While to her the first-term abortions "looked like an extended, more invasive version of a standard ob-gyn exam," "there was a discomfort I hadn't expected," she says, "my emotional reaction to watching abortions."Yes, it's sure easy to defend abortion without knowing what abortion does to women, let alone their babies. That's why they're so opposed to graphic pictures - they'd rather stick to their assumption that abortion means merely "emptying the contents of the uterus", than admitting that abortion destroys life. No, it's not a "future child" what abortion destroys. It's a child that would otherwise have future.
She describes several examples that made her react: a married couple in their mid-30s; a single mother with a 10-year-old daughter, who began to cry when they discussed abortion; and a 23-year-old who was 16 weeks pregnant.
Upon her return from Nebraska, Kliff was surprised by the reactions of her pro-abortion friends. "Friends who supported legal abortion bristled slightly when I told them where I'd been and what I'd watched," she says. "Acquaintances at a party looked a bit regretful to have asked about my most recent assignment."
Finally, she says, she continues to struggle with her reaction. "I had (and still have) difficulty understanding my own reaction," she says, "both relieved to have watched a minimally invasive surgery and distressed by the emotionality of the process. Abortion involves weighty choices that, depending on how you view it, involve a life, or the potential for life."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A US journalist went to interview a late-term abortionist and she discovered that there's something disturbing about abortion. Something you wouldn't have when witnessing any other medical procedure.