-life at both ends of life's journey. Mother of two, Grandmother of two, she is pro-America and anti-progressive. Absent from writing for too long, she is back and determined to make a difference.


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