Instead Of A Late-Term Abortion For My Disabled Child, I Chose Life

Carrying my son in my body did not give me the right to take his life because he didn’t fit into the preconceived notions I had about what I wanted out of a child.

As women came forward to shout their abortions in response to Trump, the accounts were often similar. It was a wanted pregnancy, but they received a poor prenatal diagnosis, and chose to abort their babies rather than give birth. Their baby wouldn’t live long after birth, their quality of life would be “poor,” nothing could be done to save them—there were endless excuses for why it was better to just have the abortion. That’s because in today’s world it’s acceptable to make a value judgment on which lives are worth living and which are not. 

 

The final presidential debate of the election was this week, and for the first time, abortion was the topic Americans across the country were talking about the next day. Donald Trump provoked a furor when he called out Hillary Clinton for her extreme position on abortion.

“I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby,” Trump said. “Now, you can say that that’s okay and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she is saying and based on where she is going and where she has been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”

Hillary immediately responded by calling that a lie, and pro-abortion advocates in the media quickly parroted. Yet federal law does permit abortions to be performed at any time, up until the ninth month of pregnancy. Most states have their own restrictions on abortion, but eight states allow abortion up until birth for any reason. Nevertheless, that didn’t prevent pro-abortion activists from repeatedly insisting that abortions don’t take place that late in pregnancy.

Choosing Which People Deserve Life

In addition to calling Trump a liar, many women came forward to talk about their own experiences with late-term abortion. Most claimed they went forward with the procedure because they received a prenatal diagnosis of a disability or a fetal abnormality. (Interestingly, one story that went viral of a woman’s supposed “late-term abortion” didn’t involve abortion at all.)

In today’s world it’s acceptable to make a value judgment on which lives are worth living and which are not.

As women came forward to shout their abortions in response to Trump, the accounts were often similar. It was a wanted pregnancy, but they received a poor prenatal diagnosis, and chose to abort their babies rather than give birth. Their baby wouldn’t live long after birth, their quality of life would be “poor,” nothing could be done to save them—there were endless excuses for why it was better to just have the abortion.

That’s because in today’s world it’s acceptable to make a value judgment on which lives are worth living and which are not. It’s fine for a woman to decide for someone else whether his or her quality of life is good enough to be worthy of life itself. Women who choose to have an abortion after making that judgment are applauded as brave and compassionate, because they chose to abort their babies.

I was not one of those women.

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