Comments I have received regarding the abortion issue are in italics. I have researched some statistics and drawn some conclusions regarding the comments.
REASONS FOR ABORTION
Comment One: “My daughter was a premature baby of 28 weeks gestation…” She is now a beautiful lady who recently got married.
Comment Two: When I was in labor, the ob/gyn said he could give me a shot (experimental at that time) to strengthen her lungs so she could breathe on her own sooner, but it would be a risk for me if something happened to my spine. I said I wanted to take it. She was on respirator for 12 hours then breathed on her own!!
About 3% of babies are born with a birth defect.
Mother’s health: –
Comment One. I agree keep the mother alive, she gets precedence. This is such a tough one – babies having babies.
Comment Two. (regarding doctor at a Catholic hospital) “…if crisis came and decisions had to be made he told me once he had to choose …..give both lives every chance. but nurture and encourage that life which had the most change of ‘thriving” not simply existing.”
A study published in Guttmacher’s International Family Planning Perspectives in 1998 said risk to a woman’s health was the main reason for 2.8% of U.S. abortions in 1987-88.
Pregnancy by rape or incest, foetus in the tube … sadly there are too many examples where some people do need to have one. So please don’t judge those who still bear the cross of having one, they seldom recover emotionally as Nobody takes a life lightly
……..humanity dictates circumstances where absolutes will never apply. My own mother had an abortion (Japanese planes were flying over Australia. My mother was frightened like everyone else. My father was fighting in the middle-east after the briefest of stays with (me – a little baby and my mum)and was not allowed to come home. Mum was pregnant, terrified. Worried she could not run and save me if bombing occurred. Her whole life she grieved for the child that should have been. Knowing God forgave her but the ‘loss’ was raw.
The following statement and chart are from Guttmacher Institute.
In 2004, the Guttmacher Institute anonymously surveyed 1,209 post-abortive womenfrom nine different abortion clinics across the country. Of the women surveyed, 957 provided a main reason for having an abortion. This table lists each reason and the percentage of respondents who chose it.
|<0.5%||Victim of rape|
|3%||Fetal health problems|
|4%||Physical health problems|
|4%||Would interfere with education or career|
|7%||Not mature enough to raise a child|
|8%||Don’t want to be a single mother|
|19%||Done having children|
|23%||Can’t afford a baby|
|25%||Not ready for a child|
My Opinion: I have acknowledged that I believe there are situations in which I would choose an abortion as the lesser of two evils, particularly in the case of the very young. There are only 0.2% of abortions to girls below 15. (Guttmacher Institute) I know of one instance where the parents were convinced their daughter would commit suicide if they did not allow an abortion. They chose abortion as the lesser of two evils.
The after effects of abortion can cause so much guilt, ill health, anxiety and other negative reactions, I believe even in the ages of 15-17 (3%) the girl would be better off emotionally to have good support through her pregnancy then give the baby for adoption. Obviously those 18 and older do know what behavior causes pregnancy and almost without exception they make a choice to take the chance. The baby should not be sacrificed as a result of a poor choice.
The average age of a woman seeking abortion is 24, well into adulthood and capable of being responsible for her actions.