February 12, 2014
A story on Slate.com has redefined abortion as “end-of-life care.” The author is a medical student and mother who, with her husband, chose to have an abortion saying it was a “parenting decision” — not one of when life begins, but a decision of “how and when life should end:”
The rhetoric surrounding abortion focuses primarily on the question of when life begins — is the fetus a baby at six weeks? 12? 20? — and whether women have the right to make choices about their pregnant bodies. In our case, abortion was a parenting decision — the most important and powerful one I have yet to make. This might not be comfortable or convenient for the pro-choice narrative, but it’s the truth. Some aspects of abortion might rightfully be best considered in the context of when life begins, but in situations like ours, the most salient fact was how and when life should end.
During a second trimester ultrasound when the baby was 19-weeks, some potentially extensive medical complications were found. With her medical knowledge, the mother knew the news was not good:
We ask: What kind of suffering is this baby experiencing? What kind of quality of life will he or she have? But what we don’t talk about much in medical school, or anywhere else for that matter, is the idea of end-of-life care before independent life has even begun.
Because of my familiarity with what many of the different therapeutic and palliative care options entailed—medically, ethically, personally — it was clear to me that what we were dealing with was choosing an end-of-life care plan for our son. And because my husband and I believe more in evidence than in miracles, we knew that the appropriate time to implement that plan was now.
Not wanting to risk the unknown of delivering a baby who might experience suffering, they chose to abort — what they called “a peaceful death:”
[W]e chose to give our baby what we felt was the most humane, comfortable, and loving end-of-life experience we felt we could facilitate.
Aborting my son was not about when life begins, but how to end it humanely.
As the left so often does, they demonstrate their propensity to corrupt language to blur the lines of right and wrong.