This post is written by my sister, Hannah. I asked her to write it this evening while we were having dinner. She had just come from a class that had left her depressed, anger, and grieving and I felt like what she had to say should be shared.
Why is college so tough? For most college students is a time of discovering what you believe in, who you want to be, and challenges to your Faith system. But today I had new experience as to why college is just so hard. I wasn’t challenged but I was confirmed in something I already knew I believed in. I am a third year biology major and am in a Human Sexuality Class.
We were going over the topic of Abortion. I already knew my thoughts and feelings on the subject. Abortion was bad, and any “good” Christian would agree. But as I sat in that classroom, pen in hand, taking notes it hit me. These statistics I was writing down were not mere numbers. These were completely, helpless humans whose lives were inconvenient to the mothers. Whose only crime was that of existing at the wrong moment in time.
At the end of class the professor said we had the option of leaving before she showed an example of a DNC type abortion. Allow me to expand on what a DNC is. DNC stands for Dilation and Curettage. The DNC is the most common type of second trimester abortion. During this procedure, the mother’s cervix must be dilated much more than in a first trimester abortion simply because her baby is now large. After dilation is accomplished, the DNC procedure starts by rupturing the amniotic sac which contains the unborn child.
The doctor then begins the process of dismembering the baby and pulling it out of the uterus in pieces. To do this, the abortionist uses suction as well as surgical forceps which basically act like a pair of pliers. He inserts this instrument into the uterus and starts to open and close it until a part of the baby or placenta is grasped. That piece is torn off and is pulled out. This process is repeated until the abortionist feels that the procedure has been completed.
Sometimes, the baby’s skull is too large to pull out of the uterus, so the abortionist must first crush it with the forceps. The abortionist will know that the child’s skull has been sufficiently collapsed when the baby’s brains flow out of the uterus. Among abortionists this is called the “calvaria sign” and it signals that the skull will then be much easier to remove. Throughout a DNC procedure, all of the extracted baby parts are placed on a tray where they are then reassembled. This is done to make certain that the entire baby is accounted for and that no parts are left behind.
I watched a little child literally being torn limb from limb and what impacted me most, was how tiny their hands and feet were. They were so small but oh so perfectly formed. So intentionally formed. So thoughtfully formed. Allow me to disturb you more with some facts.
-Most people say abortion is ok in cases of rape or incest. This is the typical go to defensive argument for Pro-”Choice” people. But less than 1% of all abortions are done because of the result of rape or incest.
-Only 12% of women claim a medical problem as a reason for seeking an abortion.
-¾ of all women who get an abortion claim “having the child would interfere” as their reason for abortion,
And by age 45, ⅓ of all American women have had an abortion.
Now let me give you a mental picture. You are standing in the cereal aisle at Wal-Mart. As you look down the aisle, there are 9 women in it. One may be picking up frosted flakes, the other Fruit loops and the others maybe oatmeal, who knows. But 3 of those women, doing everyday things, has had an abortion. Has ended her child before she even knew it.
NOW for the part that makes me livid. Buckle up because it is time for a crash course in the Court System. Everybody knows the case Roe vs Wade as being the Supreme Court case that made abortions a “right”. Now, in Roe vs Wade there is no “right to an abortion” but what was used to justify Roe was the “right to privacy” found in the Bill of Rights. But what many do not realize is we, as a country, have NEVER voted on whether abortion should be legal or not. Roe vs. Wade was passed because 7 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices voted yes and said it was a “right”. 7 old, white men are responsible for the 1.21 million abortions that happen in America each year. 7 old, white men are responsible for the over 60 million abortions that have happened since 1973.
After learning all this, I walked out of my class having lost faith in humanity. I was perplexed at how Christians can simply say “Yes, abortions bad” but then have no righteous anger beyond that. I was mad at my generation for being so apathetic! So I would like to challenge you with Hosea 4:6
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”.
Knowledge is Power. Knowledge is Freedom. And Knowledge can affect change !