Friday, October 25, 2013

Which Is The Greater Disservice?

Driving this morning and listening to NPR they had a section on the new "restrictive" abortion regulations in Texas that have led to some abortion clinics closing, Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continue. It was a pretty typical story from NPR. I always find it sadly ironic that the same crew that wants more and more regulation and government interference in every aspect of our lives, and especially in health care, cries foul whenever anyone tries to regulate abortion.  Anyway, about halfway through the piece NPR included an interview with a young woman who had an abortion at a clinic that was going to stop performing abortions. (emphasis is mine)

Across the vast Texas plains, more than 300 miles from Fort Worth, is the city of Lubbock, in the northwest part of the state. It's just an hour from the New Mexico border, and it's home to a much smaller Planned Parenthood clinic. The facility recently stopped scheduling appointments.

Annie Jones recently had an abortion. She's a single mother working and going to school in Lubbock, and she has a 2-year-old daughter, Molly.

Jones, who is 28 years old, says she decided to have an abortion because it was best for her family.

"I knew that if I decided to have the second child, I would be doing it a disservice," she says. "I'd be doing my daughter a disservice because I wouldn't be able to care for them in the way that they deserved."

That just chilled me to the bone. The logic here is that it is better to kill a child rather than offer a potentially less fulfilling life. I guess a death in the womb is preferable to a possibly lower quality of life? Somehow mothers for thousands of years have managed to care for multiple children without giving each child a lower quality of life.

This mindset is not all that rare in our world today. In the religion of Choice the convenience of parents trumps the right to life of a child. Women are fed the lie that they are incapable of caring for a child by the same people who force feed them sex as a recreational sport with no consequences. We need to tell a different story, the truth which is that every child conceived deserve the chance to make their own way in the world rather than being condemned as a failed life before they draw their first breath. I weep for Annie Jones and I weep for the child she conceived and carried for a short time before a "doctor" slaughtered that tiny life.

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