Skip to comments.Cosmopolitan Magazine Pushes for Abortions on Disabled Babies
Posted on 11/27/2013 3:16:53 PM PST by Morgana
Say what you want about pro-life incrementalism, but one thing about the movement to ban abortions at 20 weeks is undeniable: it has exposed just how entitled abortionistas feel to the mainstream mantle even as they refuse to give an inch from their extremism.
Last week, Cosmopolitans Liz Welch relayed the testimony of Vanessa Riley to the Texas legislature opposing the states new protections for pain-capable unborn children. Her devastating account is supposed to prove how these harsh laws can prevent women from getting the care they need.
Riley defines herself as a pro-choicer committed to never having an abortion herself, and a willing, overjoyed mother-to-be:
I was secretly happy with every pregnancy side effect. When I got morning sickness, I was like, Yes! Im normal! My mom sent me all of my old baby clothes, and I posted a picture of Greggs and my shoes with a pair of baby shoes in between on Facebook. That was our announcement. The gender ultrasound is generally done at 20 weeks, but we decided to pay out of pocket for one at 16 weeks, so we could tell our parents whether they were getting a grandson or granddaughter as their Christmas present.
That is, until she got the heart-wrenching news that her baby had spina bifida, and that, according to her doctor, Most people, when they see the severity of this diagnosis, choose to terminate.
Further consultation convinced her:
They talked about prenatal surgery, to put the spine back inside her body, and many more surgeries, shunts, catheters when she was born. She would die without medical intervention, the doctor said. We knew what we had to do.
Ours was a three-day abortion [ ] When I finally delivered, the following day, we asked for her footprints. Theyre about as big as my thumb.
Most women who go through a late term abortion grieve silently. After the abortion, I just hated myself. Id wake up in the morning, and go hide in a closet to cry because I did not want to wake Gregg up.
Then along came politicians who had the gall to suggest a cutoff point after which killing innocent, defenseless human babies shouldnt be allowed, an outrage against which Riley just had to act:
As I got up to read my story, I looked the senators in the eye. One had placed a pair of baby shoes in front of him to remind us what were here for. He refused to look at me while I spoke.
I am devastated that my incredibly personal and painful story did not move these politicians [ ] Supporters of the law wave flags of black-and-white morality with no thought for complicated cases like ours. I hear their war cry of Pro-Life! and I think of what my little girls future would have been under these laws with two words what life?
Answer: the life you took away from your daughter.
Yes, spina bifida is harrowing. Yes, parents in Rileys situation deserve tremendous sympathy. Yes, its understandable that thoughts like hers would enter any parents mind. But in her indignation, Riley completely ignores one key fact: spina bifida is not a death sentence.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the severity of the disease can vary widely from case to case, from little or no noticeable disability to full paralysis, but with the right care, most people affected by spina bifida will be able to grow up to lead full and productive lives. They provide extensive information on living with the condition. Contrary to the impression Riley gives with her doctors quote, they determine that:
[m]any adolescents and young adults with spina bifida report a high level of satisfaction with their health-related quality of life, are entering and succeeding at college life, and are participating in sports and other recreational activities.
And they publish the story of twelve-year-old Clark, whose mother Nancy attests:
He walks with braces. He takes piano lessons and will start guitar lessons soon. He loves watching college football and hes the assistant coach of his younger brothers soccer team. He likes to hang out with his friends. Although spina bifida impacts his life every day, Clark does not let it define who he is.
This July, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE 11 reported on Shane Swanson, a twelve-year-old with spina bifida who has broken records for disabled athletes:
His records are evening [sic] more amazing considering last fall, he spent days in the hospital. A routine surgery turned into a 65-day stay in the hospital because of an infection. But he fought his way back just like he always has.
Hes got all the abilities in the world. He just gets around wheeling wheels instead of walking like most people, said Wendy Swanson, Shanes mother.
Shane says its his dream to swim in the Paralympics. His coach says his dedication to the sport could get him there.
I really think the skys the limit for Shane, Shanes coach said. His progress has been remarkable, coming through surgery being a novice swimming, hes progressed very rapidly through his dedication.
That, Vanessa Riley, is what life. That is what your little girls future [could] have been under these laws.
CLICK LIKE IF YOURE PRO-LIFE!
Of course, theres no guarantee that Rileys daughter would have been this fortunate. But theres also no guarantee she wouldnt have fared that well, or even better. And Riley took that chance away from her trading a tragic possibility for a tragic certainty.
That is why her story didnt move the politicians to back down. Rather than giving no thought for complicated cases like [Rileys], they understood what she failed to even mention: that every child deserves at least a chance, which not even an anguished parents merciful intentions can outweigh.
But according to the Vanessa Rileys and Liz Welches of the world, its callous to protect all of our young, including the ones whose own parents have given up on them. And were the extremists?
Loony toons, honey. Never heard of a garage sale or The Salvation Army?
would it be cruel to post stories about successful people with spina bifida on her Facebook page?
From there it is only a small step to killing the old or disabled people. Then the next step would be to kill all the people who don’t have marketable skills, then the people who aren’t good looking or belong to the wrong ethnic group. Where does it end?
Gettin’ right down with the Margaret Sanger vision for social cleansing.
By the time this woman and her husband get old and infirm, the machinery will be in place to ease them into completing the cycle of life and dying with dignity.
Whether they want it or not won’t matter.
She is worse than a racist. She is an eugenist. She would only allow a Master Race baby out of her womb. No love or desire for a baby with a disability. Only wants the pure. I’d hate to be her child. She is like Hitler and that is no hyperbole. I am using the comparison correctly.
John Cougar Mellencamp and Hank Williams Sr.
It would be easier to just kill the people who keep telling us we need to kill people.
I went to school for children with disabilities. Knew a few with spina bifita.
This woman aborted a child who could’ve lived a long fruitful life. Shame on her.
What I do know, is that her twisted thought processes are one of the reasons why it was so hard to bring my healthy baby to birth, almost twenty years ago.
And there are many who do agree with her, and if they could, they would have tried to force me, and untold numbers of women, to abort our babies.
After all, those medical tests were pretty conclusive that my baby would not be healthy and normal.
Had I been younger, inexperienced, immature and less cynical about everything and everyone, I might have been coerced into believing an abortion was the best choice for everyone: me, society, and even the aborted baby.
If she is seeking public approval from society for her choice, she failed to garner mine.
I view her as part of the problem, not part of the solution for women, infants or society as a whole.
Eugenics being practiced by pro-death doctors. PLain and Simple. They do the same to the pre-born who MAY have other disabilities and those with Down syndrome. A study was done about how docs will not tell you any good news, like falling in love with your child, but will always give worse case scenarios.
Kick backs for referrals or do they do it at the “hospital?”
Dixon, D. P. (2008). Informed Consent or Institutionalized Eugenics? How the Medical Profession Encourages Abortion of Fetuses with Down Syndrome. Issues In Law & Medicine, 24(1), 3-59.
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