Abortion as Healthcare: The Tragic Business of Killing the Child and Damaging the Mother

Angela Chininin Buele

Abortion is often referred to as women’s healthcare, but the care of one’s health consists of preventing illnesses and treating illnesses.  Abortions do not effectively prevent or treat any illnesses.  The sole purpose of an abortion is to end the life of a growing child.   And why?  A fetus is not a tumor; it is a baby.  A fetus is not cancer; it is a baby.  A fetus is not an infection; it is a baby.  Very rarely is a woman’s life in such jeopardy that the only way to preserve her life is to relieve her body of the vital task of internally supporting the life of her child, but yes, it does happen.  In these rare situations, when all other treatments have been applied and failed, or as in the case of a woman who has preeclampsia who is urgently induced or on whom an emergency cesarean is performed, the child is delivered with care and surrounded by staff eager to help him or her fight to survive.  Putting forth a determined fight to save both mother and child is true health care. 

Not only is the motive of abortion given the false pretense of aiding in the mother’s physical health, it is not uncommon for women to suffer physical harm during and after an abortion.  These procedures are currently carried out using methods that can cause severe bleeding and painful cramping at home, away from medical monitoring.  During surgical abortions, damage to a woman’s cervix and uterine wall can result, either of which could increase the risk of the woman miscarrying her child during a future pregnancy.  Infection is also a possible result of an incomplete abortion, which like any infection, could threaten the life of the mother if left untreated.

You will notice that I have mentioned only the most basic physical damages and complications that can result from an abortion because the bodies of the mother and child are physical forms, and the abortion is a violent and invasive physical procedure that harms both physical bodies.  There are certainly people willing to argue that some women have mental illnesses or undue emotional stress caused by the physical presence of their respective babies growing inside of them.  Because I am aware of no credible medical evidence (I am willing to be corrected if such evidence would be supplied) that a woman’s mental health causes involuntary (i.e. non-suicidal) damage to her physical being specifically attributed to pregnancy, I cannot see why anyone would so erroneously apply the term health to abortion.

But it would seem this is not an error.  I suspect it is actually an important strategy, to be quite honest.  You see, now that the technology is available to eagerly expectant mothers and fathers who want to see their tiny baby on an ultrasound before they can hold him or her in their arms, those pictures can be seen by abortion-vulnerable women too.  And not just in two dimensional form.  Now that more medically descriptive information and personal testimonies are being shared about the horror of abortion for mothers and their unborn children, that information can be learned by those same women.  And because of these irrefutable details that reveal the truth of what goes on in the womb, the other side of the battle is fought with the strategy of misdirection, using words like “health care” and “reproductive rights” to replace abortion and choice because people are now seeing that choosing abortion is killing a child.  “Health care” and “reproductive rights” are the new bandages applied to the gaping wound of the human conscience.  Will the clean gauze of those words soon be stained with the truth as well?  I pray so.  When there are no more words to mask the problem, maybe then we will step aside for the Great Physician to sew up the wound forever, bringing true care and healing.

Key Question: If you were completely honest, would you be able to deny that abortion kills a child?

Unshakable Truth: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?  Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you”  (Isaiah 49:15)

The God who formed you in your mother’s womb is the same Creator who gives life to all unborn children.  He does not forget those whom He redeems from sin and death.

The Real Choice: What keeps you from crying out to the Great Physician to heal you and forgive you, giving you a love for not just unborn life but for eternal life?

This Might Shock You. I Used to be Pro-Abortion.

Angela Chininin Buele

Most people don’t know that I used to be pro-abortion.  Actually, I was more than politically in favor of abortion; I could have been the poster child for what seems to be “right” about the movement.  You see, I was raped and scared that I might be pregnant.  So I found myself desperate to undo what had been done to me without anyone knowing.  Because I knew that a pregnant woman whose abdomen sustained trauma could miscarry, I decided to punch myself in the stomach in order to make sure I would never suffer the humiliation or shame and blame on the outside that was already quite familiar within me.

How, you might ask, can I now stand against abortion, when I clearly know what it is like to feel the need for relief from such a frightful situation?  I have to say that it’s quite simple and a little complicated at the same time.  The truth is that I was driven completely by fear of what others would say.  I didn’t think about gathering medical facts or imagine what life might be like with a child.  I didn’t get feedback from family and friends or call a help line for a confidential listening ear.  I didn’t stake my claim and charge toward it.  I had a knee-jerk reaction that I hoped would make my life all OK.  After all, it seemed to be an unspoken protocol: “You are going to be in SO MUCH TROUBLE if anyone finds out.”  I was sure I would lose everything if my dirty little secret got out, so I decided that my choice was whatever would make me feel safe in the opinion of others.

In light of that framework for decision-making, I wonder if there are others like me out there who would like to be a whistle-blower to the “choice” women are told is theirs in seeking abortion.  I know I was knocking on that door, not because I didn’t want a baby to ruin my life, but because I was sure that most people would lay eyes on us both and scorn me as a failure for having let myself get there.  Am I the only one who wants to know: “Where is the empowerment in that one-way street?”

I suppose that’s the long and short of it.  I wanted people to like me, and I had learned enough to know people didn’t like people like me having babies.  But, in all fairness, the complicated side of the story is in the medical ignorance under that cloak of social approval.  I was ignorant of the timeline of human development, so I don’t know if my self-preservation would indeed have prevailed over the biological facts, had I been aware of them.  I believe it’s best not to speculate about that point and instead suffice it to say that someone with such high levels of anxiety and such low levels of information as I had, is neither prepared nor empowered to do much of anything to bring peace through secrecy.

Pro-abortion and pro-choice must not be considered synonyms.  What we call pro-choice today really is not about offering real choices at all.  Let me explain.  I was a 10-year-old girl who thought she was pregnant, even though I hadn’t been raped since I was 5.  Yet, somehow, without any direct coaching, I believed I knew how to self-abort, without knowing anything about any other choices or resources.  Or the fact that I couldn’t even be pregnant given that time lapse.  This is why calling the culture of abortion “pro-choice” is not fitting.  Abortion gives women one choiceLife gives women multiple choices.  Parenting, closed adoption, and open adoption are the first three that come to mind.  Gratitude, challenge, and love are three more choices that can fill a heart.  No curette or suction tube ever did anything except leave a woman empty.   Is that really the choice that is best for women?  Emptiness?  I should think not.  This is why being pro-life is the only place a woman can be empowered to see the victory at the finish line.

Key Question: Don’t women who have been victims of a crime deserve to have freedom from carrying a child conceived from rape?

Unshakable Truth: “…for God sent me before you to preserve life.”  Genesis 45:5b

Joseph was left for dead, sold as a slave, then falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned falsely for years.   In the end, he saw that God brought about the rescue of people through that chain of events, and he didn’t begrudge his attacker-brothers or God Himself for his suffering.  He was glad to see good result from his suffering.

The Real Choice: Am I eager to bless others or only myself?