Lifezette Op-ed: Five Things Liberals Don’t Want American Women to Know about Abortion

Many merely trot out talking points from killing-on-demand advocates, especially when they call unborn babies 'clumps of tissue' or worse

Pro-life commentary, Lifezette | by Kim Ketola January 24, 2108

In a recent piece in Women’s Health, 5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Abortions, the one salient point is the publication’s abortion advocacy — and its reliance on the abortion industry for information.

The overriding problem with abortion advocacy put forward as health information is that it is not scientific. The editors deny the science of embryology which states that, at conception, the new single-cell organism is a distinct, living, whole human being.

They assume the unborn are not human beings with valuable lives deserving of protection. This skews everything that follows.

Here are the “five things” they put forward in their article:

  • One-third of abortions happen at home
  • After 10 weeks abotions happed ‘In-Clinic’
  • After the first trimester, getting an abortion becomes much more difficult
  • State laws are constantly in flux
  • The vast majority of women don’t regret them

But let me take these points on — and tell you what the Women’s Health editors don’t and won’t.

1.) At home abortions are 100% deadly to clumps of tissue (i.e.,. human beings) While at-home abortions are on the rise, abortion pills have been legal in the US by prescription for over 16 years, yet they are still not part of mainstream ob-gyn practice. According to Forbes this may be due to stigma and over-regulation. (Or, IMO, ob-gyn’s remembering their training: each pregnancy represents two patients they must treat.) At no point does Women’s Health tell its readers their regular doctor won’t likely cooperate with their plan, and that the provider they do see will not likely treat them if there are complications.

And isn’t just a little misleading to reassure women of abortion in the comforts of home while not warning them they will have to deal with the remains? That will involve either retrieving the fetus from the toilet or soiled linen, and/or making the devastating decision to flush. The closest Women’s Health comes to advising of this dilemma is, “You can expect to pass big clots and clumps of tissue, similar to a super-heavy period.” Not only is the magazine denying science by describing a human embryo or fetus as “clumps of tissue” they are misleading women about the true facts of the developing child.

By contrast, when referring to early fetal development, Web MD says you are dealing with a baby from the start. The Endowment for Human Development has tracked the human lifespan from day one, a project just completed in 2010.

2.) The magazine tells readers that after 10 weeks, “surgical abortions … gently remove pregnancy tissue from the uterus.” Um, “pregnancy tissue”? This gets personal for me. When I was twelve weeks pregnant I was told that my pregnancy tissue was not a baby.

And although it’s hard to grasp, I accepted that. Somehow it seemed so early that the pregnancy was distinct from a baby. When they said, “tissue” I pictured menstrual flow, which is how this article describes both baby and the aftermath, “similar to a super-heavy period.”

It may be on me that I fell for that, as I panicked about my future. But it’s on the magazine’s editors for advancing that lie to their millions upon millions of readers today. As publishers of health information, they are either ignorant or ideologically driven to obscure the truth.

3.) Second-trimester abortions are more difficult.

If you’re thinking that Women’s Health can no longer deny the humanity of the unborn child now that baby’s development includes the fact of their faces, fingers and toes, you’d be wrong. The only concern they pass along is the increased cost and the fact that some states have restrictions on abortion after the first trimester. From that “health” magazine you’ll learn how few doctors will do a later term abortion, but you won’t find out that the US is one only seven countries to allow abortion past twenty weeks. We’re joined in that by China, North Korea, and Vietnam.

And although Women’s Health assures readers abortion is still safe, they fail to point out that the methods change to facilitate the removal of the more fully formed pregnancy tissue. This may involve a D&E in which the provider Dilates the cervix to facilitate inserting forceps to Extract the baby, literally limb by limb. The other later term procedure involves injecting saline or digoxin directly into the baby’s heart to bring about death and stillbirth. Often the imprecise nature of the injection leads to a premature live birth and denial of care to hasten the death.

Laws are in place to require care for a child who survives an abortion attempt. They’re controversial.

So, yes, more difficult. But not just in terms of money or travel to access the procedure.

4.) “State laws are always in flux.” Women’s Health plays back abortion advocates talking points by noting that one in five women must travel over 40 miles to obtain abortions, blaming states for restrictive laws.

In speaking with hundreds of women and men impacted by abortion, policy and access is seldom a top concern. That includes hearing from a woman who had to travel a distance which required a hotel stay for the dilation of her cervix before the abortion two days hence. She said she was concerned that she was in a hotel, and where would she go if there were problems afterwards? Abortion advocates gloss over the reality that the local ER is their backup plan if a woman’s health is at risk due to excessive bleeding or a poorly performed procedure.

Abortion access is an issue and a business problem for providers; for those seeking abortion, not so much. Anyone determined to have an abortion will find one, and will find an abortion advocate to help them access it. The stories I hear are more often stories of anger because of abortion hustles and high-pressure tactics to get-in-and-get-it-done, and many women decry the lack of government oversight.

5.) “The vast majority of women don’t regret abortions.” Here are the facts: there is no standard of care in the mental health community if a woman says she is troubled by an abortion experience. There is no routine screening of women who present with depression, suicidal feelings, eating disorders, and many of the other problems which have been shown in the research to impact women after abortion. And to the shame of abortion advocates there is no screening for a fragile or vulnerable emotional state prior to abortion, nor questions addressing whether a woman is being coerced.

Instead, as Live Action has demonstrated, abortion providers have shielded and enabled pimps and incestuous men by allowing them to procure abortions for young women and even underage minors.

But research does exist (check here, here, and here) showing the harm abortion does to women’s emotional and mental health. In 2014, the Nordic Societies of Public Health reported that in Finland despite efforts to address the problem, “Women with a recent induced abortion still have a 2-fold suicide risk. A mandatory check-up may decrease this risk. The causes for the increased suicide risk, including mental health prior to pregnancy and the social circumstances, should be investigated further.”

The Finland information is illuminating for a few reasons. Their universal health care pays for abortion and mandates reporting by providers. Meaning, there is no societal stigma causing women distress, and no disincentive on the part of women or providers to under report, as there may be here in the US given that abortion remains controversial. Finland also allows medication abortions and limits abortions after 12 weeks.

What do you suppose so troubles those mothers in mourning after losing their children to abortion?

Now — here are, for real, the “five things every woman needs to know about abortion”:

  • At-home abortion is the brutal and difficult loss of an innocent human being, your child.
  • Abortions in clinic seldom include full information and often rely on deception and manipulation, and lead to the brutal and difficult loss of an innocent human being, your child.
  • Later abortions are not allowed in most of the civilized world because it is clear as the child develops that abortion leads to the loss of an innocent human being, your child.
  • State laws are in flux, but policy aside, abortion brings about the loss of an innocent human being, your child.
  • Abortion regret is not likely to be recognized, even by mental health professionals, but you may need help and support to come to terms with your role in the death of an innocent human being, your child.

All these problems and more are being prevented every day in the pregnancy help community where you will find help and support to make a life-affirming decision no matter how difficult the circumstances of your pregnancy may be.

It’s also where thousands of us have found hope and healing even decades after abortion.

No one ever needs to resort to abortion. That’s the one thing pregnant women really must know.

This article first appeared in Lifezette and is reprinted with permission.

Kim Ketola is the host and executive producer of Cradle My Heart Today, a companion to her award-winning book, “Cradle My Heart, Finding God’s Love After Abortion.” Her radio work earned her induction into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013. Cradle My Heart is a safe space for listeners to share stories and connect with others who are finding God’s love — especially during unintended pregnancy and after abortion.

Kim Ketola



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