Argument Of Abortion Myth 1 - Saving The Life Of The Mother

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39 Abortion Stories Show Just How Important Abortion Access Is

by Danielle Campoamor

Kenya, 44

At 39 years old, I found out I was pregnant. Without hesitation, my partner and I both knew that an abortion was the best option for us. Being that we were both full-time single parents of teenagers, we were not looking to have more children. I called Houston Women's Clinic and scheduled an appointment.

On the day of my appointment, I woke up feeling great and sure of my decision. I arrived at the clinic, checked in and started completing the required forms. All of a sudden the most excruciating pain hit me out of nowhere. The pain was concentrated on the right side of my uterus and it was unbearable as well as relentless.

They rushed me to have an ultrasound. I remember the ultrasound technician saying she couldn't see the pregnancy but she could see fluid in my uterus. She told me it sounds like I may have an ectopic pregnancy and could be possibly threatening to rupture one of my fallopian tubes. She also stated that it was a life threatening condition.

When I arrived at the ER, I was directed to a very long line to be triaged. After what felt like an aeons, they called me to go for an ultrasound. It felt as though I was made to wait because the letter I presented them with had the name of the abortion clinic on it. The technician instructed me to empty my bladder. For the first time I noticed bright red blood. After she finished they wheeled (me) to a room on the maternity floor.

All of a sudden, three female presenting doctors entered my room with very concerned looks on their faces. One of them said I was about to go to emergency surgery because I had an ectopic pregnancy and my right fallopian tube had ruptured and was bleeding internally.

I had a successful surgery and I ended up working for the very clinic that saved my life. I saw it as my life’s mission to provide the same compassionate care I received that day. I sometimes think what might’ve happened had I not gone for an abortion. Abortion care providers saved my life and I’ll never forget that.

In this real life story, Kenya had an issue that was life threatening. But, before she had known of her diagnoses, she writes. "Without hesitation, my partner and I both knew that an abortion was the best option for us. Being that we were both full-time single parents of teenagers, we were not looking to have more children." How sad is this, to decide a child's life is inconvenient. Does anyone even realize how ridiculous and selfish that is?

Pro-Life Theory and Discussion Tactics

What about when it’s required to save the mother’s life?

First of all, abortions required to save a mother’s life constitute a fraction of a percent of the abortions performed yearly in the U.S. Prior to Roe v. Wade, medical interventions that resulted in the death of a fetus were allowed in these cases, and, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, they would almost certainly still be allowed.

From an ethical standpoint, actions that deliberately target an innocent human being for destruction are intrinsically wrong. Something that is intrinsically wrong cannot be justified by good intentions. Nearly all elective abortions (and anything that involves deliberately ripping or burning a fetus to death) fall into this category. By contrast, some actions can reasonably be foreseen to result in a person’s death without necessarily being wrong. They do not directly target a person for destruction and can be justified, but only in rare circumstances where the goodness of the end achieved is proportionate to the harm foreseen to result indirectly from the action. When speaking of medical interventions which indirectly kill a fetus, saving the mother from imminent death is such an end. Most other reasons, including improving the mother’s health, would not qualify as proportionate ends.

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