Women, Children, and Families Harmed for 39 Years

Abortion harms women, children, and their families, and it has done so for 39 years. This week marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973), and its harmful effects.

Two women in Alabama are especially feeling those effects right now. See this report below from Birmingham, AL, where both were injured during their respective abortions at a location (which is a legal abortion clinic) that did not have a suitable door through which to wheel an emergency gurney.

This sad state of affairs serves to highlight abortion’s damage on every woman who endures it, every child who dies from it, every family that is thwarted by it, and every culture that is deceived by it. Abortion is an enemy of both personal and family restoration.

Two women injured in Alabama: run-down abortion clinic has no gurney access
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:13 ESTComments (4)Tags: Abortion, Alabama, Kermit Gosnell, Operation Rescue

Birmingham, AL, January 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two women were transported from a run-down Alabama abortion clinic Saturday, after apparently being injured during botched abortions, according to the pro-
life organization CEC for Life. The incidents took place at the New Women All Women abortion clinic in South Birmingham.

The botched abortions occurred on the day before the 39th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America. That decision promised that women would be insured “safe, legal abortions.”
Paramedics carry an injured woman down the stairs from the Alabama abortion facility.
According to several witnesses, an ambulance first arrived at the abortion facility at 9:31 a.m. but left shortly after without removing any patients from the clinic. At 10:21 a.m., less than an hour after the first ambulance, two more ambulances and another emergency vehicle returned to the abortion clinic. Witnesses said one of the women brought out by the EMTs appeared to be unconscious and bleeding. She was placed in an ambulance and transferred to a medical facility. A second woman emerged with an oxygen mask and was transported to the ambulance in a wheelchair.

Pro-Life blogger Jill Stanek posted dramatic photos taken at the scene that showed that EMT with gurneys were forced to navigate through an alley filled with trash and debris to reach a door that prevented gurney access. The condition of the two women is currently unknown.

“Abortionists love to complain about clinic regulations and portray them as an anti-abortion plot to prevent women from accessing, safe, legal care. This incident proves yet again how untrue those statements really are, and how much regulation is needed to close unsafe mills like New Woman All Woman,’” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “This place is no safer for women that Kermit Gosnell’s ‘shop of horror.”

Last year, Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell was charged with the murder of Karnamaya Mongar, who died after unlicensed medical staff administered an overdose of Demerol in November 2009. Lack of gurney access contributed to her death. Since then, several states have passed clinic regulations and increased inspections at abortion clinics. This has led to the closure of two abortion clinics in Illinois, two in Delaware, three in Pennsylvania, and more.

Pro-Life Nation says it is working with Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC for Life to make sure that complaints against New Woman All Women are filed with the appropriate Alabama regulatory agencies.

1 comment:

  1. “But what about the MOTHER? Must SHE suffer the burden of an [undesired]/[unplanned]/[forced] pregnancy? What about HER health and wellbeing?”

    These quintessential questions constitute a common and familiar salvo launched by abortion advocates against any suggested interference with the constitutional right forged under Roe and Casey. Yet, in light of the tragedy outlined in the above article (and in light of all such tragedies preceding it), it is now time to turn these questions back onto those who have traditionally asked them. Indeed, WHAT ABOUT the health and wellbeing of the mother?! Shall we blindly continue to accept the presupposition that it is somehow LESS burdensome for a woman to undergo an abortion than it is for her to carry a child to term? Are the natural processes of reproduction to be critiqued as “unhealthy” as against the unnatural techniques of artificial termination?

    While there can be no doubt that the tragedy outlined in the above article deals with the victimization of both child AND MOTHER, another aspect of that same tragedy is manifest in how society has fallen victim to the belief that (in order to exercise true self-determination over her person) a woman must be afforded the unfettered prerogative to choose whether she will keep or terminate her pregnancy. Thus, while clothed in the rhetoric of freedom, society has enslaved women to the idea that their dignity, worth, and liberty as human beings rests upon their ability to choose a certain (biological/physiological/surgical?) course of action, one that (as can be seen) has potentially devastating consequences.

    Women must come to realize that their dignity, worth, and liberty as human beings are ontological qualities that cannot be shackled by the preconditions of societal expectations. Such ontological qualities are inherently vested and bestowed; they cannot be gained, earned, or lost upon societal decree. Of course, the legitimacy of restrictions placed on a woman with respect to her body by a free and democratic society appears no less dubious than the propagandized notion that women cannot be free unless they are able to exercise a particular surgical procedure. However, if we accept that a person’s dignity, worth, and liberty as a human being is ultimately vested and bestowed, then we should look to the source of that which vests and bestows. We then are forced to recognize a transcendent source of power and grace unfathomable and yet (ironically [in the most beautiful sense]) perceivable! Truth can be known! As we learn to understand and gain knowledge of this Truth, our perspective of freedom as “liberty” (self-entitlement and self-determination) gives way to a perspective of freedom as gift (allowing us to see that we have an opportunity to choose to obey that which has enabled us to choose). Only by surrendering to the dictates of Truth (through our freedom to do so) will we gain the will as a society to protect and safeguard the unborn.