A letter in today’s Ottawa Citizen:
Re: The abortion trap, March 28.
Yes, columnist Leonard Stern, abortion is a trap for women and for unborn children, too. I was trapped into believing the lies that abortion was a quick fix and just a “clump of tissue.” I was trapped by my parents and boyfriend to abort.
There is a new and growing voice on this issue and it is women like me who deeply regret their abortions, have great sorrow and have been damaged physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We are pro-woman and pro-life and know that aborting your baby should be unthinkable! We urge politicians and doctors to stop abortion as a form of birth control. It is really child sacrifice; and not a medical necessity.
Many studies confirm that abortion causes depression, substance abuse, suicides, pre-term births in subsequent pregnancies, miscarriages, infertility and breast and cervical cancers.
We were not informed about fetal development and did not know our babies had a beating heart by three weeks and arms, legs, fingers and toes by eight weeks. Abortion is a wrong, and not a right.
The choice must be made on who, when, where and why to have sex with someone — pregnancy is a natural outcome of that intimacy. Childbirth is the healthy and natural choice.
Andrea compares and contrasts with this: This blog post “Simple answers to simple questions” (from simple minds?) says:
Insofar as “pro-life” is generally just a euphemism for someone who supports forced childbirth, the answer is no. There is no such thing as a “pro-life” feminist, anymore than there’s such thing as a pro-genocide pacifist.
“My body, my choice.” Very much entrenched. And if you say “but it’s not your body,” they’ll still refer you to point A–“My body, my choice.” It’s like talking to programmed drones.by