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Late term abortion: a perspective that might surprise you

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The murder of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita stirred up a buzz about late-term abortion.  In reading around, I stumbled onto a view that I hadn’t considered before. Here ’tis; the emphases are mine.

Lynda Waddington speaks, interviewed by Anderson Cooper:

Waddington: I think those who are anti-abortion have been very successful in painting the picture of who I am and who other women are who have late abortions. And it kind of ticks me off because it’s not accurate. I mean, supposedly I’m just a person who woke up one day and had a back pain or a leg cramp and decided to have an abortion. And that definitely wasn’t the case. This was a pregnancy that was planned. A pregnancy that was wanted and loved. And it was tantamount to having a loved one on life support and making that decision whether to end the life support or not.

Boy, oh boy.  How easy it is to demonize those with whom one disagrees!  How naive, to assume we know others’ motives.  How self-serving, to conclude fellow humans but immoral beasts.  Does any good come of it?

Plenty of tragedy does.

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  1. another story of a typical woman who gets a late term abortion…

    we need to realize if it’s not allowed women like her can die.

    in general it IS women like her getting these abortions.


    June 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  2. It is a heart-wrenching story. Minnie and I went through something very similar. But here is the key:

    “By the time we had gone through it all, I finally understood. The child I carried remained alive only because of his connection to me. For all practical purposes, I was serving as a life support system and, as soon as that system was removed, he would die.”

    The baby was not viable. the baby would have died shortly after birth. Most anti-abortionists don’t take issue with this. They take issue with a perfect baby being born and set aside to die or a perfect baby having its life violently taken away.

    Monte-as usual-thanks for making us think. It is indeed a complicated issue. And although there are gray areas, there are also black and white areas.


    Derin Beechner

    June 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    • Derin – I’m sorry you and Minnie have been to such a painful place. It has left you with an awareness that most of us will never have.

      Regarding that sad story, as you write:

      The baby was not viable. the baby would have died shortly after birth. Most anti-abortionists don’t take issue with this. They take issue with a perfect baby being born and set aside to die or a perfect baby having its life violently taken away.

      I am sure you are right. And I am also sure that most pro-choice people are in near-perfect agreement. People agree on so much more than they disagree on. So much could be accomplished if both sides would get over their stereotypes of each other.

      Obama has been lambasted by some (Alan Keyes, most egregiously) for supposedly favoring allowing babies to be “set aside to die;” it is simply untrue. He did oppose a bill requiring such care, but the bill was designed to replace a law requiring such care that was already on the books. The attempt at replacement contained controversial language that was intended, in his view, to force a court challenge. His vote to oppose in no way weakened the already-mandatory physician care of live-birth babies in Illinois.

      Sigh. It’s a good example of the kind of self-serving political distortion that keeps people demonizing others, imagining one another to be unconscionably evil, and, by alienation, stops progress cold on the 90% about which most agree.

      Thanks for sharing your story.


      June 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm

  3. Monte,
    by the way…I so deeply appreciate that your tackle these issues and your great skill in moderating discussion never ceases to amaze me.



    June 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

    • Gianna: Thanks, my friend – your comments and encouragement are so helpful! I am learning much!


      June 4, 2009 at 11:43 am

  4. It’s not hard to find these stories all over the place if you care to look. Most women who find themselves in these circumstances are in extreme life and death situations. That IS simply the general rule.

    the whole idea that virtually anyone who gets an abortion has no regard for life is ridiculous. The choice to have an abortion is, again virtually, never easy.

    and to call anyone PRO-abortion is also insulting and ridiculous. No one is pro-abortion. Some people look at the complexities of life and realize there are not easy solutions to some of those complexities, some of those people realize there are many more gray areas in life than there are black and white.

    The above statement from Waddington is not news to me and there are many many examples that can be found that are just like hers if people care to look for the human beings who suffer just like us behind these controversial subjects.


    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am

    • Sadly, there are those few who are truly “pro-abortion” and use it as their alternative to birth control. They ruin it for everyone, because they become the boogeyman (boogeywoman?) that pro-life folks fear.

      Thanks, Monte, for bringing our attention to this woman’s story and perspective. For the curious, you may want to click all the way through to her letter to President Obama. The link is at the end of the AC360 interview.

      Rich Schmidt

      June 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

      • Rich: True enough, there are some extremists who are truly pro-abortion. But never let it be said – especially the week after a murder committed by a pro-life fanatic – that either side’s extremists alone are the ones who “ruin it for everyone.”

        We’ll make progress when each side aggressively rebukes its own extremists, rather than shuffling in the dust and saying, “Well, shoot, they do have a point, you know …” as so many on the right have done this week.


        June 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

        • Oh, wow. I wasn’t trying to imply that it’s the extremists on one side alone who are the problem. Sorry for leaving that impression.

          Even though I consider myself “pro-life,” I don’t feel like I have a “side” in most of the political arguments, because I don’t see it as primarily a political problem. Our church supports a Christian women’s center in our area that supports and helps women in crisis pregnancies who would otherwise feel like they had no “choice” at all, so that they can realistically choose life for their child. That’s about the extent of my activism on this issue.

          But I have no problem stating unequivocally that no one should be murdering doctors who perform abortions. That does more than “ruin it.”

          Rich Schmidt

          June 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

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